Five Aging and Health Technology Blog Posts from June 2020

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Who would have thought that telehealth definitions would include phone calls and Facetime ? Here is where we were on technology adoption at the start of the pandemic, and the wave of telehealth interest heated up. C an seniors use and benefit from telehealth?

Healthcare Consolidation: Opportunities for Digital Health Technology

The Digital Health Corner

In his testimony on healthcare market’s consolidation effects on quality, cost and access, Paul Ginsberg, Director of Public Policy at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics cites some key drivers of consolidation. The costs for EHR and other technology acquisition and maintenance are too costly for smaller hospitals, and pressures of decreased payment rates are increasing on the provider side.

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Six Covid-19 Aging and Health Technology blog posts from May 2020

Aging in Place Technology Watch

We wait and watch to see what will be different, especially for older adults and their access to technology, moving forward. Here are six blog posts from a May unlike any previous: Could technology improve nursing homes? Companies continue to invent and introduce technology.

Five Public Health Needs for Digital Health Technology

The Digital Health Corner

Digital health technology has seen an incredible growth in the last few years, fueled by a combination of consumerization of wearable technologies, ubiquity of mobile devices, proliferation of technology incubators, attention by government health and regulatory agencies and involvement of large companies heretofore not focused on healthcare. The mission of public health is to improve the public health and achieve equity in health status.

Opioid Drug Addiction: How Digital Health Technologies Can Help

The Digital Health Corner

After a hiatus I am returning to my beloved Digital Health Corner. In a previous post I discussed important public health issues that digital technology can address. Digital technology use in the addiction space is not a new concept. I will touch on some potential applications of digital technologies to all relevant stakeholders. The NIDA of the NIH has a group of evidence-based screening tools for adolescents and adults to be used by health professionals.

The Cisco Approach to Telehealth

CiscoHealth

Over the past few years, telehealth has become increasingly common across the continuum of care. Neurology, behavioral health, cardiology, dermatology, post-procedure follow-up, acute care, home care, evaluation and management, and patient outreach – many are adopting remote and virtual care strategies. But not all telehealth solutions are created equal, nor are all organizations defining a […].

Epic launches new telehealth service with Twilio

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Epic Systems has tapped San Francisco-based communications tech startup Twilio to provide the video-communication backend for Epic’s new telehealth platform. million more to aid COVID-19 telehealth deployment as part of its $200 million aid program for qualifying providers.

Telehealth needs medical interpreters, broadband expansion to reach underserved

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Although telehealth can be used to address that gap, write experts from the University of California, Los Angeles in a new report, policymakers must consider the ways in which vulnerable people are left behind by technological advances.

The Cisco Approach to Telehealth

CiscoHealth

Over the past few years, telehealth has become increasingly common across the continuum of care. But not all telehealth solutions are created equal, nor are all organizations defining a clear, holistic strategy for implementation.

MACRA: Medicare’s Opportunity to Finally Embrace Connected Health Technology

ConnectedHealth

The $900 billion federal program provides health insurance for Americans over 65 and others who suffer from certain conditions and diseases. Further, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers Medicare, has been slow to incorporate advances in advanced health technology in the program. In 2014, the agency allocated barely 2 percent of its nearly $1 billion Medicare budget to support telehealth.

Set your Organization Apart: How Virtual Care Attracts and Delights your Market

eVisit

If there is one thing that the last decade has shown us, it’s that nothing stays the same. This is true in all aspects of healthcare. Everything from patient records, writing prescriptions, navigating reimbursement, analyzing risk, and updating treatment protocols have changed.

A guide to telehealth vendors in the age of COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Telehealth always has been a key pillar of technology-enabled care delivery that helps hospitals, health systems and group practices deliver quality care at a distance – and often also gain efficiencies, improve patient and provider satisfaction and save costs.

Improving Health outcomes with Telemedicine

eVisit

In recent years, healthcare providers and medical professionals have turned to increasingly advanced technologies to serve their patients and maintain an advantage in the healthcare marketplace.

