HealthTech - Technology Solutions That Drive Healthcare https://healthtechmagazine.net/rss.xml en 4 Non-Technical Barriers to Telehealth — and How the Industry Can Overcome Them https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/4-non-technical-barriers-telehealth-and-how-industry-can-overcome-them <span>4 Non-Technical Barriers to Telehealth — and How the Industry Can Overcome Them</span> <img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/HT_4_Barriers_Telehealth_GettyImages-591427566.jpg" width="1440" height="540" alt="Pregnant woman video chatting with doctor" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:29</span> <div><p>Traditional drivers in the adoption and use of telehealth have been t<strong>he shortage of providers and geographic barriers to accessing services</strong>, particularly in <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/03/telemedicine-proving-its-roi-rural-communities">rural</a> and <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/telehealth-plays-key-role-improving-urban-pediatric-neonatal-care">underserved areas</a>. The expansion of telehealth services has <strong>more recently been driven by advances in technology and </strong><strong>increasingly</strong><strong> the transformation of national health systems globally</strong>.</p> <p>However, the scope and scale of telehealth practices to date have <strong>largely been restricted by laws and regulations that govern how telehealth may be practiced and paid</strong> for, which ultimately incentivize adoption and use, more than it has by technology factors. U.S. providers often encounter a patchwork of conflicting and disparate legal and regulatory requirements for coverage and practice as a result of an inconsistent state-by-state approach to governing how telehealth may be practiced, and the fact that the majority of payment flows in healthcare continue to favor delivery processes tied to traditional care settings.</p> <p><strong>These barriers continue to present formidable non-technical challenges to scaling and sustainability</strong>:</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/register?newsletter" target="_blank"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>HealthTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">1. Practical Barriers Quell Telemedicine Adoption</h2> <p>Respondents to the <a href="http://thesource.americantelemed.org/resources/telemedicine-executive-leadership-survey">American Telemedicine Association’s 2017 Leadership Survey</a> believe that inadequate coverage and payments (71%), licensure (53%), and resistance to change (50%) more than technical elements related to bandwidth (19%) and privacy/ cybersecurity (15%) <strong>represent leading barriers to increased adoption</strong> and, as a result, are more likely to hinder accelerated growth of the industry.</p> <p>Increased <strong>consumer demand for telehealth</strong> (48%) and the <strong>shift to value-based reimbursement</strong> (26%) are the <strong>t</strong><strong>op-ranked</strong><strong> trends identified by respondents that will drive the growth of the telehealth market</strong>, compared with technology improvements (6%).</p> <h2 id="toc_1">2. Broadband Access Limits Telehealth's Reach</h2> <p>A <strong>technology challenge in facilitating broad availability of telehealth services is access to broadband</strong>, which can be particularly acute in rural areas where the need is perhaps greatest.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.aha.org/system/files/advocacy-issues/factsheets/fs-telehealth.pdf">American Hospital Association reports</a> that <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/01/rural-connectivity-stands-one-telehealths-last-hurdles">limited access to adequate broadband services</a> <strong>prevents some rural facilities from deploying telehealth</strong>. AHA recommends <strong>simplifying the federal programs that support the expansion of broadband</strong>. For example, the <a href="https://www.fcc.gov/general/rural-health-care-program">Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Healthcare Program</a>, which supports broadband adoption, is seen as administratively burdensome and its subsidy for remote healthcare providers is often insufficient. AHA recommends that <strong>lowering participating providers’ burden and increasing the funding cap</strong> would ensure the program meets its goal of ensuring that all rural communities have the broadband access they need.</p> <h2 id="toc_2">3. Public Policy Takes a Toll on Virtual Care</h2> <p>U.S. public policy towards telehealth <a href="http://www.americantelemed.org/policy-page/state-telemedicine-gaps-reports">vary</a><a href="http://www.americantelemed.org/policy-page/state-telemedicine-gaps-reports"> from state to state</a>, with <strong>no two states alike in how telehealth is defined, reimbursed or regulated</strong>. Although Medicaid reimbursement for live video exceeds that for store-and-forward and remote patient monitoring, <strong>coverage restrictions limit the patient’s home as an originating site</strong>.</p> <p>Medicare has even more restrictive geographic and originating site limitations. However, as the aging of the population drives growth in the number of beneficiaries, <strong>Medicare will be under increasing pressure from patients and their extended caregivers to guarantee access to virtual care services</strong> for the <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/04/telemedicine-pilots-target-chronic-and-complex-illnesses">management of chronic conditions</a>.</p> <p>Other common restrictions include the <strong>types of specialty </strong><strong>services,</strong><strong> and providers that can be reimbursed</strong>. Private payers are not subject to the same coverage and practice restrictions, and states laws requiring parity in covered services, although not necessarily the reimbursement amount, offer private payers relatively greater flexibility in coverage decisions.</p> <h2 id="toc_3">4. Lack of Funding, Regulation Keeps Virtual Visits at Bay</h2> <p>In the <a href="http://www.euro.who.int/en/home">WHO European Region</a>, a lack of funding to develop and support telehealth (<strong>71% or 30 member states</strong>) and a lack of legal regulations or legislation (<strong>42% or 18 countries</strong>) are <strong>leading barriers to </strong><strong>implementing</strong><strong> and sustaining telehealth interventions</strong>. There is broad recognition of the need for both national policies and strategies for eHealth, universal health coverage or national health information systems as pre-requisites.</p> <p>To ensure progress and the long-term sustainability of investments,<strong> sustainable funding that is insulated from changes in the national political landscape are also needed</strong>. Another key recommendation is consideration for the development of targeted, intersectoral strategies and policies to guide national telehealth implementation.</p> <h2 id="toc_4">An Essential View of Telehealth Can Overcome Barriers</h2> <p>Globally, barriers to the implementation of telehealth in WHO Member States are along the same lines as those reported in Europe: <strong>a lack of funding, a lack of infrastructure, </strong><strong>competing</strong><strong> health system priorities, and a lack of legislation or regulations governing telehealth programs</strong>.</p> <p>To overcome these barriers, it has been recommended that <strong>health policies view the contribution of information and communications technologies as an essential and central component rather than an add-on for delivering healthcare services and improvements in health</strong>. More importantly, data requirements for <strong>universal </strong><strong>healthcare</strong> need to be developed as part of a country-level integrated eHealth approach to information management.</p> <p><em>Check out our white paper "<a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/articles/networking/2018/02/02/telehealth-innovation-current-directions-and-future-opportunities.html">Telehealth Innovation: Current Directions and Future Opportunities</a>" for a closer look at how telehealth represents both a model for care delivery and a business model for managing care.</em></p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25520</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Healthcare</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div> <div>Specialty</div> <div> <div><a href="/medical-devices-equipment" hreflang="en">Medical Devices &amp; Equipment</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/4-non-technical-barriers-telehealth-and-how-industry-can-overcome-them" data-title="Not all barriers to #telehealth adoption are technical. 