The healthcare chatbots are coming. Be afraid. Or not.
Healthcare chatbots can address some of the most pressing challenges for healthcare providers today. However, the benefits come with some downsides.
Healthcare chatbots can address some of the most pressing challenges for healthcare providers today. However, the benefits come with some downsides.
Our most recent leadership and workforce survey highlights trends from the last year on the changing market for health information and technology professionals in the U.S. and insights into what to expect moving forward. Survey results are based on feedback from approximately 300 health information and technology professionals—from both hospitals and non-acute facilities—and market suppliers, with more than 80% of respondents identifying themselves as being in managerial roles.
From continued workforce growth to an increased interest in information security and related leadership roles, the following infographic identifies four primary insights into digital health priorities and health information and technology workforce experiences.
From telemedicine to secure data-sharing, a wide range of technologies allow providers to work together from a distance. Healthcare is a team sport, and no good team can function without seamless collaboration.
That’s why the right tools and strategies allow providers to win big by helping patients receive timely, comprehensive care — when and where they need it most.
Whether a doctor is located across town or in another time zone, he or she may perform their duties via mobility and telehealth solutions designed to streamline workflows and connect with colleagues as if they were in the same place.
It’s no surprise, then, that “The Modern Workforce Insight Report” by CDW notes that today’s clinicians rely more heavily on digital tablets than steel filing cabinets to track and store patient data.
The report, which surveyed 400 senior-level professionals involved in the purchasing process, found that the top drivers of workplace solution investment are greater employee productivity (48 percent), better process efficiency through automation (39 percent) and improved security (39 percent).
Those benefits hold significant power in healthcare, a field where every second counts during an emergency.
Implemented properly, the mobile tool can benefit young patients as much as their families and clinicians. A hospital stay can be stressful for anyone, but especially for a child who has experienced trauma. It’s one of the reasons why healthcare providers are turning to tablets to help children cope and stay entertained during the recovery process.
“Research shows that the quality of stay for patients and their potential medical recovery can be greatly influenced by whether they have a distraction device like this,” David Higginson, executive vice president and COO of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, told HealthTech.
Phoenix Children’s makes tablets available to their young patients and encourages them to use the device as if it were their own. Patients can stream educational videos and kid-friendly movies from the hospital’s server and even access their own social media accounts.
“We have patients with cystic fibrosis who have to be in isolation over the winter months. Imagine being a teenager locked in a room with no access to social media for a month. It’s miserable,” Higginson says.
With the right distraction in hand, however, the experience can be less so.
Just as it promises to increase speeds and reduce latency for consumers, 5G technology also has the potential to transform how healthcare is delivered.
In telehealth, 5G will drive near real-time, high-quality video required for remote medical consultations. By leveraging 5G mobile edge compute, hospitals and doctors can have on-hand access to patient’s high-quality imaging for review without the wait. By extending health care providers’ reach beyond hospitals, telemedicine will improve access to quality care, helping patients get treated sooner and reaching specialists otherwise not available.
Because of its huge potential, it’s not surprising that two-thirds of U.S. health care providers have or are developing telehealth programs. According to a study by Market Research Future, the telemedicine market is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16.5% from 2017 to 2023, driven mainly by increased demand for healthcare in rural areas.
With a background in biomedical science and rich experience in medical device venture capital investment, Tomoko Inoue possesses the technical, operational and business knowledge of what makes medtech startups successful – a role perfectly suited for her current role as the CEO of OMRON Ventures.
She believes that in a hyper aging society like Japan, there is a big need for smart infrastructure in order to make healthcare deliverable remotely by transcending time and space, something that nations with aging populations could do well to learn from.
Patients not only have to be put in the center of care, but also in the center of health technology. In a more general manner that’s what digital humanism is about. Instead of technological development serving the interests of big tech companies to the detriment of people by exploiting human weaknesses and by taking control out of their hands, humans should step up and say stop to technology degrading humans, creating or widening gaps in societies, disregarding diversity. Here are some ideas and principles about how that, namely digital humanism, could unfold in healthcare.
We strongly believe that only digital health can bring healthcare into the 21st century and make patients the point-of-care.
Burnout is high among doctors, nurses and other clinical staff. If workers are at the end of their ropes, they can’t effectively take care of patients, so it’s essential for hospitals to do what they can to support clinical staff and reduce their stress.
Facilities have tried a variety of approaches, from animal therapy to “renewal rooms” for nurses. But in many cases, reducing physician and nurse burnout can be as straightforward as addressing workers’ basic needs effectively.
A recent article in the American Journal of Medicine discusses a sample structure that hospitals can follow to fight burnout in staff based on psychologist Abraham Maslow’s “hierarchy of needs.”
This concept is physically represented by a pyramid with various levels. The bottom level has a person’s most basic needs, which must first be fulfilled before addressing the needs at higher levels.
