When Andreas Sappok developed flulike symptoms last winter, he had no idea he'd become a test case for a futuristic approach to medicine. Photo by Cedric Angeles and Drew Kelly Andreas Sappok was at his office last February when he was walloped by an unexpected fever. An athletic 48-year-old, Sappok ran regularly and had just returned from kayaking in Florida. He was not accustomed to sudden fatigue and unexplained sweats. But it had been a wet, cold winter in New York, and he figured maybe it was his turn to get the flu. He had no idea that he was at the edge of a catastrophic health crisis. Over the next 2 days, as his fever soared to 104.5°F, Sappok went first to a local physician and then to the emergency department at Holy Name Medical Center, near his home in New Jersey. Both times he tested negative for the flu and was prescribed an antibiotic. Finally, with his health worsening and a snowstorm approaching, Sappok and his wife, Gabriele Sappok-Klink, decided to play … [Read more...] about The Doctor Who Saved This Man’s Life Never Even Met Him. Welcome To The Brave New World Of Virtual Medicine.
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As the healthcare industry continues to move to value-based care with its emphasis on patient experience and reducing costs, some hospitals and health systems are putting stock in a new leadership role: chief experience officer (CXO). Hospitals that designate a C-suite executive expect to benefit financially from higher patient satisfaction scores and positive publicity. It’s still a relatively new focus in healthcare but it’s growing. In a 2016 survey by Vocera Communications, 44% of healthcare organizations reported having a chief experience officer, and 39% of those reported directly to the CEO or president of the organization. A 2017 survey by The Beryl Institute counted CXOs at 58% of hospitals and health systems, up from just 22% in 2013. “There’s a growing recognition that if you are going to deliver exceptional quality and safety, that needs to be coupled with empathy and respect,” says Liz Boehm, research director for Vocera’s Experience … [Read more...] about The newest faces in hospital C-suites are focusing on patient engagement
It certainly wasn't hard to find major telemedicine proponents at the American Telemedicine Association's annual conference, Telehealth 2.0, which wrapped up Tuesday evening in Orlando. Their message is that telehealth can benefit providers and patients and — if it is done well — they both prefer it. Billed as the largest telehealth innovation and networking event, Telehealth 2.0 featured a giant, hopping exhibit hall and numerous panels discussing the latest trends in the rapidly growing field. That growth is both a blessing and a curse. It means exciting new ideas and technology for improved care delivery. But growing pains include a lack of collaboration, agreement on best practices and a realization that providers need to be on the ground floor of the movement. Here are the top takeaways from this year's conference. People may be wary of video chatting with their doctor or think that text messaging isn’t a way to solve health problems, … [Read more...] about ATA17: 6 takeaways on the state of telemedicine
Telemedicine is a booming sector of the healthcare industry: Investments are ramping up as health systems fine-tune their EHRs, explore remote patient monitoring and look toward population health management. But with this growth comes a need for guidance and regulation. Nearly everyone agrees this is necessary, but issues — including a lack of data, interoperability problems and segmented interests — present obstacles. Now, work is under way on developing evidence-based clinical guidelines for providers and hospital systems. Leaders from multiple sectors of the industry have been tapped to work on what the guidelines should include and how they should be maintained. These guidelines should focus on encouraging cooperation among organizations, Dr. Judd Hollander, an associate dean at Thomas Jefferson University who has led telehealth initiatives, told Healthcare Dive. But they should also remember that in the end, telemedicine has the same goal as all other … [Read more...] about As telemedicine grows up, it needs some ground rules
The future is never executed exactly how it's envisioned. Using pop culture texts as examples, hoverboards didn't hit the mass market by 2015 as Back to the Future II had implied, but there is still time to reach The Jetsons' flying cars by 2062 (I wouldn't bet on it, though). The reality is many futurists currently seek to conquer boring activities in hopes to make our daily lives easier. It's this sobering thought many in healthcare industry should square against the hype and promise that's sweeping the industry over artificial intelligence and machine learning. Though artificial intelligence hasn't become deeply seeded in the healthcare industry (it is just still recovering from adopting EHRs on the whole), there is potential to make workflows more efficient with machine learning and automation. As hospitals and health systems are largely fixed costs businesses, administrators are no doubt interested in tech that prove ROI. Some wonder or worry if these new tools will … [Read more...] about Robots are not coming for physicians’ jobs — but that doesn’t mean new tech won’t change workflows
About 71% of hospitals and health systems employ a senior clinical IT leader, according to HIMSS’ 2016 Leadership Survey. While their numbers are growing, CMIOs are still a relative newcomer to the C-suite. Initially brought on to help implement EHRs, CMIOs are increasingly involved in a range of activities, from privacy and cybersecurity to patient outcomes, population health management process improvement, compliance and more. “Ten years ago, CMIOs were frequently managing transitions from paper process to IT, or from separate to integrated solutions,” says Bruce Darrow, vice president for IT and CMIO of Mount Sinai Health System in New York. “Today, CMIOs are more involved in partnering with clinical and business leaders to understand how to improve patient care and how to bring the tools of technology to bear toward the greatest opportunities.” The biggest challenge facing CMIOs is prioritizing all of the possible uses of technology to improve … [Read more...] about The CMIO role will evolve as health systems’ needs change