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When the University of Pennsylvania Health System sought new patients for its lung transplant service last year, it turned to Facebook and Google.
The results of the $20,000 advertising campaign on the websites exceeded administrators' expectations.
During a few weeks in August and September, more than 4,600 people clicked on the ads and 36 people made appointments for consultations. One of those is now on the hospital’
While some disagree on the right approach to transform our healthcare system, most will agree that patients must remain at the core. In order to deliver on the promise of more affordable, convenient care, healthcare decision makers should look at every decision with the patient at the center. How patients experience health reform over the next few years will be the measuring stick of health reform success.To date, progress has been made in a few areas but we still stand removed from a truly patient-centric healthcare system. To meet this objective, more should be done with patient data – from how it moves within the healthcare system, to how
The electronic medical record (EMR) is here to stay. Its adoption was initially slow, but over the past decade those hospitals that do not already have it are making plans for implementing it. On the whole this represents progress: the EMR has the ability to greatly improve patient care. Physicians, as well as all other caregivers, no longer have to puzzle over barely legible handwritten notes or flip through pages and pages of a patient’s paper chart to find important information.With the EMR, it is easy to see what medications a patient is taking, when they were started, and when they were stopped. Physicians can easily find key vital signs
You want a vision for the future of health care? Donât look to policymakers and regulators. Look to innovators and innovations. Look to San Diegoâs wireless mesas and San Franciscoâs silicon valleys. Look at Scanaduâs protean medical Tricorder. They get it, and itâs awesome. Watch their one-and-a-half-minute video before reading on.
Scanaduâs vision embraces patient-centric healthcare as a personal information service
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With the intent to both improve and expand the use of health information technologies – by no means limited to EHRs – Johns Hopkins has introduced a new center focusing on population health IT.
To create the Johns Hopkins Center for Population Health IT (CPHIT), the school essentially rolled together faculty concentrating on public health, medicine, informatics, computer science, business and systems engineering.
“We are currently witnessing the most expansive digitalization of health care in history,” said Jonathan Weiner, CPHIT's director, in a statement. “Over the coming decade, electronic health records, personal health records
A few weeks ago, with a combination of alarm and excitement, I realized that I would be presenting my research about rare-disease communities to a roomful, not just a row full, of actual rare-disease patients and caregivers.
This was no academic exercise. It was as if I had painted their portrait and shown it with confidence to other audiences, but that day I’d hear from the portrait’s subjects. Would they see the likeness?
Now, a team of data experts at MetroHealth Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic Innovations spinoff company Explorys has shown just how powerful such medical records can be: In three months, they've replicated a major medical study that took a Norwegian team 14 years to research and report. And they've done it at a fraction of the cost, with a sample about 40 times as large.
The local effort, led by MetroHealth Chief Medical Informatics Officer Dr. David Kaelber, was possible because of Explorys'
I’m a geek and you know how much I support the inclusion of digital technologies in medicine, healthcare and medical education. At the same time, I always highlight the fact that doctors will be needed for practicing medicine, robots cannot do their job. I know Vinod Khosla thinks otherwise.Now, after watching the video demonstration of how Watson could help a clinician, I have doubts about a future. We will see how it gets integrated in everyday medicine. I support the IBM Watson project very much, but I hope medical professionals, humans, will always play the major role in the practice of medicine.
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