Good knowledge is at the core of innovation. The more that people understand the way the world works, the more that they can develop novel solutions to problems. This type of knowledge is called "causal knowledge."
Studies demonstrate that the people with the highest quality knowledge are the ones who routinely explain things to themselves as they learn. That is, these people consistently ask themselves "Why?" and then answer that question as they learn. When people self-explain in this way, they help to fill in the gaps in their knowledge, which gives them the raw material they need for innovation later.
For better or for worse, 2014 was a big year for consumer engagement.
Big on promises from industry on wearables, smartphone platforms, and connected health, to the tune of over half a billion dollars of VC investments in consumer-related healthcare companies.Big on growth for consumer-centered technologies (video visits) and disruptive models of care such as the 2,000 retail clinics that now exist across the country.Big on expectations from Washington for the greying patient portal model, which along with much of the rest of Stage 2, is turning out to be an ill-advised, ill-received and possibly ill-conceived plan for fostering better engagement.
In a vendor neutral approach, Cerner, Epic, Meditech, Athena, McKesson, The Advisory Board and several provider organizations agreed to provide acceleration funding and political will to ensure that HL7 implementation guides which enhance query/response interoperability are available by May 2015.
We will start publishing health IT Guest Columns on the blog. We look forward to learning from the greater community. To help fast forward this mission, we’ll experiment with an editorial calendar in 2015 to help encourage guest submissions.
More than 60 healthcare and pharma companies are among 100 targeted by hackers during the last year and a half, a cybersecurity firm reports. The hackers' goal—steal insider business information to profit in the stock market.
All our gift ideas for this year, from each of our gift guide episodes as well as some you won’t even see on video! Also, keep in mind that the prices are always changing, so you might want to click through and double check them. You might find a special deal on some of them! …
But many providers are still not leveraging the vast amounts of data that they are collecting to improve the quality of care, increase patient satisfaction, and reduce costs. Indeed, most information available to health care workers and managers is still retrospective. For instance, it is common for organizations to produce reports on infections and patient falls on a monthly basis and those reports only reflect what has already occurred, not what is happening now or is expected to occur in the future. (See this article on predictive analytics.) In this regard, health care is way behind manufacturing, consumer products, and financial services companies.
We love to celebrate the success of our customers. Their daily work improves access to health data – where and when it is needed – that improves patient care and truly saves lives. I can’t think of IT in any other industry that has such a direct impact on people’s lives as those who work in health IT.
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The JASON report suggests that HIPAA Covered Entities (mostly hospitals, doctors and their EHRs) are no longer the center. The future, labeled as the Learning Health System, now makes mobile and patient-centered technology equally important as part of the architecture and talks about interoperability with them rather than “health information exchange” among HIPAA CE’s and their Meaningful Use mandates.
I hope you’ll enjoy reviewing my slides from my December 3 presentation at the 11th Annual Healthcare Unbound Conference. The presentation is formally entitled: “Patient Digital Health Platforms (PDHPs): Epicenter of Healthcare Transformation?”… …but more informally, I pose and address 7 key questions — the answers to which will shape the future of the PDHP …
Take a time machine back 100 years to 1914. What would the field of radiology look like? That’s exactly what the RSNA organization is asking participants at this years’ annual conference. It’s easy to see the advancements made in imaging technology the past 100 years, most of it occurring after 1960 when computers became more widespread.
What about radiology data interoperability over the past century?
The ANA is now requiring multiple documentation whenever possible. The new guidelines also states that hospitals using both paper and electronic medical documents, record when something is written down in the paper chart on the electronic record, and vice versa.
People with chronic diseases don’t suddenly decide that they’re over it and the novelty has worn off. Tracking and measuring—the quantified self—is what keeps them out of the hospital. And yet there are more developers who’d rather make a splash at a hackathon than create apps and devices for people who can benefit hugely from innovation in this area.
At some point, you’ve got to ask yourself whether it’s just the friction created by health-industry regulation—the HIPAA security rules and FDA approval (or waiver) process and the hassle of integration with legacy systems. Or is it too daunting for a twenty-something engineer to develop technology for people who aren’t like them at all? An obese diabetic on a motorized scooter? Or a frail old lady with memory loss? Or her caregiver? Someone who’s three bus transfers away from a doctor’s office?
Can our innovators rise to the challenge of an aging, chronically ill society whose medical costs are swamping our economy? Or will techies just click their heels together three times, and call Uber?