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Researchers study the feasibility of mobile robotic telemedicine in the NICU

Telemedicine has been used in a wide array of clinical applications to help eliminate geographic barriers and improve access to services that would often not be otherwise consistently available.

 

To see if this technology is feasible for use in the field of neonatal medicine, neonatologists at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, CA implemented a study to describe the use of a wireless, mobile, robotic telecommunications system in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

 

The study utilized 304 patient encounters with 46 preterm and term new born infants, also known as neonates, in a level IIIa NICU. An “on-site” bedside neonatologist (ONSN) and an “off-site” neonatologist located at a distant location (OFFSN) evaluated selected demographic information, laboratory data and clinical and radiological findings of the subjects.

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4 tips for start-up health IT companies

Start-up health IT companies have made quite a splash this past year – with some even claiming they have the ability to change the healthcare industry as we know it. Programs have been launched to help fledgling companies grow, and now the focus has shifted onto how these organizations can increase innovation and improve health and wellness.

 

Lisa Suennen, managing member at venture capital firm Psilos Group and author of the blog Venture Valkyrie, outlines four basic tips for start-up health IT companies.

 

1. Have a business model. It sounds basic, said Suennen, but you'd be surprised how many companies fail to complete this step. "I have so many companies [who don't do that], it blows my mind," she said. "I ask how they're going to get paid, and they go, 'We're going to figure that out after the pilot.' Our reaction is 'No, that's not so good.'" She added when creating a business model, it's essential to identify who the customer is, "because you can't build a proper product without knowing your customer, and the customer is who pays you." On her blog, Suennen writes that many companies will find themselves revising their business model – something that's completely normal during their early years. "Truth of the matter is that the average start-up company typically goes through more than one attempt at the brass ring," she wrote. "Early business models often fail and entrepreneurs go back to the drawing board and reinvent their original vision."

 

2. Don't depend on the consumer for your revenue. According to Suennen, during the early years of a company, the consumer shouldn't be depended on for significant revenue. "It's not yet time to depend on the consumer for your revenue model," she said. "They're just not ready, and they won't deliver the revenue to you yet. Consumer-directed health IT products are struggling and people aren't ready to pay."

 

3. Recognize a start-up's role in job creation. On her blog, Suennen writes that start-up companies are playing a critical role in job creation. In fact, she wrote, firms less than five years old have created about 40 million American jobs over the past three decades, accounting for almost all of the net new jobs during that period. "That's a pretty stunning fact," she wrote. "In a world where there is no way out of the healthcare crisis except through the generation of new ideas to solve our healthcare problems, young companies are the golden ticket to new employment."

 

4. Know the path to success isn't always straight and narrow. "To be honest, I haven't yet seen a company that had a straight, upward and to the right pointing line from start to finish," Suennen wrote. Instead, based on her experiences, Suennen said most companies leaving her firm have seen rather unconventional paths to success. "The line looks more like the path taken by a blindfolded cat chasing after a highly uncoordinated mouse – the roundabout, back and forth and a little bit spastic," she wrote. "Start-up companies are a little bit like that story about the six blind guys and the elephant: you get a different story about it, depending on when you touch it." She concluded by pointing almost all successful start-ups have seen their fair share of trying times. "I don't think I could point to a single example of a company that we count among our success and claim that it didn't try to commit suicide at least once along the way."

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Avoid EHR Disasters: How Reliable are your EHR Patient Notes?

A disturbing number of EHR issues and medical professional liability claims are based on serious problems with exam notes and other clinical documentation recorded in an EHR. Regardless of the legitimacy of care and treatment, the inappropriate use of EHRs and/or EHR design vulnerabilities are exposing physicians to questions on the quality of care and physician due diligence. Some key areas to consider follow:

 

Initial Patient Charting:

In some cases, the transition of the patient information to the EHR was not adequately structured: resulting in serious omissions in the patient EHR based record. For example, few physicians consider the patient care information and history that is needed to provide proper context in the EHR for a patient. Previous surgical history and access to previous test results may be critical information to support continuity of care. However, if the historical information is not properly entered, then the EHR will not provide appropriate warnings and notifications to the staff and physician.

