Guiding Principles for Health IT

While I don’t have the skillset or mentality of a project manager, I wholeheartedly agree with a key PM credo: the need for a guiding principles statement for information technology projects big and small.

Almost everyone in healthcare has strong opinions about the EHR that they use.

Under any circumstances, whatever one thinks about the EHR itself, I promise you that not sticking with agreed upon guidelines when building and maintaining the EHR can make the user experience much worse.

My first and foremost healthcare IT guiding principle deals specifically with physicians: Don’t ask a physician to do something in the EHR unless the physician is the only person who can perform the task.

I’m happy to configure tech to require physicians to make clinical decisions and document them in the EHR. For example, doctors should order medications in the system, and must enter essential details of the prescription, such as dose, route, and frequency.

A final guiding principle for configuring and maintaining an EHR may be a bit controversial depending on the vendor, but I believe it in strongly: Follow the recommendations of the EHR vendor unless there are clinical or operational reasons not to do so.

Source: HealthsystemCIO

Consumer Thinking in Healthcare

The leisure industry is driven by consumers and by lifestyle; they base decisionsnot on clinical safety, but on reviews and feedback from social media andconsumer testing.

Consumer tech and health tech move at very different paces.

At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, quite a lot of thenarrative was around health and wellness devices.

Eventually, we could start sending people public health messages via consumertech.

Events like the Consumer Electronics Show will start to showcase more healthtech, and HIMSS and other big health tech events will probably start toshowcase more consumer tech.

The only logical conclusion is to use consumer tech in the patients’ home orplace of work.

I believe KLAS is becoming a facilitator of conversations between the medicaland consumer tech industries, and can create a space in which thoseecosystems can combine and work together for mutual benefit.

Source: HealthsystemCIO

Look beyond the EHR

Hospitals and health systems must look beyond EHR data for complete patient stories.

Most hospitals have only their electronic health records and infrequent payer reports to support their data needs.

Consider all the ordinary clinical activity happening outside the hospital system, such as unaffiliated specialist, urgent care and emergency department visits, each generating valuable data that won’t make it back into the home EHR. Thankfully, this data exists in claims records.

Claims data link patients to every place they receive services, regardless of location or affiliation.

Another key element to understanding patients and populations is data enrichment – the process of taking massive amounts of raw data and creating useful insights to inform clinical action.

EHRs lack the advanced modeling technologies required to enrich data and harness its potential.

Hospitals and health systems hoping to achieve population health success need to look beyond the EHR to solutions offering a tier of patient data enrichment, modeling, scalability and decision support that can be integrated into the clinical workflow and shared across every cost and care setting.

Source: Healthcare Dive

The Digital Day of a Physician

As each day passes, patients and physicians are increasingly relying on technology to enable better care and decision-making.

With 65% of physicians spending at least one to four hours a day on a device, we wanted to get some insights into how they leverage digital tools in their day-to-day lives.

On the flip side, the majority of physicians say they feel more comfortable interacting with and have a higher level of trust in information from individuals whose real identities are shown.

Whether you’re a physician or not, you may have experienced a situation where medical misinformation had to be cleared up after performing an online search about an ailment or treatment.

Physicians are leveraging many types of digital tools that better support the diagnostic process.

These digital tools are used to search for clinical trials, physician reviews/opinions, condition management information, case studies, prescribing information, and more all to benefit the patient!

As digital tools continue to advance healthcare, we’re excited to watch how patient care and physician productivity evolves alongside it.

Source: Sermo

The Need for a National Health Record

Providers struggle with the current segmented, “Unmanagedcare system, and patients are overburdened and stressed having to know what is relevant to their current medical needs and remembering to share all of the pertinent details with each provider.
Given the time-constraints and pressures that physician groups face on a daily basis, they are rarely able to get that comprehensive picture and/or follow up with the patient’s other providers.
A National Health Record could allow practitioners to care for their patients in the current visit or limit the number of referrals and follow ups.
A reduced number of follow ups could also give the practitioner more time with each patient, subsequently improving each patient’s experience and health.
Patients as Consumers: Member-Driven Healthcare With the prevalence of high-dollar deductible health plans, members have to assume the role of consumer as well as patient.
Caring for our Vulnerable Populations The most vulnerable patients with complex medical situations utilize healthcare at the highest rate.
National Health Record Given the complexity of patients in critical care situations, they are likely to not be able to report thorough medical histories and provide accurate prescription lists.
Source: Perficient

Top 6 use cases of data science in healthcare

Below are some of the major use cases where data science is making a big difference in the healthcare industry.

