2018

Managing Digital Health Regulatory Uncertainty

Medical Connectivity

Uncertainty abounds when managing digital health regulatory uncertainty regarding the FDA and other international regulatory bodies. For this discussion we'll divide uncertainty into two categories, uncertainty due to a lack of knowledge about the potential regulations on the part of manufacturers and uncertainty about just what various regulatory agencies are doing - or going to do - about new and innovative products that meet the definition of a medical device. What is a Medical Device?

The Next Frontier in Health Tech: Improving the Patient Experience

Digital Health

This week I had the pleasure to give a talk about big data/AI and digital health (buzzword bingo alert) at the Stanford Big Data in Precision Health Conference in Palo Alto. While most of the very interesting speakers spoke about technology and fascinating uses for data, I chose to take a somewhat different tack and […].

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Industry Voices—Sizing up 4 opportunities for digital transformation in healthcare

FierceHealthIT

According to ISACA’s recently released 2018 Digital Transformation Barometer, some of the most hyped technology also is perceived to hold the highest risk and the highest potential benefit. Contributor Susan Snedaker takes a look at how those technologies can be used to successfully transform healthcare organizations and patient outcomes

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Doctors orders: How Ali Parsa plans to make digital health startup Babylon the "Google of Healthcare"

Lloyd Price

For the latest installment of our Big Interview series where we catch up with some of the world’s most exciting business leaders, The Drum makes an appointment with Ali Parsa – founder and chief exec of digital health startup Babylon – to find out about his plans to become the Google of healthcare. “I I was in Brussels for a speaking engagement when I got very ill, with a high temperature. As I got off the stage and made my way to the cab I made an appointment with a doctor.

Frontline Call Center Partners with VBurchett Consulting to Improve Patients' Experiences

Frontline Call Center and VBurchett Consulting are joining forces in modern patient care with a new patient engagement center that utilizes telemedicine.

I didn’t become a physician to do data entry

KevinMD

The trouble began when I needed to open the electronic health record (EHR) system for the tenth time that day. EHRs have significantly changed the way we practice medicine. They have completely eliminated the need for storage and transport of paper charts, reduced prescription errors secondary to illegible handwritings of physicians and provided an excellent platform to maximize billing for services rendered. However, in terms of creating a smooth workflow. Read more.

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Slow thinking and machine learning in medicine

KevinMD

Recently, several high-profile institutions have called attention to the issue of inclusion and equity when artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms are applied in medicine. Leaders from the law, medicine, social sciences and computer sciences are speaking out about the challenges of using smart algorithms to solve social problems. While this topic might easily be dismissed as […]. Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.

Remote Monitoring Devices Are The Future

Duane Boise

Technology is steadily involving and to think that it won’t affect the healthcare industry is an understatement. While many are looking to utilize phone apps to better reach patients, they should also be looking at how to use remote monitoring devices effectively as well. With wearable technology, patients vitals are going to be monitored in real time, their lifestyle will improve, and healthcare will be more accessible.

Could Telehealth Services Help Stop the Opioid Crisis?

Clocktree

The opioid crisis in America is hurting communities all around the country. Many people in need of treatment for opioid addiction live in rural areas without dedicated treatment centers. This lack of access in rural areas means the residents are not receiving treatment. So what can telemedicine to do help the opioid crisis?

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. Congressional representatives, “Mad Men” and Women of advertising, telemarketers, and folks who sell autos. Congress-folk and car salespeople have ranked at the low-trust bottom for many years in this Gallup poll.

The Top 5 Challenges You’ll Face When Scaling Telehealth Services Nationally

If you’re thinking about expanding your telehealth services to more states, whether it’s five or 50, we’ve outlined the top five obstacles you’ll need to plan for, to ensure you’re delivering an exceptional brand and clinical experience.

3 Healthcare Technology Advances Transforming the Industry

Electronic Health Reporter

This content is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. By Kristin Savage writes regularly on the Pick Writers blog and occasionally contributes to other educational platforms. Technology has become an inseparable part of our lives. No matter how you look at it, from smartphones to computers, we need technology to function in our everyday routines. The exact same thing came to apply in the medical […].

The Role of Telemedicine in Long-Term Care

Arizona Telemedicine Program

Telemedicine might sound like a strange fit for an industry that depends on human touch. For most of us, it's hard to imagine seeking treatment from a doctor using a screen or digital portal, rather than face-to-face in an office. But it’s been catching on for several years in many fields, including long-term care.

I Want a New Drug, Part 2 –Digital Therapeutics on the Rise

Digital Health

In the last month I have spoken at an event about digital therapeutics and been invited to speak at 5 more unrelated events on the same topic (note: I am not doing them all). In my world view, this constitutes a trend, particularly since I haven’t been asked to speak on this topic repeatedly before. […].