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Here's 4 challenges #telemedicine faces when it comes to regulation — and how we can overcome them:" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>21</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/healthtech-staff"> <div>HealthTech Staff</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40426"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:29:03 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40426 at https://healthtechmagazine.net Spring 2018 https://healthtechmagazine.net/magazine/issue/2018/2/spring-2018 <span>Spring 2018</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:13</span> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/magazine/issue/2018/2/spring-2018" data-title="Spring 2018" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>20</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/magazine/issue/2018/2/spring-2018" data-title="Spring 2018" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fhealthtechmagazine.net%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3Dk9jd_gye%26amp%3Bdestination%3D%2F%253Fitok%253Dk9jd_gye%26amp%3B_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/magazine/issue/2018/2/spring-2018" data-title="Spring 2018" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:13:11 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40411 at https://healthtechmagazine.net HIMSS 2018: Health IT Leaders Look to Bolster Care Strategies and Technology Management https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/himss-2018-health-it-leaders-look-bolster-care-strategies-and-technology-management <span>HIMSS 2018: Health IT Leaders Look to Bolster Care Strategies and Technology Management</span> <img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/HT_HIMSS_2018_Preview.jpg" width="1440" height="540" alt="Attendees at the 2017 HIMSS conference" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:15</span> <div><p>In a <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/qa-himss-president-and-ceo-hal-wolf-iii-looks-prioritize-innovation-2018-and-beyond">recent interview with <em>HealthTech</em> magazine</a>, HIMSS President and CEO Hal Wolf III called the <strong>next five to 10 years "extraordinarily important" to a vastly changing healthcare environment</strong>. With the patient population aging and patients becoming more proactive about their health, Wolf recognized that maintaining the status quo in the industry is not enough for patients or providers.</p> <p>Attendees at <a href="http://www.himssconference.org/">this year's annual HIMSS conference</a> — from <strong>March 5-9 in Las Vegas</strong> — will have vast opportunities to dive into those topics and more. The conference will feature more than <strong>1,300 vendors</strong> and will hold more than <strong>300 education sessions</strong> focused on health information and technology.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/register?newsletter" target="_blank"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>HealthTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">HIMSS 2018 Focuses on Modernizing Care and Infrastructure</h2> <p>During the <a href="http://www.himssconference.org/session/technology-healthier-future-modernization-machine-learning-and-moonshots">opening keynote on March 5</a>, former <strong>Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt</strong> will share his thoughts on t<strong>echnology's role in modernizing healthcare</strong> and how the industry can speed progress to better reach patients.</p> <p>The<strong> Internet of Things will be a prime discussion</strong> point for many attendees, both from an infrastructure and cybersecurity standpoint and a care delivery perspective, according to Chris Logan, a senior healthcare strategist with <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/vmware.html?enkwrd=VMware">VMware</a>, who calls the future of IoT simple and straight to the point.</p> <p>"I think what you'll see is analysis of connected equipment and sensors — ensuring their reliability, ensuring a proper use case for it," Logan says.</p> <p>From 1-2 p.m. on March 7, <strong>Cletis Earle, vice president and CIO for Buffalo, N.Y.-based Kaleida Health</strong>, <a href="http://www.himssconference.org/session/iot-and-wayfinding-optimizing-healthcare">will share how IoT and wayfinding technology is transforming his organization</a> to deliver better outcomes. He will be joined by CDW Healthcare Business Architect David Frumkin, and <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/himss.html?cm_ven=Email&amp;cm_pla=adu_0&amp;cm_cat=2228&amp;priid=CCCDW000001532033">the pair will continue their discussion at 3 p.m. in CDW's booth (No. 5432).</a></p> <p>Several <strong>cybersecurity sessions</strong> are also worth noting, including a <a href="http://www.himssconference.org/session/inoculate-your-healthcare-org-against-ransomware">discussion at 4 p.m. on March 6</a> focusing on how healthcare organizations can inoculate themselves against ransomware. The discussion will be led by <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/cisco.html?enkwrd=Cisco">Cisco</a> <strong>Head of Security Research Analyst Team Brad Antoniewicz</strong>. A <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/himss.html?cm_ven=Email&amp;cm_pla=adu_0&amp;cm_cat=2228&amp;priid=CCCDW000001532033">security session</a> led by <strong>Mark Lachniet, information security solutions manager at CDW</strong>, will commence at 11 a.m. the following day in the CDW booth.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Senior Care Transformation Takes Center Stage</h2> <p>On the senior care front, <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/thrive-center-unlocks-innovation-hub-senior-living">Thrive Center Executive Director and CEO Sheri Rose</a> will share how the Louisville, Ky.-based organization is <strong>collaborating with the government, healthcare providers and technology partners</strong> to transform the industry <a href="http://www.himssconference.org/session/innovation-aging-technology-transforming-lives">during a session at 5 p.m. on March 7</a>. Additionally, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/healthcare.aspx">CDW Healthcare</a> experts <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/author/ginna-baik">Ginna Baik</a> and <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/author/nancy-ragont">Nancy Ragont</a> will talk about <strong>innovations in senior care</strong> and how organizations should choose and implement such tools at 11:30 a.m. on March 8.</p> <p><strong>Contract management and procurement</strong> also are top of mind for health IT executives charged with rolling out and updating technology solutions, especially as budgets are continually being cut. At 2 p.m. on March 6 in the CDW booth, Brian Fisher, manager of contract management at CDW, and Kim Krisik, strategic sales manager for CDW Healthcare, will <strong>share their expertise on achieving cost savings and value while truly investing in customer initiatives</strong>.</p> <p>The <em>HealthTech</em> team will cover HIMSS18, <strong>digging into panel discussions and educational sessions while also interviewing industry executives and experts on the latest health IT trends</strong>. <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2018">Bookmark our HIMSS18 landing page</a> for <strong>stories and videos</strong>, and keep up with conference conversations on Twitter by following <a href="https://twitter.com/CDW_Healthcare?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">@CDW_Healthcare</a> and using the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HIMSS18?src=hash">#HIMSS18</a>, as well as <a href="http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/official-himss18-hashtag-guide">these other hashtags shared by HIMSS</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25520</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Healthcare</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div> <div>Specialty</div> <div> <div><a href="/ambulatory-care" hreflang="en">Ambulatory Care</a></div> <div><a href="/hospitals" hreflang="en">Hospitals</a></div> <div><a href="/private-practice" hreflang="en">Private Practice</a></div> <div><a href="/senior-care" hreflang="en">Senior Care</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/himss-2018-health-it-leaders-look-bolster-care-strategies-and-technology-management" data-title="#HIMSS18 is right around the corner, are you ready for all the #healthIT innovation that's in store? 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#seniorcare #Aim2Innovate #EmpowerHIT" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>20</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/dan-bowman"><img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/styles/face_small/public/people/dan_bowman_300.jpg?itok=GSMafqJm" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/dan-bowman"> <div>Dan Bowman</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=Dan_Bowman&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Dan is an editor focusing on healthcare technology. His experience includes stints with newspapers including the <em>Washington Post</em> and the <em>Washington Times</em>.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40406"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:15:37 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40406 at https://healthtechmagazine.net Innovation in Healthcare and Senior Living Requires an Eye Toward the Future https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/innovation-healthcare-and-senior-living-requires-eye-toward-future <span>Innovation in Healthcare and Senior Living Requires an Eye Toward the Future</span> <img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/Q0118-HT-EditorsLetter-HERO.