Doctors should start watching more science fiction. Here’s why.


I often say that electronic health records (EHRs) is like Skynet in the Terminator. I expect to turn around from my screen someday, and Arnold will lift me by my throat saying, “You haff not been doing yuh meaningful use.” We practice in a time when EHR confounds us by freezing, crashing and chaining us continuously to our work, as we spend evenings and weekends on documentation. Read more. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide.

The Rise and Rise of apps- Mobile App trends 2017


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Many digital health solutions lack evidence: How physicians can help


Technology makes this an exciting time for health care. Not only are technological advances making health care better, they’re also making it more affordable. To get a taste of the potential of where health and technology are going, you only need to look as far the recent Fortune article titled, “ Prepare for a Digital Health Revolution ," or to search through the more than 300,000. Read more. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond.

Is there a future for robot-assisted surgery?


Recently, there was a fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal regarding robot-assisted surgery. It reported the results of two articles published in JAMA that demonstrated that robotic-assisted surgery cost more and took longer without achieving superior results to laparoscopic surgery on average. With this, my LinkedIn account lit up. Here are several of the comments that came through: “I've come to assume that robotic surgery is better. Read more.


3 ways tech innovation can fight physician burnout


According to published reports, over 50 percent of doctors are burned out. The reason? They are overwhelmed by payment and quality rules as well as poor information technology. It’s no secret that physicians spend long hours seeing patients. But as financial pressures have mounted within hospitals, doctors are forced to perform more administrative tasks. In fact, administrative tasks account for nearly. Read more. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond.

Your EHR password could help fight burnout


You sign in, and there it is, your third request for your password just to open your electronic health record (EHR). Again?” you think to yourself in frustration as your patient waits silently for you to log in and start the visit. It seems physicians are becoming increasingly frustrated with EHRs, and in most surveys, EHRs are noted as a main contributing factor to physician burnout. Read more. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond.

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When EMRs crash: It’s time to push back


The computerized era has introduced all of us to a genre of errors that never existed during the archaic pen and paper era. The paper medical chart I used during most of my career never "crashed." Now, when our electronic medical records (EMR) freezes, malfunctions, or simply goes on strike, our office is paralyzed. Although I appear to the patients as a breathing and willing medical practitioner, I might as. Read more. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond.

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Look to online dating for the future of telemedicine


Online dating is all the rage these days. Statistics suggest that over a third of couples now meet online. For a lot of older readers of this blog, who met their husband or wife the traditional way and are baffled by this whole new world (and don’t get me wrong, there were probably many ways in which those days were better!), whether you understand the whole online or app dating. Read more. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide.

Telehealth and the CHRONIC Act of 2017 (S. 870)

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

Senate on September 14, 2017. The post Telehealth and the CHRONIC Act of 2017 (S. The CHRONIC Act – Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic Care Act – passed the U.S. The act, which is now being reviewed in the U.S. House of Representatives, allows for an expansion of telehealth/telemedicine coverage under the Medicare Advantage Plan B.

South Central Legislative/Regulatory Update – November 2017

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

The post South Central Legislative/Regulatory Update – November 2017 appeared first on LearnTelehealth. The following is a list of legislative activities compiled by the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) for telehealth and telemedicine within the South Central region (AR, MS, and TN). CCHP has a pending legislation/regulation webpage located at the following link: [link]. LEGISLATION. Passed Legislation. State. Bill #. Status. Summary. Arkansas. SB 146.

Telemedicine Technology Is Being Used to Educate Doctors Around The World


In 2017, Lee has been using telemedicine video monitoring to mentor and teach surgeons in the operating room. At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, doctor Thomas C. Lee, a pediatric retina surgeon, is using telemedicine to educate Armenian doctors on surgical procedures for premature infants suffering from retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). ROP occurs three times as often in Armania in comparison to the USA and causes permanent blindness in both eyes.

The surprising way email can make you a better doctor


Doctors, you need to improve the patient experience. Your intentions are there, but patients are starving for more. Office visits offer definitive evidence that patients need to change. Tests results provide real data to make patients aware of health concerns. This is a clear and obvious starting point. But after this information is gathered, the framework of change gets cloudy. Doctors go from offering clear and focused details like: ” You have high. Read more.

Telehealth Platforms Are Moving Telepsychiatry Forward


Telepsychiatry has started forming its own healthcare niche. In 1995, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) release d a paper in support of telepsychiatry, explaining how it can overcome geographical limitations, provide greater access to care, and cut out travel time. For over 20 years there has been talk of implementing telepsychiatry into the mental health sector, however the pace of implementation has recently picked up.

