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The Entrepreneurial Clinician: What Clinicians with Great Ideas for Health Care Mobile Apps Need to KnowAnne Giles Clelland, President of Handshake Media – the Home of Cognichoice by Anne Giles Clelland , President of Handshake Media, Incorporated Anne presented “The Entrepreneurial Clinician: What Clinicians with Great Ideas for Health Care Mobile Apps Need to Know” during the mHealth Summit on December 5, 2012.
If you want to know what’s ailing the U.S. health care system, just ask the person next to you. Chances are, she’ll have a personal horror story to share about outlandish costs, inaccessibility of care, the regulations strangle on innovation, the battery of tests that physicians order out of fear of lawsuits, and on and on. The goal of the Healthcare Experience Design Conference (HxD) held in Boston recently was less about dissecting these problems and more about how we can start solving them. In the keynote address, the U.S.
It's no secret CIOs are busy as ever, dealing with everything from to ICD-10 to meaningful use to staff burnout and more. With the flood of new IT and the uncertain future of the industry, it's no wonder many are hesitant about what to do next. We asked John Halamka , MD, CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center , about maintaining a healthy hospital culture in today's industry. Halamka looked back to a blog post of his, which describes the popular acronym "VUCA."
November 15th, 2011 by Shadowfax in Opinion Doctors are, famously, workaholics. That’s just the way it’s been forever, at least as far back as my memory goes. You work crazy hours in residency, you graduate and work like a dog to establish your practice or to become a partner in your practice, and then you live out your career working long hours because there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that needs to be done.
As healthcare moves into a new era of efficiency, effectiveness and improved patient outcomes through health information technology, consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton has identified the top nine ways health IT is transforming healthcare. Among the changes with the greatest impact are reduced medical errors and faster emergency care. [See also: PwC predicts top 10 issues in 'seminal year' for healthcare ] "Good healthcare is no longer about just good doctors and good hospitals; it's about connectivity, it's about data, it's about information, it's about speed to treatment and health IT enables each of those," said Robert M.
November 23rd, 2011 by Berci in Opinion For the last 4 years, I’ve been teaching medical and public health students about the use of social media and generally digital technologies in medicine and healthcare and I got a good picture of what kind of medical professionals they would become soon. They represent the new generation of physicians. Here are my points and observations: They are technophile . I remember the time when there was no internet, I remember the first website I first saw online.
Atul Gawande, MD, a surgeon, public health researcher and a writer for The New Yorker , advocates a mindset switch from docs as cowboys to docs as pit crews. Gawande also urges the smart use of data and a well-designed checklist for better and safer care. Physicians have long operated as independent problem solvers, he says, but the complexity of healthcare has become more than what individual physicians can handle. That autonomy has also contributed to higher costs.
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In a session so crowded that conference officials closed the doors and effectively locked attendees out, Military Health System acting CIO Karen Guice, MD, offered a glimpse of the future of MHS health IT. “The MHS likes to foster innovation, things that improve patient care,” said Guice, who is also the principal deputy assistant, Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Citing examples, Guice pointed to Blue Button, Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER), the Joint Theater Trauma Registry, and the joint iEHR between the VA and the DoD as innovations that have bolstered health for military service people and may light the way for private healthcare providers, much the way that the practice of triage, now in every ER, initiated in theater. “We are a global enterprise, unlike many private sector plans,” Guice said.
Modern healthcare is sick, but Dr. Daniel Kraft knows a little something about the cure. At the 2011 TEDMED conference in San Diego, the stem cell researcher gave a great overview on the emerging trends which are poised to play a big role in how medicine develops in the decades ahead. Mobile platforms, 24 hour at home monitoring, artificial intelligence, social networking, massive data collection, crowd-sourcing – Kraft expounds upon them all with his characteristic charm and humor.
The technological singularity is the theoretical emergence of superintelligence through technological means. [ 1 ] Since the capabilities of such intelligence would be difficult for an unaided human mind to comprehend, the technological singularity is seen as an occurrence beyond which events cannot be predicted. Proponents of the singularity typically postulate an "intelligence explosion", [ 2 ] [ 3 ] where superintelligences design successive generations of increasingly powerful minds, might occur very quickly and might not stop until the agent's cognitive abilities greatly surpass that of any human. The term was popularized by science fiction writer Vernor Vinge , who argues that artificial intelligence , human biological enhancement , or brain-computer interfaces could be possible causes of the singularity.
A new report from PwC US Health Research Institute (HRI) shows how clinical informatics could be a crucial tool to fostering better population health and reducing healthcare costs. Key to those benefits is for providers to use informatics to engage patients in managing their own health, the study found. The report also suggests that health organizations view clinical informatics – the integration of information technology into healthcare – as paramount to their financial success and ability to effectively and affordably manage patient care and wellness. [See also: Clinical informatics becomes a board-certified medical subspecialty .] Nonetheless, few health organizations have found ways of using health information to engage patients in managing their own health.
Recently, Nuance Healthcare announced the 2012 Mobile Clinician Voice Challenge which encourages healthcare software developers to integrate speech recognition into mobile or Web-based health care applications. Nuance is a company that creates speech recognition and processing software. Their most widely recognized product includes the Dragon dictation line of speech recognition software, the family of Dragon Medical products which enables dictation and real-time transcription of medical documents. We also recently talked about how their language processing software is being paired with IBM’s Watson to revolutionize decision support. Basically, the idea of the contest is to promote the speech-enabling of web-based and mobile medical apps using the HIPAA-secure, cloud-based, Nuance Healthcare Development Platform. Developers will use the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform to integrate Nuance SpeechAnywhere into mobile health care applications.
On Sunday I returned from a week in Shanghai and Hangzhou. A remarkable trip that included daily meetings with government, academic, and clinical leaders. What did I learn?
The 2009 economic stimulus law signed by President Barack Obama contained $27 billion in federal funds for eligible health providers who install electronic health records and follow government “meaningful use” guidelines to improve patient care. This portion of the law — known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act — allows incentive payments to providers in both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Medicare is administered by the federal government, while Medicaid is a partnership between federal and state governments. In the case of the health information technology payments, the Medicaid funds are being distributed by the federal government to the states, territories, and the District of Columbia, for re-distribution to the providers.