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="Technology concept" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/14/2018 - 18:27</span> <div><p>Many stakeholders in healthcare believe that disruptive innovation to the industry will come from outsiders. In a <a href="https://catalyst.nejm.org/survey-sources-disruptive-innovation-in-healthcare/">recent survey published by NEJM Catalyst</a>, a majority of executives, clinical leaders and health IT vendors say <strong>the most promising new entrants to healthcare are likely to be startups</strong>.</p> <p>But that doesn’t mean innovation isn’t occurring at large provider organizations — some even lead the way, <strong>buoyed by strong infrastructure setups</strong>.</p> <p>At the <a href="http://mayoresearch.mayo.edu/center-for-individualized-medicine/">Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine</a> in Rochester, Minn., IT <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/technology-lays-foundation-precision-medicine-success">staffers developed a genomic data warehouse and workflow management system</a> that will serve as a foundation for building tools and interfaces to support both clinicians and researchers in advancing individualized patient care.</p> <p>Mathieu Wiepert, the IT unit lead for the Center’s staff, says their <strong>tools help Mayo take an “agile approach” to precision medicine</strong> that allows for constant communication and flexibility among stakeholders.</p> <p><a href="http://www.upmc.com/Pages/default.aspx">University of Pittsburgh Medical Center</a> Chief Innovation Officer Rasu Shrestha <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/10/nhit-week-2017-3-ways-healthcare-can-take-fresh-look-innovation">tells <em>HealthTech</em></a> that success for provider organizations is “a fun and universal goal, but it’s often preceded by failure or false starts.” If possible, he says, <strong>organizations should create safe spaces where innovation can take place</strong>.</p> <h2 id="toc_0">The Thrive Center Promises a Showcase for Innovation</h2> <p>Meanwhile, at the recently opened <a href="https://www.thrivecenterky.org/">Thrive Center</a> in Louisville, Ky., <strong>startups and established technology companies alike showcase innovations for the senior care industry</strong>. The center aims to <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/thrive-center-unlocks-innovation-hub-senior-living">help senior care facilities with their technology deployment decisions</a>.</p> <p>The nonprofit facility features a mix of foundational tools, like <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/HPE-wireless-access-point/4360425?pfm=srh">HPE Aruba Wi-Fi,</a> and inventive offerings, such as smart sensors from <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/samsung-interstitial.html">Samsung</a>, wearables from Piper and <strong>virtual reality tools</strong> from appliedVR.</p> <p>Innovation in healthcare and senior care requires a <strong>commitment to disruption</strong>, as well as the proper infrastructure. By setting the stage for change, organizations take an important step toward the future of care.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT14P531</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Healthcare</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>300-500 words</div> </div> <div> <div>Specialty</div> <div> <div><a href="/ambulatory-care" hreflang="en">Ambulatory Care</a></div> <div><a href="/hospitals" hreflang="en">Hospitals</a></div> <div><a href="/senior-care" hreflang="en">Senior Care</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/innovation-healthcare-and-senior-living-requires-eye-toward-future" data-title="Commitment to innovation of patients and individuals is key to success at organizations like @MayoClinic, @ThriveCenterKy says @RyanPete @CDW_Healthcare" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/innovation-healthcare-and-senior-living-requires-eye-toward-future" data-title="Commitment to innovation of patients and individuals is key to success at organizations like @MayoClinic, @ThriveCenterKy says @RyanPete @CDW_Healthcare" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fhealthtechmagazine.net%2Ftaxonomy%2Fterm%2F8916%2Ffeed" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/innovation-healthcare-and-senior-living-requires-eye-toward-future" data-title="Commitment to innovation of patients and individuals is key to success at organizations like @MayoClinic, @ThriveCenterKy says @RyanPete @CDW_Healthcare" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>14</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/ryan-petersen"><img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/styles/face_small/public/ryan-petersen-2013-headshot.jpg?itok=iV6msfy0" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/ryan-petersen"> <div>Ryan Petersen</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="google-plus" href="https://plus.google.com/110888965639568833839/posts?rel=author"><span>Google+</span></a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=RyanPete&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Ryan has been a magazine and newspaper editor for 18 years, with the last 12 covering a variety of bases for CDW’s family of tech magazines. As Editor in Chief, he works on developing editorial strategy and is always on the lookout for new writing talent and sharing great stories with the IT world. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, biking and obsessively following Iowa Hawkeye sports and Cubs baseball.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40401"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:27:00 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40401 at https://healthtechmagazine.net Technology Lays a Foundation for Precision Medicine Success https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/technology-lays-foundation-precision-medicine-success <span>Technology Lays a Foundation for Precision Medicine Success</span> <img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/Q0118-HT-Feat-Raths-HERO.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="Mathieu Wiepert" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/14/2018 - 17:54</span> <div><p>Success in <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/12/why-its-time-providers-embrace-precision-medicine">precision medicine</a>, in which <strong>treatments are tailored to specific patients</strong>, hinges on a healthcare provider’s ability to individualize diagnoses and remedies by <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/12/how-health-it-advancements-make-genomic-medicine-reality">linking genomic and molecular data</a> with <strong>clinical information gathered in electronic health records</strong>.</p> <p>Key to the effectiveness of such care is a <strong>technology infrastructure that both supports robust data storage and provides enough flexibility to enable collaboration between a variety of medical professionals.</strong> For instance, the development of a genomic data warehouse at the <a href="http://mayoresearch.mayo.edu/center-for-individualized-medicine/">Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine</a> in Rochester, Minn., required a cross-functional team of <strong>10 staffers</strong>, in addition to more than a dozen other developers who provide pipeline, interfaces and other bioinformatic tools, says Mathieu Wiepert, an IT section head for the organization.</p> <p>Wiepert and his colleagues built a tool that runs on a host of <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/brands/oracle/default.aspx?enkwrd=Oracle">Oracle</a> technologies, including an <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/Oracle-Exadata-Database-Machine-Eighth-Rack-to-Quarter-Rack/3927756?pfm=srh">Exadata Database Machine</a>, powered by an <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/Intel-Xeon-Gold-5118-2.3-GHz-processor/4915491?pfm=srh">Intel Xeon processor</a>; a <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/Sun-ZFS-Storage-Appliance-Encryption-license-1-management-controller-me/3925472?pfm=srh">ZFS Storage Appliance</a> for backups and file staging; and a <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/Oracle-WebLogic-Server-Enterprise-Edition-license-1-processor/1533316?pfm=srh">WebLogic Server</a>. The Exadata Database Machine, in particular, enables the organization to lower its storage footprint thanks to better compression and less disk scan input/output.</p> <p>“<strong>We take an agile approach</strong>,” Wiepert says. “The whole notion of agile is to ensure that the stakeholder is there with you. Constant communication and flexibility are critical.”</p> <p>As precision medicine’s prominence grows, healthcare organizations from coast to coast are implementing foundational technology, laying the groundwork for evolving patient treatment.