When applying this concept to physician and nurse burnout, there are five needs that must be addressed, in order, before clinicians can perform their jobs to the best of their abilities:
For healthcare organizations, security is a key motivator for making the switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10. After Microsoft ends technical support and security updates for Windows 7 on Jan. 14, 2020, outdated operating systems will be vulnerable to “hacks, malware, viruses and other potential future security flaws,” notes Business News Daily.
Windows 10 comes with improved security measures: tools to thwart ransomware, such as a whitelist capability that designates which apps can access and change files; an anti-malware program that scans, quarantines and removes malware; and a sophisticated, cloud-based service for managing security threats across Windows 10 computers.
But switching to Windows 10 brings other benefits as well, including greater speed and efficiency, tools that support better communication and collaboration, and features that enhance productivity in general — all keys to effective healthcare delivery.
At the HIMSS Machine Learning & AI event, Dr. Anthony Chang, chief intelligence and innovation officer at CHOC Children’s, cleared up some common misconceptions. BOSTON – The excitement around artificial intelligence is genuine. The promise and potential of what it can do for healthcare is very real. But there’s still a lot of unrealistic expectation of what AI and machine learning will mean for care delivery, said Dr. Anthony Chang.
Chang, chief intelligence and innovation officer at Children’s Hospital and Orange County, delivered the Day 2 keynote address at the HIMSS Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare event here in Boston.
There’s already a lot going on with the technology in hospitals, as evidenced by the numerous case studies presented here these past two days. But Chang said the best is yet to come for AI in healthcare.
He pointed to Amara’s Law: “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.”
When it comes to AI and machine learning, many in healthcare are “anxious … waiting for a lot of delivery right now,” said Chang. “But if we can just hang in for a few years,” the benefits will be immense.
Verily, Alphabet’s health and life sciences division, is moving into the clinical trials market. It just announced strategic alliances with Novartis, Sanofi, Otsuka and Pfizer.
Deloitte’s view of the future: empowered consumers taking advantage of open, secure platforms that intermingle disparate information for care coordination and wellness “nudges.” Now we just need to get there. As we focus this month on the promise and potential of digital transformation across healthcare, it’s encouraging enough to take stock of the huge advances that have already been made in the past decade of the post-EHR era.
But as we all know, there’s a still plenty of room for innovation and improvement as patients and providers look to take advantage of the rich profusion of data that already exists and is growing near-exponentially.
A major impediment, of course, is interoperability. But progress is being made, and momentum seems to be picking up speed – particularly as CMS and ONC prepare to finalize some era-defining rules they say will finally compel some of healthcare’s most foot-dragging entrenched interest to embrace data exchange and empower consumers.
And if those don’t quite do the trick, there are plenty of hungry companies champing at the bit to help force some big changes of their own.
For the Amazons, Apples, Googles and Salesforces, healthcare is an “untapped market for them; the margins are much better than retail, and there they’re making significant moves,” said David Biel, U.S. healthcare consulting leader at Deloitte.
Chatbots? Artificial intelligence? Telemedicine? How will technology impact healthcare? What happens with the human side of medicine? Which technological innovations will have the most impact on each of the medical specialties? What about the skill-set necessary for doctors of the future? If you are a medical student, a nurse, a doctor or any other caregiver who already contemplated about the coming years, and who is in dire need for reassuring responses, don’t go any further. We just published our latest e-book entitled The Technological Future of Medical Specialties for answering all the questions raised.
Anti-vaccination movements lure increasingly more people into skipping potentially life-saving immunization against infectious diseases, such as measles, mumps, or rubella, highly impairing herd immunity for entire communities. Social media platforms could restrict the reach of anti-vax messages, groups, and activities, with algorithms recommending tailor-made content and health apps providing information about vaccinations. Here’s our collection of the most recent steps and digital tools supporting the fight against anti-vaccination and its believers.
This week, a federal court found the administration’s 340B program rates to be fatally flawed; the HHS Secretary “patently violated” the governing law.
The 340B program is designed to support critical access hospitals and other safety-net providers by providing targeted subsidies for their outpatient prescription drug costs; an administration rule appealed by industry associations would have cut this support by about 30% from 2017 levels. As described by the court, the agency elected to adjust 340B rates “based not on the drugs’ average sale prices — as dictated by the statutory text — but on the drugs’ estimated acquisition costs.”
This ruling applies to the 2019 rates, much as a previous ruling reached the same conclusion with respect to the 2018 rates. The court has ordered the agency back to the drawing board for both years, and “expects HHS to resolve this issue promptly,” ordering the parties to provide a status report in three months’ time. The court said it was a very close call, but decided to stop short of invalidating the rules entirely — noting that vacating two years’ Medicare reimbursement rules could wreak havoc on administering Medicare, especially since budget-neutrality laws likely mean that any increase in 340B payments would have to be offset by reductions in other Medicare payments. Re-setting other payment levels, recouping payments from other providers, and recalculating patient-pay amounts would be an administrative nightmare. (It may be interesting to explore further whether the budget-neutrality rules would necessarily apply in the case of a court-ordered revision to a single reimbursement rule.)
