Podcast on Decision Support for Selecting Digital Health Tools

Selecting digital health tools is tricky. There are thousands of innovators vying for your attention and dollars. They all promise to help you “get back to doing what you do best, caring for patients” (side note: I think that one has run its course – let’s move on marketers). But how can you be sure they’re selling something that will work for you?

That’s where Medigy comes in. It’s a decision support tool for selecting digital health tools. Our very own Shahid Shah is behind this one, and he’s created a platform that enables quantitative analysis of digital health tools to help you make objective purchasing decisions based on clearly defined objectives and key results, or OKRs. That’s fancy talk for: What does it do? Who is it for? How is it objectively measures and validated?

Shahid describes it as a kind of eternal digital health innovation challenge where innovators share they’re latest and greatest so that end-users and industry influencers can pick the winners. Medigy is a peer network that puts these evaluations in a structured format and maps it to existing classification systems of industry analysts like KLAS and Gartner. The idea is not to compete with those analysts, but to add another valuable input into the buying process that pairs with and complements their reports. What you end up with is a Yelp-like review page full of structured, quantifiable reviews with links to more information.

Medigy primarily serves buyers and influencers. Buyers get access to rich content about the digital health products they’re after. Influencers get a new place to build and engage with a community around their areas of expertise. However, the value to vendors and innovators (the supply-side) is pretty apparent. It’s a place for your product to be evaluated in a consistent and purposeful way. And it can be a great way to engage with your customers for feedback and requests.

Dr. Geeta Nayyar to bridge medicine, business, and health information technology as chief medical o…

Greenway Health, a leading health information technology and services provider, has appointed Dr. Geeta Nayyar chief medical officer. Dr. Nayyar is a nationally recognized leader in health information technology as well as a practicing physician.

As chief medical officer, Dr. Nayyar brings the physician’s lens and voice to Greenway’s vision for driving innovation and collaboration in healthcare — especially as the company continues to deliver services and solutions that prepare practices for value-based care and the future of healthcare.

Dr. Nayyar will be instrumental in guiding the development of Greenway’s next-generation EHR from a physician’s perspective. Greenway’s Intergy platform will evolve into the company’s state-of-the-art platform, now in development as Project Polaris, and will introduce technology that drives practice efficiencies to help physicians avoid burnout, reduce costs, and take advantage of new government payment models.

“Dr. Nayyar brings an expert’s perspective — bridging clinical medicine, information technology and business to really understand the challenges providers face in an evolving healthcare system,” said Richard Atkin, CEO of Greenway Health. “As a company and trusted adviser to our customers, Greenway values the physician perspective. Dr. Nayyar will join us in helping physicians and healthcare providers drive and adapt to change, whether that means succeeding in value-based care, improving patient outcomes, or aligning the clinical perspective to a practice’s unique vision and strategy.”

Dr. Nayyar was named among “Top 26 Smartest People in Health IT” by Becker’s Hospital Review and ranked one of the “Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare. She is the author of the mobile health chapter in the HIMSS Medical Informatics textbook and a noted social media expert and blogger for The Huffington Post. In addition, MedCity News recognized Dr. Nayyar as one of 12 women who are “powerful voices in healthcare innovation and on Twitter.”

Previously, Dr. Nayyar was chief medical information officer at AT&T, where she provided subject matter expertise, thought leadership, and strategic direction. Also, she served as a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Board of Directors.

Most recently, Dr. Nayyar served as chief healthcare and innovation officer at Femwell Group Health, one of the largest management services organizations in Florida. During her tenure, she was instrumental in creating and launching innovations around physician and patient engagement technologies. She also established the company in the digital media and marketing space, hosting its medical YouTube channel “Topline MD TV.”

Survey: Majority of Health IT Execs Feel Behind the Curve on Digital Health

Nearly two-thirds of healthcare providers rate themselves as being behind the curve on their digital health initiatives, citing clinician resistance and interoperability issues as the top barriers.

On behalf of Unisys Corp., HIMSS recently surveyed 220 IT decision makers at U.S. hospitals and health systems and asked them to rank their organization based on how they are leveraging digital and mobile technologies to improve the patient experience, lower the cost of care delivery and improve clinician/staff efficiencies.

They were then rated as being ahead of the curve (early adopters/early majority) or behind the curve (late majority/laggards). Of those surveyed, 64 percent rated themselves as being behind the curve, including 20 percent who were rated as laggards. Only 11 percent of organizations were rated as early adopters when it came to adoption and implementation of digital technologies.

When asked about the barriers to advancing digital health initiatives, ‘behind the curve’ respondents cited challenges starting with clinician resistance to adopting new solutions (51 percent) and difficulties integrating legacy systems with new digital/mobile technologies (50 percent). Availability of skilled IT staff (48 percent) and the identification/remediation of cybersecurity threats (45 percent) were also cited as challenges.

The survey also looked at the key initiatives that digital health technologies support. Only 16 percent of laggards had a comprehensive data governance plan, and only 9 percent of laggards said their organization was able to successfully apply data to determine the best course of action, compared to 83 percent and 78 percent of early adopters, respectively. Additionally, only 13 percent of laggards said that their medical devices could securely communicate with electronic health records.