</p> <h2 id="toc_0">Providers Eye Flexible PMI Infrastructure</h2> <p><strong>Fifty-six percent</strong> of providers <a href="http://www.healthcareitnews.com/infographic/future-proofing-technology-support-precision-medicine-initiatives">surveyed by HIMSS Analytics</a> plan to use a <strong>combination of in-house and third-party resources</strong> to support precision medicine efforts in the next <strong>two years</strong>.</p> <p>That includes Mayo, says Wiepert, who emphasizes that there aren’t vendor solutions for everything the organization tries to accomplish. “We end up doing a lot of homegrown algorithm development and IT tooling,” he says.</p> <p>Mayo also collaborates with other health systems to share internally developed workflow applications, and plans to work with cloud providers in the future because of the data and storage computing resources required.</p> <p>Like the Mayo Clinic, the <a href="https://www.inova.org/itmi/home">Inova Translational Medicine Institute</a> in Falls Church, Va., supports both large-scale research and clinical genomics testing. <strong>That means it requires a more responsive infrastructure</strong>.</p> <p><img alt="Q0118-HT-Feat-Raths-quote.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Q0118-HT-Feat-Raths-quote.jpg" /></p> <p>“In the clinical setting, <strong>you have deadlines and laboratory standards</strong>,” says Aaron Black, chief data officer at ITMI. “We wanted to do this in a secure and compliant way, as well as determine the most efficient and cost-effective method. We wanted to think of it as a true business rather than just a research venture, which requires a different mindset.”</p> <p>ITMI studied researchers’ and clinicians’ expectations of turnaround time and compared the hourly cost of cloud services with building a large system onsite. It chose to develop a hybrid solution that combines a public cloud with private, on-premises tools and storage from several vendors, including <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/netapp.html?enkwrd=NetApp">NetApp</a>.</p> <p>The setup enables Inova, which <strong>supports 2 million patients annually across six hospitals</strong>, flexibility in its efforts. “When we notice demand increasing, we ramp up internal systems to support our traditional clinical testing,” Black says.</p> <p>Black, who is charged with pulling together a team with the skills to develop and manage the infrastructure, calls finding the right people with the right skills a challenge.</p> <p>“These are some of the biggest systems that I have ever managed, and you have to have different skills for each,” he says. “We have to translate what scientists and researchers are trying to do into the infrastructure needs of the organization. It is definitely a team sport. You can’t have only really smart infrastructure people or really smart data people or scientists; <strong>you need them all working together toward the same goal</strong>.”</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Disruptive Medicine Needs Disruptive Infrastructure</h2> <p>Although the <a href="https://www.stsiweb.org/">Scripps Translational Science Institute</a> in La Jolla, Calif., is a leader in translational genomics, its precision medicine focus also includes creating digital mobile apps to gather patient-generated data that can be combined with genomic and lab data in new ways. That leads to<strong> infrastructure challenges that differ from the challenges of building genomic data warehouses</strong>.</p> <p>Despite its promise, efforts to implement precision medicine can be slowed by the limitations of the current systems of care, which are not necessarily designed to take advantage of newer digital technology, says Dr. Steven Steinhubl, STSI’s director of digital medicine. Using a <strong>clinical study involving frequent blood pressure measurement</strong> as an example, he notes that clinicians don’t know what to do with all the new data.</p> <p><img alt="Q0118-HT-Feat-Raths-elpunto.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Q0118-HT-Feat-Raths-elpunto.jpg" /></p> <p>“Any solution that is going to change the practice of medicine is going to require a <strong>brand-new data infrastructure</strong> and a lot more use of <strong>clinical decision support and alerting systems</strong>,” Steinhubl says. “Systems of care must be built around the understanding that there will be more data that has to be explained to individuals. It is not something you can accomplish during a seven-minute visit when you are clicking away on an EHR.”</p> <p>Both STSI and the Mayo Clinic are participants in the <a href="https://allofus.nih.gov/">National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program</a>, an effort that <strong>aims to collect and share health data on 1 million U.S. residents to advance precision medicine</strong>. Mayo will house all of the biospecimens for the project, Wiepert says.</p> <h2 id="toc_2">Seeking a Digitally Scalable Infrastructure</h2> <p>Steinhubl calls All of Us one of the most amazing research programs undertaken.</p> <p>“What makes the effort unique and applicable to care is that all the information we gather, we are giving back to participants in a way they can understand,” he says. “<strong>We need to appreciate how important that is and how difficult it is to do in a scalable way</strong>.”</p> <p>Even something as simple as returning a blood pressure value to an individual is less straightforward than people realize, Steinhubl says. Whether a reading is considered normal depends on age, diagnoses and comorbidities.</p> <p>“<strong>We need to figure that out in a way that is digitally scalable</strong>,” Steinhubl says. “We can’t call a million people and follow up with them on their blood pressure value or their genomic information. <strong>It goes beyond precision data to precision implementation of that data</strong>.”</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Testing the Wearable Waters for Precision Medicine</h2> <p>As part of the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program, the Scripps Translational Science Institute will provide up to <strong>10,000</strong> <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/Fitbit-Charge-2-silver-activity-tracker-with-band-black-silver/4296298?pfm=srh">Fitbit Charge 2</a> and <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/Fitbit-Alta-HR-activity-tracker-with-band-black/4543938?pfm=srh">Fitbit Alta HR</a> devices to a representative sample of volunteers for a <strong>one-year study</strong> on how the devices could be incorporated more broadly into the research program.</p> <p>One goal of All of Us is to pull together all electronic health record data, genomic information and proteomic information, as well as <strong>survey data and continuous physiological data</strong>. Much of that will come from wearable sensors or sensors in the home, says Dr. Steven Steinhubl, STSI’s director of digital medicine.</p> <p>“The major impetus behind the Fitbit pilot is <strong>understanding how we incentivize individuals to wear the sensors</strong>,” he says. “It is one thing to give a marathon runner a Fitbit, but how do you get other people to wear a sensor device? What kind of motivations and incentives do you offer, and what kind of information do you return to them that is valuable to them?”</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT14P531</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Healthcare</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Original</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>Over 1000 words</div> </div> <div> <div>Specialty</div> <div> <div><a href="/ambulatory-care" hreflang="en">Ambulatory Care</a></div> <div><a href="/hospitals" hreflang="en">Hospitals</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/technology-lays-foundation-precision-medicine-success" data-title="Discover how @Oracle and @NetApp technologies power #precisionmedicine efforts at @MayoClinicCIM and @InovaHealth @MayoClinic" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/technology-lays-foundation-precision-medicine-success" data-title="Discover how @Oracle and @NetApp technologies power #precisionmedicine efforts at @MayoClinicCIM and @InovaHealth @MayoClinic" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fhealthtechmagazine.net%2Frss.xml" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/technology-lays-foundation-precision-medicine-success" data-title="Discover how @Oracle and @NetApp technologies power #precisionmedicine efforts at @MayoClinicCIM and @InovaHealth @MayoClinic" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>14</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/david-raths"><img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/styles/face_small/public/people/David-Raths.jpg?itok=siLqMmXT" width="58" height="58" alt="David Raths" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/david-raths"> <div>David Raths</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Philadelphia-based writer David Raths has served as managing editor of InfoWorld and the Portland Business Journal. He covers information technology topics for several publications, including Healthcare Informatics, Public CIO, Campus Technology and THE Journal.