HealthTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Healthcare https://healthtechmagazine.net/rss.xml en Software-Defined Solutions Improve Automation and Control https://healthtechmagazine.net/media/video/software-defined-solutions-improve-automation-and-control <span>Software-Defined Solutions Improve Automation and Control</span> <div><p>Seattle-based Proliance Surgeons <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/08/software-defined-solutions-deliver-powerful-management-capabilities" target="_blank">recently upgraded</a> to software-defined networking enabled by the <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/cisco-application-centric-infrastructure-essential-license-10-25-40-gb/4895527?pfm=srh" target="_blank">Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure</a>. The benefits are already evident, enhancing the management and efficiency of the company’s networks and improving both clinician and patient satisfaction.</p> <p><strong>Want early access to more content like this? <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/about-insider" target="_blank">&gt;&gt;&gt; Sign up to become a <em>HealthTech </em>Insider for access to our premium content library.</a></strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/19/2019 - 16:17</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>Seattle-based @ProlianceWA recently upgraded to a new #SDN solution. 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And technology plays a huge role in that.” </a></p> <img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/styles/photo_quote_thumb/public/2019-11/190718.Curt-Kwak-59%20copy.jpg?itok=aqz3e6hz" width="60" height="60" alt="Curt Kwak, Proliance Surgeons, CIO" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <p class='speaker'> <span>Curt Kwak</span> Proliance Surgeons, CIO </p> </div> </div> Tue, 19 Nov 2019 21:17:44 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 43136 at https://healthtechmagazine.net How Are Advancements in Technology Impacting Patient Care? https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/11/how-are-advancements-technology-impacting-patient-care <span>How Are Advancements in Technology Impacting Patient Care?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/19/2019 - 12:50</span> <div><p>Recent progress in technological development has demonstrated <strong>the potential to overhaul how patient care is being administered</strong> — from wearables that can <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/02/how-wearables-can-help-battle-heart-disease">help battle heart disease</a> to AI models that can <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/10/how-hospitals-are-using-ai-detect-and-treat-sepsis">detect and treat sepsis</a>.</p> <p>On Monday in Philadelphia, doctors presented new research at the <a href="https://professional.heart.org/professional/EducationMeetings/MeetingsLiveCME/ScientificSessions/UCM_316900_Scientific-Sessions.jsp" target="_blank">American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions</a> from their own studies about devices that they believe can have <strong>a positive impact on the future of care delivery</strong>. The presentations offered attendees data not previously available outside of their own hospitals.</p> <p><strong>Here’s a deeper look</strong> at some of the studies conducted by these doctors as well as the results they shared:</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/jen-miller" hreflang="en">Jen A. Miller</a></div> </div> Tue, 19 Nov 2019 17:50:13 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 43131 at https://healthtechmagazine.net EHRs: A Look at Their Problems and Potential https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/11/ehrs-look-their-problems-and-potential <span>EHRs: A Look at Their Problems and Potential</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/18/2019 - 17:18</span> <div><p>The <strong>complaints about electronic health records are well known</strong> — they take time away from patients, their records don’t translate from one doctor to another, they create a glut of inaccessible information — all of which have led to a spike in physician burnout. </p> <p>The topic made for hot discussion on Saturday at the <a href="https://professional.heart.org/professional/EducationMeetings/MeetingsLiveCME/ScientificSessions/UCM_316900_Scientific-Sessions.jsp" target="_blank">American Heart Association Scientific Sessions</a> in Philadelphia, when panel experts touched on some of the trouble associated with poor EHR implementations.</p> <p><strong>EHRs “have been overpromised,”</strong> said Dr. Tariq Ahmad, an assistant professor in cardiovascular medicine at <a href="https://medicine.yale.edu/" target="_blank">Yale University School of Medicine</a> and the <a href="https://www.ynhhs.org/" target="_blank">Yale New Haven Health System</a>. “The entire point of these things was to be able to share data, but healthcare systems view data as something they need to hold on to, even to the point that most patients cannot get access to their data.”