20 Questions for Health IT

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2., we will begin publishing one health IT topic per day from 20 different individuals with a deep understanding of the topic. The author of each question was generous enough to stick her or his neck out and pose a short answer to the question in the hopes it will encourage further discussion in the comments section and also on Twitter using the #20HIT tag. Stay tuned as we launch into a month-long discussion that hopefully will educate and just maybe lead to a breakthrough idea that will evolve into something much bigger.

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Focusing on Fun and Interactivity Can Improve Health Outcomes

Interactivity, and not just technological interactivity, may be the secret to getting patients engaged. Doing is infinitely more interesting than being talked at or just handed information. That’s why we do science experiments in school. Theory is one thing but seeing an idea in action, and being a part of that action, makes the concepts so much more concrete. Making the action fun just adds to the chances of success. That’s why nursery rhymes and the ABC song have been used as learning tools for decades.

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The High Cost of the Sweet Life

As we move toward digital health and digital payments, the relationships between spending, environment, and other health determinants are becoming clearer, including the choices we make at any moment. Things that influence behavioral choices are often the social determinants of health, the cultural and economic contexts (including geography) of our day-to-day decisions.

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Global Center for Health Innovation Cleveland

HIMSS Rocks the Global Center for Health Innovation

The Global Center for Health Innovation opened for business last October in Cleveland, Ohio, but will officially open to the general public this October. The futuristic glass structure, designed by LMN Architects of Seattle, comprises four floors and 235,000 square feet of space. The Global Center is adjacent to Cleveland’s new underground Convention Center, also designed by LMN. Jointly, they hope to attract more healthcare-themed conferences and exhibits to Cleveland.

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Looking Through the Google Glass

I’m impressed by the number of big-name health systems that are giving Google Glass a test drive. It’s also interesting to note the diversity of applications, from telehealth, education, remote consults, and EMR access. By the time HIMSS15 rolls around next April I am sure we’ll have a clearer idea of which vendors have figured out the formula for success. But please… don’t be a Glasshole!

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Note to Developers: Quit Ignoring the Patients

The problem with mammograms, EMRs, patient portals, and other healthcare technologies is that too often the developers seem to have forgotten the patient experience. Case in point: EMRs. Having all of a patient’s visit record online is a tremendous benefit. Frequently, however, the EMR interferes with the patient exam because the physician seems to be paying more attention to finding the right drop down item than to the actual patient. Especially if I am sick, I want my doctor’s full attention and assurance that he/she is engaged and invested in my care.

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