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Hospitals Find their Place on Pinterest

Hospitals Find their Place on Pinterest | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

The great thing about Pinterest, from a marketer's perspective, is that the demographics skew slightly older and wealthier than Facebook and Twitter. More than 67% of users are 25 or older and 28% of users earn at least $100,000 per year. The site averages one million visitors every day. (To learn more about Pinterest's demographic breakdown, check out the nifty infographic on Mashable.)

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Health Monitoring at Helsinki Hospital in Finland - Mobile Health Around the Globe

Health Monitoring at Helsinki Hospital in Finland - Mobile Health Around the Globe | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

A study is presently being conducted by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland at Sipoo Health Centre and Helsinki University Hospital to determine if patient self-management with the help of mobile phones can serve as motivation for wellness and adoption of healthy lifestyle behavior.

 

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) has been considered a highly potential and cost-effective means to increase patient's motivation for self-care.

 

Patients are asked to submit various test results (e.g. blood pressure) to healthcare professionals by mobile phone, and are given feedback on them. In this way, healthcare professionals can respond to a patient’s condition even before the patient seeks treatment.

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Professionalism in the Use of Social Media

The Internet has created the ability for medical students and physicians to communicate and share information quickly and to reach millions of people easily.

 

Participating in social networking and other similar Internet opportunities can support physicians’ personal expression, enable individual physicians to have a professional presence online, foster collegiality and camaraderie within the profession, provide opportunity to widely disseminate public health messages and other health communication.

 

Social networks, blogs, and other forms of communication online also create new challenges to the patient-physician relationship.

 

 

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The Art of EHR Implementation

While each EHR is different in terms of workflow, training, and usage, there are certain steps one can take in order to ensure a successful and smooth transition from paper charts to digital. From my experience working in HealthIT, here are 7 steps I recommend taking when selecting AND implementing an EHR into your practice.

 

The first major step in the EHR adoption pathway is forming an EHR Selection Committee. I can assure you that forming a committee is NOT a waste of time and resources. Who takes part of your selection committee is a matter of personal preference and staff abilities, however, you should consider including a technology consultant (“the IT guy”), members of your nursing staff, as well as other providers within the practice. Think of adopting an EHR as marriage. Through thick and thin, for better or for worse. You want to make sure you get it right the first time as divorcing your EHR and finding someone else could be a painstaking process.


The selection committee should focus on two key aspects: a) what are the characteristics of a suitable EHR for your practice?; b) what is an acceptable, achievable timeline for implementation? You must be specific in the types of functions your EHR will have. You must also make sure that the new piece of software will have as little impact in your day-day workflow as possible (keep in mind that NO EHR will be able to leave your workflow unchanged….it’s just the nature of software).


Once your selection committee is set, it’s important to begin talking about an implementation roadmap. By when should the team identify a suitable EHR for your practice? Who are the key players that will first learn the system? How will you go about data transfer or conversion? Will there be a consultant involved or is it done in-house?


The Keystone User(s) - once you’ve selected your EHR, it will be important to designate at least one keystone user that will be the “subject matter expert” in your office. While you can always get get on the phone to call support, having someone knowledgeable in the office will always serve you best. The keystone user will be the “go-to person” when new features are released and people need updates.


Test Groups - depending on the size of your practice, it may be a good idea to first do a trial run with just one doctor. This will help you learn the system better, tweak your implementation process and have a clean transition for the other doctors in the practice. Someone has to be the guinea pig right?


Training Staff - when the dotted line is signed, you need to make sure that everyone on your team is trained in using the system. One loose cog in the wheel and your progress toward Meaningful Use can be seriously impaired. Getting your staff trained in a timely fashion will not only ensure accurate chart completion, but will also promote a steadfast movement toward successful MU attestation.


GoLive - once your staff is trained, its time to hit the stage! All of your keystone users should be present during your golive period to ensure a smooth transition from the old fashioned paper charts to your brand new EHR system.

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Facebook or Blog .... Healthcare and Social Media -

Facebook or Blog .... Healthcare and Social Media - | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Many physician, hospital and other health care clients want a Facebook page… they shun the thought of a blog because they fear that they will not possess the time necessary to keep their content up to date and dynamic enough to attract an audience.
Although the concept of my 41st Patient strategy assist many overcome those initial fears… many remain unconvinced and still want to start with a Facebook page .