Blockchain in Healthcare: A Vehicle Towards Digital Health 2.0?

The Digital Health Corner

The transparency, accuracy and efficiency of blockchain technology have made it attractive for its adoption by Wall Street. Interestingly, an IBM survey of 200 healthcare executives in 16 countries focused on interest in adopting blockchain technology revealed that this is a very rapidly evolving area. One of the most obvious benefits of blockchain resides in improving privacy of electronic health records.

Real-time diagnosis: Changing the game for breast cancer

CiscoHealth

Healthcare breast cancer diagnostics Health IT health IT solutions health tech health technology healthcare IT solutions healthcare tech healthcare technology telehealth telemedicine vradYour 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]

CMS's 2019 proposal makes broad strides in telehealth, interoperability, documentation

Mobi Health News

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its new proposed Physician Fee Schedule and Qualified Payment Program updates for 2019, and the announcement includes some big strides forward in promoting digital health technology, including widened telemedicine coverage, an overhaul of documentation requirements, and a new focus on interoperability

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. 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. The Action Plan builds on and improves previous digital health guidances.

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. I’d like to discuss what I believe are five areas of significant opportunity for quality technologies.

Integrating Telehealth into Existing Practice

American Well

Despite all that, almost half of all healthcare professionals intend to integrate telehealth into their practice by 2020. They are doing so for a number of reasons, including better relationships with their patients and improved patient health outcomes.

Dr. Roboto? Stanford Medicine Foresees Digital Doctors “Maturing”

Health Populi

Stanford Medicine interviewed 523 physicians and 210 medical students and residents in September and October 2019 to assess clinicians’ perspectives on digital health topics for this study. One in three doctors uses genetic screening, and one in four, wearable health devices.

Integrating Telehealth into Existing Practice

American Well

Despite all that, almost half of all healthcare professionals intend to integrate telehealth into their practice by 2020. They are doing so for a number of reasons, including better relationships with their patients and improved patient health outcomes. This works because app users are more engaged in their day to day health needs with interaction via their smart devices. Choosing the right telehealth provider is integral to success.

Five Ways Digital Technologies can Address Cancer

The Digital Health Corner

Few have rivaled targeted cancer therapies based on digital health, specifically genomics in scope and breadth. I’d like to touch on a few ways in which digital technology is impacting cancer. IBM Watson Health has recently partnered with Quest Diagnostics to provide clinicians with recommended “… unbiased, evidence-based approaches based on a detailed view of the tumor’s mutations, scientific journals, and MSK’s OncoKB, a precision oncology knowledge base.”

Swinburne University of Technology partners with Coviu for telehealth education

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Swinburne University of Technology, a public university located in Melbourne, Australia, has partnered with Coviu, a telehealth software platform, to further embed digital health technology in the classroom, clinic and research.

Five Ways a Good Digital Health Registry Addresses Healthcare System Needs

The Digital Health Corner

The expanding need for drilled down relevant data has led to the development of creative sophisticated data analytics technologies. It is also essential to all true value-based reimbursement models being discussed or implemented in health care. As one can see, registries performed with quality technologies can have profound effects on healthcare from many standpoints.

Telehealth Talk: Resources for Advancing Health IT and Quality (Episode 20)

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

Episode 20 features Matt Quinn, Senior Advisor of Health Technology, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Listen as Mr. Quinn discusses resources for advancing health IT and Quality through HRSA. HRSA’s involvement with health IT and quality.

Real-time diagnosis: Changing the game for breast cancer

CiscoHealth

I’m really grateful that the medical center has the technology because it would have just been another week of wondering what was going to happen.”. With Cisco networking and collaboration technology, companies like vRad have the power to make life-changing diagnoses in real time.