</p> <p>Although the problems associated with EHR systems kick-started the conversation, the <strong>panelists agreed </strong>that the current capabilities and potential of the technology in <strong>the systems still make it a worthwhile investment</strong> for organizations when implemented properly. The panelists see two fixes — how the data is shared, and who touches the data — as a way forward, helping to pivot the primary focus of physicians back to their patients. </p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/01/how-get-most-out-your-ehr-implementation" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH: </strong>How to get the most out of your EHR implementation.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">The Operational and Clinical Benefits of EHRs</h2> <p>At <a href="https://www.mcmaster.ca/" target="_blank">McMaster University</a> in Ontario, physicians in the critical-care department use the Hamilton Early Warning Score (HEWS) to <a href="https://ccforum.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13054-019-2355-3" target="_blank">reduce the rate of in-hospital cardiac arrests</a>. The score, created within an EHR, is <strong>based on a patient’s vital signs as input by the clinician</strong>. If the system finds vital sign abnormalities, it will trigger audiovisual notifications for care providers to take further action, whether by calling on a response team or monitoring the patient’s vitals more closely. </p> <p>Not only does the system calculate scores in real time, said Dr. Alison Fox-Robichaud, professor of medicine at McMaster and staff physician at <a href="https://www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca/" target="_blank">Hamilton Health Sciences</a>, but also, with few exceptions, it doesn’t allow clinicians to skip inputting vital signs. In fact, the system ensures that vital signs are input quickly — a key benefit because delays in recording this information could result in up to double the risk of ICU admission. </p> <p>After implementing the HEWS system, McMaster University saw a <strong>61 percent reduction in their cardiac arrest rate</strong>.</p> <p>While the organization encountered some initial resistance, Fox-Robichaud said that a better understanding of the specific healthcare environment made a difference in the HEWS adoption rate. “We had a medical anthropologist student working in the unit, just to look at how nurses interact with vital signs and their culture around vital signs and how they interpret them,” she said.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/12/what-your-organization-needs-successful-ehr-go-live" target="_blank"><em><strong>READ MORE:</strong> Learn what your organization needs for a successful EHR go-live.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">How Tomorrow’s EHR Can Improve the Quality of Care</h2> <p>Developments in voice and gesture technology have the <strong>potential to improve EHRs’ usability</strong>, said Raj Ratwani, director of the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare. Advancements in these technologies will further enable the passive collection of patient information during medical appointments, with the collected data being input directly into the patient’s EHR.</p> <p>“The future that we hope for is the exact opposite of today’s practice,” he said, “with technology taking a very small part of the space in the room and not being as front and center as it is now. Instead, information is captured in the background.” </p> <p>Moving data collection and input out of clinical hands through the adoption of next-gen technologies will ultimately <strong>help pave the way for improved quality of care</strong>.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/jen-miller" hreflang="en">Jen A. Miller</a></div> </div> Mon, 18 Nov 2019 22:18:55 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 43126 at https://healthtechmagazine.net How Predictive Analytics Can Help Cut Costs https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/11/how-predictive-analytics-can-help-cut-costs <span>How Predictive Analytics Can Help Cut Costs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/15/2019 - 16:10</span> <div><p>Predictive analytics has helped <a href="https://ww2.mc.vanderbilt.edu/" target="_blank">Vanderbilt University Medical Center</a> identify appropriate operating room staffing levels over the past six years, Vikram Tiwari, the organization’s director of surgical business analytics, <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/10/how-hospitals-use-analytics-staff-rush">recently told <em>HealthTech</em></a>.</p> <p>“Every week, <strong>there are days that we could have excess staffing, or not enough</strong> and have to call in nurses, or the existing staff could stay later for overtime pay,” Tiwari says. “<strong>Managing these swings is the objective</strong>.”</p> <p>By leveraging analytics-driven staffing efficiencies, the medical center recouped costs that equate to the salaries of <strong>2.8 anesthesiologists</strong>. Knowing more clearly the number of surgeries expected to occur on a given day ensures that operating room teams are scheduled appropriately. </p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/08/how-are-predictive-analytics-applications-changing-oncology-perfcon" target="_blank"><em><strong>LEARN MORE: </strong>Find out how predictive analytics applications are changing oncology.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">When Is the Busiest Time for Surgeries?