Archive for the ‘Digital Health’ Category

Infographic: The Use of Mobile Devices in Healthcare

October 16th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

In recent years, more and more medical professionals make use of mobile devices and apps to help facilitate the delivery of top-quality care to their patients, according to a new infographic by Home Healthcare Adaptations.

The infographic looks at how mobile devices are used in healthcare, frequently used apps, benefits of mobile apps in healthcare and concerns over mobile healthcare use.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient MonitoringArtificial intelligence. Automation. Blockchain. Robotics.

Once the domain of science fiction, these telehealth technologies have begun to transform the fabric of healthcare delivery systems. As further proof of telehealth’s explosive growth, the use of wearable health-tracking devices and remote patient monitoring has proliferated, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added several new provider telehealth billing codes for calendar year 2018.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient Monitoring delivers the latest actionable telehealth and remote patient monitoring metrics on tools, applications, challenges, successes and ROI from healthcare organizations across the care spectrum. This 60-page report, now in its fifth edition, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and remote patient monitoring initiatives as well as the use of emerging technologies in the healthcare space.

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Infographic: 2019 UnitedHealthcare Consumer Sentiment Survey

October 9th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Many Americans want technology—such as artificial intelligence—to help make healthcare decisions, and a record number say they have used the internet and mobile apps to comparison shop for care, according to a new infographic by UnitedHealthcare.

The infographic provides insights into Americans’ healthcare knowledge, opinions and preferences.

With health coach support on two fronts, PinnacleHealth Systems is changing the patient engagement conversation—both among its staff of clinicians and its most disengaged patient population.

Dual Approach to Patient Engagement: Activating High Utilizers and Coaching Clinicians describes PinnacleHealth System’s two-pronged strategy for prioritizing patient engagement within its culture, and elevating key quality and clinical metrics in the process.

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Infographic: 10 Telemedicine Reimbursement Myths & Realities

October 4th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Misconceptions about telemedicine reimbursement are the leading reason providers are reluctant to adopt telemedicine solutions, according to a new infographic by GlobalMed.

The infographic debunks the most common myths providers believe with regard to telemedicine.

Real-time remote management of high-risk populations curbed hospitalizations, hospital readmissions and ER visits for more than 80 percent of respondents and boosted self-management levels for nearly all remotely monitored patients, according to 2014 market data from the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN).

Remote Monitoring of High-Risk Patients: Telehealth Protocols for Chronic Care Management profiles a successful eight-year initiative by New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s (NYCHHC) House Calls Telehealth Program that significantly lowered patients’ A1C blood glucose levels.

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Infographic: Tackling the Policy Challenges of Interoperability

September 18th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Interoperability is one of the keys to high-quality healthcare and enhancing the health of communities while lowering costs. However, there are significant financial, technical and cultural barriers to overcome to achieve interoperability, according to a new infographic by athenahealth, Inc.

The infographic examines ways in which healthcare organizations can navigate the policy and cultural challenges surrounding interoperability.

A New Vision for Remote Patient Monitoring: Creating Sustainable Financial, Operational and Clinical OutcomesAs healthcare moves out of the brick-and-mortar traditional setting into patients’ homes and their workplaces, and becomes much more proactive, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has been expanding its remote patient monitoring program. The remote patient monitoring program at UPMC has its roots in the heart failure program but has since expanded to additional disease states across the integrated delivery system’s continuum of care.

A New Vision for Remote Patient Monitoring: Creating Sustainable Financial, Operational and Clinical Outcomes delves into the evolution of UPMC’s remote patient monitoring program from its initial focus on heart failure to how the program was scaled vertically and horizontally. Click here for more information.

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Infographic: Phishing in Healthcare

September 2nd, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Healthcare employs more people than any other industry and is a portal to email addresses, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and other information phishing attackers steal for profit, according to a new infographic by Cofense.

The infographic looks at the impact of phishing attacks on the healthcare industry along with five ways healthcare organizations can protect themselves from phishing attacks.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient MonitoringArtificial intelligence. Automation. Blockchain. Robotics.

Once the domain of science fiction, these telehealth technologies have begun to transform the fabric of healthcare delivery systems. As further proof of telehealth’s explosive growth, the use of wearable health-tracking devices and remote patient monitoring has proliferated, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added several new provider telehealth billing codes for calendar year 2018.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient Monitoring delivers the latest actionable telehealth and remote patient monitoring metrics on tools, applications, challenges, successes and ROI from healthcare organizations across the care spectrum. This 60-page report, now in its fifth edition, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and remote patient monitoring initiatives as well as the use of emerging technologies in the healthcare space.

