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Hospitals are frantically working to implement the new business model transforming from "sick care" to community based care. Few, if any, organizations, have identified a financially sustaninable transition strategy. The "knee jerk" reaction as been to focus on the Medicare changes on one day stays. Few organizations are undertaking the analytical process necessary to identify changes on a service line basis. This article is a wake-up call for any organization that does not have a disciplined and rigourous approach to its strategic planning process.
This infographic by GOOD shows the difference between a prison lunch and a school lunch. Both are roughly the same cost (just over $2.60) and contain about the same amount of calories (around 1400). But surprisingly, prisoners get more items to eat and healthier options, with 1/2 cup of vegetables and one serving of fruit or dessert, compared to the school children’s 1/2 cup of vegetables or fruit.
PwC report looks at mHealth in developed and emerging markets, the barriers to adoption and how this healthcare innovation impacts stakeholders. Physicians are more resistant to adoption than are patients. Patients are hopeful that mHealth will improve their communication and access to their physician and lower costs.
Google is currently making a pair of glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer's eyes in real time. According to several Google employees familiar with the project, the glasses will go on sale to the public by the end of the year. Is this supposed to be a good thing? I will be looking at anyone wearing glasses in a whole new way!
iTriage is a free smartphone application that answers the health questions What do I have? and Where do I go?. Find doctors and research medical conditions. Perfect for hypochondriacs! This is a modern approach to the old standard "Merck Manual". The algorithms for creating diagnosis pathways are complex. I would be interested to know how this has been tested and its level of accuracy. There is also a danger of the patient misdiagnosing their ailment based on the iTriage outcome and delaying proper treatment. iTriage is a sponsor at Austin's South by Southwest's healthcare interactive sessions.
Eric Topol, chief academic officer at Scripps Health in San Diego, has written a book called The Creative Destruction of Medicine. He says its time to reboot the future of medicine. Is the FDA in the way? Topol believes the FDA is to blame for the U.S. healthcare being years behind where it should be. Much of the innovative technology is already available, inexpensively, in Europe. The U.S. is behind on technology because of the bottlenecks involved in getting FDA approval for new medical devices. Topol says that the digital world--the internet and the cloud--is breaking medicine out of its "cocoon".
Inspired by the designer’s own personal experience of waiting too long during a stay at the emergency room, the Radio portable x-ray was imagined as a way to cut back on time spent in the radiology process.
For people who require daily injections to treat medical problems a company has developed an experimental, implantable microchip to deliver drugs that some day may serve as a replacement for painful shots....I've always hated shots so this microchip appeals to me. One technology company is working on a microchip that could hold 365 doses so a new chip could be implanted on a yearly basis. Could this be the solution to allergy shots??
Monitor fitness metrics using V-LINC™ earbud sensor technology...This technology from ValenCell is marketed as fitness technology that measures heart rate, pulse, respiration rate and oxygen saturation through earbuds and transmits the data to mobile devices such as an iphone. The same technology has many healthcare applications and in addition to transmitting data to a personal electronic device, it could transmit data for remote monitoring by a physician or health coach.
Researchers have built a nano-robot made entirely from DNA...Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a robotic device made from DNA that could potentially seek out specific cell targets within a complex mixture of cell types and deliver important molecular instructions, such as telling cancer cells to self-destruct. Inspired by the mechanics of the body's own immune system, the technology might one day be used to program immune responses to treat various diseases. The research findings appeared in the February 16, 2012 edition of Science.
Innovations continue and some (definitely not all) are simple enough to make you say "why didn't I think of that?" The Musical Pacifier, Virtual ED Doctor, Virtual 3D Software for Face Transplants, Ringadoc (Virtual Doctor Anytime), Interactive Imaging Renderings, Rewiring Nerves to Bypass Injury, Amputee Comprehensive Training, and Touch Screen Insulin Pump.
How much do you know about Medicare, the people it serves, the benefits it covers, and its financial status? Take this interactive quiz to find out. Take this quiz and find out your Medicare acumen. It is harder than you think and will test your knowledge of healthcare reform as well. It only takes about two minutes to complete..
Vinod Khosia is an investor with an interest in Jawbone. In this article, he aptly describes our inevitable move from "sickcare" to "healthcare". His prediction that IT innovations will replace a trip to the family doctor ring eerily true. Imagine Siri on steroids and biometric tools to self diagnose illness. Via @Paul_Sonnier Wireless Health.
UPMC has committed more than $400 million just to a partnership with IBM and has relationships with dozens of other IT vendors, including EHR vendors Epic Systems, Cerner and Allscripts. Mobile technology providers Verizon, BlackBerry and Nuance Communications are among the organization’s partners in the Center for Connected Medicine. The center serves as a showcase for how UPMC is working to improve healthcare processes via @mobilehealth
Doximity, the physician social network launched last year by Epocrates co-founder Jeff Tangney, unveiled its iRounds platform this week, which allows doctors and medical students to chat in a Read more...
How many of these companies can you name? And how many do you recognize? More importantly, think about how many of them didn't exist five years ago. Why are there so few innovative healthcare companies? I think this is primarily because large health systems and even bigger health insurers are such behomeths that they aren't nimble enough to innovate. It's the old story of trying to turn around the Titanic. Most health care providers aren't even trying to turn around...instead they are arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
SynCardia manufactures the world’s first & only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart. Over 950 implants account for 230+ patient years. This artificial heart weighs only 9 pounds. For the first time, patients on an artificial heart have mobility beyond the ICU and can live normal lives while waiting for a heart transplant.
Once it’s activated by your stomach acid, the tiny sensor sends out digital signals about things like heart rate and temperature to show how you...Actually the microchip is on a placebo pill and transmits data to a patch you wear externally. This concept is so strange that it is difficult to understand.