The next telecommunication revolution is just around the corner: the promises of high bandwidth, low latency and low-power-low-cost of 5G will open the gate to a flood of new inventions and the implementation of ideas, which are already long in the public consciousness – such as stable augmented reality or truly immersive virtual reality platforms powered by networks. 5G in healthcare will finally allow the building of infrastructure suitable for the interplay of health sensors, algorithms, and smart devices, for the smooth operation of telemedicine, or even for providing a way for parents to interact with babies who are stuck in incubators.
With data volumes increasing exponentially, health care can no longer rely on antiquated data presentation tools like spreadsheets and tables. In this guest post, Mark Jahn, a consultant with a Cal…
11Health puts intelligence and sensors into medical bags attached to patients living with long-term conditions to remotely monitor those patients, says founder and CEO Michael Seres. Bridge Connector on Tuesday announced that it has secured $10 million in funding from Axioma Ventures, thereby bringing the total it has raised to date to $20 million, and it intends to use the money to advance interoperability.
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The company said that its integration-platform-as-a-service “can connect disparate data sources with a ‘no-code’ platform” that also “enables workflow automation in business and clinical use cases and transparency and interoperability among providers, payers and patients.”
According to common beliefs, a healthy lifestyle means a diet rich in vegetables and proteins, low in sugar, fat, and processed foods, regular sports, a balanced schedule, no alcohol, no smoking, no stress, and good night sleep. We believe it is almost impossible to reach this optimal state of body and mind, but does that mean only a handful of people are living healthily? What does health mean in this context?
While for the majority of people, health nowadays does not only mean the opposite of disease – not experiencing crippling symptoms, not feeling any pain and being able to undertake daily tasks – but in the last couple of decades, the concept of health was augmented with the idea of “well-being”. The rise of the fitness industry from the 1960s onwards brought with it bodybuilding and aerobics, nutrition science and practice have been burgeoning, smoking has been publicly chastised and gradually expelled from public institutions, schools, airplanes, and other public places.
That’s already beyond the notion of not getting into the healthcare system and rather means struggling for the optimization of the body to avoid falling ill – with means such as sports and dietary restrictions. Lately, fitness and health technologies joined the forces promising well-being, fitness, and wellness. What will happen if big data and artificial intelligence-based wearables and health sensors will also get into the picture? Will our understanding of health and “health optimization” change?
A software testing tool plays an important role in enhancing the quality of any software. With the constant evolution in technology, the healthcare industry is rapidly moving in the direction of technological advancement. We can see all sorts of healthcare apps that patients or attendees can download on their smartphones and get updated with health reports and doctor’s prescription.
Keeping this scenario in mind, we are presenting the list of that make software testing tool important in the healthcare industry.
Tech could be used to tackle the UK’s loneliness epidemic, according to a new report. Smart devices should be used in social prescribing schemes in the UK to improve the quality of life of older people suffering from loneliness, according to a new report by consultancy WPI Economics, commissioned by Vodafone.
“GPs and health services should include technology (for example wearable devices, monitoring systems or classes providing lessons on how to use technology) in social prescribing schemes.
“Given the lack of definitive evidence in this area, we believe that the Government should work with partners to launch a trailblazer of these schemes and conduct a comprehensive evaluation that could support roll out through NICE,” researchers say.
Social prescribing allows GPs and other primary care professionals to refer people to non-clinical services with the aim to improve their health and wellbeing.
Think tank The King’s Fund says that a surge of interest in the model has been noticed in the past ten years – but their research indicates that this type of schemes has been used in the NHS since before the 1990s.
According to a 2016 joint report from the Co-op and the British Red Cross, more than nine million people in the UK often or always feel lonely.
When Elyse Imamura’s son was an infant, she and her husband, Robert, chose to spread out his vaccinations at a more gradual pace than the official schedule recommended.
“I was thinking, ‘OK, we’re going to do this,’” says Imamura, 39, of Torrance, Calif. “‘But we’re going to do it slower so your body gets acclimated and doesn’t face six different things all of a sudden.’”
Seven years later, Imamura says her son, Amaru, is a “very healthy,” active boy who loves to play sports.
But delaying vaccines is risky. Many pediatricians will tell you a more gradual approach to vaccinations is better than no vaccinations at all, but they offer some hard advice to parents who are considering it.
Singapore-headquartered health AI company ConnectedLife today announced their partnership with Singapore-based non-profit foundation Ocean Protocol to advance the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease with a safe method of sharing patient-generated data.
By combining IoT and deep-learning tech, ConnectedLife continuously collects motion data to objectively monitor motor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease patients. Through clinical trials with the National Neuroscience Institute in Singapore and other research partners in Germany and Turkey, the company gathers tens of thousands of minutes of free-living motion data from Parkinson’s Disease patients.
The raw data is then processed continuously over time to develop a predictive model to objectively detect Parkinson’s Disease motor symptoms. Ocean Protocol provides the technology for the patient-generated data to be shared in a privacy-preserving and secure manner via blockchain tech.