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Infographic: The Path to Better Health

August 23rd, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Consumers and providers alike say they need a health system that’s local, more digital and focused on achieving better outcomes for chronic conditions, according to a new infographic by CVS Health.

The infographic examines how chronic health conditions are motivating consumers to set health goals.

Three Pillars of Health Coaching: Patient Activation, Motivational Interviewing and Positive Psychology provides the fundamentals of three essential tools that health coaches can use to measure and monitor activation levels, elicit behavior change, move clients along the path to self-management and have a positive impact on health outcomes and utilization.

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Infographic: Electronic Health Record Adoption

August 14th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Electronic health record adoption has increased in recent years as more and more healthcare professionals become aware of its many benefits, according to a new infographic by MedicoReach.

The infographic examines EHR adoption rates by various demographic segments and benefits and barriers to EHR adoption.

Health Analytics in Accountable Care: Leveraging Data to Transform ACO Performance and Results Between Medicare’s aggressive migration to value-based payment models and MACRA’s 2017 Quality Payment Program rollout, healthcare providers must accept the inevitability of participation in fee-for-quality reimbursement design—as well as cultivating a grounding in health data analytics to enhance success.

As an early adopter of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and the largest sponsor of MSSP accountable care organizations (ACOs), Collaborative Health Systems (CHS) is uniquely positioned to advise providers on the benefits of data analytics and technology, which CHS views as a major driver in its achievements in the MSSP arena. In performance year 2014, nine of CHS’s 24 MSSP ACOs generated savings and received payments of almost $27 million.

Health Analytics in Accountable Care: Leveraging Data to Transform ACO Performance and Results documents the accomplishments of CHS’s 24 ACOs under the MSSP program, the crucial role of data analytics in CHS operations, and the many lessons learned as an early trailblazer in value-based care delivery.

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Infographic: Where is the Energy Behind the Health Data Graph?

June 24th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

The idea behind the health data graph is that right place, right time intervention can drive behavior change and that other data sources beyond clinical and claims data are required to understand the consumer well enough to drive behavior change. Clinical and claims data alone don’t drive behavior change, but expose clinical solutions. Consumer data expression is a far larger data set, much more important in providing a longitudinal patient view in areas like engagement preferences, according to a new infographic by Oliver Wyman.

The infographic examines types of health data, its potential impact, along with market dialogue and market activity.

Health Analytics in Accountable Care: Leveraging Data to Transform ACO Performance and Results Between Medicare’s aggressive migration to value-based payment models and MACRA’s 2017 Quality Payment Program rollout, healthcare providers must accept the inevitability of participation in fee-for-quality reimbursement design—as well as cultivating a grounding in health data analytics to enhance success.

As an early adopter of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and the largest sponsor of MSSP accountable care organizations (ACOs), Collaborative Health Systems (CHS) is uniquely positioned to advise providers on the benefits of data analytics and technology, which CHS views as a major driver in its achievements in the MSSP arena. In performance year 2014, nine of CHS’s 24 MSSP ACOs generated savings and received payments of almost $27 million.

Health Analytics in Accountable Care: Leveraging Data to Transform ACO Performance and Results documents the accomplishments of CHS’s 24 ACOs under the MSSP program, the crucial role of data analytics in CHS operations, and the many lessons learned as an early trailblazer in value-based care delivery.

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Infographic: Digitizing the Patient Experience

June 12th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Every step of the patient journey should be treated uniquely for technology to have a positive, transformational effect. From the moment a patient steps foot in a hospital or clinic at check-in, to aftercare delivered through videoconferencing, every part of the patient experience can benefit from thoughtful digitization, according to a new infographic by AT&T.

The infographic breaks down each of these steps individually.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient MonitoringArtificial intelligence. Automation. Blockchain. Robotics.

