February, 2021

Data: Exhaust or Exhausting? A Rant

Digital Health

I got an email this week from a smart and well-meaning entrepreneur. Despite the entrepreneur’s fine personal qualities, the email’s first paragraph had a total of 6 lines and in those 6 lines, it featured the word data 13 times.

One-Third of People with Chronic Conditions Delayed or Forgone Care During the Pandemic

Health Populi

By the autumn of 2020, U.S. physicians grew concerned that patients who were avoiding visits to doctor’s offices were missing care for chronic conditions, discussed in in Delayed and Forgone Health Care for N onelderly Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic from the Urban Institute.

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Google rolls out EHR navigation tool Care Studio

Mobi Health News

Google has been working with Ascension on a pilot of the program, which it is now expanding.

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Addressing and Streamlining Operational Efficiency For Infusion Centers in 2021

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Ashley Joseph, senior director of client services, Infusion at LeanTaaS. Each new year brings about the opportunity to reflect, learn and welcome positive change in our personal lives.

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Why Is Patient Engagement Important? | Frontline Group

There are 5 critical opportunities to unlock the full power of patient engagement, which can improve your patient retention, as well as improving their health outcomes. In this eBook you will learn about: What Is Patient Engagement? How Does Patient Engagement Improve Outcomes? Why Is It Important to Include Patients in Their Care? What Are Patient Engagement Tools? What is Patient Engagement technology? Download Now this informational resource and start using a patient engagement platform to give yourself as a Provider higher satisfaction scores.

iPads for telehealth can help reduce depression in patients

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Pasadena, California-based Heritage Clinic, a division of the Center for Aging Resources, provides mental health services in Los Angeles County to older adults experiencing substantive and persistent mental health concerns. THE PROBLEM.

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Latest from the Tech Tonics Podcast: Griffin Weber: Bringing Clinical Sense & Sensibility to Healthcare Data

Digital Health

Inspired by health technology from the age of five, Griffin Weber has pursued this passion both doggedly and joyfully.

The Digital Transformation of Home for Health – Brainstorming with Karsten Russell-Wood of Philips

Health Populi

At the start of CES 2021, I had the opportunity to catch up with Karsten Russell-Wood, Portfolio Marketing Leader, Post Acute & Home, Connected Care at Philips. We brainstormed just as CES 2021 was going to “open,” virtually, for the consumer electronics conference’s first all-virtual meeting.

FDA's enforcement discretion for digital health is more ambiguous than ever in 2021

Mobi Health News

Industry regulatory leaders outline the best approaches for digital health companies looking to make sense of FDA's long-in-the-tooth enforcement discretion guidelines. Regulation, Public Policy

Pandemic Fuels 2021 Healthcare Megatrends

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Scott Hampel, president, MedeAnalytics. When I wrote about megatrends last year, the predictions were, naturally, forward-looking.

The Top 5 Challenges You’ll Face When Scaling Telehealth Services Nationally

If you’re thinking about expanding your telehealth services to more states, whether it’s five or 50, we’ve outlined the top five obstacles you’ll need to plan for, to ensure you’re delivering an exceptional brand and clinical experience.

Digital health literacy as a social determinant of health

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The release of final rules from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT regarding the 21st Century Cures Act have shined a renewed spotlight on patients' ability to take control of their own health data.

Tech-enabled home care 2012-2021 -- are we there yet?

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The home care market is (still) a booming business. Home care of various types now augments and even enhances services that not long ago may have been provided by senior housing.

eVisit Enterprise Platform Now Supports Spanish Language with Feb2021 Release

eVisit

Today we launched the first major release of the eVisit Enterprise platform in 2021, which now includes Spanish language!

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The Top Prophet Brands for 2021 Have Lots of Health Baked In

Health Populi

Consumers favorite brands in 2021 are baked with health, from medical care through to the social determinants that make our wellness and mental health better, based on the 2021 Prophet Brand Relevance Index.

Frontline Call Center Partners with VBurchett Consulting to Improve Patients' Experiences

Frontline Call Center and VBurchett Consulting are joining forces in modern patient care with a new patient engagement center that utilizes telemedicine.

FDA warns pulse oximeters less accurate for people with darker skin

Mobi Health News

An article in NEJM reports that pulse oximeters missed occult hypoxemia in more Black patients than white

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Administrative Efficiency Technology Aids Value-Based Care In Times of Crisis

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Christina Perkins, NaviNet vice president of product management and strategy, NantHealth.

