December, 2018

Costs, Consumerism, Cyber and Care, Everywhere – The 2019 Health Populi TrendCast

Health Populi

Today is Boxing Day and St. Stephens Day for people who celebrate Christmas, so I share this post as a holiday gift with well-wishes for you and those you love.

With incubators, hospital systems tread ethical boundaries

Morning eHealth

Is Facebook activity a social determinant? Senate likely to confirm telemedicine proponent Carr

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The Culture of Customer Satisfaction

Mobile Health Matters

Recent trends in the business literature show a significant focus on the mechanics of the culture of organizations. Annual training reinforcing the quality and compliance requirements of organizations is a common end-of-year task.

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Physicians sacrifice a lot to deliver care. Technology shouldn’t ask for more.

KevinMD

I had a great case the other night. Around midnight on a Friday, the hospitalist physician called me to evaluate an incarcerated femoral hernia. I thought this elderly and medically ill patient would likely die no matter what I did.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

New Tech Tonics Podcast: Ari Caroline: Broad Intellect Meets Deep Humanity

Digital Health

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Nurses are the most trusted profession in America, followed by doctors and pharmacists

Health Populi

Nurses rank top in Americans’ minds for the seventeenth year-in-a-row, Gallup found in its annual survey of honesty and ethics in professions. At the bottom of the list for honesty and ethics in 2018, Gallup points to U.S.

Unique Uses for Telehealth

Clocktree

Most people are familiar with telehealth services offered by their primary care doctor, therapist or other healthcare provider as a convenient alternative to an in-office visit. Telehealth has emerged as a standard, even expected, part of certain healthcare practices. Here are a few examples from Clocktree of less obvious telehealth services that are making a difference in people’s lives and well-being. Daily Monitoring of TB Patients.

Healthcare Outlook: How the Industry Will Trend and Transform in 2019

Healthcare Informatics

This past year was a transformative one for healthcare. Here are five trends that will impact the health tech landscape in 2019

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Keeping up with the rapid developments in mobile health technology

KevinMD

I had the opportunity to participate in a day-long meeting sponsored by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). The goal was to help HRS develop recommendations for physicians and industry on providing patients access to information generated by wearable and implantable cardiac electronic devices.

Primary Care Is Dead. Long Live Primary Care!

The primary care system is failing patients and providers. Capacity shortages have led to long wait times and physician burnout. To fix the system, we must find innovative ways to boost capacity and meet patient-consumers’ shifting expectations.

Genetic Testing sites are the new Social Networks, so will Facebook acquire 23andMe?

Lloyd Price

Genetic Testing sites like 23andMe are rapidly emerging as the new Social Networks. Over the last 10 years, millions of people across the world have submitted their DNA for testing and eagerly waited the results, including me back in May 2016.

54 digital health mergers and acquisitions in 2018

Mobi Health News

From Amazon's acquisition of PillPack to Best Buy's purchase of GreatCall, over $7.5 billion were spent on digital health acquisitions this year

Broadband As Social Determinant of Health – Microsoft’s Plan to Bolster Rural Access

Health Populi

In the U.S., the highest levels of unemployment are in places that often have the lowest access to broadband connectivity.

VA Expands Telehealth to Treat Veterans Across State Lines

Arizona Telemedicine Program

In May of 2018, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) introduced new legislation that would allow network healthcare providers to treat veterans using telehealth technology. The VA has extended this privilege across state lines.

Big Idea: Primary Care Automation

Healthcare automation that gives primary care providers more time with their patients—and less on screens—can improve care for patients, increase satisfaction for providers, and deliver positive bottom-line results for system leaders. Download this guide to learn how to optimize automation and keep the patient-provider relationship at the heart of the healthcare experience.

A Look into the Future with IDC Health Insights’ Mutaz Shegewi

Healthcare Informatics

An interview with Mutaz Shegewi of IDC Health Insights about tech trends impacting healthcare over the next five years

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Getting to a minimum viable product (MVP) health care app: Partner with physicians

KevinMD

Over the course of several years, IBM’s fledgling Watson for Oncology program has received a wide range of reviews. Among them is a harsh critique published by Gizmodo. The article is filed under the keywords “AI,” “Watson,” “health,” “health care,” and “Doctor: This product is a piece of s**t.”