</h2> <p>Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the busiest days for surgeries; Friday is the least busy. <strong>December is a high-volume month</strong> because people want to reach their health insurance deductibles, says Tiwari. Pediatric surgeries spike in late summer before school starts.</p> <p>But trends change over time. <strong>Regular use of data analytics can confirm or refute past assumptions</strong> to better anticipate patient needs and improve scheduling. “People have perceptions, gut feelings and expert feelings, and the data can validate it,” Tiwari says.</p> <p>For example, the day after Thanksgiving isn’t a busy surgery day. Last year, however, volume was surprisingly higher than normal. This year, data in hand, the VUMC nursing staff is better prepared for a potentially busy schedule after turkey day.</p> <p>Thanks to data analytics, <strong>they have better insight into staffing needs</strong> on any random Tuesday too.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/wylie-wong" hreflang="en">Wylie Wong</a></div> </div> Fri, 15 Nov 2019 21:10:39 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 43121 at https://healthtechmagazine.net Senior Care and Mobility: Why Smartphones and Tablets Make Sense https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/11/senior-care-and-mobility-why-smartphones-and-tablets-make-sense <span>Senior Care and Mobility: Why Smartphones and Tablets Make Sense</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/15/2019 - 15:39</span> <div><p>One in 5 U.S. residents will be of retirement age by 2030; four years later, <strong>those 65 and older will outnumber children under 18</strong>, <a href="https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2018/cb18-41-population-projections.html" target="_blank">the U.S. Census Bureau reports</a>.</p> <p>Growing alongside the numbers of seniors is their use of technology. <a href="https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/fact-sheet/mobile/" target="_blank">According to the Pew Research Center</a>, <strong>53 percent</strong> of all senior citizens now own a smartphone — and that doesn’t account for other mobile devices such as tablets, laptops or e-readers.</p> <p>Such rising adoption presents an opportunity for care providers to employ mobile devices as a means to not only connect senior users to family, friends and the internet, but also potentially allow for longer and healthier lives.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/10/leadingage-2019-telehealths-growing-role-senior-care" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> Learn about telehealth’s growing role in senior care.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Mobile Devices Offer Many Uses for Senior Care</h2> <p>The ways that seniors and their caregivers can take advantage of mobile devices have steadily increased in recent years, says Dr. Marcie Stoshak-Chavez, an emergency physician and the healthcare practice co-lead at <a href="https://centricconsulting.com/" target="_blank">Centric Consulting</a>. </p> <p>“As we move forward with population-based solutions and reimbursement changes in healthcare, it’s going to be more and more crucial that care management platforms <strong>start using some of the patient-owned mobile technology</strong> that already exists,” she says.</p> <p>Among the uses: <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/10/remote-patient-monitoring-how-practice-saves-lives">remote patient monitoring</a> (often paired with <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/08/how-ai-helping-predict-and-prevent-senior-falls">smart home sensors</a> designed to help people age in place safely) and applications that can help seniors manage chronic conditions or complex medication regimens and even gamify cognitive care. Even <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/02/how-wearables-can-help-battle-heart-disease">wearable biomedical sensors</a> — once a costly specialty item — are now available in off-the-shelf <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=smartwatch&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">smartwatches</a>.</p> <p><strong>Thinking outside the box is key to unlocking the full potential of mobile devices</strong>. “Even transportation would be enormously helpful in healthcare,” she notes, pointing out that popular ridesharing apps can help people who can’t drive to access care.</p> <p>There’s even the possibility that pairing smartphones or tablets with <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/09/why-vr-poised-transform-older-adult-living">virtual reality headsets</a> could change end-of-life care. Stoshak-Chavez has worked on research that looked at how curated VR environments can help hospice patients ease their anxiety and even lessen their dependence on opioids for pain management, allowing them to be more present with their families in their final days.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/about-insider" target="_blank"><em>SIGN UP: Become an Insider for access to exclusive HealthTech videos, white papers and articles.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">How to Deploy Mobile Devices in a Senior Care Setting</h2> <p>Given the increasing ubiquity of mobile devices and the range of healthcare-related uses, it’s likely that the tools will become a more central part of care plans in years to come — but a few challenges still remain.