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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.

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.

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.

A digital solution for sleep disorders

New Age Healthcare

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disorder in which a person stops breathing during the night, perhaps hundreds of times. These gaps in breathing are called apneas. The disorder occurs when tissues in the upper throat collapse at different times during sleep, thereby blocking the passage of air.

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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.

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

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.

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).

4 Steps to Accelerate the Growth of Your Urgent Care Practice

eVisit

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Is there a future for robot-assisted surgery?

KevinMD

Recently, there was a fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal regarding robot-assisted surgery.

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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.

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.

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.

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).

The Hook That Can Save Telemedicine

Health System CIO

The harsh truth is that telemedicine has fallen far short of expectations, says David Bensema. But if it’s marketed more effectively and key changes are implemented, it can still serve a key purpose. Columns Featured Patient Experience Telemedicine David Bensema

Dear Media: The Way You Talk About Diabetes is Problematic

Insulin Nation

My son Peter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2013, just a few days short of his third birthday. Our family was caught completely by surprise. We knew very little about diabetes. I still remember the first question I asked my wife when she broke the news: Does he have Type 1 or Type 2? sponsor.

Using HIPAA Compliant Text Messaging to Ease Patient Preparation

CareWire

Giving a patient a lengthy list of all of the things that they can and cannot do weeks before an upcoming surgery or operation is overwhelming. Begin to Ease Patient Preparation with text messaging. In the time leading up to a surgery, patients are likely becoming increasingly anxious and preoccupied by stress about the procedure, concerns about how they will complete day to day tasks afterward, and a myriad of other issues that they will have to work through prior to their procedure or surgery.

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How Technology is Leading the Revolution in Patient Care

Arizona Telemedicine Program

Look in your purse, desk, and pocket, and you’ll be reminded of how our lives run on technology -- both personally and professionally.

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3 ways tech innovation can fight physician burnout

KevinMD

According to published reports, over 50 percent of doctors are burned out. The reason? They are overwhelmed by payment and quality rules as well as poor information technology. It’s no secret that physicians spend long hours seeing patients.

No-Cost Talk Therapy & Telehealth Technology Are Put to Use in England, to Provide Greater Access to Mental Health Services

Clocktree

England has become the first country to offer no-cost talk therapy to their people. No-cost phone talk therapy is funded by the National Health Service and is a hotline available for unlimited phone therapy sessions.