  • Drug discovery
  • Wearables
  • Diagnostics
  • Public health
  • Reduced healthcare costs
  • Optimal staffing

Data science can leverage various sets of structured and unstructured biomedical data obtained from numerous tests, treatment results, case studies, social media etc.
Data science methods are also able to integrate with genomic data in research to provide accurate insights into genetic issues arising out of specific drugs and diseases.
Data scientists can look into billing data and information from clinical systems pertaining to categories of charges and variables.
Clearly, in addition to transforming patient care, data is helping healthcare providers in tackling issues related to resource management, inadequate medical staff, and high treatment costs.
Needless to say, this amount of data would be impossible to interpret if not for data science and AI.By one estimate, AI could help reduce health care costs by $150 billion by 2026 in the U.S. alone,” according to Stanford Medicine’s 2018 Health Trends Report.
As the developments in healthcare data science continue, we can look forward to a revamped healthcare model in the days to come.
Source: Crayon Data

The rise and rise of medtech in Asia

Cut through the noise and we find that Asia is on the rise in medtech just as it is in other industries-indeed, Asia today already represents 23 percent of the global market.
To take the pulse of where Asia medtech stands today, and to understand its challenges, opportunities, and priorities, we surveyed 160 APAC presidents and Asian country general managers from some 30 multinational medtech companies via a survey conducted amongst members of APACMed and selected executive interviews.
Asia medtech executives paint a mixed picture of overall market trends.
Grappling with the Asia market: Three hard nuts to crack for medtech leaders a) The blessing and curse of premium-oriented portfolios.
The growth of medtech in Asia has been largely driven by a single commercial model: growing the sales force plus expansion and heavy reliance on distributor networks.
As Asia’s medtech market continues to grow and mature, so too will the stakes for medtech leaders.
In reality, we see room for improvement in most Asia medtech organizations and hence consider this an important area for investments into future business success in Asia.
Source: McKinsey

Key Metrics to Measure Performance of Your Healthcare App

As a result more and more healthcare providers and payers are leveraging mobile apps to connect with consumers-patients-members to make their services more accessible and efficient.
You may have a patient or member portal app with secure access to medical records, communicating with physicians, managing health benefits, healthcare costs, and more.
General information apps are also popular with useful information on location directions and parking, find a doctor tools, health library information and many others.
Other mobile apps within the healthcare industry include ER wait times or service-line specific apps.
As a result, it’s imperative to measure the performance of mobile apps.
Understanding user engagement, satisfaction, and app performance are critical to measuring the success of your mobile app.
By monitoring mobile app analytics in addition to performing deeper dives into mobile app data this will assist you in identifying areas for improvement and optimization of the mobile app digital experience to create delightful experiences for those that use it.
Source: Perficient

Healthcare Migration to the Cloud

Implementation of cloud delivery services in healthcare lagged the overall IT industry for many years but recent surveys show accelerating movement in that direction.
In addition to the SaaS model for application access we are also seeing more and more healthcare organizations migrating databases, legacy applications, and services like disaster recovery provisioning to the cloud.
A survey from HIMSS Analytics conducted in early 2017 found that 65% of all healthcare organizations were utilizing cloud based offerings.
The healthcare cloud delivery market is estimated to triple in expenditures from 2015 to 2020 resulting in total spend of almost $10 billion.
In order to avoid access related problems it is critical you work with a proven partner regarding your cloud migration.
In summary, any reluctance the healthcare industry had to cloud based application delivery and use of the cloud for infrastructure and storage is largely in the past.
Achieving all the benefits of cloud migration requires careful planning and working with an experienced partner.
Source: Perficient

The Digital Revolution in Healthcare: 5 Trends in Action

It’s no secret that technology has the grand potential to completely revolutionize how we approach healthcare. Actually, transforming the healthcare industry is much more challenging.

  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data
  2. Telemedicine
  3. Mobility and Cloud Access
  4. Wearables and IoT
  5. Patient Empowerment

While these trends have been in the works for years, they are continuing to gain momentum and should not be ignored for those who want to stay at the forefront of healthcare evolution.
Source: Perficient