</p> <p>When it comes to storing and transmitting health data, <strong>privacy and security must be top of mind</strong>, says Stoshak-Chavez. Implementing security practices such as <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/09/importance-network-monitoring-clinical-setting-perfcon">network monitoring</a>, device encryption and containerization can help care providers to not compromise patient safety as part of their mobile device deployment process.</p> <p><strong>Developers must consider the human element </strong>when designing products for senior users, Stoshak-Chavez says.</p> <p>“I don’t know how many organizations or innovators are using a human-centered design approach, which really focuses on what the actual senior believes their needs are,” she says. But by bringing seniors into the heart of the development process, devices can truly be created with a senior-first mentality, strengthening their use case and adoption rate in healthcare.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/jacquelyn-bengfort" hreflang="en">Jacquelyn Bengfort</a></div> </div> Fri, 15 Nov 2019 20:39:13 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 43116 at https://healthtechmagazine.net 3 Common Mistakes When Migrating to the Cloud https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/11/3-common-mistakes-when-migrating-cloud <span>3 Common Mistakes When Migrating to the Cloud</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/13/2019 - 09:41</span> <div><p>The cloud’s appeal in healthcare can often be attributed to multiple factors — including <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/07/hybrid-cloud-strategies-offer-healthcare-organizations-agility-and-control">better agility and control</a>, <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/04/hybrid-cloud-deployments-offer-improved-flexibility-healthcare-organizations">increased flexibility</a> and <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/05/cloud-use-spurs-strategic-and-life-saving-healthcare-innovation">support for innovation</a>. A <a href="https://klasresearch.com/report/off-premises-computing-perception-2017/1193" target="_blank">KLAS Research survey</a> found that <strong>70 percent of healthcare organizations have already migrated</strong> at least part of their computing to the cloud.</p> <p>But a high level of <strong>adoption doesn’t mean transitioning organizations don’t face challenges</strong>.</p> <p>“There’s been this misconception of the cloud for a number of years, especially as it relates to healthcare,” says Chris Logan, director of healthcare industry strategy for <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/vmware.html" target="_blank">VMware</a> — specifically, the long, often misunderstood history of the relationship between cloud computing and organizational IT in healthcare.</p> <p>Logan <strong>traces the origins of cloud in healthcare to two key points in time</strong>: the early days of remotely hosted electronic medical records about <strong>15 years</strong> <strong>ago</strong>; and the move to <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft/microsoft-365.html" target="_blank">Microsoft 365</a> in 2013, when healthcare organizations began using Software as a Service. Back then, however, many in the industry didn’t realize the technology’s potential.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/about-insider" target="_blank"><em><strong>SUBSCRIBE:</strong> Become an Insider for access to exclusive HealthTech videos, white papers and articles.</em></a></p> <p>Today, Logan says, a move to the cloud provides healthcare organizations an opportunity to change operational models. Because risk can accompany the transition, it’s crucial to conduct a cloud implementation properly. </p> <p>Here are <strong>three mistakes to avoid during a cloud migration</strong>:</p> <h2 id="toc_0">1. Failing to Develop a Cloud Strategy</h2> <p>An organization’s desire alone cannot drive an effective cloud strategy. That approach <strong>doesn’t address potential impacts to the organization</strong>.</p> <p>“We’re hearing a lot of hubbub in the industry that ‘we’re cloud-first’ or ‘we want to be out of the data center business,’” says Logan.</p> <p>He recommends that healthcare organizations <strong>base their cloud strategy on the ‘why’ of migration</strong>. This approach puts clear-cut needs ahead of vague statements of desire.</p> <p>“Is it to maintain your current footprint and expand certain services, or are you consolidating data centers for cost savings? Or, do you need to elasticity to support open enrollment?” says Logan. </p> <p>He also urges healthcare organizations to <strong>consider how moving to the cloud will impact organizational culture</strong>, especially for the IT staff, which will be at the forefront of the change.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">2. Underestimating the Need for a Scaled Network</h2> <p>With a cloud strategy in place, the move to the cloud can proceed. Nevertheless, organizations may still miss the mark by <strong>trying to meet the needs defined by the strategy in piecemeal fashion</strong>. </p> <p>“If you start to move to different public cloud offerings that have different tools, different models within the operations, then as a practitioner in the IT department, I could be monitoring four or five different screens across four or five different cloud providers,” says Logan.