Seraxis Islet Technology Aims for Practical T1D Cure

Insulin Nation

Islet transplants offer the hope of a permanent cure for Type 1 Diabetes. After nearly six years in stealth mode, Seraxis has emerged as a front-runner in the race to clinical islet deployment.

Healthcare startups: Is blockchain right for you?

Mobi Health News

Startup founders warn their peers to think carefully about deploying distributed ledger technologies

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Virtual Front Door or Brick Wall? Care Pathways in Healthcare

Are you offering your patients a virtual front door or a brick wall? Today, 85% of healthcare visits start online. If your patients don’t have a way to access care virtually, you’re losing them to Dr. Google. Clear care pathways that start online ensure your patients get the best care they need while staying loyal to you.

Americans End 2018 Worried About Healthcare Costs

Health Populi

Nearly one-half of Americans are quite concerned they won’t have enough money to pay for medical care, according to the latest Gallup poll. Health insurance in-security is mainstream as of November 2018, when Gallup polled U.S. adults about views on healthcare costs.

CMS, VA policies highlight WH interop event

Morning eHealth

Data-sharing salves wildfire wounds — Telemedicine study

Take the Lead to Deploy Emerging Technologies for Improved Outcomes

Healthcare Informatics

Emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), have the potential to accelerate the shift to value-based care and improve the healthcare system in material ways

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Helping the Healthcare Industry Avoid Being the Next Ransomware Victim: 5 Tips for Employees

Electronic Health Reporter

This content is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. By Marcus Chung, CEO, BoldCloud. Every person, from the newest employee to the CEO, can either strengthen or weaken an organization’s security posture.

Convenience Care Is Here, and It's Eating Your Lunch

Patients want high-quality care that is accessible and affordable. If they can’t get it from you, direct-to-consumer healthcare services make it easy for them to get it somewhere else. Give them the ability to consume your services just like they consume everything else in their lives: on their phones or computers, quickly, and where it’s convenient for them.

Real Seniors lack essential technology – who will make it happen in 2019?

Aging in Place Technology Watch

When Pew stops tracking senior adoption, does that imply a market saturated? Rant on. h overall among seniors, last reported in 2016 ) – and the most recent data cited on Internet use, seniors were quoted in a 2016 survey, 44% of responders did not use the internet users.

Aspen RxHealth gets $9M to create a gig economy for pharmacists

Mobi Health News

Aspen RxHealth, a Tampa-based company using a gig economy model to connect patients with pharmacists, has raised $9 million in Series A funding led by Flare Capital Partners. An additional investor was an undisclosed strategic partner, a health plan in the United States. What they do

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Rationing Care in America: Cost Implications Getting to Universal Health Coverage

Health Populi

It would not be surprising to know that when the Great Recession hit the U.S. in 2008, one in three Americans delayed medical treatment due to costs.

Telemedicine abortion ban advances in Michigan

Morning eHealth

Another stab at a privacy bill — Insulin dosing app project gets $6M

Stop Creating Disloyal Patients

90 percent of patients feel no obligation to stay with a healthcare system that doesn’t offer digital tools. What can you do in the face of such a sobering statistic? Patient-facing telehealth options that allow patients to get virtually instantaneous care privately, securely, and from anywhere can keep your patients from seeking care from the easiest, nearest, and cheapest provider.

At UVM Health Network, Advancing an Integrated Health System’s Initiatives through Data Governance Strategies

Healthcare Informatics

At the Burlington, Vermont-based UVM Health Network, Leah Fullem is helping to lead data governance processes intended to speed the advancement of key IT strategies across the integrated health system

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Medical Device Development and Data Science Integration

Electronic Health Reporter

This content is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. By Sean Otto, vice president of business development, Cyient.

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How the media loves to talk about loneliness among older adults

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Shall we take this WSJ article at face value? Rant on. From yesterday’s Wall Street Journal – pops up a dramatic headline, The Loneliest Generation , describing how baby boomer Americans, more than ever, are aging alone.