Archive | Healthcare IT

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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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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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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Establishing Trust in the mHealth Marketplace

Developers, focus on clinical quality, real information security, and carefully evaluate the legitimacy and value any certification pursued. For those in the healthcare IT and mhealth communities, particularly in media and press, always be in the habit of fact checking and peer review before blindly passing along press releases and link bait. Patients and consumers rely on your information, and your stamp of approval, and it’s important for the success of the health innovation movement that members of our community turn a critical eye to claims from any organization. A little due diligence goes a long way.

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Happy Dreams: Technology Can Both Ruin and Revitalize Sleep Habits

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50 to 70 million Americans have a sleep or wakefulness disorder. Factors that contribute to sleep disturbances include medication, illness, and stress. So do two things common to the health care industry – shift work (particularly night shift) and technology. Both are messing with our circadian rhythms. What are your tips for working the night shift and/or breaking through insomnia?

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