Building blocks of innovation

Building a Solid Foundation for Transformation

Traditionally healthcare has lagged behind other industries when it comes to digital transformation. However, a global pandemic has turned the system upside down and forced the rapid adoption of new technologies. While the move toward virtual seemed overnight, innovators had been laying the groundwork for this transformation for decades.

In recent years, we have seen the rise of professional groups centered on digital health and telemedicine and established healthcare organizations release guidelines about health innovation. As tech continues to transform health, these efforts have pushed the conversation around digital health validation, implementation and ethics. This month we are following the efforts of entrepreneurs, doctors, investors and executives as they build a solid foundation for healthcare to move through the decade.

What you need to know

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Hospital, health system financial leaders want automation tools for revenue cycle management

by Mallory Hackett

When organizations automate their revenue cycle, they can improve their bottom line while freeing up resources to spend on value-enhancing tasks.

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'Smart cities' can improve individual and community-wide health, but pulling it off is no easy feat

by Dave Muoio

At an upcoming Accelerate Health digital session, panel members will discuss the challenges of consumer adoption and cross-sector collaboration in the effort to implement connected communities.

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A new health IT discipline: Social informatics

by Mike Miliard
Researchers at UCSF describe the emergence of a new field dedicated to better integrating and supporting the clinical use of social determinants of health data.
 
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ONC awards $2.7M in new funding for interoperability innovation initiatives

by Mike Miliard
Chesapeake Regional Information System, MedStar Health Research Institute and other LEAP in Health IT awardees will launch new projects focused on use of FHIR and other exchange specs across a variety of use cases.
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Deloitte launches new health tech hub in Birmingham, UK

by Sara Mageit

The Deloitte Health Tech Catalyst innovation hub will connect technology companies and healthcare providers to accelerate digital innovation.

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Versius surgical robotic system launched in France

by Sara Mageit

The robotic technology will be used to conduct procedures such as hernia repair surgeries, prostatectomies and hysterectomies.

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COVID-19 tracking tech – weighing personal and public health benefits against privacy

by Dave Muoio

Contact tracing apps, symptom checkers and other data-driven tools provide tangible benefits, but experts say that more can be done to educate individuals on what information they collect and how it's handled.

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Why digital therapeutics are flourishing under COVID-19

by Dave Muoio

Efficient distribution, dissipating stigma and an emphasis on decentralized trials are all working in favor of digital treatments, according to a panel of digital therapeutics executives and industry stakeholders.

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Artificial intelligence helps cut down on MRI no-shows

by Jeff Lagasse

A predictive analytics model predicated on phone reminders cut missed appointments significantly, data showed.

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“We want everyone to be a radical changemaker”

by Rosy Matheson

At the HIMSS & Heath 2.0 European Digital conference Professor Shafi Ahmed called on listeners to challenge every process every day to create the digital workforce of tomorrow.

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Samsung deploys Intel-enabled ultrasound technology to increase speed and accuracy of procedures

by Mallory Hackett

Two of Samsung’s existing ultrasound technologies, BiometryAssist and LaborAssist, now feature Intel’s software to provide almost instantaneous measurements.

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The COVID-19 crisis has 'forced people into virtual mediums,' says CEO

by Kat Jercich
Julian Flannery leads Summus, which offers remote second-opinion services for patients and employers. He says the pandemic has led to a "real acceleration of adoption" for virtual care.
 
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An untapped market for digital health innovation exists among seniors hoping to age in place

by Mallory Hackett
As older adults continue to adopt technology, digital health technologies will play an important rol
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Peloton launches second generation bike and cheaper version of treadmill

by Laura Lovett
Peloton, the fitness company best known for its connected stationary bikes, has just added the secon
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Google Cloud to provide DoD with an AI enabled cancer diagnostic system

by Mallory Hackett
In collaboration with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), Google Cloud will supply Department of Defe
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Circle Medical says $14M from WELL Health will enable low-cost telehealth app usage

by Kat Jercich
The SF-based health tech company says its telemedicine platform saw double-digit growth during the pandemic.
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Study: In-home healthcare expansion requires overcoming market and technical barriers

by Kat Jercich
A George Mason University professor argues in a new report that hurdles to entrepreneurial exploration are slowing telehealth expansion.
 
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Major healthcare providers in Israel adopt new respiratory guard system amid second COVID-19 wave

by Tammy Lovell

The AnapnoGuard solution has been introduced by several Israeli hospitals in order to reduce complications caused by ventilators.     

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The pediatrics field lags in digital innovations, but a new accelerator is looking to change that paradigm

by Mallory Hackett
The pediatrics care delivery space has long been operating with a gap in innovative health solutions
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24 consumer tech and digital health companies join new push for industry-wide digital therapeutics standards

by Dave Muoio

Under the banner of the Consumer Technology Association, the companies hope that clear standards will improve digital therapeutics adoption and implementation.

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Europe’s largest initiative to accelerate therapy development for COVID-19 launched

by Tammy Lovell

The CARE consortium will accelerate R&D by bringing together expertise from research institutions and pharmaceutical companies.

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Digital triage toolbar for remote consultation available to NHS GPs

by Tammy Lovell

UK firms eConsult, Q doctor and Cognitant Group have integrated their services to create the new platform for primary care consultations.

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MassChallenge recognizes quick-to-scale digital health companies

by Mallory Hackett
MassChallenge HealthTech in partnership with Anthem have announced the winners for the Fast Track to
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Survey shows seniors are embracing technology and telehealth during pandemic

by Mallory Hackett
More than 60% of Medicare-eligible seniors say they’ve embraced technology more during the pandemic,
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JAMA study warns telemedicine not suitable for 38% of patients over 65

by Laura Lovett

Barriers to adoption include hearing issues, lack of tech abilities and visual difficulties. 

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Connected health tools can play a vital role in the COVID-19 crisis

by Kat Jercich
During a HIMSS20 Digital session, Trapollo CEO Mike Braham described some of the ways that remote care apps can support patient needs.
 
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Nurses 2.0 - The digital transformation of nursing

by Sara Mageit
Healthcare IT News spoke to nursing and informatics experts to find out how exactly nurses have led the digital transition.
 
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Project will use HIMSS Digital Health Indicator to create roadmap for health services in Queensland, Australia

by Tammy Lovell
The initiative aims to drive digital transformation across the state and identify services in need of investment.
 
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UK government seeks new healthcare data guardian

by Sara Mageit
The new national data guardian will oversee the collection and use of patient data.
 
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Technology that prioritizes patient dignity is essential, expert panel says

by Mallory Hackett

Dignity-preserving technology allows the patient to decide what information is shared and for how long.

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COVID-19 and the future of care delivery

by Nessa Barry
It was quickly recognised that the pandemic required tools to provide safe access to health and care at a distance. Scotland is demonstrating how a rapid telehealth transformation can be achieved says Nessa Barry of the Scottish government.
 
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Medicaid Transformation Project releases Phase One report

by Kat Jercich
The project, launched by AVIA and former CMS chief Andy Slavitt, is focused first on examining where evidence-based care models can intersect with digital solutions.