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Blockchain: Its Future in Healthcare is Happening Now

HitPoint Blog

Interoperability. Blockchain. As of 2018, it’s difficult to talk about one without hearing about the other. Systems interoperability that would provide nationwide access to a common database of health information — no matter what EHR is used — is healthcare’s holy grail.

Will Amazon, Apple or Google Succeed as the Next Healthcare Disruptor?

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Consumer technology giants Apple, Amazon and Google are poised to put heavy footprints on the healthcare technology environment, at the same time new reports of patient dissatisfaction with current hospital EHR solutions are coming out.

4 Essential Steps in Migrating to an IT Outsourcing Partnership

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IT outsourcing is literally a very “big deal” for hospitals: it represents a significant multi-year financial investment, potentially great benefits — and certain risks.

New Infographic: Risks of HIPAA Business Associate Relationships

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Last week, we published a blog post about the importance of hospitals’ establishing and monitoring Business Associate Agreements with contractors who touch protected health information (PHI).

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Infographic Poster: Top 8 Rules for Secure Texting in Healthcare

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Texting among healthcare team members has become a valuable communications tool that creates efficiencies and improves patient safety. Some organizations also use opt-in texting programs to send reminders to patients.

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Download Our Guide to Vetting & Selecting the Best Hospital IT Outsourcing Solutions

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More hospitals are considering outsourcing to reduce costs, which is a proven benefit. The 2017 Black Book survey reported that 91 percent of outsourcing hospitals have seen ROI after about six months. 73 percent of health systems with more than 300 beds and 81 percent of providers with fewer beds are relying on outsourcing for various IT management and infrastructure services.

Why We Are at the Crossroads of the Next Healthcare Disruption

HitPoint Blog

At a moment when consumer technology giants Apple, Amazon and Google are poised to put heavy footprints on the healthcare technology environment, new reports of patient dissatisfaction with current hospital EHR solutions seem to be paving the way. This confluence of developments may be the perfect setting for the next major disruption in our industry, a scenario that many hospital leaders, physicians and health tech vendors won’t relish. But many consumers will, especially those under 40.

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From the Best in the Industry: a Free Service Desk Assessment

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Many hospitals have problematic service desk operations, whether internal or outsourced, but fixing them never gets to the top of the project list. Sticking with mediocre or poor support is usually non-cost effective and a major point of dissatisfaction among your medical staff.

The Cost of a Healthcare Data Breach is $408 Per Stolen Record, 3X the Industry Average

Health Populi

The cost of a healthcare data breach is $408, nearly three-times the cross-industry average, revealed in the 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview , from IBM Security and the Ponemon Institute. The average cost per lost or stolen record across all sectors is $148, Ponemon gauged.

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Google’s Masterplan for Healthcare

The Medical Futurist

Verily, Calico, Deepmind, more than 150 patents in life sciences and countless collaborations with pharma companies. The search engine’s parent company, Alphabet takes its move into healthcare and medicine seriously. We looked thoroughly at what Google in healthcare looks like.

5 Reasons Why Artificial Intelligence Won’t Replace Physicians

The Medical Futurist

Hype and fears surround artificial intelligence taking jobs in healthcare. Will it render physicians obsolete? Will it replace the majority of medical professionals? The Medical Futurist decided to set things straight. Here are five fundamental reasons why A.I. won’t replace doctors and never will.

The Top 12 Health Chatbots

The Medical Futurist

Meet Molly, Eva, Ginger, Replika, Florence, Izzy – your new chatbot friends aiming to make your life better. In the last years, smart algorithm-powered, text or voice-based interfaces have multiplied, and they are also taking their place in healthcare.

The Social Determinants of Food for Health, Farms, and the Economy

Health Populi

America’s agricultural roots go deep, from the native Patuxet tribe that shared maize with Mayflower settling Pilgrims in southern New England, to biodynamic and organic winemakers in Sonoma County , California, operating today. In 2016, 21.4

Africa Is A Hotspot For Digital Health

The Medical Futurist

Digital health in Africa is booming, and that’s the greatest news since the invention of broadband internet connection.

Value Comes to Healthcare: But Whose Value Is It?

Health Populi

The Search for Value is the prevailing journey to a Holy Grail in healthcare these days. On that, most stakeholders working on the ground, globally. can agree. But whose value is it, anyway?

The Internet of Cosmetics And Beauty in The Bathroom of The Future

The Medical Futurist

Smart mirrors might advise the clueless what to wear in the morning, skin scanners might find the most effective beauty products, toilets might eliminate urine tests, and bioprinting might help cosmetics companies discontinue animal testing.

How Taking Care of Your Health Boosts Savings Accounts

Health Populi

It will cost about $275,000 for a couple retiring in the U.S. this year to cover their healthcare costs for the rest of their life in retirement, Fidelity estimated. But Americans are notoriously pretty undisciplined about saving money, compared with peers living in other developed countries.

Pope Francis is a Public Health Advocate

Health Populi

“The world today is mostly deaf,” the Pontiff observes in Pope Francis: A Man of His Word , Wim Wenders’ documentary on this religious leader who likes to quote Dostoevsky, joke about mothers-in-law, and advocate for the sick, the poor, the disenfranchised, and Planet Earth.

Thinking About Kate and Anthony – Suicide and Depression Is US

Health Populi

Yesterday at 1 pm, we learned that the incidence of suicide is up in America in a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Patients have ambitious health goals, and look to doctors for help

Health Populi

Consumers have health goals across many dimensions, topped with eating well, getting fit, reducing stress, sleeping better, feeling mentally well, and improving personal finances.