By offering telehealth via its mobile app, CVS is putting healthcare in the palm of your hand

FierceHealthIT

Starting Aug. 8, the visits can address minor illnesses and injuries and skin conditions for children and adults in nine states and Washington, D.C. The virtual visits can treat patients over two years old for “minor illnesses and injuries, skin conditions and other wellness needs," according to CVS

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.

How Can Hospital Culture Drive Improved Patient Care?

Mobile Health Matters

What makes a hospital great? Each year, a variety of industry lists designate which hospitals are ‘the best,’ including U.S. News & World Report rankings, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades and Truven Health Analytics. While many of these rankings use important metrics such as excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes and physician satisfaction, they often fail to recognize the intangible piece of what it truly takes to make a great hospital – culture.

The potential downside of 'social determinants'

Morning eHealth

MITRE VA report released — Calls for cyber waiver in anti-kickback statute

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Study: Majority of mental health patients would consider giving clinicians access to phone behaviors, locations

Mobi Health News

A small study published in JMIR Mental Health found that 84 percent of surveyed patients living with mental illness were willing to use apps that would collect and share biomarkers

Will robots replace doctors?

KevinMD

Among the many recurring topics, this year has been the impact of machine learning in our lives, especially the implications for our future work life. Prophecies range from ubiquitous utopian machine servants to a dystopian ravaging, hollowing out the work and economic standing of the middle and lower classes. What can machine learning do? Workforce […]. Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.

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.

3 Text-Based Strategies for Driving ER Diversion

CareWire

Encouraging people to avoid the ER when they’re not facing a true emergency has long been a priority for commercial and public payers as well as employer groups. While the high cost associated with these visits is certainly the primary reason for diversion efforts, the benefits of saving the ER for emergencies expand beyond just financial.

Florida Senate Approves Statewide Telehealth Bill

Clocktree

Last Wednesday in Tallahassee, Florida, a senate committee unanimously approved a bill on telehealth , focused on permitting doctors and healthcare providers using telehealth technology to provide healthcare directly to patients. Florida Senators Aaron Bean and Fernandina Beach worked tirelessly on five drafts of the bill, and in its success, it has earned the joke “fifth time’s the charm!”

Physicians Don’t Talk Enough with Patients About Non-Medical Needs

Health Populi

Most patients wish their doctors would have a conversation with them about non-medical issues. The Doctor-Patient Conversation , a survey conducted for the Samueli Foundation by the Harris Poll, examined how patients feel about their health, healthcare, and relationships with physicians. The Samueli Institute, has several missions including integrative health with a focuses on evidence-based practices for healing, wellbeing and resilience.

Exciting Aspects of Healthcare Mobile App Development

Electronic Health Reporter

This content is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. By Ritesh Patil, co-founder, Mobisoft Infotech. In the past few years, information technology has developed and now it becomes an integral part of the medical sphere. Currently, the innovation of wireless medicine is increasing rapidly and influencing the present healthcare industry. In the year 2017, more than 3.5 billion individuals having tablets and mobile phones with access […].

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.

How Telemedicine Can Improve the Reputation of the Waiting Room

Arizona Telemedicine Program

Patients, physicians and hospital staff alike can agree that the waiting room is not typically a positive experience for patients. According to a survey conducted by the design and development firm Sequence, 85 percent of patients reported that they wait anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes past their scheduled appointment times until they see their physicians. Patients consider this to be valuable time that's put to waste and in many cases, their levels of anxiety exacerbate.

New Tech Tonics Episode: Katherine Chou: How A Quintessential Googler Wraps Her (Deep) Mind Around Healthcare

Digital Health

Katherine Chou is in many ways the quintessential Googler – super smart, a passion for computer science, an engineer through and through. On today’s episode of Tech Tonics, we’ll learn how this rock star at Google decided to turn her talents to healthcare, and hear what she’s discovered about healthcare, and herself, along the way. […].

Morgan Stanley: Nearly 1 in 10 hospitals at risk for closure 

FierceHealthIT

A new analysis from Morgan Stanley, an investment bank and financial services company, also found that nearly 20% of hospitals are not operating in a "healthy" way. Here's more on why

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Survey: 90% of Americans use Digital Health Tools

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Editor’s Note: According to recent studies, fitness tracking such as wearables increase physical activity for the long-term in wellness programs while wearables monitor chronic conditions. Health plans encourage wearables, so why don’t more plans include wearables? Wellness programs help members develop healthy habits leading to lower expense pressures for chronic health issues for members and payers. Click HERE to find out how BHM helps support payers.

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.