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40396"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:54:28 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40396 at https://healthtechmagazine.net Benefit vs. Cost for Healthcare VDI Deployments https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/benefit-vs-cost-healthcare-vdi-deployments <span>Benefit vs. Cost for Healthcare VDI Deployments</span> <img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/HT_VDI_MonITor_GettyImages-629600108.jpg" width="1440" height="540" alt="Nurse Wearing Scrubs Working At Desk In Office" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/14/2018 - 16:48</span> <div><p>As healthcare clinicians and staffers increasingly rely on mobile devices, on-demand access to applications becomes that much more critical to ensuring operational efficiency and fast, effective patient care. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that the global market for <strong>cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure </strong>— which gives end users in various locations the ability to access hosted applications and files from their mobile device of choice — continues to rise.</p> <p>According to a <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/global-cloud-based-vdi-market-expected-to-reach--10154-million-by-2023---allied-market-research-660996103.html">recent report from Allied Market Research</a>, the cloud-based VDI market is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of <strong>16.5 percent through 2023</strong> to reach more than <strong>$10 billion</strong>.</p> <p>A <a href="https://info.loginvsi.com/acton/attachment/25205/f-0121/1/-/-/-/-/State%20of%20the%20VDI%20and%20SBC%20Survey%202017%20Edition%20v2.1.pdf?sid=TV2:g4MGwTlJe">report</a> published last spring by Login VSI found healthcare to be the top industry for VDI use.</p> <p><strong>So how are providers taking advantage of VDI?</strong></p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/register?newsletter" target="_blank"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>HealthTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">VDI Offers Clinicians Anytime, Anywhere Access</h2> <p>At Southern New Hampshire Health System, its VDI setup has been a boon to patient care, according to Scott Tymowicz, a desktop-configuration engineer with the organization <a href="http://www.datacenterjournal.com/case-study-better-patient-care-virtual-desktop-technology/">writing in the <em>Data Center Journal</em></a>. The organization, which relies on <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=horizon%20view&amp;ctlgfilter=&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1">VMware Horizon View</a>, built on a foundation that includes hyperconverged infrastructure technology from <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=pivot3&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1">Pivot3</a>, is now able to support clinician needs across roughly <strong>200 desktops</strong>. That means patient data is available when and where providers need it.</p> <p>Meanwhile, <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/05/citrix-synergy-2017-scl-health-gains-usability-security-vdi-technology">SCL Health</a>, a faith-based nonprofit organization based in Broomfield, Colo., deployed Citrix's VDI technology, including <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/?key=citrix%20xenmobile&amp;wclsscat=&amp;b=&amp;p=&amp;ctlgfilter=&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1">XenMobile</a>, to allow staff at <strong>11 hospitals</strong> and <strong>210 physician clinics</strong> anytime, anywhere access to the apps they need. That's important, as <strong>65 percent</strong> of the organization's technology staff work remotely, according to CIO Dave Pecoraro, speaking last spring at the <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/citrix-synergy-2017">Citrix Synergy 2017</a> conference in Orlando, Fla., where it won the 2017 Citrix Innovation Award.</p> <p>Pecoraro called the setup "<strong>consumer-friendly</strong>," and said SCL has plans to move to the Citrix Cloud to improve its security standing.</p> <p>Irving, Texas-based <a href="https://www.christushealth.org/">CHRISTUS Health</a> also deploys Citrix tools, including <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/Citrix-XenDesktop-Enterprise-Edition-license-1-user-device/3625316?pfm=srh">XenDesktop</a>, to <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/11/how-innovative-providers-overcome-obstacles-telehealth-success">connect its remote staff</a>. In particular, VDI allows CHRISTUS to hire coders in several states without giving location or access a second thought. Such a setup has also helped the organization — which operates more than <strong>60 hospitals</strong> and long-term care facilities and also has clinics and outpatient centers in Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and New Mexico, as well as Chile, Colombia and Mexico — <strong>reduce its hardware costs</strong>.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Cost Considerations for VDI Deployments</h2> <p>While VDI deployments may <strong>hold the potential to cut hardware costs</strong> for organizations down the road, providers would be wise to not view such solutions as a panacea to reduce spending. Per the Login VSI report, the biggest challenge for organizations with their VDI environment was the overall cost reduction of the complete technology stack.</p> <p>Adam Sherwood, an enterprise infrastructure architect at Tewksbury, Mass.-based Covenant Health, <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/08/vdi-bolsters-access-security-healthcare-providers">told <em>HealthTech</em></a> that the opportunities for cost avoidance don't happen all at once.</p> <p>"When you implement VDI, do your best to <strong>understand beforehand</strong>, through tools such as <strong>workflow analysis</strong>, how best you can create and increase value for your organization," he said.</p> <p>To that end, healthcare organizations should <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/08/5-recommendations-healthcare-vdi-deployments">take a long view on VDI deployment</a>. By approaching the investment holistically, from finding a strong vendor partner to shoring up infrastructure, providers will increase their likelihood of success.</p> <p><em>This article is part of </em>HealthTech's <em><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/monitor">MonITor blog series</a>. Please join the discussion on Twitter by using the <a href="http://twitter.com/hashtag/WellnessIT">#WellnessIT</a> hashtag.</em></p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25520</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Data Center</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Healthcare</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>True</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div> <div>Specialty</div> <div> <div><a href="/ambulatory-care" hreflang="en">Ambulatory Care</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/benefit-vs-cost-healthcare-vdi-deployments" data-title=".@CDWCorp's Tom Maloney weighs the pros and cons of #healthcare #VDI deployments" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/benefit-vs-cost-healthcare-vdi-deployments" data-title=".@CDWCorp's Tom Maloney weighs the pros and cons of #healthcare #VDI deployments" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fhealthtechmagazine.net%2Frss.xml" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/benefit-vs-cost-healthcare-vdi-deployments" data-title=".@CDWCorp's Tom Maloney weighs the pros and cons of #healthcare #VDI deployments" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>14</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/taxonomy/term/11386"><img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Tom_Maloney.jpg?itok=RfxRwXv5" width="58" height="58" alt="Tom Maloney" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/taxonomy/term/11386"> <div>Tom Maloney</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Tom Maloney is the Director of Sales for CDW Healthcare.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40391"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:48:20 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40391 at https://healthtechmagazine.net GetWellNetwork Integrates Tech to Help Providers Optimize Patient Engagement https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/getwellnetwork-integrates-tech-help-providers-optimize-patient-engagement <span>GetWellNetwork Integrates Tech to Help Providers Optimize Patient Engagement</span> <img src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/Q0118-HT-Feat-Delaney-HERO_0.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="GetWellNetwork’s care solutions enable patients to take a more active role in their care, President Scott Filion says." typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:24</span> <div><p><a href="http://www.massgeneral.org/about/pressrelease.aspx?id=2186">Research</a> shows that patients who are engaged and satisfied with their care are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital <strong>30 days after discharge</strong>. Yet for many organizations, such engagement remains a struggle.