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Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Embrace Telehealth

March 4, 2015 by David E Williams

Thomas Jefferson was an innovative guy, so I guess it should come as no surprise that his namesake university in Philadelphia is embracing telehealth in a big way. Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals CEO Dr. Stephen Klasko is in a hurry to transform healthcare delivery, and sees telehealth as a key enabler.[read more]

5 Questions with Michael James McCoy

March 3, 2015 by Chad Johnson

Dr. Michael McCoy

On January 21, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced that Michael James McCoy, MD, would be the department’s Chief Health Information Officer, a newly created position. Thanks to Dr. McCoy for answering our questions about the new position and his vision for a learning health system.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: The Uberization of Healthcare - A Silly Extrapolation

March 3, 2015 by David Davidovic

Yes, healthcare is, in many ways, like the taxi industry: big, unreliable, unpredictable, price-obscure, highly analog, and lacking good data. However, the vast majority of the ideas coming out of these start-ups are no uber ideas! The ideas worked on by healthcare start-ups are interesting but not disruptive. And that is okay – just don't compare them to Uber.[read more]

The Wow of Wearables

February 26, 2015 by Joseph Kvedar

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The hype around wearables is deafening. I say this from the perspective of someone who saw their application in chronic illness management 15 years ago. Of course, at that time, it was less about wearables and more about sensors in the home, but the concept was the same.[read more]

Top 5 Telemed Trends for 2015

February 26, 2015 by Abby Norman

Telemed Trends in 2015

If you think young people are the only ones ready to embrace telemed technology and healthcare social media, think again! It might surprise you to know that the 60 + demographic of patients in the U.S. are quickly becoming the most eager to embrace the technology.[read more]

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How Hospital Execs Can Keep Up in the Fast-Paced Tech World

February 20, 2015 by Asha Saxena

Data and technology advancements are revolutionizing the healthcare landscape, from patient exams to medical records to staffing and scheduling. Hospital executives must decide whether they will hold their hospital back or embrace new innovations.[read more]

Why Clinicians Are Frustrated with Health IT

February 19, 2015 by Bill Crounse

I had to chuckle when I came across a blog post on KevinMD this morning. The post that appears on what is described as social media’s leading physician voice doesn’t mince words. In the post, Dr. Edwin Leap does an excellent job explaining why so many physicians are totally frustrated by health IT.[read more]

3 Reasons That Digital Matters in Healthcare Marketing

February 19, 2015 by Jonathan Catley

Digital healthcare marketing

Everywhere you turn, digital dominates. Articles across the Web proclaim its importance in marketing strategies, and now, digital marketing is unavoidable. Why? Its benefits and ease of use are too great to ignore. But let’s get a little more specific. When it comes to healthcare marketing, why does digital matter?[read more]

We'll Have to Get to Know Patients Better

February 18, 2015 by Tim Kilpatrick

Getting to know you

The healthcare system designed to treat conditions and provide patient services in the United States is not delivering the desired outcomes. In a recent study of healthcare in 11 countries by The Commonwealth Fund, the United States was ranked the highest in cost.[read more]

Imaging Portals Drive Patient Engagement and Satisfaction

February 18, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

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A survey of 1,000 U.S.-based patients revealed that 83% believed that there is value in being able to access their medical images via a secure portal. This may not come as a huge surprise as patient portal adoption continues to grow in the U.S. and throughout the world, but medical images are often left out of the portal mix.[read more]

Precision Medicine or Personalized Medicine: What’s in a Name?

February 16, 2015 by David Avitabile

personalized medicine

From now on I'll be using Precision Medicine when talking about industry-related topics, and Personalized Medicine when we're talking about patient-focused topics. It this all just semantics? To a small degree, yes. But words mean things, and clarity is important. Especially for a writer.[read more]

Lessons from the Anthem Breach

February 12, 2015 by David Harlow

Anthem experienced a major data breach last week, and reportedly some records (Social Security Numbers and other identifying information, but not health data) of up to 80 million members and employees were obtained by hackers. My reaction: Why in the world are we using social security numbers as ID numbers?[read more]