2018

Managing Digital Health Regulatory Uncertainty

Medical Connectivity

Uncertainty abounds when managing digital health regulatory uncertainty regarding the FDA and other international regulatory bodies.

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.

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.

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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 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.

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Looking across international borders for digital health tools

Mobi Health News

Panelists at the Connected Health Conference in Boston spoke about the importance of digital health alliances and learning from countries sometimes ignored in the space.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

AI Can Improve Patient Outcomes, but will Pharma Get there Quickly Enough?

Lloyd Price

No matter what industry you’re in, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all the rage. It’s the shiniest of the shiny and new, and it’s everywhere.

Robotics in Healthcare – Beam Me Up or Be Gone?

Perficient

When you hear the word “robot” like most, you probably begin thinking of a fictional, sci-fi movie – Star Wars; Short Circuit; I, Robot, etc., rarely would you think healthcare. Given the recent uptick in the use of robotics within the health sector, this could soon change. Robotics is not a foreign concept to the healthcare industry. In fact, the use of robots was introduced to the world of medicine back in the 1980’s.

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.

Thoughts on Clinical Decision Support and its Future: Dr Greenes Interview

Medical Connectivity

In two of my last blog posts, I have interviewed people and companies working in the support and implementation of decision support. With this blog post, I have the honor of interviewing Robert A.

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2017 A Ground Breaking Year for Telehealth

Clocktree

2017 was a ground breaking year for the world of telehealth. More than 60% of all healthcare institutions in the US have implemented telehealth technology into their care systems. Access to online care has never been better.

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.

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.

The Measurement of Healthcare Quality

Mobile Health Matters

What is quality? The dictionary defines quality as “a peculiar and essential characteristic; an inherent feature; or a degree of excellence.” For many charged with leading quality in healthcare, quality is often measured as a success in certification, a successful audit, or decreasing rejections.

Social Media and Mental Health – Teenage Wasteland or Land of Opportunity?

Digital Health

Healthcare.gov portal back online as OIG investigates data breach

FierceHealthIT

The Direct Pathway portal used by brokers and agents to enroll people in marketplace plans is back online after CMS reported suspicious activity last week

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Wearable device data and AI can reduce health care costs and paperwork reports The Brookings Institution

Lloyd Price

Though digital technology has transformed nearly every corner of the economy in recent years, the health care industry seems stubbornly immune to these trends.

The potential downside of 'social determinants'

Morning eHealth

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

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Healthcare connectivity: improving healthcare across the continuum

Mobi Health News

A robust infrastructure is critical to supporting connectivity from inside the hospital to the home

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Millennials want convenient care

KevinMD

The Kaiser Health News article, " Spurred By Convenience, Millennials Often Spurn The ‘Family Doctor’ Model ," caught my eye.

Medical Device Security Threat Predictions for 2018

Medical Connectivity

Last November Kapersky Labs made some medical device security predictions for 2018 on their SecureList security bulletin.

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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.

The Smartphone Is the Consumer’s Personal Health Platform – Implications from Deloitte’s 2018 Survey

Health Populi

American consumers are now viewing their phones an average of 52 times daily, with 39 percent of consumers believing they use their smartphones too much. In fact, 60 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds admit to smartphone overuse, the highest level of any age group.

7 Telemedicine Concerns and How to Overcome Them

Arizona Telemedicine Program

Telemedicine is growing with a forecasted market increase of? percent from 2017 to 2023. It is already used by more than? 50 percent of hospitals in the United States and close to 1 million Americans,?thanks thanks to its cost efficiencies and easy access to healthcare services. .

Infographic Poster: Top 8 Rules for Secure Texting in Healthcare

Phoenix Health Systems

Texting among healthcare team members has become a valuable communications tool that creates efficiencies and improves patient safety. Some organizations also use opt-in texting programs to send reminders to patients.

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Health IT and Vegas: Made for Each Other

Digital Health

I was in Las Vegas at HIMSS this last week, which, for the uninitiated, is a veritable orgy of health information technology (HIT). Someone from HIMSS leadership told me that over 42,000 people had shown up and they were expecting closer to 45,000. It’s a long way from 1998, I’ll tell you.