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Social media key to hospital emergency preparedness

what will it take for hospitals to be the best run organizations on the face of the planet?

 

Emergency preparedness is a critical aspect of hospital operations. Though imagining, discussing and planning for potential disaster scenarios is never pleasant, it's necessary to ensure the hospital can handle these challenging and potentially chaotic situations quickly and efficiently.

 

Hospital communicators play an important role in emergency preparedness because of the need to distribute information quickly and accurately. With the emergence of social media, communicators have more tools at their disposal and failing to use them in an emergency is a lost opportunity.

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4 ways a physician can manage his or her online reputation

4 ways a physician can manage his or her online reputation | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Have you ever taken the time to Google yourself or your practice? What did you find? Was the information accurate? What would a patient conclude about you, based on those Google results?

 

As more patients go online to find information about physicians, your reputation is being built and managed on the Internet. And like it or not, your online reputation plays a role in acquiring new patients and maintaining trust with existing patients and colleagues. For this reason, physicians should pay attention to online reputation management.

 

Online reputation management is the process of preventing and repairing threats to your online reputation. This is done by tracking what is written about you and using techniques to address or moderate the information on search engine result pages or in social media. The goal is to promote positive or neutral content while suppressing negative content

 

Start with doing a simple LinkedIn profile.

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Can social media help heal healthcare?

Can social media help heal healthcare? | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

How to get more for less? It’s an age-old question and one that is playing out today in our healthcare system. With healthcare reform top of mind these days, everyone is asking how the medical industry can treat patients better for less money. Social media often comes up in these discussions and everyone seems to have an opinion about the risks and rewards.

 

For all of the debate, one thing is for sure: social media in healthcare is here to stay. But when it comes to the availability of trustworthy health information, research suggests that we still have a ways to go. According to a recent Pew Internet survey, four out of five Internet users have searched for health information online, making health one of the most searched topics on the Internet. At the same time, the study also revealed that more than 50 percent say the information they find is “of no help at all.” After all, anyone with Internet access can set up a health blog or answer health questions on Google or Yahoo Answers, no credentials required.

 

As the CEO and founder of Avvo.com, an online legal and health Q&A forum and professional directory, I talk to hospital administrators, doctors and consumers about these issues on a regular basis. When it comes to providing information about health issues and healthcare providers online, I see a massive opportunity for improvement. Ultimately, I think it comes down to two primary actions on the part of the medical community and those providing health-focused social media platforms.

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Doctors have the medical techonology, now they need to cultivate the human touch with patients 

Doctors have the medical techonology, now they need to cultivate the human touch with patients  | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Medical student Gregory Shumer studied the electronic health record and scooted his laptop closer to the diabetic grandfather sitting on his exam table. "You can see," he pointed at the screen - weight, blood sugar and cholesterol are too high and rising.

 

The man didn't reveal he was too nearsighted to see those numbers, but he'd quietly volunteered that he'd been ignoring his own health after his wife's death. The future-Dr. Shumer looked away from the computer for a sympathetic conversation - exactly the point of Georgetown University's novel training program.

 

As the nation moves to paperless medicine, doctors are grappling with an awkward challenge: How do they tap the promise of computers, smartphones and iPads in the exam room without losing the human connection with their patients? Are the gadgets a boon, or a distraction?

 

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Full time Masters (MSc) in Digital Healthcare

Full time Masters (MSc) in Digital Healthcare | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Digital technologies and methodologies are considered by healthcare providers worldwide as key to meeting the significant challenges in delivering healthcare in today’s society. This has created a pressing need for a bright, well-educated and flexible workforce capable of using, evaluating and designing these technologies, with a thorough understanding of the clinical, engineering, ethical and social constraints surrounding them.

 

Digital healthcare concerns the development of interconnected health systems to promote the use and advancement of smart devices, new technologies, analysis techniques and communication media to help professionals and patients manage illness, enhance the performance of patient monitoring devices, improve clinical education, manage healthcare risks and promote wellbeing.

 

The Institute of Digital Healthcare at WMG, University of Warwick has developed this innovative Masters programme – we believe the first in the world to authoritatively review all these issues and enable students to synthesise them into a comprehensive, coherent and career-advancing experience. The MSc will give our students the skills needed to drive, manage and evaluate the advances in technology and methods that underpin digital healthcare.