</p> <p>Improving engagement is the goal of <a href="https://www.getwellnetwork.com/">GetWellNetwork</a>, a Bethesda, Md., company that <strong>develops solutions specifically designed to optimize the patient experience</strong>, says President Scott Filion.</p> <p>Currently used by more than <strong>600 healthcare organizations worldwide</strong>, GetWellNetwork’s interactive suite of tools integrates with upward of <strong>1,000 IT systems</strong> — everything from electronic health records (EHRs) to environmental control systems — enabling patients to learn about their conditions and medications, order meals, watch movies, surf the web, change the temperature in their rooms and more.</p> <p>“The whole vision for GetWellNetwork is for patients to take a more active role in their care,” Filion says. “Hospitals have so much data. They have data on your insurance and your last four experiences and your labs. But what they don’t have is your voice. <strong>Our platform gives the patient a voice, and it allows the provider to hear that voice and integrate it into their care</strong>.”</p> <h2 id="toc_0">GetWellNetwork Improves the Patient Experience</h2> <p>While in graduate school at <a href="https://www.georgetown.edu/">Georgetown University</a> in <strong>1999</strong>, GetWellNetwork Founder and CEO Michael O’Neil was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. After surgery and <strong>four cycles of chemotherap</strong>y, he was cancer-free but traumatized by his experience, which <strong>fueled </strong><strong>creation</strong><strong> of the company in 2000</strong>.</p> <p>“<strong>I had excellent clinical care, but I felt as if it were being done to me instead of with me</strong>,” O’Neil says. “I was determined to make healthcare a better experience for other patients and their families.”</p> <p>The company’s tools are presented as tiles on a screen — often <strong>55- to 70-inch high-definition smart TVs</strong>, though organizations can use other types of devices, such as <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/Apple-9.7-inch-iPad-Wi-Fi-5th-generation-tablet-32-GB-9.7/4536377?pfm=srh">iPads</a> — mounted at the foot of a patient’s bed.</p> <p><img alt="Q0118-HT-Feat-Delaney-ScottFillon-quote.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Q0118-HT-Feat-Delaney-ScottFillon-quote.jpg" /></p> <p>The interface has different styles based on patient demographics. The teen interface, for instance, uses emoticons, while GetWell Town, for young patients, is a cartoon-based environment that replaces much of the text with pictures.</p> <p>“It helps providers <strong>engage patients at a singular level</strong> as opposed to a one-size-fits-all approach,” Filion says.</p> <p>The system gives patients the opportunity to communicate issues such as dietary restrictions, pain levels or the comfort of their rooms, and staff can address problems as they arise. Not only does that improve the patient experience, but it often translates into higher <a href="https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HospitalQualityInits/HospitalHCAHPS.html">Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems</a> (HCAHPS) patient satisfaction scores.</p> <p>Another GetWellNetwork feature is its Interactive Digital Whiteboard that integrates with a hospital’s real-time location services. It provides patients with their daily schedule, introduces staff as they walk into the room and logs which clinicians visited the patient.</p> <p>“It takes away that surprise when you’re sitting in a hospital with people coming in and out, and <strong>half the time you don’t know what they’re doing</strong>,” Filion says.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Medication Education Takes Center Stage</h2> <p><a href="https://www.carilionclinic.org/">Carilion Clinic</a> in Virginia rolled out the GetWell Inpatient interactive patient care system at <a href="https://www.carilionclinic.org/locations/carilion-roanoke-community-hospital">Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital</a> in September 2014 to engage patients in their healthcare. Every new patient watches a brief video welcoming them to the hospital, then <strong>staff </strong><strong>assign</strong><strong> other videos based on patients’ conditions, procedures, medications and other unique factors</strong>.</p> <p>“Activating and engaging patients and their families is critical so that they <strong>know how to take care of themselves when they’re home</strong>,” says Kathleen Baudreau, vice president of clinical advancement and patient safety at Carilion Clinic. “We have them for such short stays nowadays that the time that we have with them has to be utilized as efficiently as possible.”</p> <p>The clinical staff <strong>initiates a care pathway</strong> by assigning patients a medication education video through the Epic EHR. The system alerts the patient that a new video is available, and that he or she can watch it then or receive a reminder to watch it later.</p> <p>After the video, the patient answers questions to gauge comprehension, and the system notes in the EHR that the video has been completed. Patients can also manually select resources to review again, as needed.</p> <p><img alt="Q0118-HT-Feat-Delaney-elpunto.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Q0118-HT-Feat-Delaney-elpunto.jpg" /></p> <p>Another benefit is that the videos standardize messages, says Zachary Widner, business relationship director for <strong>Carilion’s Technology Services Group</strong>. When a caregiver has a full patient load and is in a crisis situation, he or she might not have time to explain all the nuances of a drug. With GetWellNetwork, the message, which is <strong>evidence-based and vetted by subject-matter experts</strong>, is the same in all circumstances.</p> <p>One focus area is helping patients and families understand the medications they are prescribed. Carilion’s elderly acute-care unit focused on educating patients about their medications, and as a result saw an improvement in its HCAHPS scores regarding medication communication within three months of implementing medication review.</p> <p>The rollout was so successful that <strong>Roanoke Memorial used it as a model for other units throughout the hospital</strong>. Patients can indicate if they would like bedside delivery of their discharge medications so they don’t need to stop at a pharmacy on the way home. It’s convenient for patients, and it lets providers know that patients will continue with their treatments when they leave, Baudreau says.</p> <p>“We work with everybody present to make sure that they understand what’s happening,” Widner says. “We’re looking at the whole continuum: Who cares for the patient when they leave our care? How do we make sure they understand everything?”</p> <p>In June,<strong> ­GetWellNetwork and Carilion began piloting a GetWell Go pathway for heart failure in two high-volume ambulatory clinics</strong>; GetWell Go enables patients to access information and interact with its <strong>50-plus care pathways</strong> outside the hospital, either through a mobile app or a patient portal.</p> <p>In addition to offering patients information about the condition, the pathway surveys them about their health. Based on their responses, it provides care instructions, including when to seek medical attention, and updates clinicians on their status. “GetWell Go provides a way to keep in touch with the patient and to have a consistent care plan,” Filion says.</p> <h2 id="toc_2">Tech Helps Hospitals Partner with Families on Care</h2> <p>Following a move in 2012 to a new facility with an updated infrastructure, leaders at the <a href="https://www.luriechildrens.org/en-us/Pages/index.aspx">Ann &amp; Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital</a> of Chicago chose to deploy GetWellNetwork tools. It initially went live with GetWell Inpatient, delivering information through two TVs in patient rooms: <strong>one to entertain children and the other for parents to access information and resources</strong>.</p> <p>The system worked so well that Lurie Children’s began looking for other ways it could meet its clinical goals. The nursing leadership in the hematology/oncology and surgical units had been exploring ways to manage pain with ongoing feedback from patients and their families.</p> <p><img alt="Q0118-HT-Feat-Delaney-Zak-quote.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Q0118-HT-Feat-Delaney-Zak-quote.jpg" /></p> <p>Two years later,<strong> Lurie Children's launched a multifaceted pain management program</strong> by integrating GetWellNetwork tools with both its EHR and automated medication dispensing systems.</p> <p>“They had a better perspective around how to present information, how to engage families and how to partner with the clinical team to create solutions to meet their needs,” says Suma Rao-Gupta, director of the Pedersen Family Learning Center &amp; Health Sciences Library at Lurie Children’s.</p> <p>The solutions have <strong>helped to create a culture shift around how the hospital approaches and partners with families on pain management</strong>.