July, 2019

Are We Over Connected Yet?

Medical Connectivity

Some of us remember when distributed medical devices such as patient monitors had their own dedicated server. That server had one job, to support that manufacturer's medical devices. It was not connected to the enterprise network, in part because there was no network.

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How technology ruined, and can save, the doctor-patient relationship

KevinMD

Each year, Medical Economics surveys physician readers to find out what irks them most. Topping the latest list: insurance paperwork, followed closely by electronic health records (EHRs). The reason is the same for both. Insurers and EHRs get between doctors and their patients.

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Can the bot-to-patient relationship improve patient engagement?

Mobi Health News

Medical chatbots are emerging as potential assistants in many areas of healthcare. Can an AI-fuelled robot help improve patient engagement in cancer care

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5G & Healthcare. Huge Boon for Providers, Impractical or Ho-hum?

Phoenix Health Systems

It’s a fact. The more bandwidth-intensive connected medical devices and mobile devices our hospitals deploy, the more we are straining our health IT infrastructures. Something has to give. Many communications leaders see 5G technology’s real-time high bandwidth and lower latency access as powerful new technology features that are needed to expand healthcare applications’ capabilities and the functioning of medical devices, robotics, and mobile devices.

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.

Artificial Intelligence Gets Real

Healthcare Informatics

Payers and providers alike are moving forward into an AI-fueled healthcare future

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On Amazon Prime Day, What Could Health Care Look Like?

Health Populi

Today is July 15, and my email in-box is flooded with all flavors of Amazon Prime’d stories in newsletters and product info from ecommerce sites — even those outside of Amazon from beauty retailers, electronics channels, and grocery stores.

Electronic health records cannot replace a doctor who knows you

KevinMD

The introduction of electronic health records (EHRs) was accompanied by a great deal of fanfare. Such systems, which replace old paper-based charts in doctor’s offices and hospitals, were designed to make patient data more accurate, safer and more accessible.

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Study shows more physicians are embracing telemedicine, especially in metro areas

Clocktree

The number of US physicians who list telemedicine as a skill doubled from 2015 to 2018, according to a recent study done by Doximity , a network of healthcare professionals.

New Tech Tonics Episode: Imran Haque – Grounded Data Scientist

Digital Health

A computational biologist by training, Imran Haque has managed to achieve the near-impossible: embracing the promise of data science in medicine while retaining his critical faculties. He may well be just the sort of innovator required at the intersection of medicine and big data. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Imran says he grew […].

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.

New PBM programs offer road to validity, adoption for digital therapeutics

Mobi Health News

Vetting digital health products for distribution and reimbursement is another step forward for novel digital treatments hoping to stand alongside traditional biologics

July 2019 SaMD PreCert Update

Medical Connectivity

We have been following the FDA's Software as Medical Device (SaMD) Pre-Cert pilot.

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Health Care and Consumers in 2030: A Profile from KPMG

Health Populi

A “one layered delivery network through which patients can move seamlessly as they age and their needs evolve” will be the new health care platform to meet patients’ demands by 2030, according to a forecast from KPMG’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Institute.

When physicians focus more on screens than patients

KevinMD

As Wei Wei Lee sat with her doctor to discuss starting a family, she felt a “distance” between them. The physician was busy on the computer and focused on the screen. “It It just didn’t feel very personal,” Lee said. “I I didn’t feel heard.”

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.

Rural communities helped by telehealth, but broadband internet still an issue for 1 in 5 rural households

Clocktree

NPR produced an interesting segment on the state of telehealth services and how they’ve helped people in rural communities. The article spotlights one woman in rural CA who needed therapy but lives in a town with only two therapists and could only get one appointment per month.

New Tech Tonics Episode: Sumit Nagpal,  At the Crossroads of Tech and Healthcare

Digital Health

Sumit Nagpal was born to a pair of healthcare entrepreneurs and raised in Kashmir, India. When he was 13, he came to the United States where he saw diversity for the first time.