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The Sounds of Silence: Are Patients Getting the Information They Need?

Health care information technology can provide mountains of data, but does that data help patients make better health care decisions? Do physicians and patients engage in the kind of dialogue that truly is shared decision-making?

 

his is supposed to be the Age of the Empowered Patient. Websites of all kinds offer evaluations of hospitals, physicians and other providers. Data reporting — mandatory and voluntary — is producing heaps of information that patients are supposed to use in their health care decisions.

 

Initiatives such as patient-centered care, accountable care organizations, report cards and high-deductible health plans all are designed to make patients more involved in their care, in the hope that having "skin in the game" (financially or otherwise) will lead them to make more rational choices. Shared decision-making by patients and providers together is all the rage among the pundits and theoreticians.

 

Is It Working?

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The Many Platforms of Social Media in Healthcare

The Many Platforms of Social Media in Healthcare | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Social media in health care began with the formation of a number of interactive web sites, including SERMO, and iMedXchange some time ago. SERMO and iMedXchange are more formal, and almost a peer reviewed forum requiring authorization and proof of a medical license. They cover subjects organized by specialty category and have business management and policy reform categories.

 

One could also include the many ‘listserv’ forums as social media, although not immediately interactive it functioned as a ready solution for communications.

 

Chat rooms came into existence in the form of mIRC, AOL messenger, MSN messenger, and other chats in Facebook, and Skype

 

If today’ s most popular social media is considered, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Tumbler, and Foursquare come to mind.

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How to discuss online health information with your physician

How to discuss online health information with your physician | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Everyday I get to learn about new articles and websites that are claiming to have reputable health information.

 

Two articles recently caught my eye while I was spending some time on Twitter. First, an op-ed piece was published on Time.com discussing how patients and doctors perceive the use of the online health information. The article was closely followed by the results of a recent PEW research study which stated that 80% of Americans used the internet to “prepare for or recover from” their doctor visit.

 

The results of the PEW study were less than surprising to me. Everyday I have a concerned mom or anxious dad refer to something they have read online.

 

Everyday.

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How doctors should adopt new technology

How doctors should adopt new technology | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
My primary care physician, the last time I was in for a checkup, had not adopted ePrescribing or started using an electronic health record (EHR). My understanding is that the medical group to which he belongs had not rolled out these capabilities to him yet but was planning to do so. Hopefully, this summer when I see him again he will be plugged into the electronic health record that the group is adopting.

 

Although he may not be happy about having to adapt to this new way of working, I will be happy because it provides another layer of safety for me as a patient. For instance, the risks of miscommunication between my doctor and my pharmacy will be greatly reduced. From my experience as a quality and productivity expert, I know that there will be many benefits for his practice group. As the American Medical Association has shown in a white paper my physician may not be spending much less time handling prescriptions, but his office staff surely will. Overall, there will be a significant gain in productivity and safety for the office.

 

After examining this example of the adoption of technology at my physician’s office group I recognize several challenges that the group faces, many of which are common to any enterprise adopting new technology faces, including not just healthcare providers but also small businesses and nonprofit organizations:

 

Will the new technology increase productivity?

 

Will there be a positive return on investment?

 

Will the new technology improve patient safety?

 

If the technology is adopted, how should it be rolled out or implemented?

 

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Physicians on Facebook - Do's and Dont's for #hcsm

Physicians on Facebook - Do's and Dont's for #hcsm | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

So finally Social Media has hit the spot with doctors. Its the first form of technology which Doctors have adopted worldwide on their own( without pressure, incentives or kickbacks.)

 

Recent statistics show that while 87% of the physicians surveyed reported using Social media for personal purposes, a significant 67% also claimed to be using it for Professional use. Social Media has ushered healthcare into an exciting world of free expression and multi faceted communication

 

There have also been some unfortunate cases coming to light, where doctors have been penalized for overdoing it on Social Media. Also 45 % of the organizations surveyed claimed to have no policy for Social Media. In this article we'll look at some do's and don'ts for Physicians so that they can use Facebook safely and not let it cause legal problems for themselves in the future.

 

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Smart Ways To Deal With Dumb Clinical Alerts

Smart Ways To Deal With Dumb Clinical Alerts | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Clinical alerts may help reduce dangerous drug interactions, but sometimes they cause more problems than they solve. Experts describe best practices to make them work better.

