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Hypoglycemia Unawareness: Why It Occurs and What to Do About It

Insulin Nation

For a newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic, there is nothing scarier than having your blood sugar bottom out. One minute you’re fine, the next you’re sitting in a pool of your own sweat trembling and struggling to put a coherent thought together.

Five new technologies from the 2020 Market Overview

Aging in Place Technology Watch

echnology for older adults has become mainstream. The 2020 Market Overview of Technology for Aging is now online. This 2020 version reflects the growing market interest in the boomer-senior demographic and its position in the Longevity Economy.

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How Coronavirus Is Re-Shaping Consumer Behavior, From the Amusement Park to the Voting Booth

Health Populi

The coronavirus has shaken U.S. consumer confidence, both in terms of financial markets and personal health risks.

IT deficits are eating hospital profits. CEOs need to wake up.

KevinMD

I work for a hospital network with the world's slowest computers. I timed it: Last shift, it took me fifteen minutes to log on. The first computer obtained didn't function at all. It had been worked on the day before by information technology services (IT).

Leveraging Automated Telehealth During a Capacity Crisis

As the healthcare system faces unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 crisis, it’s more important than ever to make the most of clinical resources. Automation holds the key to drastically increasing clinical capacity and flattening the curve.

Issue in Walgreens' app led to customers seeing each others' secure messages

Mobi Health News

Prescription drug information and names were exposed, but financials and social security numbers were not.

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Most Americans Concerned About Coronavirus Impact on Economy & Families, and Not a “Hoax”

Health Populi

Seven in 10 Americans are concerned about the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on the economy, and 6 in 10 people worried about someone they love getting sick from COVID-19.

Technology can help diagnose, contain COVID-19 – within limits

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Digital tools such as telehealth, remote patient monitoring, data analytics and even consumer-facing AI-based chatbots could play a key role in containing the outbreak of COVID-19 and help people who think they've been exposed to the novel coronavirus – but experts warn that such tools are not a cure-all. For example, AI-based algorithms could be most helpful in providing information about patients who have already been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who are suspected of being infected. Monitoring these patients remotely with clinical-grade sensors and collecting data on numerous physiological signals could improve clinical decision-making for providers, and the process can also help them learn more about the disease so they can better treat it. The learning from the AI-based algorithms could then be combined with other information such as laboratory and imaging tests to create a composite mechanism that could help clinicians understand the disease better, and ultimately lead to better detection or prediction of the early signs of infection. Kuldeep Singh Rajput, CEO of Biofourmis, a Boston-based specialist in digital therapeutics, told Healthcare IT News that there are clinical-grade wearables now available that can monitor patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 who are under quarantine, whether it's in a home or healthcare setting. The wearable biosensors capture multiple physiology signs. And when combined with advanced analytics, Rajput says there is a "huge opportunity" to detect physiology changes indicative of clinical deterioration that require medical intervention. "While there's still much the medical community does not know about COVID-19, there are known signs and symptoms such as fever, increased respiration and shortness of breath," he explained. "Physiological signals such as temperature, respiration rate and heart rate can be measured by wearables while a patient is in quarantine to detect worsening conditions and impending issues." Dr. Saif Abed, director of cybersecurity advisory services at AbedGraham, explained that any platform that allows the general public to self-screen, virtually seek clinical guidance, be triaged or receive support during self-isolation/quarantine is going to be beneficial, not just in terms of diagnosis, but also in terms of containment as a preventative measure for public health. "Containing something as transmissible as COVID-19 means we shouldn't be flocking to a family physician or emergency room at the slightest symptom, because that can exacerbate spread, so remote monitoring could be powerful," said Abed. He noted that during a public health crisis, the more high-quality data that is available, the better organizations will be at forecasting and planning for multiple scenarios based on their likelihood. "The right platform processing datasets at volume, speed and with sophistication could significantly impact our ability to take more precise measures for containment," he said. Abed pointed to AI-based technologies like chatbots, saying they could be effective for triaging and guiding that general public for self-isolation. "It will not be 100 percent accurate, as not every person will be classically symptomatic when they used a bot and might simply be an atypical case," he noted. "However, the goal at a public health level is to minimize spread so chatbots could be useful to guide human behavior and be an efficient resource when a health system is short on staff to take calls." Rajput agreed chatbots can have some advantages. For example, they can engage people and provide education about their disease or ask them to take certain precautions. "This type of automated engagement can support the interactions patients have with their clinicians, but its value does not come close to other AI-based tools such as AI-driven analytics combined with a clinical-grade wearable for remote monitoring," he noted. Dr. Jay Anders, chief medical officer of Medicomp Systems, a provider of physician-driven point-of care solutions that fix EHRs, said with the outbreak of COVID-19, quick identification and accurate diagnosis of the condition is critical to help prevent the spread of the virus. "Our clinical knowledge base team is constantly monitoring new and existing diagnoses, guidelines and terminologies to ensure our clinical data engine is up to date and accurate," Anders explained. "As new diseases or illnesses are identified, we enter the clinical guidelines into our database, along with any clinically-relevant terminologies, symptoms and information." However, Anders noted that preventing the further spread of COVID-19 requires more than entering in the terminologies and diagnosis protocols into a clinical database. "The quick identification of the virus is critical, and the best way to get clinical guidelines and terminologies in front of a physician is to provide them at the point of care," he said. When treating a symptomatic patient, physicians should be presented with a clinically relevant diagnosis when documenting the chart note, because when armed with the most current information at the point of care, physicians can make accurate and timely diagnoses. He said the greatest challenge of compiling and distributing clinical information is that existing EHRs are inundated with too much data that is neither structured nor accessible. "When time is of the essence – which it currently is with the coronavirus outbreak – physicians do not have time to search through screens upon screens of data to find the information they need," Anders noted. He explained that clinicians need data that is compiled, stored, and distributed in a structured, clinically relevant format, which not only allows for quicker identification of presenting symptoms, but also makes it easier to interpret and share with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other physicians. "To slow the spread of COVID-19, clinicians need tools that help them to quickly and accurately identify potentially infected patients, and efficiently and effectively share critical disease information," he said. Nathan Eddy is a healthcare and technology freelancer based in Berlin. Email the writer: nathaneddy@gmail.com. Twitter: @dropdeaded209. Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication.