</p> <p>“You can’t measure that as well, but incorporating it into so many parts of the care process reinforces the message that pain is not this side topic,” Rao-Gupta says. “It’s meant to be something that’s constantly asked about, monitored and checked, and that you can modify with the technology. <strong>It is very much front and center</strong>.”</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT14P531</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Healthcare</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Original</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>Over 1000 words</div> </div> <div> <div>Specialty</div> <div> <div><a href="/hospitals" hreflang="en">Hospitals</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/getwellnetwork-integrates-tech-help-providers-optimize-patient-engagement" data-title="Learn how @CarilionClinic, @LurieChildrens made patient engagement top of mind with @GetWellNetwork’s suite of interactive patient tools" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/getwellnetwork-integrates-tech-help-providers-optimize-patient-engagement" data-title="Learn how @CarilionClinic, @LurieChildrens made patient engagement top of mind with @GetWellNetwork’s suite of interactive patient tools" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fhealthtechmagazine.net%2Frss.xml" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/getwellnetwork-integrates-tech-help-providers-optimize-patient-engagement" data-title="Learn how @CarilionClinic, @LurieChildrens made patient engagement top of mind with @GetWellNetwork’s suite of interactive patient tools" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>14</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/melissa-delaney"> <div>Melissa Delaney</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Melissa Delaney is a freelance journalist who specializes in business technology. She is a frequent contributor to the CDW family of technology magazines.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40386"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:24:36 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40386 at https://healthtechmagazine.net Fitbit Drives Better Health Outcomes with Twine Acquisition https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/fitbit-drives-better-health-outcomes-twine-acquisition <span>Fitbit Drives Better Health Outcomes with Twine Acquisition</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:46</span> <div><p>While <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/Fitbit-Charge-2-silver-activity-tracker-with-band-black-silver/4296298?pfm=srh">Fitbit</a> has long been helping wearers to <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/08/all-wrist-biometric-trackers-give-doctors-jump-patient-care">measure their steps and track heart rate</a>, the tech may now go one step further in helping users live healthier lives. The biometric tracker company announced on Feb. 13 that it would acquire Twine Health, a coaching platform that aims to help people improve health outcomes and lower care costs for payers, providers and health systems.</p> <p>"A HIPAA-compliant connected health platform, Twine Health delivers an engaging and user-friendly experience to help people <strong>manage chronic conditions</strong>, such as diabetes and hypertension, and aid in lifestyle interventions, such as <strong>weight loss and smoking cessation</strong>, by making it easy for care teams of providers, coaches, friends and family to collaborate on care plans," says a <a href="https://investor.fitbit.com/press/press-releases/press-release-details/2018/Fitbit-Inc-to-Acquire-Twine-Health/default.aspx">statement announcing the acquisition</a>.</p> <p>The platform offers a "scalable" approach, which <strong>allows one coach to work with a number of patients to reach their health goals</strong>.</p> <p>“Twine Health has delivered powerful results for patients managing conditions like diabetes and hypertension — two key focus areas for Fitbit, which together affect approximately <strong>105 million people</strong> in the U.S. alone. When combined with our decade-plus of experience empowering millions of consumers to take control of their health and wellness, we believe we can help build stronger connections between people and their care teams by removing some of the most difficult barriers to behavior change,” James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit, said in the statement. “Together, we can help healthcare providers better support patients beyond the walls of the clinical environment, which can lead to better health outcomes and ultimately, lower medical costs.”</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25520</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Mobility</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Healthcare</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>Under 300 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/fitbit-drives-better-health-outcomes-twine-acquisition" data-title=".@Fitbit looks to pair wearers with coaches with @Twinehealth acquisition #healthIT" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/fitbit-drives-better-health-outcomes-twine-acquisition" data-title=".@Fitbit looks to pair wearers with coaches with @Twinehealth acquisition #healthIT" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fhealthtechmagazine.net%2Frss.xml" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/02/fitbit-drives-better-health-outcomes-twine-acquisition" data-title=".@Fitbit looks to pair wearers with coaches with @Twinehealth acquisition #healthIT" data-via="CDW_Healthcare" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>14</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/healthtech-staff"> <div>HealthTech Staff</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40376"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:46:03 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 40376 at https://healthtechmagazine.net HIMSS 2018 https://healthtechmagazine.net/himss-2018 <span>HIMSS 2018</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:21</span> <div><p>Follow <em>HealthTech</em>'s coverage of the <strong>2018 HIMSS Annual Conference &amp; 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While innovative tools such as <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/08/all-wrist-biometric-trackers-give-doctors-jump-patient-care">wearables</a> and <a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2017/08/how-virtual-reality-improves-senior-living">virtual reality headsets</a> hold promise for helping aging Americans live fuller, safer and healthier lives, such devices can <strong>sometimes seem less user-friendly for older individuals</strong>, leaving senior care organizations with uncertainty about their technology strategies.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.thrivecenterky.org/">Thrive Center</a> aims to provide clarity to seniors and the industry.</p> <p>The Louisville, Ky.-based nonprofit ­center, which <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/pressrelease/thrive-innovation-center-announces-grand-opening">opened in November 2017</a>, is a <strong>7,400-square-foot space</strong> <strong>that showcases cutting-edge technology and provides education aimed at improving the quality of life and care for the elderly</strong>.</p> <p>The facility features interactive technology exhibits, event spaces and conference rooms and is a place for <strong>tech companies, senior care providers, academic researchers and the public to collaborate and learn from each other</strong>, says Sheri Rose, the ­center’s CEO and executive director.</p> <p>“We want to be a hub of innovation focused on aging care and bring in senior care providers who are looking to adopt the technology, but also seniors who are ultimately impacted by the technology innovation,” she says.</p> <p>Established tech companies and startups, for example, can <strong>show their wares and receive feedback from seniors</strong> and interact with healthcare providers in search of innovative solutions. What’s more, seniors can discover technology that will let them live independently, such as smart home sensors that allow family to track and monitor them remotely.</p> <p>Assisted-living facilities can also learn about technology that helps residents flourish in their environment, such as customized <strong>tablets, music therapy or special headphones</strong> designed to both improve hearing and allow seniors to participate in group activities.</p> <p>In the future, organizers want to hold lectures on the latest research on aging and provide educational classes for seniors and their families, from how to create quick, healthy meals to strategies on how family caregivers can cope with dementia and other age-related issues.