The Latest Health Technology Vision and Consumer Behavior Insights From Accenture

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The COVID-19 pandemic hastened digital transformation for both the health care industry and for individuals — as health consumers, patients, caregivers, and health citizens.

Aging and Health Technology Watch 2020 Research – A Recap

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Voice, Health, and Wellbeing 2020. Although work is being explored in using the voice as a health diagnostic tool, most uses today are rudimentary and/or experimental. This report interview 21 pioneering health and research executives.

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Five Aging and Health Technology Blog Posts from September 2020

Aging in Place Technology Watch

These include GreatCall’s new Lively Flip phone with voice services and the announcement that Amazon’s Alexa has added 80,000 answers to healthcare questions through a partnership with Digital Health company Sharecare. What happens when people avoid health-related in-person care?

Four Aging and Health Technology Blog Posts from July 2020

Aging in Place Technology Watch

And it became increasingly likely that CMS would make telehealth access for older adults permanent. During the pandemic, telehealth use grew sharply in the care of older adults, enabled by CMS reimbursement changes that likely will be permanent.

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.

Aging and Health Technology Blog Posts from September 2020

Aging in Place Technology Watch

These include GreatCall’s new Lively Flip phone with voice services and the announcement that Amazon’s Alexa has added 80,000 answers to healthcare questions through a partnership with Digital Health company Sharecare. Finally, a new report details the access limitations and disparate costs for high speed Internet across the US. Here are five other posts: Will telehealth help the oldest adults during Covid-19? What happens when people avoid health-related in-person care?

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 ? So we know that ‘remote care’ and ‘caring’ in its various forms, including telehealth , seem to be heating up as a priority , whether for senior living organizations , families, healthcare provider organizations. 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?

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. After Covid-19, When the care recipient is elsewhere, what’s next for technology? Technology usage has climbed sharply during Covid-19. May was an unmerry month of angst and abject failure.

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 […].

How Telehealth Makes It Harder for Seniors To Get Healthcare

VSee

Is telehealth increasing access or creating barriers to healthcare for seniors? How can we design accessible telehealth service for seniors and the elderly? What must we consider for telehealth to help our seniors age well and age in place? Dr. Casey Pierce from the University of Michigan School of Information has been studying the effects.

Doctors rate telehealth as the most promising technology during COVID-19, survey finds

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Future Health Index (FHI) Insights: COVID-19 and Younger Healthcare Professionals survey supplements the main FHI 2020 global report, The Age of Opportunity. These sessions outlined critical ways to plan a telehealth strategy and embed it into care delivery models going forward.

Sound security practices key to fulfilling telehealth's promise, study shows

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

More than 70 percent of respondents polled by cybersecurity firm CynergisTek say they'll keep using telehealth services, even once the pandemic subsides. "With the opportunities of digital health also come inherent security risks – but digital health's risks are manageable.

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.

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 clear, holistic strategy for implementation.

Circle Medical says $14M from WELL Health will enable low-cost telehealth app usage

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

million from the Canadian firm WELL Health Technologies. The cash, says the company, will allow Circle and WELL to offer 200 million people in the United States support for the use of Circle's telehealth app either for no cost or a small co-pay.

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. Healthcare providers and tech leaders alike are investing heavily in telehealth solutions as a means of keeping patients and caregivers safe while still providing essential services during the pandemic. million more to aid COVID-19 telehealth deployment as part of its $200 million aid program for qualifying providers.

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]

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. "When compared with non-Latino Whites, Latinos are less likely to have a regular source of health care and have fewer physician visits," report authors noted. Seven million Californians live in a region with a shortage of physicians.

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.

How one 500-doc physicians group scaled up telehealth to 130 clinics in a week

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Consequently, the group felt healthcare delivery was moving away from the physician’s office and into the patient’s home, with services like routine check-ups via telehealth and remote patient monitoring.

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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. 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.

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

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. Incorporating virtual care into a service line strategy has proven to have many benefits, not the least of which is improving patient outcomes.

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. But as 2020 unfolds, with the COVID-19 pandemic severely testing health-system capacity, telehealth is stepping up. Equality Health. First Stop Health. InTouch Health.

The Next Site for Hospital Care Is the Original One — Your Home

Health Populi

The coronavirus pandemic accelerated many trends and new workflows for patients and consumers, and health care providers, too. Think: advanced home care, enabled through virtual health technologies and wrap-around services both clinical and scaled social determinants support.

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.

Digital Health Gaps in the Pandemic Through the Eyes of Younger Physicians

Health Populi

One universal experience health systems around the globe have witnessed in the first months of the coronavirus pandemic has been the dramatic pivot to telehealth and virtual care platforms.

Our Home Is Our Health Hub: CTA and CHI Align to Address Digital and Health Equity

Health Populi

This week, two organizations mission-driven by these “C” words aligned to bolster digital health care transformation for all people — not just those of us advantaged by a bountiful local, accessible portfolio of social determinants of health (SDoH).

News from the Consumer Technology Association and Withings Further Demonstrates Private Sector’s Role in the Pandemic and Public Health

Health Populi

This week, announcements from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and Withings further bolster the case for the private sector bolstering public health in this pandemic…and future ones to come beyond the Age of the Coronavirus.

Connected Health Initiative Applauds House Introduction of the Telehealth Modernization Act

ConnectedHealth

(WASHINGTON, DC) November 5, 2020 - Today, the Connected Health Initiative (CHI) released a statement from executive director Morgan Reed regarding the introduction of the House companion to the Telehealth Modernization Act: “The House introduction of the Telehealth Modernization Act is a bold step forward in taking the lessons learned from providers, patients, and payers across the healthcare spectrum during the COVID-19 crisis to bring the Medicare system into the 21st century.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

The Future of Health Is “Now,” Deloitte Says; But Are Consumers Living and Loving It?

Health Populi

The pandemic has become a sort of forcing function on all aspects of daily living, include health care. Deloitte’s latest wave of health care consumer market research updates the COVID-19 impacts on the U.S. Health Consumers, Deloitte polled 4,522 U.S.