Sheba Medical Center turns to XRHealth to provide quarantined coronavirus-exposed patients with VR telehealth tools

Mobi Health News

According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization, as of the morning of 2 March, there were nearly 89,000 cases of COVID-19 confirmed globally

Guardrails for telehealth in coronavirus response

Morning eHealth

#HIMSS2020 finally cancels — Privacy negotiations at 'loggerheads' in Congress

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.

Job #1 for Next President: Reduce Health Care Costs – Commonwealth Fund & NBC News Poll

Health Populi

Four in five U.S. adults say lowering the cost of health care in America should be high priority for the next American president, according to a poll from The Commonwealth Fund and NBC News.

COVID-19: ATA, HIMSS, others want waivers for Medicare telehealth restrictions

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, taxing the resources of U.S. health systems as they stretch to manage the probability of more COVID-19 patients, the American Telemedicine Association and other healthcare organizations are calling on Congress to help. WHY IT MATTERS.

Smartphone-based ultrasound VistaScan gets FDA nod

Mobi Health News

The software can be used on a clinician's smartphone or tablet.

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HIMSS Watch: Trump attending, others not

Morning eHealth

AI could boost health care efficiency, but also costs — Google defends Ascension deal

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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.

Coronavirus and T1D: What You Need to Know and How to Prepare

Insulin Nation

As news continues to grow concerning the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, it can be hard not to worry about your own safety. This is especially true if you are a person living with type 1 diabetes and are already at an increased risk for health problems and infection.

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Congress waives telehealth restrictions for coronavirus screening

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As was requested by several leading healthcare technology organizations this past week, Congress has included a provision that waives some restrictions for Medicare telehealth coverage as part of its new COVID-19 supplemental funding package.

Musculoskeletal health startup Sparta Science rakes in $16M

Mobi Health News

GSR Venture US led the round with participation from Arsenal Growth and existing investors.

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What interop means for rare disease patients

Morning eHealth

High-profile HIMSS dropout — More momentum for telehealth in coronavirus response

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.

#HIMSS20 Coronavirus Cancellations and President Trump Keynote Update

Healthcare IT Today

As you can imagine, we’re super-busy planning for the HIMSS20 annual conference that it scheduled to take place next week in Orlando. As we reported before, the situation is dynamic, which is a fancy way of saying that there are many unknowns, but we are getting regular updates.

HIMSS cancels 2020 global health conference due to coronavirus concerns

FierceHealthIT

HIMSS canceled its global health conference. HIMSS organizers said the 2020 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition was called off due to the coronavirus outbreak and the "unacceptable risk to bring so many thousands of people together in Orlando next week

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Pager's all-in-one care coordination app secures $33M in equity, debt financing

Mobi Health News

The funds will support expansion into new markets, as well as product launches and general scaling of its business

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American Well to preview TV-based telemedicine for the home at HIMSS20

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

At HIMSS20, prominent telemedicine technology vendor American Well will preview its new home TV system, dubbed CarePort, which will be commercially available at a date yet to be announced.

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.

#HIMSS20 Has Been Cancelled

Healthcare IT Today

Update: HIMSS has published a HIMSS Cancellation FAQ We’re sorry to report that the HIMSS 2020 annual conference in Orlando has been cancelled. Here’s the email that was sent out by HIMSS.

HIMSS Announces Cancellation of The 2020 Global Health Conference & Exhibition

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. Today, following recent reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HIMSS announced it is clearly necessary to cancel the 2020 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition. […]. The article HIMSS Announces Cancellation of The 2020 Global Health Conference & Exhibition appeared first on electronichealthreporter.com.

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Finnish startup to provide online triage service to GP patients in Hull and York

Mobi Health News

The AI symptom checker aims to improve access to primary care and reduce waiting times

4 Ways Hospitals Can Prepare for COVID-19 Using Virtual Care

eVisit

COVID-19 is spreading rapidly. Evidence of this is being reported across the United States from Washington State to Rhode Island. The numbers of confirmed cases in the US changes daily, and so far it’s in the wrong direction.

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.

The Coronavirus and Health IT

Healthcare IT Today

Most people in the world of health IT are keeping an eye on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation from a number of unique perspectives. The first and most important is how can an IT organization support their hospital, practices, etc with coronavirus. More on that in a second.

No mean ‘feet’

New Age Healthcare

M ost adults have a gap under the inner aspect of the feet which is called arch. Absence if this arch leads to development of flat foot, also known as pes-planus. It causes the entire sole of the foot, including the inner aspect to touch the ground when standing.

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Ginger acquires fellow digital mental health company LiveBetter's tech

Mobi Health News

LiveBetter also announced its plans to tranfer into a nonprofit.