When You Die, Will You Be a Health Data Donor?

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Culturally we are accustomed to promising our organs away when we die without much emotion.  People usually identify themselves as organ donors on drivers licenses or similar IDs depending on where they live.  But what happens to your medical data when you die?  While even Facebook has taken steps to help you proactively manage your posthumous profile, there are few …

The Future of Healthcare is Artificial

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Artificial Intelligence, that is.   The Medical Futurist has a great article summarizing the companies that seek to disrupt healthcare using artificial intelligence and related technologies.  While you may have heard of Watson Health, there are quite a few others worth keeping your eye on.  Check it out.    

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Bioelectric Medicine: Brain-Based Big Data

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When my dad first told us about deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a treatment for his Parkinson’s disease, I must admit that I had mixed emotions. My first thought was a concern as his daughter: “You are going to do WHAT?” But then very quickly behind it the techie-geek in me quietly whispered, “Oh, how cool is that? How does …

Kaiser Permanente Takes Steps to Remove a Long-Standing Data Silo: Dentistry

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I never quite understood why dentistry isn’t typically considered part of health care in this country.  My mouth is and hopefully always will be connected to the rest of my body. As I’m sure you have noticed, dental services are paid through an entirely different insurance mechanism where much of the costs are put on the patient, and many don’t …


Telemedicine: A Quest for Remote Access to Service & Data

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Last week, my husband received information from his company and insurance about the availability of telemedicine (or a virtual doctor) for some typical health conditions: Acne Allergies Constipation Cough Diarrhea Ear Problems Fever Flu Headache Insect Bites Nausea Pink Eye Rash Respiratory Problems Sore Throats Urinary problems/UTI Vaginitis Vomiting For these more routine medical appointments, we could visit with a doctor …

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Social Learning in Healthcare: A Guide To Twitter Chats

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Social learning is considered a hot eLearning trends for 2017.  You may see this and wonder ‘What is Social Learning?’ We’ve all heard the term “Social Media” but how does learning become integrated into all the cat videos and political memes that are showing up on your feed?  In order for information to become an opportunity to learn, it must be …

5 Approaches to Staged Learning

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In an earlier post, we touched on the five approaches to  Staged Learning. These are classroom training, eLearning, Social learning, coaching, and collaborative learning. Classroom Training Most of us are pretty familiar with classroom training. Typically an instructor stands at the front of the room and clicks through a variety of PowerPoint slides while the students sit there and wonder how …

Personalizing the EHR: Emotional Intelligence and Healthcare

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Healthcare analytics is changing the way patients interact with both their providers and the increasing amount of information being collected in their electronic health records (EHR). These records contain information that helps them understand their own health with their doctor’s guidance and identify ways to prevent future healthcare concerns. However, without a good sense of themselves and their own self-efficacy …