</p> <p>IT departments should be thinking deeply about how to move different tools and workloads to the cloud, Logan says, and<strong> avoid going from one on-premises environment to several different cloud-based environments</strong> that will compete for IT attention. A single, scalable environment has the benefit of simplicity and visibility.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/06/laying-foundation-it-innovation-healthcare" target="_blank"><em><strong>READ MORE:</strong> Discover why it's important that healthcare organizations lay a strong foundation for IT innovation.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">3. Underutilizing the Cloud to Its Fullest Potential</h2> <p>Another misconception: Cloud migrations will automatically be cheaper. <strong>This can lead to unexpected sticker shock</strong>, with organizations pulling on-premises applications back to control costs.</p> <p>To mitigate cost concerns, <strong>start by rationalizing application portfolios</strong>. “Health systems can manage a portfolio of 2,000 to 3,000 applications,” Logan says. “Rationalizing that portfolio — and decommissioning some of those applications — will provide a framework for moving some of those applications to the cloud.” </p> <p>This will also cut operational costs, which in turn will free up funds to ease the financial impact as the IT budget shifts to accommodate a new cost model.</p> <p><strong>Making intelligent choices</strong> about what will move to the cloud, says Logan, <strong>is the key to unlocking built-in economies of scale</strong>, and at a fraction of the cost.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/jacquelyn-bengfort" hreflang="en">Jacquelyn Bengfort</a></div> </div> Wed, 13 Nov 2019 14:41:44 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 43111 at https://healthtechmagazine.net How to Secure Endpoints in a Healthcare Environment https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/11/how-secure-endpoints-healthcare-environment <span>How to Secure Endpoints in a Healthcare Environment</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/12/2019 - 09:29</span> <div><p>A growing number of endpoints — from blood pressure monitors to IV pumps — are being added to the already complex networks of healthcare organizations. And as <strong>these devices become more standard in healthcare settings</strong>, they continue to collect an increasing amount of patient data, <strong>making them evermore critical for organizations to secure</strong>.</p> <p>However, Chris Wilkins, IT security director at <a href="https://www.archildrens.org/" target="_blank">Arkansas Children’s</a>, tells <em>HealthTech</em> that doing so is <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/10/how-healthcare-organizations-handle-endpoint-management">not as easy as it sounds</a>.</p> <p>“These devices are not designed to be integrated into enterprise networks, and<strong> they don’t have the security built in</strong> at the level of most enterprise or even consumer devices and applications,” says Wilkins. “Many of them don’t offer free upgrades, so patching is a bigger issue.”</p> <p>In the meantime, adopting security practices such as network visibility tools, network segmentation and multifactor authentication can help organizations take initial steps toward minimizing the risks these endpoints pose. </p> <h2 id="toc_0">6 Ways to Strengthen Your Endpoint Protection Strategy</h2> <p>Knowing your organization’s ­environment is a vital first step to creating an effective endpoint management strategy. According to IT experts, <strong>asking these questions can get you off to a good start</strong>:</p> <ul><li><strong>How</strong> many employees and affiliates are in the organization and what network access do they need? This includes staffers such as home healthcare workers and emergency medical technicians.</li> <li><strong>What</strong> devices are on what portion of the network at any given time? Devices on the wrong part of the network or in use on an atypical day or at odd hours could suggest an issue. </li> <li><strong>What</strong> are end users doing on the network? IT teams must keep critical information flowing but should also audit user activity for potential threats.</li> <li><strong>Where</strong> is critical patient and business data located? If you don’t know the location of your data — and where it’s most vulnerable — you can’t assess the risks to it.</li> <li><strong>What</strong> is the status of security patches on all devices? Keeping track of smart medical devices can be tricky, but it’s the first line of defense against viruses, malware and intrusions. </li> <li><strong>Who</strong> is managing medical devices? IT employees, not facilities teams or another department, should control access and visibility into smart devices on the network.