HIMSS20 Digital

By Laura Lovett 02:08 pm July 22, 2020
During the coronavirus pandemic seniors have been more isolated than ever. Health experts have increasingly begun to worry about the impacts of lockdown on this population, which is often forced to stay at home to avoid contamination.  A group of panelists at HIMSS20 Digital sat down to discuss how tech can help tackle loneliness and provide virtual care to seniors. One of the major challenges...
By Laura Lovett 03:16 pm July 15, 2020
Before Dr. Matthew Fradkin was a pediatrician he played in a punk rock band. Aside from the years of training to become a physician, he said there were actually some similarities to the two – namely the search for human connection. “They have the same core, the in-the-moment human connection is really important to both. Bringing back the human connection in medicine is where I see digital and AI...
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 Laura Lovett 02:14 pm June 9, 2020
Planning for the end of life can be an uncomfortable and often times overwhelming tasks – for both patients and providers.  “These are important yet hard things to talk about,” Dr. Matthew Gonzales, chief medical information officer at the Institute for Human Caring at Providence St. Joesph Health, said during a HIMSS20 Digital event. “They aren’t entirely the easiest thing to dig into and...
By Mallory Hackett 03:16 pm June 2, 2020
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare companies have begun using new digital tools to help keep patients healthy. From virus-tracking APIs to remote monitoring, healthcare stakeholders are discovering just how important digital tools and strategies can be.  Having an effective digital strategy is different for each business, but it “largely consists of the organized use of tools and...
By Laura Lovett 02:59 pm May 28, 2020
When it comes to regions around the world where health tech is in full bloom, it would be hard not to mention Israel. Today we are seeing a rise of health IT innovation and digital health companies rising from this relatively small country in the Middle East.  That is also true when it comes to the country’s largest healthcare organization, Clalit Health Services, which is combining its swaths of...
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 Laura Lovett 03:35 pm May 19, 2020
For patients, a trip to the emergency department can be marred with anxiety and confusion. While tech can’t solve all of patients’ worries, Banner Health is looking to curb the confusion aspect with a chatbot system.  “We know that most interactions with healthcare systems providers, doctors, you name it aren’t – with few exceptions – joyous and happy occasions. There is pain, there is suffering...
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...