Once the domain of science fiction, these telehealth technologies have begun to transform the fabric of healthcare delivery systems. As further proof of telehealth’s explosive growth, the use of wearable health-tracking devices and remote patient monitoring has proliferated, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added several new provider telehealth billing codes for calendar year 2018.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient Monitoring delivers the latest actionable telehealth and remote patient monitoring metrics on tools, applications, challenges, successes and ROI from healthcare organizations across the care spectrum. This 60-page report, now in its fifth edition, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and remote patient monitoring initiatives as well as the use of emerging technologies in the healthcare space.

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Guest Post: Artificial Intelligence’s Impact on the Future of Patient Care

June 11th, 2019 by Steve Bradshaw

Healthcare organizations that adopt AI will become more efficient; their professional judgments will become more accurate and their health predictions better informed.

In the near future, applications of artificial intelligence (AI) will play an increasingly important role in healthcare services. AI’s ability to assist in managing electronic health records, as well as in diagnosing and treating patients, will prove too valuable for healthcare providers and administrators to ignore. By adopting AI, their operations will become more efficient, their professional judgments more accurate, and their health predictions better informed.

Making Electronic Health Records Management More Flexible

Electronic health record (EHR) systems are expensive to maintain and cumbersome to use. AI is already being applied to make EHR systems more efficient. AI can extract and index information from provider notes and help personalize treatment plans. In the near future, AI could make it easier for providers to continually customize their EHR systems to better meet the changing needs of their practices to save time and improve patient outcomes.

Improving Diagnoses and Treatment

Computers can analyze massive amounts of data. They also excel at recognizing patterns. Put these two abilities together, and you get AI’s extraordinary power to successfully perform tasks that previously required human intelligence—in some cases, even surpassing humans in accuracy.

In a process called “deep learning,” scientists train AI systems using large amounts of labeled data. The AI is then able to identify patterns by itself when given data to which it hasn’t yet been exposed. In healthcare, deep learning will train AI systems to help clinicians provide more accurate diagnoses, identify patients at risk of various diseases and conditions, and create individualized treatment plans.

A recent study found that AI outperformed radiologists at finding cancer on CT scans used to screen smokers for lung cancer. When prior scans were not available, the AI did better than all six radiologists in the study, coming up with both fewer false positives and fewer false negatives. When there were prior images, the AI and the radiologists were equally accurate. Although this was a preliminary study, it shows how near-future applications of AI can provide clinicians with more accurate diagnostic and predictive information than is available to them now. The results of this study also may enable radiologists to make more frequent life-saving identifications of early-stage cancer and other diseases.

In addition to reading images, AI will be able to extract useful information from patients’ medical records. By finding patterns in the medical histories, AI could provide warnings when patients are at risk of developing conditions such as sepsis, diabetes or heart disease. An area of intense interest now is using AI to identify which patients are most at risk of being re-admitted to a hospital after being discharged.

AI may also reduce the amount of trial and error involved in prescribing medications and other treatments. It can help identify the treatments most likely to succeed based on each patient’s unique combination of genes, medical history and environmental influences.

The Time Is Right

In the past, there was more resistance to using AI in healthcare. Now, providers and the public are increasingly ready to accept the use of this cutting-edge technology to make healthcare administration more efficient and providers’ decisions more accurate.

Healthcare professionals are seeing what AI can bring to their practices. At the same time, the public has gotten used to the idea of self-monitoring their health using smartphones and smart watches. More work still needs to be done to implement industrywide standards and to safeguard patient privacy, but the benefits of AI in healthcare now appear overwhelming. It is inevitable that healthcare providers and organizations will soon come to increasingly rely on AI applications.

This could be just the beginning. How well AI can “think” depends in large part on how much computing power is available — and that power is increasing exponentially.

Healthcare in the more distant future may include AI applications that we can’t even imagine now. In the meantime, healthcare providers and administrators may soon enjoy greater efficiency and cost containments, while patients could benefit from more accurate diagnoses and effective treatments.

Sources

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/health/cancer-artificial-intelligence-ct-scans.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-019-0447-x
https://hbr.org/2018/12/using-ai-to-improve-electronic-health-records
https://becominghuman.ai/the-role-of-ai-in-healthcare-technology-6c33a6eee18c
https://www.internationalsos.com/client-magazines/in-this-issue-3/how-ai-is-transforming-the-future-of-healthcare
https://www.appian.com/blog/the-growing-role-of-ai-in-healthcare/

About the Author: Steve Bradshaw began working in the medical gas and environmental industry in 1991, starting Evergreen Medical Services, Inc. in the Carolinas in 1997.