Clocktree Telehealth Platform Popup Notification Update


You can now receive important Clocktree account notifications via popups! These popup notifications are small messages that appear in a corner of your device’s screen, whether you are logged into Clocktree or not. They will alert you to upcoming appointments or new secure messages. Since the popup notifications are securely sent, they can include sensitive information like the client’s name and profile picture, a feature that is not possible for email and text messaging.

The scourge of electronic health records


Scourge: An instrument of punishment or criticism. A cause of wide or great suffering. Whip or lash -- especially for torture. Introduction. They say you never forget your first time. I remember mine, vividly. If only I could erase the memory. I had high expectations and higher hopes, but what I got was disillusionment. I felt violated and humiliated. I’m talking about my first time using a system for electronic health records. Read more. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond.

Telemedicine Technology is Helping Florida Residents Affected by Hurricane Irma


During a time of such chaos and destruction in Florida, it has been extremely hard to provide healthcare access to those in need. Within the last three days Florida Hospital has incorporated telehealth technology into their system of care. This platform now enables those who are unable to travel or prevented from reaching their usual services and care providers a virtual care option. Florida Hospital has been using eCare to reach so many affected by hurricane Irma.

2017 A Ground Breaking Year for Telehealth


2017 was a ground breaking year for the world of telehealth. A large variety of healthcare providers have implemented telehealth into their practices during 2017, from psychiatrists to dermatologists many providers are reaping the benefits of online care options. 2017 continued the forward movement of the telehealth sector, and 2018 is expected to be another year of great progress.

Telemedicine Is Gaining Popularity In Schools


Today there is a rising number of children in the US affected by asthma and diabetes. School nurses are treating a wider range of issues than ever before. Even though this increase is known, only 40% of elementary schools in the US have a full time nurse on staff. The use of telemedicine can expand the reach of school nurses and their ability to care for a wider range of illnesses. Having telemedicine access in schools could change the way chronically ill children are educated.

No-Cost Talk Therapy & Telehealth Technology Are Put to Use in England, to Provide Greater Access to Mental Health Services


England has become the first country to offer no-cost talk therapy to their people. No-cost phone talk therapy is funded by the National Health Service and is a hotline available for unlimited phone therapy sessions. The hope from this program is that they will be able to create a primary mental healthcare system that gives access to those in rural communities throughout Great Britain.

The Weekly Independent: March 27, 2017

Insulin Nation

This is the March 27, 2017 edition News and notes for independent professionals and their clients.


Telehealth Usage and Coverage Continues to Increase Throughout the US


Telehealth coverage and usage is continuing to make strides forward. The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that currently 60% of all healthcare institutions and about 45% of all hospitals are using telehealth in one way or another. This increased usage correlates with the goal of improving patient care, improving the health of the overall population, reducing healthcare costs and the physician shortage the US is currently facing.

Telemedicine can increase access to medical abortions


Telemedicine has created an environment where patient convenience paired with reduced costs and increased efficiencies have made a better health care experience for both patients and physicians. The technology might be able to improve rural health care systems by increasing access to patients who would otherwise have to travel long distances. Meaning those who would otherwise forego care due to difficulties with transportation, costs or time, could now receive care. Read more.

Telehealth is Helping Patients Receive Care Faster


Today on average a patient waits 29 days to meet with a doctor. The USA as a whole is expected to be short 90,000 physicians by 2025, meaning the wait to see a physician should continue to lengthen. Due to this month’s long delay many patients are opting out of seeking care for minor illnesses such as, cold or flu because the emergency room is their only timely option.

How to participate in the 2017 Patients’ View Impact Awards #PVImpact17

Society for Participatory Medicine

It’s that time again! Our friends at the Patients View Institute are again running their “impact awards.” ” I got to be present during the award’s sessions in DC last year, and it’s just terrific what they’re doing – harvesting patient stories with a particular eye to how well the stories are told, such that they have impact in changing care. It’s open season for nominations now, including self-nominations.


A psychiatrist’s perspective on the digital pill


One of my readers, Natalie, wondered about my thoughts about the digital pill. My initial reactions were similar to several of those who were interviewed for the article. The digital pill, which provides electronic information to confirm whether someone has ingested the medication, has great potential to become a tool of coercion. Aripiprazole (Abilify) is classified as an antipsychotic medication, which is often prescribed to people who have beliefs that machines. Read more.

Data Driven Predictive Medical Devices: An Interview

Medical Connectivity

In 1987, James Gleick wrote the book Chaos which was a layman’s description of different instances where chaotic behavior was displayed in systems.

Medicare spent $1.4B on discarded Part B drugs in 2017 and 2018: report


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Even More Proposed Medical Device Connectivity Legislation

Medical Connectivity

On October 5, 2017 H.R. 3985: Internet of Medical Things Resilience Partnership Act of 2017 was introduced by Dave Trott of Michigan and Susan Brooks of Indiana. 1656: Medical Device Cybersecurity Act of 2017 , or H.R. 1591: WiFi Capable Mobile Devices Act of 2017 among others. The FDA, medical devices, and cybersecurity are popular subject matter for proposed Federal legislation, even though most bills in this arena never clear committee.