 

Clinicians, whether young or old, technophobes or technophiles, continue to complain about the avalanche of unnecessary alerts they get when walking through a clinical decision support or e-prescribing system. It's not uncommon to hear a cardiologist, for instance, complain: "I've been practicing for 15 years. I don't need to be cautioned about ordering aspirin for a patient at risk of hemorrhagic stroke."

 

On the flip side, IT leaders and clinicians worry that these systems miss needed alerts because they're incapable of taking into account important free text data from clinicians' notes. Allison McCoy and her colleagues at the Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, give a good example in a recent Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) report.. They give the example of an infectious disease specialist who orders a powerful antibiotic for a life-threatening infection in a patient with compromised kidney function, and who inserts that fact into the clinician's notes.

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7 missed opportunities of not creating an online presence

7 missed opportunities of not creating an online presence | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

There are many reasons why physicians choose not to have a website or participate in social media. There also are many reasons why that decision could end up hurting their practices.

 

“If you don’t have a social media presence, or at least a deeply integrated digital presence, you’re missing a chance to humanize your organization,” said Howard Luks, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Hawthorne, N.Y., who consults on digital media and medicine issues.

 

Humanizing your practice is not just about letting patients know who you are. It’s becoming more crucial in attracting new patients.

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Why national policies and business models must align to bring e-Health innovation into the mainstream

Why national policies and business models must align to bring e-Health innovation into the mainstream | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Europe is not fully exploiting its international lead in applying ICT to health, according to Elena Bonfiglioli, senior director for health Europe at Microsoft. “It is already happening in pockets of innovation, expertise and excellence. The challenge is to up-scale those,” she says.

 

Properly deployed, ICT can make a major contribution to prevention as well as treatment, she says, and this remains insufficiently explored. The ingredients are there, she says, listing options across the range of health technologies from large and small companies. Now, she says, it is time for enterprise policy in the EU to support that market.

 

The approach should be from the perspective of industrial policy rather than taking e-health as the starting point. “This is where Europe is strong, with thousands of partners who create ICT-based solutions,” says Bonfiglioli. These, she says, should benefit from incentives for innovation. But she is yet to be convinced that the vision, imagination and commitment are there at political level. She is insistent on crucial factors such as integrating e-health applications with cloud computing. She says of EU policymakers: “I am confident that they care, but not that they dare.”

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Computing Power Helping to Save Children's Lives

Computing Power Helping to Save Children's Lives | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

On the Case: Computing Power Helping to Save Children's Lives


The Translational Genomics Institute’s partnership with Dell is enabling them to treat kids with neuroblastoma more quickly and save more lives.

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Innovation Excellence | Quantified Self – Epicenter of Disruptive Innovation

Innovation Excellence | Quantified Self – Epicenter of Disruptive Innovation | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Take one part Big Data, one part visualization, a whole lot of amazing mobile UI and more and you find yourself at the center of quantified self. This is the epicenter of disruptive innovation.

 

If you’ve yet to dive into material and begin to understand the impact of what is called the quantified self, I suggest you do. This movement is about to get huge as the sheer volume of those classifying themselves as self-quantifiers is doubling annually. As barriers to quantified self fall – via ever smaller sensors, ever smarter data and ever more passive ways to collect and analyze the data – the continuation of individuals into the greater movement accelerates. If your world is technology and you believe in the consumerization of IT, understand now that quantified self is about to jettison the niche realm and rightfully proclaim the position of next.

 

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The Real Promise of Global Health

The Real Promise of Global Health | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

The real promise of Global Health is not that "rich" nations can "provide" health care to the "poor" nations. The real promise of Global Health is that we can learn from building patient & community centered health systems how to provide better health care for all of us, regardless of where we live.

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Meaningful Use Definition & Objectives

Meaningful use is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to:

 

Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities


Engage patients and family


Improve care coordination, and population and public health


Maintain privacy and security of patient health information


Ultimately, it is hoped that the meaningful use compliance will result in:

 

Better clinical outcomes


Improved population health outcomes
Increased transparency and efficiency


Empowered individuals


More robust research data on health systems


Meaningful use sets specific objectives that eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals must achieve to qualify for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Incentive Programs.

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