Technology and Patient Care

How Jefferson Health Is Successfully Leveraging Telehealth

Frank Sites, vice president of Connected Care operations at Jefferson Health

In an address to the Alliance for Connected Care Telehealth Policy Forum in 2018, CMS administrator Seema Verma said, “Telehealth is changing the very face of healthcare.” She’s right. Studies have found that telehealth programs have reduced 30-day hospital readmission rates for heart failure patients, sped up the time to treatment for patients experiencing a Read More

Perficient Acquires MedTouch: What It Means for Healthcare Providers

Jared Johnson

Ask the Expert, with Paul Griffiths, General Manager, Digital Health Solutions, Perficient // By Jared Johnson // On January 6, Perficient, a leading digital transformation consulting firm serving Global 2000 and other large enterprise customers, announced the acquisition of MedTouch, an award-winning, digital healthcare marketing and technology consultancy. Paul Griffiths, former chairman and CEO of Read More

Google’s Plans for Improving Healthcare

As technology giants Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and others forge ahead with plans to improve healthcare, many in the industry are wondering just what they plan to do and how they plan to do it. David Feinberg, MD, vice president of Google Health and former president and CEO of Geisinger in Pennsylvania, discussed Google’s plans during Read More

How Your Mobile App Can Help Patients Find Their Way – Literally

Katie Logan, chief consumer officer, Piedmont Healthcare

Finding your way around a labyrinth of hospital hallways can be stressful, especially if you’re an outpatient rushing to a test, or a visitor looking for a sick loved one’s room. Even finding the cafeteria for a quick cup of coffee can be aggravating when you don’t know where you’re going and have only a Read More

Google Health Chief Outlines Multi-Pronged Plan to Improve Healthcare

Jim-Samuel

// By Jim Samuel // How Google plans to use technology to improve patients’ lives around the world As technology giants Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and others forge ahead with plans to improve healthcare, many in the industry are wondering just what they plan to do and how they plan to do it. David Feinberg, MD, Read More

What Can Influencers Tell Us About Our Industry?

Jane Weber Brubaker

Each year, Modern Healthcare honors 100 influential healthcare leaders, voted to the list by their peers and senior editors of the publication. What are these leaders doing to help the industry move forward? What is the impact of their leadership initiatives on their own organizations and on the industry as a whole? Beyond checking to Read More

Looking Outside Your Organization To Drive Innovation

Sara Vaezy, chief digital strategy and business development officer, Providence St. Joseph Health

Much of healthcare innovation these days seems to be focused within organizations — hospitals striving to improve their patient experiences or make access to their healthcare simpler and easier. But at Providence St. Joseph Health, a 51-hospital system that spans seven states, innovation comes in many different forms and has far-reaching effects beyond the walls Read More

New Mobile App Increases Engagement and Access

Shane Davis, director of information technology at Hardtner Medical Center

In early 2018, the team at Hardtner Medical Center was searching for an innovative way to engage patients and increase usage of its patient portal. It had tried emails, advertisements, flyers — even billboards. But one tactic it hadn’t tried yet was a mobile app. “We needed to figure out a better way to promote Read More

Hardtner Medical Center Opens New Digital Front Door in Rural Louisiana

// By Melanie Graham // In early 2018, the team at Hardtner Medical Center was searching for an innovative way to engage patients and increase usage of its patient portal. It had tried emails, advertisements, flyers — even billboards. But one tactic it hadn’t tried yet was a mobile app. “We needed to figure out Read More

How Your System Can Leverage the Benefits of Voice

Nate Treloar, president and COO, Orbita

Over the past 25 years, healthcare marketers have experienced several waves of digital disruption, from the adoption of the web to SEO, social media, and mobile devices. The latest wave? Voice. But voice assistants are not just a trendy marketing tool — they can provide many benefits for patients, health systems, and clinicians: Patients are Read More

An EHR Solution Designed with Doctors in Mind

Doug Cusick, president and CEO, TransformativeMed

Electronic health records (EHR) have changed the way the healthcare industry works. In the 10 years since then-president Barack Obama signed a law to accelerate digitization of health records, hospital EHR adoption has increased from 9 percent to 96 percent, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Despite high Read More

How Health Systems Can Prepare for the Voice-First Future

// By Melanie Graham // Over the past 25 years, healthcare marketers have experienced several waves of digital disruption, from the adoption of the web to SEO, social media, and mobile devices. The latest wave? Voice. But voice assistants are not just a trendy marketing tool — they can provide many benefits for patients, health Read More

Reworking the EHR at VCU: Designing for the People Who Practice Medicine

Rodrigo Martinez, MD, chief clinical officer, TransformativeMed

// By Althea Fung // Electronic health records (EHR) have changed the way the healthcare industry works. In the 10 years since then-president Barack Obama signed a law to accelerate digitization of health records, hospital EHR adoption has increased from 9 percent to 96 percent, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Read More

When Will Healthcare Be Ready for 5G?

Larry Kaiser, vice president of marketing and communications, Optimum Healthcare IT

// By Jared Johnson // As healthcare’s digital transformation continues, many providers and patients are beginning to dig into what 5G can bring. Industry leaders seem to be in general agreement that 5G will bring new opportunities to deliver on some of digital health’s revolutionary promises, but that we are still years away from devices Read More

A New Plus of Telehealth: Reducing Physician Burnout

Michael Farrell, senior vice president of hospitals and health systems, MDLIVE

Consumers want faster access to healthcare, providers want to improve the patient relationship, and reimbursement rates for telemedicine are getting better. Combine these factors and it becomes clear — telemedicine is going mainstream. Telemedicine claims have increased 624 percent from 2014 to 2018, according to FAIR Health, a nonprofit healthcare data collection company. Most of Read More

Telemedicine at Yale New Haven Health: Letting Patients Make the Call

// By Marcia Simon, APR // Consumers want faster access to healthcare, providers want to improve the patient relationship, and reimbursement rates for telemedicine are getting better. Combine these factors and it becomes clear — telemedicine is going mainstream. Telemedicine claims have increased 624 percent from 2014 to 2018, according to FAIR Health, a nonprofit Read More

The Push for Healthcare Price Transparency

Jane Weber Brubaker

In a TED Talk earlier this year, Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts.com, describes a situation that is all too familiar. Three members of her family had minor surgery, comparable in scope, each requiring about half an hour. The bills, just looking at anesthesia, ranged from $2,000 to $6,000. “It got me thinking,” she Read More

Price Transparency: Helping People Shop for “Shoppable” Services

Jane Weber Brubaker

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // In a TED Talk earlier this year, Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts.com, describes a situation that is all too familiar. Three members of her family had minor surgery, comparable in scope, each requiring about a half an hour. The bills, just looking at anesthesia, ranged from $2,000 Read More

Transparency: Consumers Have a Right to Know

Danny Fell

// By Daniel Fell // Should consumers choose doctors and hospitals based on how many stars they have? If not, then what information should consumers and patients use in determining where to go for healthcare services? Rating healthcare providers by the number of stars they have may be overly simplistic, but the majority of consumers Read More

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