HIMSS 2018

By Dave Muoio February 7, 2018
For years, there has been a growing movement to consider patients’ time outside of the healthcare system as a key determinant of their health. As more and more technologies allow providers to apply new passive sensors, digital interventions, and other novel strategies, some experts are urging stakeholders in the health industry to remember those who may not normally be in a position to receive...
By Dave Muoio February 1, 2018
Professionals working day to day in care facilities will make an unmatched impact on their patients’ health, but much of that work is driven, for better or worse, by decisions made on Capitol Hill.  While many may feel ineffective when faced with sweeping decrees from lawmakers or health agencies, Jeff Coughlin, senior director of federal and state affairs at HIMSS, said that he wants to remind...
By Laura Lovett January 30, 2018
Communicating with patients can be tough. Reminder pamphlets often go straight into the rubbish and emails are deleted before they are read. But one doctor found that chatbots could be a key to patient outreach.  Brett Swenson, MD, is no stranger to digital health. He runs a concierge practice in Arizona and started working with EMRs about 20 years ago when they were first introduced. He said he...
By Laura Lovett January 23, 2018
Amy Schwartz knows that product design isn’t just about making things look pretty. A trained cognitive psychologist, Schwartz said product design is about making devices usable and human-centered. But unfortunately, she said, healthcare is behind the times when it comes to product design. Schwartz, now an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Segal Design Institute and a human centric...

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