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By Dave Muoio 03:13 pm June 11, 2020
As telehealth consultations and other remote-care capabilities continue to spread throughout healthcare, these technologies are more and more likely to play a significant role in regular care delivery for tomorrow's doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare staff. Medical students aren't the only ones who could benefit from guided exposure to telehealth tools and best practices. In a...
By Dave Muoio 12:12 pm May 27, 2020
As COVID-19's opening salvo on the healthcare system gradually gives way to long-term mitigation efforts, much of the public health focus is shifting away from the four walls of the hospital. Now, community-support services have found themselves shouldering a heavy burden of social isolation and nonessential business closures that, without proper support, could lead to new social determinant of...
By Dave Muoio 09:57 am May 22, 2020
Delivering care to underdeveloped regions is vital work, but by no means is it easy. While it's easy to point to new care-delivery technologies like telemedicine as types of magic bullets, deployments both small and large require extensive groundwork and preparation to tackle unexpected difficulties. "Telemedicine is known for bringing care to the underserved, but many underserved patients live...
By Dave Muoio 02:56 pm May 14, 2020
Artificial intelligence is knocking on the healthcare industry's doors. From computation-driven R&D for new drugs, to objective image analysis, to mass-scale disease screening and diagnosis, more and more instances of the technology are pitching solutions to some of the industry's most pressing challenges. Regulators once stood as the primary hurdle for AI and associated technologies like...
By Laura Lovett 03:41 pm April 30, 2020
In many ways’ tech has made the world smaller and more interconnected. Information that once took days to reach new countries now takes milliseconds. Digital health is also shaking up the way patients receive care globally, and how they expect to receive care.  “Our consumer expectations, our knowledge that what we are getting as a consumer in healthcare isn’t matching up to what we are getting...
By Dave Muoio 01:28 pm April 29, 2020
The shift toward "aging in place" has been fueled by a range of health monitoring technologies – fall-detection pendants, emergency alert systems, fingertip blood pressure monitors, ECG patches and so on. But the senior population has needs and preferences unique from the general population, creating a home health monitoring challenge that can't simply be solved by sending them home with clinical...
By Dave Muoio 04:19 pm April 23, 2020
Telehealth technologies are often cited as opportunities to address disparities in care. Telehealth services that work alongside a school system's health providers are no exception. Getting these programs off the ground – let alone broadly utilized – is no simple feat. "[These school-based interventions] fall into that health disparity use case, and often require multiple stakeholders to think...
By Dave Muoio 04:53 pm April 14, 2020
By now it's common knowledge that the greatest influence on a patient's health is not their regular doctor's visits or occasional procedure, but the health behaviors, self-management routines and other practices that occur outside of a healthcare setting. With this in mind, the industry has begun a push to integrate their services with day-to-day life – through continuous remote monitors, through...
By Dave Muoio 04:18 pm April 8, 2020
Healthcare may be bracing for a major shortage of providers and services in the coming years, but even now the industry is straining to meet an ever-growing demand for personalized, patient-friendly care. Artificial intelligence has often been touted as the panacea for this challenge, with many pointing to finance, retail and other industries that have embraced automation. But the consumerism...
By Laura Lovett 03:53 pm April 7, 2020
Four years ago, Seattle Children’s Hospital began its journey revamping its analytics system. The system originally went from a relatively siloed analytics platform to a dashboard that catered to the clinical, research and business side of operating.  “The key thing to highlight is not only do we cover a broader set of the organization, a broader set of tools that are more predictive, we’ve also...