FDA Guidance on Software Changes

Medical Connectivity

On October 25, 2017 the FDA released its guidance on "Deciding When to Submit a 510(k) for a Software Change to an. Existing Device". A draft of this guidance was released in August 2016 and I commented on that draft here. The scope of what was changed is not easy to discern, especially since the draft is no longer directly available and the URL for the final guidance is the same as that for the previous draft.


Dr. Nick van Terheyden and the Invisible Patient – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

As Chief Medical Officer at BaseHealth , Dr. Nick van Terheyden (aka “ Dr. Nick “) serves as the voice of the physician at the company. He provides strategic insights in product development and marketing as BaseHealth works to bring to market a predictive, evidence-based and data-driven population health management platform.

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Part One: A Look Back on Health IT in 2017

Mobile Health Matters

2017 was a roller-coaster ride for healthcare, marked by exciting innovation, damaging cyberattacks, periods of lulls and disruptive change. As we enter a new year, it is important to celebrate the industry’s successes in 2017, and reflect on the ways these changes, incidents, and regulations both pushed health IT forward and established a foundation for 2018. In 2017, many hospitals were conservative in their IT investments due to healthcare reform uncertainties.

FDA Busy With Software

Medical Connectivity

Since connectivity runs on software, and some medically related software is a medical device, and medical devices are regulated by the FDA, those involved in connectology must pay at least some attention to what the FDA is saying about the subject of medical software that is not an inherent part of some other medical device.

Healthcare Messaging Conference – Special Limited Time Pricing

Medical Connectivity

Early-bird pricing lasts until October 31. Receive an extra $100 off your registration fee with the discount code '79'. Offer lasts until October 31. Click here to get this special pricing! 20+ Speakers. Here are just some of the speakers on the program that includes clinicians, IT professionals and vendor executives. Their presentations will provide insight into best practices, lessons learned and how messaging solutions are evolving.

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Why Wearable Technology Is Great For Patient Involvement

Duane Boise

We love being in control. There is something so satisfying in taking a situation into your own hands and attempting to bring about desired results. Not only is the process itself more rewarding, but you form more of an attachment to a situation if you are held responsible for it. And, similarly, you will strive to work harder to achieve the desired results since you are more invested in the process. Your health works in the same way.

Having Problems with Your Emergin System?

Medical Connectivity

Years ago, many hospitals bought an Emergin messaging middleware system as a point solution to bring messaging to specific interfaced systems. Many of these were used to get event data out of nursecall and other systems that was communicated to caregivers or some other point of care use case. These point solutions were installed in closets or data centers and not given much more thought. Inevitably, something changes in the systems connected to Emergin and an interface breaks.

A digital solution for sleep disorders

New Age Healthcare

The launch will happen on Nov 18th in Kolkata at NAPCON 2017 and will be broadcasted live here on Philips India Facebook Page: [link] at 1 PM IST. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disorder in which a person stops breathing during the night, perhaps hundreds of times. These gaps in breathing are called apneas. The disorder occurs when tissues in the upper throat collapse at different times during sleep, thereby blocking the passage of air.

How Emergency Medical Services Are Advancing And Why That’s Important

Duane Boise

As technology continues to advance past one’s wildest dreams, it should come as no surprise that many fields are adapting and developing at a rapid pace as well – mostly for the sake of keeping up with the times. This trend is no exception in the medical field, where new technologies, drug trials, and other various treatments are pitched and introduced frequently. Although, it is important to note that these techniques are not put into practice quite as often.

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The Suicide Rate in America Increased by 40% between 2000 and 2017. Blue Collar Workers Were Much More At Risk.

Health Populi

between 2000 and 2017, a 40% increase. The post The Suicide Rate in America Increased by 40% between 2000 and 2017. The rate of suicide in the U.S. rose from 12.9 per 100,000 population to 18.0

Connecting to Patients and Each Other through Technology

Mobile Health Matters

As an anesthesiologist, my goal is to make the hospital a better, more efficient place to work so that I may provide the best possible care to my patients from the moment they come under my supervision. As part of this, improving a patient’s health record – and our access to it – by using effective mobile technology is an important step to providing holistic care.

Connected Health Initiative (CHI) Check-In – Halfway Through 2017!


2017 has been a busy year for the Connected Health Initiative (CHI). Here’s a look at what we have accomplished, and look forward to, in 2017. 2017 Snapshot On the Legislative Front The CONNECT for Health Act On May 3rd, the Senate reintroduced the bipartisan CONNECT for Health Act. These are just highlights of the work we have done in the first half of 2017.