Shinola Welcomes Immigrants on the 4th of July: A Love Letter from Detroit to the World Via NYC

Health Populi

Lady Liberty beckons to welcome the tired, the weary, and the ambitious to America in this Shinola video, made in my hometown Detroit. May this bring you joy and positive vibes on Independence Day 2018.

How to Make Healthcare More Intelligent and Trustworthy: Accenture’s Digital Health Tech Vision 2018

Health Populi

“Do no harm” has been the professional and ethical mantra of physicians since the Hippocratic Oath was first uttered by medical students. The origins of that three-word objective probably came out of Hippocrates’ Corpus , which included a few additional words: “to do good or to do no harm.”.

Hospitals Work to Address Customer Experience Gap With Consumers, Kaufman Hall Finds

Health Populi

Hospital and healthcare providers are getting real about improving patient and health consumer experience, the latest Kaufman Hall research finds. The company’s 2018 State of Consumerism in Healthcare report is out, subtitled, “Activity in Search of Strategy.”

The Next Frontier in Health Tech: Improving the Patient Experience

Digital Health

This week I had the pleasure to give a talk about big data/AI and digital health (buzzword bingo alert) at the Stanford Big Data in Precision Health Conference in Palo Alto.

Doing Less Can Be Doing More for Healthcare – the Biggest Takeaway From ASCO 2018

Health Populi

Less can lead to more for so many things: eating smaller portions, lowering sugar consumption, and driving less in favor of walking or cycling come to mind. When it comes to healthcare utilization, doing less can also result in equal or even better outcomes.

Doctors Say EHRs Are Good for Storage, But Risky for Patient Relationships and Burnout

Health Populi

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Re-Tweeting Sanofi’s Tweet: Inclusion Matters for Health, Wellness, and the Body Politic

Health Populi

What If We All Lived Beyond 130 Years?

The Medical Futurist

Life expectancy is continuously growing but how far could it be stretched? Could you imagine that the average person lived beyond 130 years of age? How would longevity transform societies and our ways of life? Based on the book, My Health: Upgraded. The quest for immortality.

Health Care for a Typical Working Family of Four in America Will Cost $28,166 in 2018

Health Populi

What could $28,166 buy you in 2018? A new car? A year of your child’s college education? A plot of land for your retirement home? Or a year of healthcare for a family of four?

Better Late Than Early? The First Mover Disadvantage

Digital Health

I’m sick. I have some nasty bronchitis thing and it sucks. There is nothing worse than a sick healthcare industry person. We are the worst patients ever because we know all the things that can go wrong and we know all the ways we can make ourselves worse. And that makes us even crankier than […].

Design, Empathy and Ethics Come to Healthcare: HXD

Health Populi

Design-thinking has come to health/care, finally, and Amy Cueva has been beating this drum for a very long time.

Healthcare Policies We Can Agree On: Pre-Existing Conditions, Drug Prices, and PillPack – the June 2018 KFF Health Tracking Poll

Health Populi

There are countless chasms in the U.S. this moment in social, political, and economic perspectives. but one issue is on the mind of most American voters where there is evidence of some agreements: health care, as evidenced in the June 2018 Health Tracking Poll from Kaiser Family Foundation.

New Tech Tonics Podcast: Matthew Stoudt – Real Empathy in a Virtual World

Digital Health

He’s one of those tech people that came to healthcare to find a career of significance, but Matthew Stoudt has actually been destined for the health tech world since his youth. Matthew Stoudt aspired to be a lawyer, then a senator, before he realized he was an entrepreneur at heart.

The Swedish Speed Camera Lottery And Healthy Living

The Medical Futurist

Stockholm experimented with rewarding compliance while punishing free-riders: if you drove at or under the speed limit, you would be entered into a lottery where the prize fund came from fines that speeders paid.

Technology, Aging and Obesity Drive Healthcare Spending, BEA Finds

Health Populi

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New Battery Technology and Medical Innovations

Duane Boise

Battery technology is always advancing, constantly on the brink of a revolutionary development. In a recent publication of Medical Design and Outsourcing, “ three experts from Integer, a global leader in medical device outsourcing ,” weighed in on these advancements.

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New Tech Tonics Episode: Katherine Chou: How A Quintessential Googler Wraps Her (Deep) Mind Around Healthcare

Digital Health

Katherine Chou is in many ways the quintessential Googler – super smart, a passion for computer science, an engineer through and through. On today’s episode of Tech Tonics, we’ll learn how this rock star at Google decided to turn her talents to healthcare, and hear what she’s discovered about healthcare, and herself, along the way. […].

Obese, Access-Challenged and Self-Rationing: America’s Health Vs Rest-of-World

Health Populi

The U.S. gets relatively low ROI for its relatively exorbitant spending on healthcare, noted once again in the latest Health at a Glance , the annual OECD report on member nations’ healthcare systems. The report includes U.S. country data asking, “How does the United States compare?”

Health IT and Vegas: Made for Each Other

Digital Health

I was in Las Vegas at HIMSS this last week, which, for the uninitiated, is a veritable orgy of health information technology (HIT). Someone from HIMSS leadership told me that over 42,000 people had shown up and they were expecting closer to 45,000. It’s a long way from 1998, I’ll tell you.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Invent New Medical Tests

Duane Boise

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the breakthrough medicine has been waiting for. Using machines to invent new medical tests and provide diagnosis for patients will forever change the future of healthcare.

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