As Joseph Kvedar, MD, has traveled the road of adoption for connected health for two decades, he has paid attention to the major sign posts -- defining moments when the dialogue changes in such a way that the whole organizational strategy changes with it.
Hospitals and physician practices have been slow to adopt online platforms that allow them to connect with patients at home or on their mobile devices. However, patients will increasingly demand online connections with their providers.
Social networking concepts, mobile devices, analytics and cloud are key tactics for the success of any IT organization.
We just pointed to a survey that says doctors aren't embracing digital health technologies. In the name of fairness, we should also point to a survey that says it's not their fault, but their bosses'.
Joseph Kvedar, MD, is often asked, "If you could snap your fingers and do some things to accelerate the adoption of connected health, what would they be?" He offers a list of five accelerants.
Last week, Future Care pointed to a report heralding 2014 as the biggest year on record for digital health investment. But what about the year ahead?
There is no known medical condition that enables an individual to predict the future. While such an ability would be extremely useful for myriad reasons, we have, instead, learned to hone and leverage our analytic skills to deduce what might occur, relying on the data we cull and parse to help forecast the future.
While EHRs have increased clinicians' ability to document and share histories, results, assessments and orders, they underperform when it comes to finding and connecting clinicians with other team members, insights, and coordinating complex care processes, especially when team members cross organizational boundaries.
It will be a while before the dust settles on last week's elections, but it seems safe to say many healthcare stakeholders are a little uneasy, at best.
David Harlow breaks down the highlights of a recent survey regarding wearable fitness trackers and presents further questions about the technology's presence in the healthcare space.