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News from the Healthcare and Healthcare Technology World
Renowned surgeon and best-selling author Atul Gawande will lead a new company aimed at reducing health-care costs, a joint venture by Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway that has attracted widespread attention and hope that it could disrupt the American health-care system. (The Washington Post, June 2018)
Fueled primarily by ongoing changes in technology that are reshaping the health care industry — most notably the federally mandated transition to the use of electronic health records (EHRs) — one of the nation’s fastest-growing job sectors is the field of health care informatics. (The University of San Diego, May 2018)
The federal government’s health IT agency has released a new resource to help patients access their health data, following a new initiative to give consumers more control of their medical information. (Fierce Healthcare, April 2018)
‘Device manufacturers using Samsung’s ARTIK hardware or cloud services will be able to deliver new benefits to their customers with the broad range of applications and services provided by the Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform, including integration of devices and device data into Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Personal Health Records (PHR), and advanced health analytics.’ (BusinessWire, March 2018)
‘Primary care physicians spent more time working in the electronic health record (EHR) than they spent in face-to-face time with patients in clinic visits, according to a recently published study conducted by a team of physician researchers.
The study, titled “A Time-Motion Study of Primary Care Physicians’ Work in the Electronic Health Record Era,” was published in the February issue of Family Medicine, and correlates with previous studies that indicate primary care physicians spend more than half of their workday interacting with the EHR during and after clinic hours. As previously reported by Healthcare Informatics, a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine back in September 2017 found that, in a given 11-hour workday, nearly six of those hours are being spent in the EHR.’ (HealthcareInformatics.com, February 2018)
A study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association shows that in one patient population, use or non use of a patient portal had no statistically significant effect on 30-day readmissions or 30-day mortality. (MobiHealthNews.com, January 2018)
‘Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants have transformed the way billions of us communicate, shop, socialize and work. Now, as consumers, medical centers and insurers increasingly embrace health-tracking apps, tech companies want a bigger share of the more than $3 trillion spent annually on health care in the United States, too. The Apple Heart Study reflects that intensified effort.
The companies are accelerating their efforts to remake health care by developing or collaborating on new tools for consumers, patients, doctors, insurers and medical researchers. And they are increasingly investing in health start-ups.’ (The New York Times, December 2017)
Do you associate blockchain only with cryptocurrencies and finance? You may need to reassess your assumptions!
‘Blockchain has the potential to transform healthcare in general and the pharmacy supply chain in particular. The distributed ledger technology could offer legislative, logistical and patient safety benefits for pharmaceutical supply chain management. From a regulatory perspective in the United States, blockchain technological and structural capabilities, in fact, extraordinarily map to the key requirements of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act.’ (HealthcareITNews, December 2017)
Have an Apple Watch and an iPhone 5s or later? You may be able to participate in this study!
‘Stanford Medicine and Apple have officially kicked off a research initiative test looking into how the Apple Watch can identify users experiencing irregular heart rhythms and virtually connect them with a physician. ..
According to a landing page updated by Stanford Medicine, the study is open to U.S. residents 22 years or older that have not been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and own at least an iPhone 5S and a Series 1 Apple Watch. The study will last 15 months and users can enroll by downloading an app.’ (Fierce Healthcare, November 2017)
‘Under Cityblock’s vision, each member will receive a “personalized care team”, which includes doctors, coaches, technology tools, follow-up nudges and a health plan. Members can also join a “neighborhood health hub” to drop in to connect with this care team.’ (CNBC, October 2017)
‘Apple, Fitbit, Samsung and Alphabet-owned Verily are among the nine participants selected for the FDA’s Software Pre-Cert Pilot Program, announced earlier this year as part of the agency’s broader Digital Health Innovation Action Plan to streamline the regulatory process for companies with a history of developing and testing quality products. The other participants include Johnson & Johnson, Pear Therapeutics, Phosphorus, Roche, Tidepool.’ (Fierce Healthcare, September 2017)
‘Allscripts said it will continue developing McKesson’s Paragon for small hospitals and target its own Sunrise EHR at larger systems and health networks. The combination of the two products, Allscripts said, will double its footprint among U.S. hospitals.’ (HealthcareITNews, August 2017)
Something very interesting is brewing in Seattle, but this time it’s not coffee but health technology. Amazon has put together a stealth team to look into opportunities in the health technology industry, such as those pushing and pulling data from legacy electronic medical records systems, as well as a platform for telemedicine. (CNBC, July 2017)
Imagine all your health information – perhaps coming from 2 or more different health systems – now residing in one location and as easily accessible to you as your iTunes playlist. That, according to a recent CNBC article, is the goal of a new Apple project. “CNBC has learned that a secretive team within Apple’s growing health unit has been in talks with developers, hospitals and other industry groups about bringing clinical data, such as detailed lab results and allergy lists, to the iPhone, according to a half-dozen people familiar with the team. And from there, users could choose to share it with third parties, like hospitals and health developers.” (CNBC, June 2017)
HIMSS Chair of Clinical and Business Intelligence John Middleton, MD believes the reason is “We have a growing treasure trove of data that many believe holds the answers to better health at more sustainable costs. Unfortunately, much of this data is either not easily accessed, shared, compared or analyzed.” (HIMSS, May 2017)
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has launched the Recovery Engagement And Coordination for Health Veterans Enhanced Treatment Program, also known as REACH VET, to pinpoint veterans with suicidal thoughts and intervene immediately. (HealthcareITNews, April 2017)
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