CMS launches new API to help doctors get access to patient records

Mobi Health News

The program is designed to help providers gain additional insights into a patient's health records without changing their workflows.

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What NHS tells us about health IT

Morning eHealth

More on Klobuchar, Murkowski’s health data bill — Cerner Millennium won’t initially have all veterans’ data

Forrester Names Leader in Virtual Health Care Solutions

Forrester Research identified and evaluated the top players in digital health. Read the report to see who stood out—and who needs to catch up.

Finances Are the Top Cause of Stress, and HSAs Aren’t Helping Much

Health Populi

If you heed the mass media headlines and President Trump’s tweets, the U.S. has achieved “the best economy” ever in mid-July 2019. But if you’re working full time in that economy, you tend to feel much less positive about your personal prospects and fiscal fitness.

How can data analytics to improve the care and outcomes of cancer patients?

KevinMD

I want to share some thoughts about artificial intelligence, or as I prefer to call it “data analytics.” Fundamentally: How can we capture the capability of analytics to improve the care and outcomes of cancer patients?

Access to telehealth services still low, with many questioning its value

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Nearly three quarters of Americans said they are unaware of, or unable to access telehealth services, even though one in 10 said they had previously used telehealth technology. These were among the findings of a J.D.

Six new technologies for older adults – July 2019

Aging in Place Technology Watch

More smarts are moving into tech for older adults. AI capabilities combined with a Voice First interface is increasingly expected – and so they are part of new offerings to help older adults, bothliving at home or in senior living communities. Will older adults be comfortable with them?

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Building Your Digital Health Ecosystem

With the fragmentation of the pharmacy industry, digitized provider networks can offer a much-needed solution to connectivity, data sharing, collaboration and interoperability between physicians, patients and pharmacies.

Indonesia’s Halodoc raises close to a total of $100M after latest funding round

Mobi Health News

Indonesia-based healthtech platform Halodoc announced that it has secured additional funding from strategic investors including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Allianz X and Prudential. Allianz and Prudential provide insurance services in Indonesia and are users of Halodoc's services.

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A Fresh Look at Telehealth Patient Demographics in 2019

Enzyme Health

Recent patient surveys shed light on who is using telemedicine, why they are using it, and how benefits and barriers to telehealth use are rapidly shifting as adoption grows.

Retail Pricing in U.S. Health Care? Why Transparency Is Hard to Do

Health Populi

“It’s the prices stupid,” Uwe Reinhardt and Gerard Anderson and colleagues asserted in the title their seminal Health Affairs manifesto on U.S. healthcare spending. Sixteen years later, yesterday on 8th July 2019, a Federal U.S.

Technology is corrupting the culture of medicine

KevinMD

To help then-candidate Bill Clinton remain focused on the No. 1 voter issue ahead of the 1992 presidential elections, political strategist James Carville coined an unforgettable mantra, which he posted inside Clinton campaign headquarters. It read, “The economy, stupid.”

Telemedicine: Real-Time Trauma and Clinical Care with Global Reach

Today, connecting the patient to the right specialist is largely dependent on the patient’s ability to travel to the physician’s location. The ability to use technology to monitor patients in real-time, share information about their condition and provide treatment remotely, will improve the quality of care and save lives for patients everywhere.

Presidential candidate sees telemedicine as key to rural health

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Noting that 72 percent of land in the U.S. is located away from metro areas, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet has unveiled his healthcare plan for rural America – and it relies heavily on big investments in telemedicine. WHY IT MATTERS.

Shaheen Leads Senate Bipartisan Push to Rollback Over a Decade of Insulin Price Hikes

Insulin Nation

Senator Shaheen just introduced legislation to rollback insulin prices: Official Release. The JDRF announced this support for the legislation. “No No one should suffer or die because they cannot access insulin.

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Fitbit, smartphone data can be used to predict loneliness

Mobi Health News

A new study published in JMIR found that data from the devices could help identify college students living with loneliness.

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