This Holiday, New Consumer Health Tech that Can Really Make a Difference

Trends in mHealth, wearable tech, and the Internet of Things attract a lot of diverse opinions. Early adopters enjoy the newest technologies and bold predictions, like those from futurists at Exponential Med (#xMed). The skeptics dismiss innovations like wearable tech as just a fad, or just for fitness buffs and “Quantified Selfers.” Others see the implications of new health tech as threats to privacy – like collecting and sharing data with employers and insurance companies.

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Nurses Have No Love Lost for EHRs

Come on health IT admins! You can’t just launch an EHR and be done with it. There needs to be follow-up to see how it is performing and how it is or is not interrupting nurses’ workflows. There needs to be hard data collected regarding time spent charting versus time spent providing patient care so an honest evaluation can be made. Patient outcomes and experiences also need to be assessed to see how the technology is affecting those situations.

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IHE IT Infrastructure Work Items Selected

The IHE IT Infrastructure Committee has selected its work items for the next annual cycle. This year, a significant increase in total work made it through the process. To accommodate the extra work, some load balancing will be done and a staggered approach will be applied. Here’s a quick summary of the approved work items.

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Using Incentives to Move from Health Care to Health, Part II. Michael Dermer Q&A

“I think what’s going to happen with the evolution of providers is that it’s going to come down to something similar to what we’ve learned with consumers: that is, it’s not the concept of rewards and incentives, it’s that you have to make it meaningful for providers for what you are asking them to do. You have to make the incentives meaningful enough so that the providers will invest in communications and new resources for follow-up and population health.”

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Pills: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The documentary “The Dark Side of a Pill” shines a light on how lies and deception during the drug review process can lead to dire consequences that affect the entire system. Once trust in the patient-caregiver process is broken, it is almost impossible to restore. A lack of trust in healthcare can lead patients to doubt the experts who we have entrusted to help us get better and live longer—that is depressing indeed.

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ONC Musical Chairs Comes at Inopportune Time for Health IT

If HHS leaders are truly committed to creating a national health IT infrastructure that supports electronic data exchange, they must work quickly to stabilize ONC personnel issues and ensure that forward progress is maintained. The toughest challenges are arguably in front of us. Meaningful Use Stage 2 and Stage 3 remain big hurdles and we’re a long way from achieving goals for interoperability, standards, and health information exchange.

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World Series: SF Giants

Let’s Play Ball! The Future of Baseball is Tracking Health Data

During this tech boom, is it a coincidence that the tech savvy San Francisco Giants are in the World Series for the third time since 2010? In this post, we take a look at the relationship of technology, leadership, big data analytics, and baseball. In particular, we explore how Major League Baseball manages its player/patient population, and the trends they are following since converting players from paper medical records to EHR.

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EHRs: First, Do No Harm

First, do no harm. Four simple words that are synonymous with healthcare. It’s a principle that everyone in the industry – not just physicians – should adhere to. So shame on us all for our part in allowing an EHR vendor to shut off a practice’s access to their patients’ medical records and for recklessly putting patients at risk. Whether our role in healthcare is policy maker, technology developer, provider, or HIT geek, we really need to do better.

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