</li> </ul></div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/tommy-peterson" hreflang="en">Tommy Peterson</a></div> </div> Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:29:07 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 43106 at https://healthtechmagazine.net CHIME19 Fall CIO Forum: 4 Steps to Digital Transformation in Healthcare https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/11/chime19-fall-cio-forum-4-steps-digital-transformation-healthcare <span>CHIME19 Fall CIO Forum: 4 Steps to Digital Transformation in Healthcare</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:11</span> <div><p>New technologies and workflows are rapidly changing the role of the CIO in healthcare. But <strong>the shifts that lead to digital transformation require an assertive, forward-thinking leader</strong> to drive them. Buy-in from executive teams is critical too.</p> <p><strong>Without those elements, efforts can stall or even collapse</strong>, said Judy Kirby, CEO of the executive search firm <a href="https://www.kirbypartners.com/" target="_blank">Kirby Partners</a>, at the <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/event/chime19-fall-cio-forum">CHIME19 Fall CIO Forum</a> in Phoenix on Tuesday. </p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/about-insider" target="_blank"><em><strong>SUBSCRIBE:</strong> Become an Insider for access to exclusive HealthTech videos, white papers and articles.</em></a></p> <p>Kirby recalled a client organization that had shuffled through five CIOs in seven years. She was asked to find a candidate who is “innovative, transformative … someone to totally change or disrupt us.” But the organization also needed a “strictly operational” leader to deal with outages.</p> <p>“We knew they were unsure of what they needed,” said Kirby. “Organizations are getting on the digital transformation bandwagon but <strong>they’re really confused on how they’re going to get there</strong>.” </p> <p>Regardless of industry, attracting and retaining IT talent is a challenge: <strong>Unemployment in the field reached a 20-year low</strong> in May, <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/it-unemployment-rate-estimated-at-20-year-low-11560206011" target="_blank">federal data shows</a>.</p> <p>Kirby spoke about best practices with John Kravitz, CIO at <a href="https://www.geisinger.org/" target="_blank">Geisinger Health</a>: </p> <h2 id="toc_0">Excel in Your Existing IT Practices</h2> <p>Transformation isn’t possible if the nuts and bolts of an IT operation aren’t running smoothly. Likewise, the department’s reputation must already be stellar. Kirby gave the examples of Disney theme parks and FedEx, brands that “excel at execution” and “deliver the whole package.”</p> <p><strong>Identifying and fixing any weaknesses must come before innovation</strong>. “Keeping the trains on track is a given,” said Kravitz. “To drive our business forward, we need to be in lockstep with leadership.” IT excellence, he added, should be driven from within, not by other departments.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/09/3-steps-successful-healthcare-iot-implementation" target="_blank"><em><strong>READ MORE:</strong> Discover the three steps to a successful healthcare IoT implementation.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Find Leaders Dedicated to Customer Service</h2> <p>Getting employees to participate in digital transformation efforts not only requires comfort and familiarity with new technology but with the individuals implementing it. This is why <strong>IT leadership must embrace a culture of transparency</strong> to be seen as accessible, authoritative and effective.</p> <p>“One successful CIO insists on ‘rounding,’” Kirby said. “They go out with a technician and a cart full of goodies so when there’s an issue [on the floor], they try to fix it right there.” Such personal service offers the leader valuable face time and a chance to gather feedback from users. </p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/kevin-joy" hreflang="en">Kevin Joy</a></div> </div> Thu, 07 Nov 2019 21:11:23 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 43101 at https://healthtechmagazine.net CHIME19 Fall CIO Forum: Dr. Eric Topol on the Future of AI in Healthcare https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/11/chime19-fall-cio-forum-dr-eric-topol-future-ai-healthcare <span>CHIME19 Fall CIO Forum: Dr. Eric Topol on the Future of AI in Healthcare</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kevin.joy_wWOP</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/06/2019 - 18:17</span> <div><p>Recently, Dr. Eric Topol captured <strong>vivid images</strong> <strong>of his heart, abdomen and left foot</strong>, among other things, using only a <a href="https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/sites/lumify" target="_blank">handheld ultrasound tool</a> and a smartphone. </p> <p>“A total-body medical selfie,” said Topol Wednesday at the <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/event/chime19-fall-cio-forum" target="_blank">CHIME19 Fall CIO Forum</a> in Phoenix, where the photos were projected onto screens during his closing keynote address. “<strong>This all took a matter of minutes</strong>.”</p> <p>But when Topol experienced abdominal pain, his doctor ordered a standard CT scan, which ultimately captured the same details. <strong>The cost: $2,800</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/about-insider" target="_blank"><em><strong>SUBSCRIBE:</strong> Become an Insider for access to exclusive HealthTech videos, white papers and articles.