April, 2019

Listen Up, Healthcare: Hear The Patient’s Voice!

Health Populi

Consider the voice of a patient before the advent of the Internet in the digital 1.0 world, and then the proliferation of social networks in v 2.0.

FDA on Modifying AI

Medical Connectivity

Recently the FDA released a discussion paper on a Proposed Regulatory Framework for Modifications to Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML)-Based Software as a Medical Device (SaMD). For starters this paper captures several familiar themes.

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Use of VR in pediatric setting leads to less reported needle pain

Mobi Health News

A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that patients using a VR system reported less pain when being treated with a needle than their counterparts who received the standard of care.

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Telemedicine and access: Leave no patient behind

KevinMD

Telehealth, using video to have an acute medical care visit, puts some of the power of choice back into our patient’s hands.

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.

New Tech Tonics Podcast Episode: Andy Coravos: Championing Responsible Digital Medicine

Digital Health

Andy Coravos left a promising career at a top private equity firm to follow her passion and pursue intensive training as a software developer; she now works on the frontier of engineering and medicine as CEO and co-founder of Elektra Labs, focused on the use of digital measures to support clinical research, and the generation […].

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Telehealth In 2030 – Notes From the Future At #ATA19 with Safavi, Holt, Bathina and Swafford

Health Populi

What will telemedicine look like in 2030? imagined Kaveh Safavi, Accenture’s Senior Managing Director and Health of Global Healthcare Practice.

Healthcare Messaging & Orchestration — 2019

Medical Connectivity

Messaging is all about getting things done. Whether you call it Secure Texting, Secure Messaging, Clinical Communications and Collaboration, Messaging and Orchestration, Workflow Automation or something else, we're talking about the ability to message users to accomplish a specific task who are mobile or at a desk using a conversational user interface. In this post we'll look at how health care messaging and orchestration solutions are changing for 2019.

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Seven ways health consumers are tracking their sleep

Mobi Health News

From the wrist to the finger to the forehead to the bedside, consumer sleep tracking is a booming business

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Could patients be their own scribes?

KevinMD

One day while on shift in the emergency department, I looked out into the waiting room at the dozens of people waiting to be seen. Many had been waiting for hours. Some looked bored. Others appeared agitated by the long wait time.

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.

Latest Tech Tonics Podcast: From Farm to Negotiating Table – James Dromey of the Murdoch Royal Children’s Institute

Digital Health

James Dromey was supposed to be a farmer in County Cork, Ireland and has the milking experience to prove it. But apparently cows were not his destiny, even though he was a farm family’s only son. Instead, James left the farm for the teeming metropolis of Galway and never looked back. Today he is […].

Ten technologies that can help with fall detection in 2019

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The more thin gs change… Who would have thought that fall detection would be added to a hearing aid ? Or that Apple would produce a watch with built-in fall detection, automatically activated for the 65+ ?

Health Consumers Are Now Amazon-Primed for Healthcare – HealthConsuming Explains, Part 2

Health Populi

As patients now assume the role of health consumer, they rationally expect retail-level experiences with greater first-dollar payment for health insurance, health care services and medical products like prescription drugs.

Drastic attrition in digital clinical trials

Morning eHealth

Health tech funding slows slightly — Telehealth caucus comments roll in

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.

Digital mental health platform Meru Health snags $4.2M in seed funding

Mobi Health News

The startup plans to put the money towards additional clinical validation and rolling out the system to large health systems and employers.

Telehealth education: What do we actually need for our clinical practice?

KevinMD

As we go through our careers, we are given the responsibility of educating the next generation of students and residents to become proficient and competent in medicine. In telehealth, which also requires training my colleagues, is it necessary? If so, what should be part of it?

FBI, DOJ bust 24 people in $1.2 billion telemedicine fraud scheme

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Hundreds of thousands patients were lured into worldwide criminal healthcare fraud schemes involving telemedicine and durable medical equipment (DME) executives, according to the FBI and Department of Justice. WHY IT MATTERS.

