2017

Doctors should start watching more science fiction. Here’s why.

KevinMD

I often say that electronic health records (EHRs) is like Skynet in the Terminator. I expect to turn around from my screen someday, and Arnold will lift me by my throat saying, “You haff not been doing yuh meaningful use.”

Telemedicine Technology is Helping Florida Residents Affected by Hurricane Irma

Clocktree

During a time of such chaos and destruction in Florida, it has been extremely hard to provide healthcare access to those in need. Within the last three days Florida Hospital has incorporated telehealth technology into their system of care.

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Data Driven Predictive Medical Devices: An Interview

Medical Connectivity

In 1987, James Gleick wrote the book Chaos which was a layman’s description of different instances where chaotic behavior was displayed in systems.

Why Wearable Technology Is Great For Patient Involvement

Duane Boise

We love being in control. There is something so satisfying in taking a situation into your own hands and attempting to bring about desired results. Not only is the process itself more rewarding, but you form more of an attachment to a situation if you are held responsible for it.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Connecting to Patients and Each Other through Technology

Mobile Health Matters

As an anesthesiologist, my goal is to make the hospital a better, more efficient place to work so that I may provide the best possible care to my patients from the moment they come under my supervision.

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Dr. Nick van Terheyden and the Invisible Patient – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

As Chief Medical Officer at BaseHealth , Dr. Nick van Terheyden (aka “ Dr. Nick “) serves as the voice of the physician at the company. He provides strategic insights in product development and marketing as BaseHealth works to bring to market a predictive, evidence-based and data-driven population health management platform.

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Going Big: How An Innovation Stack Helped Launch A Successful Telemedicine Program

Health System CIO

By applying a structured, scalable approach, NewYork-Presbyterian was able to build NYP OnDemand from a concept into one of the most comprehensive telehealth programs in the country, says Daniel Barchi. Columns Featured Innovation Telemedicine Blog Daniel Barchi NewYork-Presbyterian

Type 1 Diabetes Risk May Come Down to Gut Bacteria Counts

Insulin Nation

Diabetes researchers have long noticed that labs have different rates of success breeding mice to have the equivalent of Type 1 diabetes. At first, many scientists attributed this to poor management of genetic drift in some labs, but this theory didn’t hold up.

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Who Owns a Physician’s Smartphone?

33 Charts

In 1994 when I was a first year gastroenterology fellow cell phones were expensive and scarce. When I was on call I stayed close to the house and my personal land line phone. If I was paged out at dinner I used a pay phone or begged the hostess to borrow the house phone.

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.

Five Digital Health Imperatives for Patient Safety

The Digital Health Corner

The most discussed issues in healthcare today are cost savings and access to care. There is no denying their rightful preeminence in the public discourse. Something which has received more attention in the past but has been surpassed by the aforementioned topics in both lay and healthcare policy press has been patient safety. Perhaps the best definition of patient safety is that of the World Health Organization.

Many digital health solutions lack evidence: How physicians can help

KevinMD

Technology makes this an exciting time for health care. Not only are technological advances making health care better, they’re also making it more affordable.

Telemedicine Is Gaining Popularity In Schools

Clocktree

Today there is a rising number of children in the US affected by asthma and diabetes. School nurses are treating a wider range of issues than ever before. Even though this increase is known, only 40% of elementary schools in the US have a full time nurse on staff.

FDA Busy With Software

Medical Connectivity

Since connectivity runs on software, and some medically related software is a medical device, and medical devices are regulated by the FDA, those involved in connectology must pay at least some attention to what the FDA is saying about the subject of medical software that is not an inherent part of some other medical device.

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 Emergency Medical Services Are Advancing And Why That’s Important

Duane Boise

As technology continues to advance past one’s wildest dreams, it should come as no surprise that many fields are adapting and developing at a rapid pace as well – mostly for the sake of keeping up with the times.

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Medicare Reimbursement for Remote Monitoring Should Drive Adoption (What a long, strange trip it’s been….)

The cHealth Blog

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule about two weeks ago and there is at least one nugget in there that should speed the adoption of remote patient monitoring. In fact, the news is even better, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Why I Switched to Telehealth

American Well

Stephen Matta began his medical journey in 2010 when he started his family medicine residency. An avid sports fan, Dr. Matta then decided to pursue a sports medicine fellowship, and eventually ended up working in an urgent care setting.

Dr. Rob Lamberts, Direct Primary Care, and the Future of Healthcare – Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

I spoke recently with Dr. Rob Lamberts – @doc_rob on Twitter – about EHRs and direct primary care. I first met Doc Rob through our involvement in the late lamented Grand Rounds (the notable medical blog carnival – you can find some editions here ). You should read his blog, Musings of a Distractible Mind , and perhaps you will be able to divine the origins or meaning of his deep interest in llamas.

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.

Jake Dorst, CIO, Tahoe Forest District Hospital, Chapter 2

Health System CIO

Sometimes innovation doesn’t have to involve machine learning, Hadoop, or any other buzzwords, says CIO Jake Dorst, who believes the focus should be on solving problems in a practical way.

Trooper with Type 1 Helps Motorist with Diabetes During Bad Hypo

Insulin Nation

Dennis Huntley was in trouble, and it wasn’t because of the police lights flashing behind his car. Huntley, who has diabetes, was pulled off on the side of the road of the New Jersey turnpike on a August day because he was suffering from a dangerous bout of hypoglycemia.

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Kardia Band for Apple Watch – 4 Lessons From the Hype Cycle

33 Charts

It’s been an interesting week to watch the news surrounding the Apple Watch. The FDA approved the Kardia Band – a new ECG sensor for the Apple Watch that allows the recording of a single-lead ECG with the capture of conditions such as atrial fibrillation (AF).

Digital Transformation: Reordering the Healthcare Landscape

New Age Healthcare

The adoption of technology within the healthcare industry has been rapid. Stakeholders in both private and public healthcare space have been very successful in absorbing and implementing ‘new-age’ technological innovations into their system.

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.

Digital health’s big diversity problem

KevinMD

This summer, a controversial memo written by a Google employee was leaked to the public. Within the memo, the author James Damo, details how the biology of men produces “a higher drive in status.”

Telehealth Platforms Are Moving Telepsychiatry Forward

Clocktree

Telepsychiatry has started forming its own healthcare niche. In 1995, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) release d a paper in support of telepsychiatry, explaining how it can overcome geographical limitations, provide greater access to care, and cut out travel time.

FDA Guidance on Software Changes

Medical Connectivity

On October 25, 2017 the FDA released its guidance on "Deciding When to Submit a 510(k) for a Software Change to an. Existing Device". A draft of this guidance was released in August 2016 and I commented on that draft here.

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The Fight For A More Mobile-Centric Patient Experience

Duane Boise

Since a very young age, no one looks forward to going to the doctor’s office. Whether it’s for a routine check up, a scheduled visit due to an illness, or a quick procedure, we have always dreaded walking into that waiting room.

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.

The Tone of Your Voice Holds the Secret to Moving Connected Health to the Next Level

The cHealth Blog

Lately, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about what I consider to be an urgent priority — moving from the antiquated, one-to-one model to efficient, time- and place-independent care delivery.

4 Steps to Accelerate the Growth of Your Urgent Care Practice

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FDA and Digital Health Regulation

Health Blawg

The FDA had a digital health banner day on December 7, announcing one final guidance and two draft guidance documents (with a 60-day comment period). Collectively, these guidances cover a range of digital health issues, and it is worth reading FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s statement about them as well as each individual document: Clinical and Patient Decision Support Software (CDS and PDS) (Draft).