Mobile technology and EHRs in the care of patients with Type 1 diabetes

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by Nancy Wicklin Evidence of the impact electronic health records (EHRs) have on clinical outcomes remains mixed and it has long been theorized that the impact of EHRs will likely depend on the organizational context in which they are used and their ability to assist rather than impede workflow. In a pilot study, researchers at Stanford School of Medicine demonstrated the …

Can Healthcare’s Internet of Things Move from Froth to Function?

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by Justin Gilbert When it comes to the world of inter-connectivity between smart devices and network-connected objects, I am hard-pressed to give a better example of failed potential to innovate than the healthcare industry. This article from HealthITAnalytics goes to great lengths describing the many pitfalls faced when developing technology that must meaningfully engage its consumers. Validic co-founder & CTO Drew Schiller …

In a fight between nurses and doctors, the nurses are slowly winning.

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by Nancy Wicklin This article from The Washington Post discusses the advancement of nursing practice across the United States. But is giving nurses more autonomy a good thing? It’s important to keep in mind that we are talking about “advanced practice” nurses (APRNs). APRNs include Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Anesthetists who have extra education, training, and clinical experience in their …

Things are looking app? But is this apt? And is it apt to show your app to the MD at your appt?

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by Monica Horvath, PhD, Director of Health Intelligence (apologies for the wordplay– couldn’t resist) Here in the US, mobile app development for wellness has been a hot topic as patient engagement mandates grow.  It’s interesting to see different perspectives from ‘across the pond’ (i.e. Great Britain) and quite a visceral picture from The Economist. This is a country that has …

Why we hate our Health IT tools

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by Monica Horvath, PhD Enrico Coiera has written one of those essays that describes a problem so elegantly that ones feels a rare, empowering wave of clarity upon reading it.  It left me with a tacit call to action to use this enlightenment to do my part to make healthcare better. He has unveiled the secret to why health IT …

When provider text messaging fails

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Dr. Michael Kirsch wrote up his experiences in using a new system for text messaging providers when a patient gets an abnormal lab result.  It’s not pretty. “First, I receive a text message notifying me that a patient has a CRITICAL TEST RESULT.  I am then directed to call a 10 digit phone number, when I will be greeted by a …

Is healthcare the worst in terms of security? Possibly…

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This article tells a number of interesting stories about security lapses and work-arounds common to healthcare settings.  My favorite is: “In one hospital, users would be logged out of their workstations if they left their machines idle, so the doctors told a junior nurse to go around their PCs one by one every so often and keep them logged in …

Has the stethoscope had its day? We think so…

Greg Nelson Healthcare Technology

As technology moves forward, the stethoscope is increasingly a ‘200 year old relic’, to quote Dr. Eric Topol.    But it is an enduring symbol of ‘the Doctor’ that some providers are reluctant to give up as they grapple with redefining the relationship with patients in light of EHRs and wearable health devices.  The quotes from the article really show …

Carolinas Healthcare Releases New App That Integrates with Existing Consumer Health Tracking Devices

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This is pretty innovative and comes from our friends in Charlotte, NC. Carolinas Healthcare System has a free mobile app that helps patients figure out how to manage and use data from various fitness trackers. It supports 70+ devices and can be used to share data with providers as needed by links to the Carolinas patient portal. This is such …