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 blog posts from January 2021

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Time for the Market Overview Technology for Aging 2021. Ten technology offerings for older adults from CES 2021. The report notes difficulty with financial and document management/editing – as well as limitations in using social networking and engagement technology.

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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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Telehealth Bolsters Patient Satisfaction (J.D. Power), and Providers Are Working to Catch Up (BDO)

Health Populi

Two studies published in May 2021 illustrate the value and importance of telehealth to patients in 2020, and a disconnect among many C-level executives working in hospitals, academic medical centers, and other care provider organizations. Commercial Member Health Plan Study.

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?

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.

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.

Telehealth 2050: The future design of virtual care technology

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Miles Romney, cofounder and chief technology officer at telehealth company eVisit, paints a vivid, sci-fi-seeming picture of what virtual care will look like in the year 2050. Q: What do you think telehealth will look like in 2050? It will just be "health."

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.

Solve.Care adds India to its global telehealth network

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Health technology company Solve.Care has announced the expansion of its Global Telehealth Exchange, a virtual health service platform, to India. Enterprise Taxonomy: Patient Access Digital Health Care Technology

FCC awards Massachusetts FQHC Telehealth Consortium $3.1M

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Massachusetts FQHC Telehealth Consortium has been awarded a grant from the Federal Communications Commission to increase telemedicine capacity in community health centers statewide. The consortium is made up of 35 federally qualified health centers. Focus on Health Equity.

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.

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.

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.

Women are less likely to use video for telehealth care

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The research team from the University of Pennsylvania health system sought to compare the demographic characteristics of patients who completed a telemedicine encounter (either via phone or video) with those who were scheduled for one, but did not complete it.

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.

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]

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.

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.

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

Amwell Releases Open Platform for Integrating Multiple Virtual Care Applications

Healthcare IT Today

Telehealth vendor Amwell has released a platform allowing providers to integrate multiple types of virtual health services using a single infrastructure. It offers access to single sign-on technology and its APIs leverage FHIR.

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.

Trust-Busted: The Decline of Trust in Technology and What It Means for Health

Health Populi

Trust in the technology industry has crashed to an all-time low based on the 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer. Most industries lost citizens’ trust between 2020 and 2021, most notably, Technology, dropping the greatest margin at 9 points.

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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$50 Million Follow-on Equity Investment from Sixth Street Growth Caps $135 Million Total in 2020-21 for DrFirst

Healthcare IT Today

Health technology pioneer DrFirst today announced the closing of a $50 million equity investment from Sixth Street Growth, the growth investing platform of Sixth Street, a leading global investment firm. Chen Michael McGinn RxInform Sixth Street Growth Telehealth Telehealth Funding

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.

Wearables Are Good For Older People, Too — The Latest From Laurie Orlov

Health Populi

For older people who are digital immigrants, they will remember their initial Zoom get-together’s with much-missed family, ordering groceries online in the first ecommerce purchase, and using telemedicine for the first time as a digital health front-door. Wrist-worn 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.

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.