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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.” We practice in a time when EHR confounds us by freezing, crashing and chaining us continuously to our work, as we spend evenings and weekends on documentation. Read more. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide.

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Clocktree Telehealth Platform Popup Notification Update

Clocktree

You can now receive important Clocktree account notifications via popups! These popup notifications are small messages that appear in a corner of your device’s screen, whether you are logged into Clocktree or not. They will alert you to upcoming appointments or new secure messages. Since the popup notifications are securely sent, they can include sensitive information like the client’s name and profile picture, a feature that is not possible for email and text messaging.

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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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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. As part of this, improving a patient’s health record – and our access to it – by using effective mobile technology is an important step to providing holistic care.

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5 Essentials for Healthcare CIOs: A Provider Data Management Checklist

Complete and accurate provider data is essential for health organizations to operate effectively. A better understanding of your provider network helps to understand patients and consumers, identify gaps in care, and make the best possible decisions for your businesses.

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Improving Healthcare Experiences with Collaboration: Case Studies

CiscoHealth

At the very core, healthcare is about collaboration between caregivers and patients. Read on for examples of how healthcare organizations worldwide are improving patient care and business processes using collaboration technologies. Collaboration case studies collaboration healthcare hospital telehealth telemedicine

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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. It most commonly affects middle-aged and older adults and people who are overweight. According to a recent study, 13% of Indians are under the threat of suffering from OSA.

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4 Steps to Accelerate the Growth of Your Urgent Care Practice

eVisit

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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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Marc Chasin, MD, VP & CIO, St. Luke’s Health System, Chapter 1

Health System CIO

Three years ago, St. Luke’s had to take a pause in its Epic journey to make sure everyone was headed in the same direction. The detour, says CIO Marc Chasin, was well worth it. Rolling out Epic across an organization the size of St. Luke’s isn’t a project; it’s a journey that requires an enormous effort to stay on course. It also requires a lot of change, and when that becomes too much, leaders must be willing to hit pause.

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Level up Culture & EQ | Sign up for the #CultureDrop

Once a week, culture & leadership expert Galen Emanuele gives free, actionable EQ training in 5 minutes or less. Subscribe to the #CultureDrop and access free resources & content.

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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. His meter read 47 mg/dL, and he had called 911. A call went out to the New Jersey State Police, who arrived quickly, but it would still take time for paramedics to reach him.

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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. To get a taste of the potential of where health and technology are going, you only need to look as far the recent Fortune article titled, “ Prepare for a Digital Health Revolution ," or to search through the more than 300,000. Read more. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond.

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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. This platform now enables those who are unable to travel or prevented from reaching their usual services and care providers a virtual care option. Florida Hospital has been using eCare to reach so many affected by hurricane Irma.

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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.

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A Guide to Virtual Care Technology: 5 Steps to Creating Your Continuum of Care

This guide addresses the increased demand for and benefits of expanding your virtual care options to help retain patients, cut down on hospital readmissions, and expand revenue opportunities.

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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. So we petitioned our division chief to buy a cell phone for fellow use during weekend call. It was only for emergencies when we couldn’t access a pay phone.

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Real-time diagnosis: Changing the game for breast cancer

CiscoHealth

Your mom, your sister, your friend…maybe even you—breast cancer touches all of our lives. In the U.S. alone, approximately 1 in 8 women will develop the disease during their lifetime.[1] 1] Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and the second-leading cause of death.[2] 2] When it comes to breast cancer, early diagnosis is […].

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Industry Coalitions: The Key to Advancing Medical Software Regulations

Mobile Health Matters

Software as a medical device (SaMD) is defined by the International Medical Device Regulators Forum as “software intended to be used for one or more medical purposes that perform these purposes without being part of a hardware medical device.” SaMD is developed at a much faster pace than traditional medical devices, and may require frequent updates, as opposed to hardware devices that typically are updated every few years.

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Five Reasons why the FDA got it Right with Digital Health

The Digital Health Corner

The FDA recently announced its Digital Health Innovation Action Plan. This plan was both important and necessary. Digital health differs significantly from drugs and traditional medical devices around which the FDA has developed its structure and policies over decades. Digital health software technologies have far less involvement by clinicians in product development than Pharma or medical device companies.

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Burnout, Tele-Health, and Accessibility: How to Manage the Expectation of a 24-Hour Workday

Speaker: Keith Carlson — BSN, RN, NC-BC, Host of The Nurse Keith Podcast

Learn how the healthcare industry can promote compassionate care and reduce burnout in a variety of ways.

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Expand the Reach of Your Urgent Care With Telemedicine

eVisit

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What makes an effective care manager – two key traits.

CareWire

Care managers play a vital role in patient engagement, treatment plan adherence, and more – what tools can help them to perform these vital tasks more efficiently? Care managers organize patient care , handle insurance matters, investigate treatment plans for patients, and so much more during the course of their day.

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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

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The World Series Pitcher with Type 1 Diabetes

Insulin Nation

Brandon Morrow may find his blood sugar levels elevated like the speed of his fastball today. After all, it’s not uncommon for a pitcher to have a surge of adrenaline knowing he is going to pitch in the World Series. Luckily for Morrow, a relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers who has Type 1 diabetes, he already has honed his blood sugar management so that it has becomes an almost subconscious routine.

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Playbook: Critical & Time-Sensitive Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Shipments Best Practices

In this playbook, we look at the role accurate, real-time data plays in extending your visibility, best practices for increasing your visibility.

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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. It reported the results of two articles published in JAMA that demonstrated that robotic-assisted surgery cost more and took longer without achieving superior results to laparoscopic surgery on average. With this, my LinkedIn account lit up. Here are several of the comments that came through: “I've come to assume that robotic surgery is better. Read more.

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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. The use of telemedicine can expand the reach of school nurses and their ability to care for a wider range of illnesses. Having telemedicine access in schools could change the way chronically ill children are educated.

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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).

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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). Apple also announced its entry into cardiac research with the Apple Heart Study. In partnership with Stanford, they plan to collect Apple Watch ECG recordings to learn more about AF monitoring in the prevention of stroke.

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19 Massive Telehealth Learnings After 4,000,000 Visits in 2021

Speaker: Matt McBride, CEO and Co-Founder of Mend

Join Matt McBride, CEO of Mend, for an engaging discussion of the current state of Telehealth and patient engagement, including how your organization can streamline workflows to improve patient care.

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Collaborate for better care

CiscoHealth

Collaboration is changing the face of healthcare, enabling agile strategies like telemedicine, remote monitoring, care-team communication, and specialist engagement. When clinicians and patients can collaborate—seamlessly and securely—they can break through traditional barriers to care and innovation. Cisco collaboration solutions foster a streamlined, adaptable healthcare environment, empowering care teams, researchers, and patients to work together safely—on […].

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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. One day while Dr. Matta was working, the patient he was treating mentioned that she had recently received care from a doctor online. This intrigued Dr. Matta, and he began researching online care and decided to try it out for himself.

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The The Five Biggest Areas of Opportunity for Digital Health

The Digital Health Corner

Digital health is unquestionably becoming part of healthcare lexicon and fabric. Electronic health records (EHRs) and personal fitness trackers have helped create awareness through use. The entrepreneurial enthusiasm for the healthcare space is evident by the volume of digital health incubators , medical school innovation centers, and angel investors. Though there has been significant sector investment, the road to success of adoption in the healthcare enterprise has been challenging.