The Connected Health Initiative Applauds FCC Proposed Order to Provide More Telehealth Resources During COVID-19 Crisis

ConnectedHealth

(WASHINGTON, DC) April 3, 2020 - Today, the Connected Health Initiative released a statement from executive director Morgan Reed regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Report and Order on the COVID-19 Telehealth Program and Connected Care Pilot: “We strongly support the FCC’s goals of enacting telehealth programs and pilots that provide care to Americans in need during and after the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Health Consumers Expect Healthcare to be Digital (and Secure), Philips Future Health Index Finds

Health Populi

Health care system financing, delivery, and workflows widely vary across nations around the world. Being Philips, what underpins that quality and experience is technology; Philips explored telehealth, AI, digital health records (DHRs), and other digital health tools that can engage patients.

Demand for Hospice Care is Growing; Telemonitoring Should Too

Health Recovery Solutions

Traditionally, hospice and palliative care agencies have been slow to implement health-technology services. However, in recent years, telehealth had been increasingly applied to hospice and palliative care to extend the full spectrum of care services to patients’ homes.

CMS Proposes Major Expansion of Reimbursement for Telehealth Services

care innovations

2017 and 2018 have been eventful years for advocates of digitally delivered healthcare, as government officials have moved more quickly and decisively than ever before to expand reimbursement for telehealth services (which in turn expands the availability of these services).

Technologies in the Spotlight Because of COVID-19 – Healthcare IT Today Podcast Episode 32

Healthcare IT Today

For the 32nd episode of the Healthcare IT Podcast, we’re talking about technologies that are in the spotlight because of COVID-19. Be sure to check out all our coverage of COVID-19 and health technology.

Time To Get Clear About Digital Care Limititations

Healthcare IT Today

I stumbled across a story featuring what has to be one of the more unfortunate uses of digital health technology I’ve ever encountered. Today.

Is Telehealth the Key to Changing the Opioid Crisis?

GlobalMed

Virtual health technologies can reach patients anytime, anywhere. The post Is Telehealth the Key to Changing the Opioid Crisis? Is Telehealth the Key to Changing the Opioid Crisis? General Interest Patient Engagement Telemedicine Technologies Virtual Care

Connected Health Initiative Applauds Telehealth Provisions in Senate CARES Act to Better Protect America’s Most Medically and Economically Vulnerable Citizens

ConnectedHealth

(WASHINGTON, DC) March 25, 2020 - Today, the Connected Health Initiative released a statement from executive director Morgan Reed regarding the congressional passage of the latest Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act passed by the Senate today opens the door for healthcare providers to leverage telehealth and remote patient monitoring technologies to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Disruption Is Healthcare’s New Normal

Health Populi

asked by François de Brantes, Executive Director of the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute. health care industry wonks (including me) have used the “d” word in conversation, presentation, and prognostication.

Boston Children’s, Brigham and Women’s & Northwell Health leverage virtual assistants for a better patient care experience

Consumer eHealth Engagement

During the World Congress Patient Experience & Engagement Summit in Boston, I led a panel with these innovative health systems, discussing how they are using virtual health assistants (e.g. Within healthcare, innovation driven organizations are exploring how to empower patients with virtual health agents to access relevant care information (e.g. health condition, procedure) and the capability to escalate to a care provider as needed.

Mississippi Telehealth Network Could Be FCC’s Model for RPM Expansion

care innovations

Back in 2014 , the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) collaborated with a network of local and national health technology leaders to build the Mississippi Diabetes Telehealth Network, an effort to extend quality care into rural and underserved regions with high rates of chronic illness.

Care Gets Personal at Philips for Parents and Babies

Health Populi

Our homes should nurture our health. In addition to nutrition and good food, positive relationships, clean air and water, and the basic needs that bolster whole health, technology is playing a growing role to help us manage health at home.

#DHIS15 Recap: B2B2C, Mobile First, Telehealth 2.0, and more

American Well

This statement underscored a theme that permeated the majority of the day’s conversation, led by executives at some 60+ emerging and established digital health companies. Telehealth 2.0 is a win for population health management.

#DHIS15 Recap: B2B2C, Mobile First, Telehealth 2.0, and more

American Well

This statement underscored a theme that permeated the majority of the day’s conversation, led by executives at some 60+ emerging and established digital health companies. Telehealth 2.0 is a win for population health management.