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By Heather Mack April 10, 2017
Irvine, California-based Masimo, makers of a suite of non-invasive patient monitoring devices and sensors, has expanded the capabilities of its connected platform to allow physicians to view more data, more clearly and in the configuration that works best for them. Clinicians get a lot of data from Masimo’s bedside monitoring devices – which include the recently FDA-cleared forehead sensor,...
By Jonah Comstock April 7, 2017
Sometimes innovation in hospitals means new technology, but sometimes it can just mean better workflows or ways of doing things. Or sometimes, for a new technology to really have value, doctors and nurses need to change their workflow around it. Creating and sustaining this behavior change can be the hardest part of an innovation. At the Pop Health Forum in Boston this week, Dr. Leora Horwitz,...
By Bernie Monegain April 7, 2017
Asking patients to prepare notes ahead of a doctor visit boosts physician-patient communication and efficiency, according to new research from the University of Washington School of Medicine. The researchers asked patients at the Adult Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to type what they wanted to discuss with the doctor into their medical records using computers in the...
By Heather Mack April 5, 2017
There’s plenty of debate about the impact of consumer-level computer or video games on children’s brains. But a new study from the University of California, San Francisco published in PLOS One shows that, in a clinical setting, games that have been developed to function as a medical device may be beneficial to children with certain cognitive impairments. UCSF and Akili Interactive Labs, which is...
By Bernie Monegain April 5, 2017
Rush University Medical Center in Chicago is among the first healthcare providers in the country to offer primary care patients the convenience of an online medical evaluation service. Rush will begin to offer what the medical center’s executives call “electronic house calls.” But, to be clear, the service is entirely text-based and does not include live video chats with doctors. Dubbed Rush...
By Jonah Comstock April 5, 2017
In the last five years, the percentage of hospitals that have a mobile strategy has nearly doubled, from 34 percent in 2012 to 65 percent this year. That’s one of the more striking findings from a survey of 300 healthcare professionals conducted recently by clinical communications provider Spok. The survey included doctors, nurses, IT staff, executives, and others. By virtue of having completed a...
By Heather Mack April 5, 2017
Patients in the intensive care unit need a lot of specialized monitoring, and physician shortages and high costs can create barriers in delivering consistently quality care in hospitals. But implementing a telehealth program can fill these gaps, reduce readmissions and save hospitals millions, says a new report commissioned by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The report, which was...
By Heather Mack April 4, 2017
New York City-based AbleTo, a tech-enabled behavioral health company that offers a digital platform to connect people with licensed therapists and coaches, has launched a three-minute assessment tool designed to screen people for common behavioral health conditions such as anxiety and depression. It’s a departure from the company’s usual strategy. Rather than requiring an individual whose...
By Jonah Comstock April 4, 2017
Fifty-two percent of Michigan Medicaid recipients own a smartphone and 64 percent own a laptop, but only 40 percent own a tablet. Those are some of the many insights from a phone survey of 900 Medicaid consumers conducted by the Michigan Public Health Institute and presented today by MPHI Health Engagement Manager James Bell III at the Pop Health Forum in Boston. “With the data we captured we’re...
By Jonah Comstock April 3, 2017
When South Carolina health system Palmetto Health set out to create a telemedicine program at the six-hospital organization, they found that getting all the stakeholders on the same page to launch such a thing was no easy task. At the HIMSS Media Pop Health Forum today in Boston, Massachusetts, Chief Value and Informatics Officer Tripp Jennings and Telehealth Manager Amelia Bischoff described...