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New IT tools can predict at-risk heart patients

Two new IT tools are poised to help doctors predict at-risk heart patients, as reported in two studies published recently in the journals HeartRhythm and the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Read more...
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10 strategic questions to ask yourself about the future of health care

Today and for the next few years the weather of this industry will be dominated by pervasive, discontinuous change. Structures, revenue streams, relationships of every level: All are shifting in fundamental ways. Specifically, the weather will be driven by:

i) invention and propagation of new business models;
ii) shifting risk onto both the provider and the patient, accompanied by building of new risk-based relationships, contracts and alliances;
iii) smart primary care coming to the fore as the foundation of health care, driving most business models;
iv) digitization and automation going wall to wall and beyond the walls—accompanied by powerful new info-capacities, from “big data” strategic analysis to new ways of reaching and bonding with customers; and
v) a striking new need for efficiency and effectiveness in response to rapidly rising demand as the baby boom ages, the baby boom health care workforce ages and disengages, and the newly insured increase their use of health care facilities.

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Survey searches for definition of the engaged patient

Survey searches for definition of the engaged patient | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Proposed meaningful use regulations include the ability of patients to access their records online and email their doctors.

 

Nearly all of the health care organization leaders surveyed by the National eHealth Collaborative said patient engagement was important to health system reform. But there is no clear consensus on what it means to engage a patient.

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Survey: Most hospitals with EHRs and HIEs plan cloud initiatives

Survey: Most hospitals with EHRs and HIEs plan cloud initiatives | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Hospitals and healthcare systems are increasingly eyeing the use of cloud-based systems, according to a new survey by Harris Interactive for the Optum Institute. Nearly 60 percent of responding CIOs Read more...
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How can low cost SMS' be used effectively by clinics and hospitals

How can low cost SMS' be used effectively by clinics and hospitals | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Nowadays most people consider SMS's as the most convenient form of keeping in touch with the people around them. It is no surprise then that the simple SMS has been found to be the most liked feature on mobile phones. An affordable option for keeping in touch, using SMS's can help healthcare immensely.

 

Some simple ways by which use of SMS's helps clinics and hospitals provide better patient care:

- Reminding Patients regarding Appointments and Lab Tests.
- Infant immunization alerts for parents
- Blood donor information and alerts
- Medication Alerts for Patients
- Diet and Exercise Alerts to ensure adherence for Patients
- Health Insurance claims update
- Messages to wish discharged patients
- Instant provision of information 24/7 via a 2 way SMS service

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How mobile payments might drive health behavior change

How mobile payments might drive health behavior change | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

So long, wallet? That’s right, this summer may be remembered as the beginning of the era of mobile payments, services that let consumers pay for things in-person through their smartphone rather than with cash or a credit card. Isis, a joint venture between AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile USA, is the mobile operators’ answer to Google Wallet, a similar service launched by Google last year. Dozens of brick-and-mortar shops (many nationwide chains) have already begun to accept such payments. Google Wallet currently counts more than 25 big brand chains as partners: Gap, Macy’s, Toys R Us, Office Max, RadioShack, Sports Authority, Foot Locker, among them.

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Terminologies Profiling IT Usage Within Healthcare

Terminologies Profiling IT Usage Within Healthcare | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Health TelematicsHealth Telematics is a composite term for health-related activities, services and systems, carried out over a distance by means of information and communications technologies, for the purposes of global health promotion, disease control,...
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Infographic: Check out these physician-patient communication stats | Articles

Infographic: Check out these physician-patient communication stats | Articles | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

See which providers spend more time with patients and who does most of the talking.

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The New Way Doctors Learn | TIME Ideas | TIME.com

The New Way Doctors Learn | TIME Ideas | TIME.com | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Turning a medical student into a doctor takes a whole lot of knowledge. B. Price Kerfoot, an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, was frustrated at how much knowledge his students seemed to forget over the course of their education. He suspected this was because they engaged in what he calls “binge and purge” learning: They stuffed themselves full of facts and then spewed them out at test time. Research in cognitive science shows that this is a very poor way to retain information, as Kerfoot discovered when he went looking in the academic literature for answers. But he also stumbled upon a method that really is effective, called spaced repetition. Kerfoot devised a simple digital tool to make engaging in spaced repetition almost effortless. In more than two dozen studies published over the past five years, he has demonstrated that spaced repetition works, increasing knowledge retention by up to 50 percent. And Kerfoot’s method is easily adapted by anyone who needs to learn and remember, not just those pursuing MDs.

 

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Pinterest for Heath is a Beautiful Thing . . . Literally

How could Pinterest be used to generate business and patient engagement? What sorts of content should we be pinning? What sorts of boards should we be creating? What are we to do in the absence of categories for health or medicine?

 

E.g. http://pinterest.com/nrip/medical-websites/

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SXSW shows why healthcare social media is here to stay

SXSW shows why healthcare social media is here to stay | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
what will it take for hospitals to be the best run organizations on the face of the planet?

 

The healthcare industry must face the fact that social media is here to stay. One glaring message from SXSW: It's now imperative that hospitals--and EVERY industry--take it seriously.

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HEAT Programme | Open University

HEAT Programme | Open University | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

HEAT is a radical programme launched in early 2011 by The Open University with a bold ambition – to reach and help train 250,000 frontline healthcare workers across sub-Saharan Africa by 2016.

 

This is the Home page for the HEAT Programme which focuses on Health Education and Training (HEAT) in Africa. The first project upgrading the skills of Health Extension Workers (HEWs) is piloting in Ethiopia.