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Hospital IT leaders talk lessons learned from a tough pandemic year

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the healthcare industry through the wringer. It's required new ways of working, new methods of communication, new solutions to old problems and innovative solutions to new problems.

Care options for seniors.tech included

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Aging in place – it’s emerged (again) during these Covid-19 times. Déjà vu all over again. But ‘aging in place’ is still a challenge and maybe a pipe dream for seniors in their late 70’s or 80’s.

Product Transformation: Adapting Your Solutions for Cloud Models

Speaker: Ahmad Jubran, Cloud Product Innovation Consultant

In order to maintain a competitive advantage, CTOs and product managers are shifting their products to the cloud. Many do this by simply replicating their current architectures in the cloud. Those previous architectures, which were optimized for transactional systems, aren't well-suited for the new age of AI. Whether you're a seasoned CTO or an industry trailblazer, this webinar will help make your product ready to meet the competition by adopting an architecture that is optimized for AI innovation. Join Ahmad Jubran, Cloud Product Innovation Consultant, and learn how to adapt your solutions for cloud models the right way.

New Weekly Insights Report Helps Healthcare Leaders Stay Up-to-Date

eVisit

We all feel it. The healthcare industry is moving at nanosecond speed with important improvements and changes happening every day.

A New Health Literacy Pillar: Personal Data Stewardship

Health Populi

The growing use of APIs in health information technology innovation for patient care has been a boon to speeding development placed in the hands of providers and patients. Using APIs can help drive interoperability and make data “liquid” and useable.

Facebook said to be building consumer smartwatch with health and wellness features

Mobi Health News

The device reportedly will include a cellular connection and could tie in with third-party health and wellness services, such as those offered by Peloton

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One Big Question Healthcare Technology Professionals Should Be Asking Right Now: How Can We Use AI For Better Care Outcomes?

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. Response by Richard Boyd, CEO and Co-founder, Tanjo.

Primary Care Is Dead. Long Live Primary Care!

The primary care system is failing patients and providers. Capacity shortages have led to long wait times and physician burnout. To fix the system, we must find innovative ways to boost capacity and meet patient-consumers’ shifting expectations.

Telehealth used less in disadvantaged areas, Health Affairs study finds

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

A Health Affairs study found that telemedicine use during the COVID-19 pandemic was lower in communities with higher rates of poverty – suggesting that the industry must address the digital divide in order to ensure widespread access to virtual care.

Getting Older Adults to Tech Parity in 2021

Aging in Place Technology Watch

More programs are emerging to get older adults to tech parity. Maybe 2020 was the tipping point and 2021 is the year. The first eye-opener was the OATS/Humana report about the 22 million adults 65+ who lack home broadband. Then AARP and OATS joined together to teach tech to older adults.

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Uninsured rates among young people dropped under ACA: Urban Institute

FierceHealthIT

Uninsured rates among young people dropped under ACA: Urban Institute. pminemyer. Thu, 02/18/2021 - 11:29

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2020 Was Our Year of COVID; 2021 Will Be Our Year of Vaccines and Excess Deaths in America

Health Populi

With a third vaccine approved by the FDA for licking COVID-19, brought to market by Johnson & Johnson, the U.S. can expect an uptick in vaccinations among fellow health citizens. That’s such welcome news and a positive outlook for a healthier 2021.

Improve Onboarding with User-Centered Design

Speaker: Dr. Kate Wolin, Founder, Circea

In the age of social distancing, digital onboarding is becoming essential to any program. This is especially true for medical practices, where the threat of the pandemic is the most real. As consultations are being digitized, so are the process in which new patients are processed and appointments are being scheduled. Practices with compelling onboarding experiences are the ones who will ultimately succeed in the pandemic area and beyond. Join Dr. Kate Wolin, founder of Circea, for an overview of behavioral science and the evidence-based strategies that can be used to support patient engagement. She will also review how a patient-centered design strategy can be used to evaluate and refine onboarding processes.

Fitbit adds blood glucose tracking to its connected app

Mobi Health News

Users can import their blood sugar data automatically by connecting with their LifeScan OneTouch Reveal app or by manually logging their levels.

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Is Archaic Technology Fueling Healthcare Burnout?

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Will O’Connor, CMIO, TigerConnect. COVID-19 has amplified troubling pain points in the healthcare sector.

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Report shows 'vast improvement' in state telehealth reimbursement policies

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

A report released Tuesday by Foley & Lardner LLP found that the COVID-19 pandemic compelled state and federal policymakers to remove restrictions on and expand reimbursement for telehealth and virtual care at unprecedented rates.