</em></a></p> <p>This was one of several examples that Topol, <strong>a well-known doctor</strong>, author and founder and director of the <a href="https://www.scripps.edu/science-and-medicine/translational-institute/" target="_blank">Scripps Research Translational Institute</a>, cited in his speech. Intuitive <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/10/can-ai-help-patients-take-control-their-care-perfcon">technologies that use artificial intelligence</a> and deep learning — and in some cases leverage tools that many people already own, he said — <strong>boost accuracy in diagnosis, save money and ease physician burnout</strong>.</p> <p>Functions can be as simple as <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/02/how-wearables-can-help-battle-heart-disease">Apple Watch’s electrocardiogram application</a>, which can detect atrial fibrillation before an adverse event. Or they can be complex: <a href="https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/artificial-intelligence/japanese-researchers-develop-ai-system-that-detects-colorectal-cancer-in-less-than-1-second.html" target="_blank">AI-assisted colonoscopies</a> that <strong>identify polyps and signs of cancer in less than a second</strong> have been developed in Japan. </p> <p>“You don’t want to go through this procedure and have things that are missed,” Topol said. </p> <h2>Diagnosing Disease With AI </h2> <p>The futuristic notion of using algorithms and automated diagnostics in mainstream healthcare is getting closer to reality. “Human intelligence is not going to change in our lifetime, but <strong>machines are going to keep getting smarter</strong>,” Topol said. “There isn’t one field that won’t be affected.”</p> <p>He cited <strong>AI’s growing role in healthcare</strong>, improving <a href="https://www.aad.org/news/ai-and-skin-cancer-detection" target="_blank">recognition of skin lesions</a> to detect cancer, enabling detection of diabetic retinopathy <a href="https://labblog.uofmhealth.org/health-tech/earlier-detection-of-diabetic-retinopathy-smartphone-ai" target="_blank">with a smartphone camera</a> and identifying metastatic breast cancer (Google claims its AI-powered tool has <a href="https://venturebeat.com/2018/10/12/google-ai-claims-99-accuracy-in-metastatic-breast-cancer-detection/" target="_blank">99 percent accuracy</a>, <strong>far superior to human ability</strong>). </p> <p>He also shared sobering statistics: <a href="https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/hospitals-health-systems/jhu-1-3-misdiagnoses-results-serious-injury-or-death" target="_blank">Twelve million Americans are misdiagnosed</a> in a primary care setting each year, with <strong>one-third of those cases </strong>resulting in serious or permanent damage or death. <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/08/how-are-predictive-analytics-applications-changing-oncology-perfcon">Applying AI and analytics for care</a> throughout a patient’s lifetime could become routine. </p> <p>Looking to the future, Topol envisions “<strong>a virtual medical assistant that will assemble all your data</strong> — what you eat, your medical history, all of your multimodal data that will be used to coach you and your clinician. That’s one of the big pushes for the future in AI.” </p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/06/where-does-ai-automation-fit-health-data-security" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM HEALTHTECH:</strong> Where does AI automation fit into health data security?</em></a></p> <h2>How AI Can Help Doctors Provide Better Care</h2> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/12/how-healthcare-it-leaders-can-help-clinicians-prevent-burnout">Physician burnout</a> remains a serious issue, and Topol said organizations should embrace any technologies that can <strong>drive efficiencies without sacrificing care</strong>. He cited a conservative estimate that if every patient consultation was shortened by a minute, <strong>1 million hours of outpatient clinic time</strong> annually would be made available. </p> <p>Systemwide, these tools have the potential to handle<strong> tasks such as coding, billing and transcription</strong>. That’s a notable advantage, he noted, when hospital administrative costs account for <a href="https://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2018/07/23/administrative-costs" target="_blank">more than one-quarter of all hospital spending</a> in the U.S. </p> <p>Another significant means of cost savings and patient satisfaction: using AI-enabled <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/10/remote-patient-monitoring-how-practice-saves-lives">remote monitoring tools</a> to <strong>keep people out of the hospital or to send them home sooner</strong>, with data collection and transmission taking place from a distance. </p> <p>“Instead of thinking about the hospital room of the future, we ought to be thinking about the patient’s bedroom,” Topol said. “You can give them sensors that cost less than a night’s stay.”</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/10/how-hospitals-are-using-ai-detect-and-treat-sepsis" target="_blank"><em><strong>READ MORE: </strong>Learn how hospitals are using AI to detect and treat sepsis. </em></a></p> <h2>The Limitations of AI in Medicine</h2> <p>Despite excitement around its potential to transform care, <strong>AI has many hurdles</strong> yet to clear.  </p> <p>The biggest one? “We keep using the same limited data sets” in research and development, said Topol. “We need a lot more. Any deep learning model will be compromised by a<strong> lack of comprehensive data</strong>.” A <a href="https://fortune.com/2019/04/23/artificial-intelligence-diversity-crisis/" target="_blank">lack of diversity</a> is also a problem. </p> <p>Part of the challenge is getting people to understand the <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/04/why-provider-strategies-must-make-room-data">value that their data plays in the advancement of care</a> — whether across a population or within their families. And it also will take work to convince providers that <strong>AI won’t increase their caseloads</strong> — or replace workers. </p> <p>The goal is about boosting personal attention as well as medical efficiency. “We want, ‘<strong>The human will see you now</strong>,’” Topol said. “Not, ‘The robot will see you now.’”</p> <p><em><strong>Follow us on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/CDW_Healthcare" target="_blank">@CDW_Healthcare</a>, or the official CHIME Twitter account, <a href="https://twitter.com/ciochime" target="_blank">@CIOCHIME</a>, and join the conversation using the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&amp;vertical=default&amp;q=chime19&amp;src=typd" target="_blank">#CHIME19</a>.</strong></em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/kevin-joy" hreflang="en">Kevin Joy</a></div> </div> Wed, 06 Nov 2019 23:17:28 +0000 kevin.joy_wWOP 43096 at https://healthtechmagazine.net Why Teamwork Makes Healthcare IT Work https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/11/why-teamwork-makes-healthcare-it-work <span>Why Teamwork Makes Healthcare IT Work</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/rickyribeiro-3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">andrew.steger_ofuW</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/06/2019 - 13:35</span> <div><p>Medicine is the work of many. From front desk administrators to veteran surgeons, <strong>everyone plays an important role in the care experience</strong>.</p> <p>To aid in these efforts, <strong>collaboration tools </strong>have the power to <strong>simplify and enhance how professionals do their jobs</strong>, whether a technology is deployed across town or from thousands of miles away. At <a href="https://www.gradyhealth.org/" target="_blank">Grady Health System</a>, IT teams can use them to work remotely, a perk to attract and retain talent. And a special ambulance with <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/digital-workspace/video-conferencing">videoconferencing</a> equipment can relay critical details to Grady doctors while a stroke patient is in transit, expediting treatment when seconds count.</p> <p>A globally minded effort is underway at <a href="https://www.emoryhealthcare.org/" target="_blank">Emory Healthcare</a>, which sends doctors and nurses to Australia to staff Emory’s Electronic ICU. Working during daylight hours <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/10/collaboration-tools-help-keep-healthcare-teams-connected">from Down Under</a> eases the mental and physical toll of overnight shifts at the Atlanta-based institution.</p> <p>Intuitive technologies supply added muscle to teamwork. Research from the Advisory Board finds that <strong>increased levels of nurse-physician collaboration</strong>, both digitally and face to face, <strong>improve patient outcomes</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/about-insider" target="_blank"><em><strong>SUBSCRIBE:</strong> Become an Insider for access to exclusive HealthTech videos, white papers and articles.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Enhanced Collaboration Requires More Than Just Technology</h2> <p>Still, <strong>collaboration</strong> in healthcare <strong>requires far more than just the effective use of technology</strong>. It’s about listening to all voices in the room.</p> <p>This notion guides thinking at <a href="https://ww2.mc.vanderbilt.edu/" target="_blank">Vanderbilt University Medical Center</a>, which maintains an active nursing committee to weigh in on technology purchases. It’s no surprise, then, that Vanderbilt nurses are <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/10/qa-vanderbilt-university-school-nursings-patricia-sengstack-nurses-and-tech">encouraged to collaborate with engineers</a> at an on-campus innovation center .</p> <p>It is also crucial for the people designing these tools to reflect evolving patient demographics. Efforts to <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2019/10/why-diversity-healthcare-it-matters">broaden the tech workforce</a> continue but much work remains, says an advocate from <a href="https://www.amerihealthcaritas.com/" target="_blank">AmeriHealth Caritas</a>.</p> <p>An increasingly <strong>nimble range of tools</strong> <strong>still requires a human touch</strong> to be most effective in facilitating care. With open communication among users and a drive to continue evolving, everyone wins.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/ryan-petersen" hreflang="en">Ryan Petersen</a></div> </div> Wed, 06 Nov 2019 18:35:51 +0000 andrew.steger_ofuW 43081 at https://healthtechmagazine.net