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Mobile: The biggest trend in health care communications

Mobile: The biggest trend in health care communications | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Your smartphone is going to help patients make better health care decisions.

 

The time for mobile health has come. Both patients and health care providers (HCPs) are becoming increasingly dependent on mobile technologies.

 

Currently, more than two-thirds of physicians have incorporated mobile devices into their day-to-day practice. The smartphone is becoming essential for professional use and, according to a recent study by Telenor Group, it is the most popular technology among doctors since the stethoscope.

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Docs want patients to use mHealth apps

Docs want patients to use mHealth apps | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

We've heard a lot about what patients want when it comes to mobile healthcare--they want physicians to email or text them lab results, to be able to schedule appointments and check health information.

 

Nearly 90 percent of doctors want patients to monitor health indicators such as weight, blood sugar levels, vital signs, etc., via mobile devices. And a little less than half of those (40 percent) indicate that mobile health apps can reduce the number of office visits that patients require.


Docs report that mobile devices make their jobs easier, too. According to Float's data, 56 percent of doctors say their mobile devices help them expedite health decision-making, and 40 percent say said they reduce the amount of time spent on administration work.

 

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FDA To Consider Use of Digital Tools for Patient Self-Screening

FDA To Consider Use of Digital Tools for Patient Self-Screening | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
FDA recently announced that it will hold public hearings on whether consumers should be able to use online questionnaires, patient kiosks or other technologies to conduct self-screenings and obtain certain medications that currently require prescriptions, U-T San Diego reports.
The agency said the hearings will be take place on Thursday and Friday in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

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Developing Diagnostic Algorithms from Medical Data

Speaker: Alan Hubbard, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, UC Berkeley Sponsor: CITRIS (Ctr for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society)...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAMZ-DatziA

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Essential patient communication tips for physicians

The manner in which a physician communicates information to a patient is as important as the information being communicated. Patients who understand their doctors are more likely to acknowledge health problems, understand their treatment options, modify their behavior accordingly, and follow their medication schedules. In fact, research has shown that effective patient-physician communication can improve a patient’s health as quantifiably as many drugs—perhaps providing a partial explanation for the powerful placebo effect seen in clinical trials.

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Guiding Principles for Physician Use of Social Media

With those guiding principles, here are my suggestions for how physicians can effectively use social media:

 

Part of this task includes defining physician professionalism. There are various definitions (here, here, and here), but they share the common themes of respect for patients’ autonomy, individualism, and privacy; response to and concern for societal needs; embodiment of humanistic values of altruism, empathy, compassion, honesty, and integrity; focus on the scientific basis of medical knowledge; accountability to peers; and commitment to professional development and competence

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How Practices Can Benefit From Text Messaging | Nrip Nihalani

How Practices Can Benefit From Text Messaging | Nrip Nihalani | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

People consider SMS's (Text Messaging) as the most convenient form of keeping in touch with the people around them. It is no surprise then that Text Messaging has been found to be the most liked feature on mobile phones.

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#HAchat Recap: The Doctor Will Tweet You Now | WEGO Health Blog

#HAchat Recap: The Doctor Will Tweet You Now | WEGO Health Blog | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
With so much health information online, how are Healthcare Professionals interacting? Check out what Health Activists (& HCPs!) had to say in this week’s #HAChat.
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Refer patients to Twitter for weight loss

Refer patients to Twitter for weight loss | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Social media is not a substitute for clinical care, but in the absence of clinical services for obesity, it is a free resource that may be of benefit.

 

Lifestyle interventions are effective, but require multiple visits of behavioral, nutrition, and exercise counseling over 6 months to 2 years if delivered true to original form. Few medical centers offer such services, leaving this care to be handled by commercial vendors or simply leaving patients to deal with their weight on their own. This predicament is likely a factor in the development of a $60 billion fad diet industry, which further leads our patients astray for how to manage their weight. The sort-of good news is that the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services recently decided to allow primary care physicians to bill for behavioral counseling for obesity; but with PCPs in short supply, lacking time for intensive counseling, and lacking training in behavioral modification, nutrition, and exercise science, it is not certain this decision will have any impact on the clinical care of obesity at all. This leaves us is with no affordable clinical services for obesity.

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4 Reasons Twitter Is a Great Health Resource

4 Reasons Twitter Is a Great Health Resource | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

If you’re like many of us, the minute you or someone you care about is diagnosed with something, you go online to do research. You may even reach out to your Facebook friends. You’re far less likely to think, “Hey! Now that I have cancer/diabetes/MS, I better get a Twitter account!” If you can’t understand what people get out of Twitter, this post is for you.

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Maintaining relationships with your patients by maximizing your online presence.

Medical practices that take full advantage of today's online consumer-driven culture will leave other practices in their wake. With today's modern consumers looking to the Internet more and more for finding medical solutions for their family, it is imperative that your practice uses all of the tools available for creating and maintaining its online presence. We all know that having a functional Web site these days is a necessity for practically any business in any industry; however, taking your online presence further by using a few techniques can set up your practice for great success. Your online marketing should help your practice with managing patient relationships at all levels. To best reach this goal, continually analyzing data and updating your online marketing approach will help further drive leads and conversions. Using a few search engine optimization techniques as well as optimal design and marketing methods will allow you to more easily find prospective patients, build trust and credibility with your current patients, and manage your reputation.

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Syracuse, NY Dentist Launches Social Media Network for Increased Patient Communication and Interaction

Syracuse, NY Dentist Launches Social Media Network for Increased Patient Communication and Interaction | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Dr. Karen Lawitts, dentist in Syracuse, NY, invites patients to join her practice's social media channels to remain-in-the-know on important dental information.
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