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The Internet of Medical Things

How do you react when a patient arrives for an appointment with a readout from a wearable fitness device? Maybe it mapped her sleep patterns for the past week. Or, maybe it tracked his heartrate through an entire half marathon. The patient is convinced that the advice from the wearable is of diagnostic quality and should be acted upon. Welcome to the internet of things. At the recent BIO 2015…

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Let’s Google That

Today’s clinicians face many issues not even conceived by their parents’ or grandparents’ generation of physicians. In addition to coping with the complexities of electronic health records, digital x-rays, and robotic surgery, today’s clinicians must interface with Dr. Google, MD, DDS, OB/GYN, etc. Most clinicians have had patients come to an appointment clutching a sheaf of papers highlighted neatly in colored markers, documenting the vast amount of web research they’ve…

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PCMH and Payment Reform

Last week JAMA published, “Effects of a Medical Home and Shared Savings Intervention on Quality and Utilization of Care.” The authors found that a large multi-payer patient-centered medical home (PCMH) program in northeast Pennsylvania (the Pennsylvania Chronic Care Initiative) achieved substantial reductions in unnecessary health care services, while improving the quality of care for its patients. During the three-year study that began in October 2009, PCMH practices performed better than…

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What’s a Datapalooza?

Datapalooza 2015 is taking place this week in Washington, D.C. First convened in 2010, this offshoot conference of the Health Data Initiative has grown into a major gathering of more than 2,000 health care industry thinkers. With a stated mission to “unleash the power of health data,” the conference attracts tech experts, government policy makers, data entrepreneurs, and health care system leaders; a heady mix of thinkers, do-ers, and creative…

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EHR Vital Signs

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are a fact of life in healthcare, and while accepted, they are generally not loved. Many health care professionals still feel that EHRs take away time that could be better spent in treating patients. According to the Accenture Doctors Survey 2015, physicians are becoming more proficient in accessing EHR data and are just beginning to tap the true power of EHR systems. In this year’s survey,…

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Doctor/Patient Relationship

There’s plenty of talk these days about the demise of the doctor/patient relationship with blame being placed on patients’ lack of patience; doctors rushing to satisfy health plan guidelines; the increased use of electronic health records, and the Silver Tsunami of older patients needing extra care. But before we consign traditional medical delivery to the trash bin, let’s see if the premise is really true. In my work with medical…

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If You Don’t Ask, They Won’t Tell

A recent study published in Psychiatric Services noted that approximately 20% of patients stopped taking their prescribed antidepressants without telling their healthcare providers. Medication adherence is a huge problem in medicine and taking medications incorrectly impacts patient treatment goals. Non-compliance with prescribed medication rates are sometimes stated to be as high as 75%. Many solutions to this problem have been introduced. The industry has come up with clever ways to…

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ICD-10 Readiness

The transition to ICD-10 in October, 2015 is going to be challenging for health care organizations. It will be critical to prioritize resources. This is necessary in order to maintain accuracy and improve clinical documentation, while at the same time increase coder productivity and help clinicians and staff adapt to the increased specificity of ICD-10. There are many resources available to help your organization mitigate your financial risks. Don’t wait…

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An Apple Health Kit

Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai along with experts from the Mount Sinai–National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute have collaborated with LifeMap Solutions to create an Apple HealthKit-compliant iOS app. The app, which will be commercially available in the later part of 2015, is designed to help patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) monitor and manage their symptoms. The “COPD Navigator iPhone” app is part…

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Health Information Tech Opportunities

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently posted a new grant opportunity. The “Community Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program” encourages communities to work together to support and extend the use of secure, interoperable health information tools and exchange services. This grant is primarily designed to fund organizations such as long-term, post-acute care, and behavioral health providers, which are not eligible under the…

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