</p> <p>“<strong>The potential for the Thrive Center is unlimited</strong>,” says Joseph Steier, President and CEO of <a href="http://www.ltcrevolution.com/">Signature HealthCARE</a>, a Louisville-based healthcare and rehabilitation company with <strong>125 locations in 11 states</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/register?newsletter" target="_blank"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>HealthTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">A Peek at State-of-the-Art Technology</h2> <p>The Thrive Center is funded by more than <strong>$2 million</strong>, including grants awarded by both local and state government organizations as well as in-kind donations from technology companies and Louisville-based senior and home care companies such as Signature HealthCARE, <a href="https://www.deltadental.com/">Delta Dental</a>, <a href="https://www.kindredhealthcare.com/">Kindred Healthcare</a>, <a href="https://www.hosparushealth.org/">Hosparus Health</a>, <a href="http://www.pharmerica.com/">PharMerica</a> and others.</p> <p>From <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/samsung.html">Samsung</a> <strong>digital displays</strong> and a <strong>video wall</strong> that shows educational content to tablets, <strong>VR headsets</strong> and <strong>wearables</strong> that provide visitors with hands-on experiences, Thrive teems with state-of-the-art technology.</p> <p><img alt="Q0118-HT-Feat-Wong-elpunto_0.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Q0118-HT-Feat-Wong-elpunto_0.jpg" /></p> <p>Engineers from <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/healthcare.aspx">CDW Healthcare</a>, the center’s <strong>official technology sponsor</strong>, consulted on the architecture and the installation of the technology and IT infrastructure, including <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/Tripp-Lite-Cat6-Gigabit-Snagless-Molded-Patch-Cable-RJ45-M-M-Blue-15ft/2758178?pfm=srh">CAT 6 cabling</a> and <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/HPE-wireless-access-point/4360425?pfm=srh">HPE Aruba Wi-Fi access points</a>. CDW Healthcare also was instrumental in the installation and configuration of a Lenovo server that runs the center’s business applications and a few exhibits. Intel Unite OS-agnostic presentation software allows the Thrive Center to hold videoconferences, and also enables visitors to display presentations during scheduled events.</p> <p><strong>CDW Healthcare also helped recruit many tech vendors to take part in the project</strong>. Samsung, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/hpenterprise.html">HPE Aruba</a>, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/intel-interstitial.html">Intel</a> and <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/lenovo-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Lenovo">Lenovo</a> <strong>all donated technology</strong>; Lenovo also provided desktops and notebooks to the staff. Humanscale equipped the center with desks and chairs, and <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/ergotron.html?enkwrd=Ergotron">Ergotron</a> donated display mounts and tablet charging carts.</p> <p>As visitors immerse themselves in the technologies at the center, they also learn about the importance of IT infrastructure required to power those technologies, Rose says.</p> <p>“In the back of the Thrive Center, we tell the story of the importance of infrastructure,” says Rose. “<strong>If you are building a senior care facility, you need a proper foundation in place</strong> — internet access and Wi-Fi capability — so these innovative technologies and smart applications can work. Our data room is called the <strong>CDW Technology Enrichment Center</strong>, known as the brains of the facility.”</p> <p>Historically, senior care organizations have been reluctant to invest in technology; their support and donations for the Thrive Center show recognition of the need to provide residents with more tech-enabled environments, says Laurie Orlov, principal analyst of <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blogs/laurie-orlov">Aging in Place Technology Watch</a>. “<strong>There is big pressure for senior living communities to put technology in</strong>,” Orlov says. “They need to provide Wi-Fi because people will move in with devices and they’ll want to have access.”</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Tech Maximizes Memory Care at the Thrive Center</h2> <p>The Thrive Center showcases more than a dozen interactive experiences, and will focus on different aging themes <strong>every eight to 12 months</strong>. Because the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease is <a href="http://www.prb.org/Publications/Media-Guides/2016/aging-unitedstates-fact-sheet.aspx">expected</a> to <strong>nearly triple by 2050</strong>, from about <strong>five million individuals today to 14 million</strong>, the center chose to put its initial focus on memory care and dementia.</p> <p>“We challenged the tech companies to come up with use cases for their technology that applied to memory,” Rose says. Some technologies focus on the safety of residents, while others focus on helping the elderly stay more active and engaged, which can <strong>improve their overall well-being</strong>.</p> <p>For example, tech startup <a href="https://500.co/startup/piper/">Piper</a> touts <strong>wearables and beacons</strong> that family members and senior living facilities can use to track the location of seniors to make sure they don’t wander out of their home or living facility.</p> <p>A Samsung Smart Home <strong>features smart appliances and sensors</strong> that show if windows and doors are open, how often seniors open their refrigerator and pantry (to make sure they are eating) and how often they use the bathroom (to make sure they are not dehydrated).</p> <p>“<strong>Adult children can log on to a smartphone app and monitor their parents</strong>, so they can see their parents’ movements and make sure they didn’t leave the oven on or a window open,” Rose says. <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/BREEZIE-TABLET-SVC-SUB-P-USR-2Y/3839563?pfm=srh">Breezie tablets</a> offer an easy-to-use, senior-friendly interface that <strong>helps older adults stay connected to their families</strong>, and also provides entertainment.</p> <p>“These technologies are not only engaging, but <strong>can also be therapeutic for seniors</strong>,” Rose says.</p> <p><strong>Visitors to the Thrive Center can also test VR headsets</strong>. The technology can assist vision-impaired elderly, such as those with macular degeneration, to magnify, zoom in and see the world around them. VR can also be used to manage pain and anxiety levels for seniors with dementia by having them experience a calming beach scene.</p> <p><a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/SINGFIT-PRIME-OL-TRANING-COMM-LIC-1Y/4455922?pfm=srh">SingFit</a> <strong>allows individuals suffering from dementia to sing along with old songs while exercising the mind and body</strong>. “The music can stimulate the neurons in their brains as they sing and increase oxygen levels through body movement,” Rose says. “It <strong>impacts their mood and allows them to go back in time</strong> and say, ‘I remember when that song came out and where I was.’”</p> <h2 id="toc_2">The Thrive Center Keeps Pace with Innovation</h2> <p><a href="https://healthtechmagazine.net/author/ginna-baik">Ginna Baik</a>, senior care practice leader for CDW Healthcare, is optimistic that <strong>the Thrive Center will make good on its promise to innovate and transform the quality of life and care for seniors because of its many programs in the works</strong>.</p> <p>In addition to educational programs, the center plans to hold <strong>executive leadership forums</strong>, so senior care provider executives can discuss solutions they need; the center then can bring in tech companies to help resolve those issues.<br /><img alt="Q0118-HT-Feat-Wong-quote.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Q0118-HT-Feat-Wong-quote.jpg" /></p> <p>The Thrive Center also plans to hold <strong>consumer advisory panels</strong> so seniors can test products under development. Researchers will be able to observe those tests and measure effectiveness.</p> <p>“We want to talk about what a 21st-century senior care community looks like and drive thought leadership, and this is a place where we can have that conversation,” Baik says.</p> <p>Steier, who also serves on the Thrive Center’s board of directors, agrees that collaboration is a huge benefit. The ability for senior care providers to not only work with each other and with tech companies, but also get feedback from consumers, will take the guesswork out of innovation, he says.</p> <p>“All the companies feel this can be a game changer,” Steier says. <strong>By investing in the right technologies, Signature HealthCARE hopes to improve customer satisfaction by 5 to 10 percent in the coming years</strong>, Steier says.</p> <p>Rose and the rest of the Thrive Center’s board of directors are already discussing other topics the center will focus on in the future. Chronic disease, isolation, depression and the importance of socialization, as well as advanced end-of-life care represent a few possibilities, she says.</p> <p>As the themes change, <strong>the technology showcased will change</strong>, Rose says.</p> <p>“It’s like a museum. We have to stay relevant,” she says. “One day, I want someone to say, ‘I’ve been to the Thrive Center,’ and I’ll say, ‘You saw it when it was about memory. 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