WA state legislature passes two telehealth bills

Clocktree

Washington state lawmakers have passed two new bills which help expand telehealth services state wide. The first, HB5386 , will establish a telemedicine training program covering issues such as licensing, liability, informed consent, and training on how to use technology. Telehealth providers would be required to complete this certification every four years. If signed into law, WA would be the first state to implement and mandate a telemedicine training program.

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.

The United States of Diabetes: a $1,240 Tax on Every American

Health Populi

Pharmaceutical company executives are testifying in the U.S. Congress this week on the topic of prescription drug costs. One of those medicines, insulin, cost a patient $5,705 for a year’s supply in 2016, double what it cost in 2012, according to the Health Care Cost Institute.

Five FinTech Offerings for Older Adults

Aging in Place Technology Watch

FinTech – are these tools for seniors? Some trendy terminology transformations in recent years, for example Voice First and IoT, refer to tech that is relatively new or recently revived. FinTech, a concatenation of Financial Technology, may be similar.

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Amazon kicks off PillPack marketing campaign with email to Prime users

Mobi Health News

Amazon sent Prime users an email advertising virtual pharmacy PillPack, which the company acquired in 2018.

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Death by 1,000 clicks: Where electronic health records went wrong

KevinMD

The pain radiated from the top of Annette Monachelli’s head, and it got worse when she changed positions. It didn’t feel like her usual migraine. The 47-year-old Vermont attorney turned innkeeper visited her local doctor at the Stowe Family Practice twice about the problem in late November 2012, but got little relief. Two months later, […]. Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more. Tech Health IT

Community Health Centers: Increase Growth through Care Management + Telehealth

Understand the Growth Potential for Community Health Centers through this Easy-To-Use Care Management Guide. This guide covers Billing, Claims Processing and Payment for CCM, BHI and More!

Patient monitoring is evolving with artificial intelligence, sensors, smart technology, more

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

A new study from Frost & Sullivan takes stock of some of the rapid-fire developments in the world of patient monitoring, which is expanding its capabilities by leaps and bounds with the maturation of sensors, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics. WHY IT MATTERS.

What social media says about the opioid crisis

Morning eHealth

Trump administration forces health tech startup to find new a new buyer — Amazon Alexa gets medical skills

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Patients Become Healthcare Payors, Now Consumers – HealthConsuming Explains, Part 1

Health Populi

We Are All Health Consumers Now. That’s the title of the first chapter of my new book, HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen.

The Best Hospital CIOs Offer Superior Service Desks That “Wow” Their Users

Phoenix Health Systems

Given the information technology revolution within hospitals today, how your Service Desk analysts handle physicians and other users is more critical than ever. Disruptive trends such as ever more sophisticated EHRs, widespread use of devices and apps, and the growth of cloud-based services should not equate to disrupted customer service.

Validation key in digital health, but how do you get started?

Mobi Health News

Last night at a Partners HealthCare Pivot Labs event, industry players discussed the ins and outs of how to validate a digital health product, regardless of funding.

Why virtual visits may be an important tool for your practice

KevinMD

Telemedicine has been available now for a number of years. Despite being widely accessible, it still struggles to maintain a foothold in the minds of many traditional practitioners.

Bringing precision medicine to patients with telehealth

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Home genetic testing kits have been popular for a while and with a variety of retail services now available, it is easy for anyone to get a glimpse at their genetic makeup. But understanding that information and the potential health issues it might indicate is a different story.

Healthcare Messaging & Orchestration — 2019

Medical Connectivity

Messaging is all about getting things done. Whether you call it Secure Texting, Secure Messaging, Clinical Communications and Collaboration, Messaging and Orchestration, Workflow Automation or something else, we're talking about the ability to message users to accomplish a specific task who are mobile or at a desk using a conversational user interface. In this post we'll look at how health care messaging and orchestration solutions are changing for 2019.

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