Ephraim Schwartz

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By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:18 am July 30, 2014
Doctors often face an uphill battle when managing patients with several health issues — and the biggest challenge is time. Take a person with concurrent chronic conditions, for instance, who might be on more than a dozen medications. They frequently have a lot to discuss each time they step into a doctor’s office. “It is difficult to get everything done in a single visit,” said Richard Grant, MD...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:06 am July 11, 2014
The barriers that stand in the way of full-blown adoption of a modern and mobile remote healthcare system require not only advances in technology but a willingness on the part of the healthcare community to change at an institutional level. There is a palpable resistance to change in many healthcare organizations and medical practices. At its root is that deep philosophical idea, “don’t rock the...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:01 am July 8, 2014
Evidence-based medicine has quickly moved from the background to the forefront as a determiner of treatment pathways, and the mobile health app marketplace has responded in kind. Dozens of EBM apps are available in Apple’s AppStore and Google’s Android Play for smartphones and tablets, many from major medical institutions and most of them free or for a nominal fee. All are designed to help...
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By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:03 am June 23, 2014
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers and Amerigroup Florida are among an emerging breed of healthcare providers issuing asthma applications and devices to patients. Both systems are issuing Propeller Health’s app and sensor, which attaches to a standard inhaler, as part of their respiratory health management programs to monitor wheeze factors. Propeller Health is not the only game in town. Among the...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:03 am June 16, 2014
With the Baby Boomer generation - the largest generation in U.S. history - reaching senior age, there is a real concern that their needs will overwhelm the nation's struggling healthcare network. But advances in mHealth are giving hope that today's (and tomorrow's) seniors will be able to age gracefully and in their own homes. While 70 may be the new 60 for seniors, they can take comfort in the...
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By  Ephraim Schwartz 03:58 pm June 2, 2014
As mobile technology becomes more sophisticated, hospitals, payers, pharma and accountable care organizations are being given the opportunity to design, customize and even private-label their own care coordination platforms. This week we look at two BYO care coordination solutions: HealthyCircles, acquired in 2013 by Qualcomm to broaden the reach of its Qualcomm Life 2net platform, and Healarium...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 10:17 am May 27, 2014
Elder Services of Merrimack Valley recently achieved a 40 percent reduction in 30-day readmissions, which translated to a gross cost savings of $567,071 over six months. Not bad for the Lawrence, Mass.-based organization – and it gets even better: After factoring in new investments in hardware and software and an increase in care coordination activities, net savings were $370,721, ammounting to a...
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By  Ephraim Schwartz 09:38 am May 12, 2014
Most of us already realize that the mobile platform is the future of how medical data will be accessed, shared and applied. The timely introduction of smartphones and tablets, after all, goes hand-in-glove with evidence-based medicine (EBM). By making the very latest medical finds accessible through mobile solutions, clinician engagement has doubled, according to multiple studies. Nearly 85...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:20 am May 5, 2014
At some point in the not-so-distant future, if a patient takes a prescription only half the time and the outcome is poor, the physician won’t get paid in full. When that day comes, healthcare organizations will start to ask who is responsible. And there might be some finger-pointing, with payers glaring at pharmaceutical companies, pharma pointing to providers and so on. Payers and providers, in...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:08 am April 23, 2014
Adherence is the name of the game. Nothing even comes close as an effective way to reduce costs and improve health outcomes. “Studies consistently find significant cost savings and increases in effectiveness that are attributable to low-cost interventions for improving adherence,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Yet even in developed countries, adherence to long-term therapies...