Technology and Patient Care

What Does Telehealth Look Like After the Pandemic?

Jennifer Humbert, AVP of telemedicine development and virtual inpatient monitoring, Ochsner CareConnect 360

When the pandemic blocked the normal channels of consumer access to healthcare, physicians’ groups, hospitals, and health systems around the country scrambled to establish or expand their telehealth capabilities. The question is, what happens next? What is the roadmap to scale and improve telehealth while the pandemic still rages, and what is the plan when Read More

COVID Has Pushed Technology, Including Chatbots, to the Forefront

“There’s no doubt that recent circumstances surrounding COVID-19 have reshaped the way hospitals and healthcare facilities connect with their patients,” says James Ramey of DeviceBits. “Shelter-in-place ordinances and stay-at-home mandates have forced many provider organizations to rely on technologies like chatbots and knowledge management tools that use artificial intelligence (AI) with machine learning (ML) to Read More

How Are Healthcare Organizations Preparing for a Post-COVID World?

Jenny Walker, director of digital engagement at CHRISTUS Health

Today’s environment is incredibly challenging for healthcare leaders, as the pressures and changes brought by COVID-19 have impacted the way they plan and implement marketing/communications within their organizations. Many have been asked to “do more with less,” but what does this mean? And how can organizations prepare for a post-COVID future rife with unknowns? Jenny Read More

Inherent (and Dangerous) Racism in Medical Algorithms

“In 2019, Optum’s medical algorithms were flagged for underestimating the needs of the sickest Black patients in its system,” writes Ndome Yvonne Essoka. “Hospitals and insurers all over the country use these algorithms daily to make healthcare decisions for hundreds of millions of Americans in the U.S. each year. The error highlighted flaws within healthcare Read More

Turning a Chatbot Into a Lifeline During COVID-19

Richard Rinaudot, digital marketing director for Adventist HealthCare

When Adventist HealthCare, a three-hospital system based in Gaithersburg, Maryland deployed a chatbot on its website in late 2018, it did so to connect with two distinct audiences. First, it asked the chatbot to give moms-to-be answers to their pregnancy and childbirth-related questions. Next, Adventist used the chatbot to provide customer support for the August Read More

Chatbots Reshape the Way COVID-19 Era Healthcare Facilities and Hospitals Connect with Patients

// By James Ramey // There’s no doubt that recent circumstances surrounding COVID-19 have reshaped the way hospitals and healthcare facilities connect with their patients. Shelter-in-place ordinances and stay-at-home mandates have forced many provider organizations to rely on technologies like chatbots and knowledge management tools that use artificial intelligence (AI) with machine learning (ML) to Read More

Navigating the New Marketing Normal

// By Marlene Kurban // Today’s environment is incredibly challenging for healthcare leaders, as the pressures and changes brought by COVID-19 have impacted the way they plan and implement marketing/communications within their organizations. Many have been asked to “do more with less,” but what does this mean and how can organizations prepare for a post-COVID Read More

How To Scale Your Telemedicine Program

Annie Haarmann, senior director of healthcare strategy, Reputation.com

COVID-19 brought about the explosion of telemedicine for obvious reasons — quick and convenient access between patient and provider, maintaining patient load to prevent appointment cancellations, and — most important — safety for both patients and providers. “Why would I want to go to a doctor’s office now if I don’t have to?” is today’s Read More

Medical Algorithm Technology and Its Fatal Flaw: An Implicit Bias

// By Ndome Yvonne Essoka // In 2019, Optum’s medical algorithms were flagged for underestimating the needs of the sickest Black patients in its system. Hospitals and insurers all over the country use these algorithms daily to make healthcare decisions for hundreds of millions of Americans in the U.S. each year. The error highlighted flaws Read More

How a Chatbot Helped Adventist HealthCare Connect With Patients During COVID-19

Kyle Hardner

// By Kyle Hardner // When Adventist HealthCare, a three-hospital system based in Gaithersburg, Maryland deployed a chatbot on its website in late 2018, it did so to connect with two distinct audiences. First, it asked the chatbot to give moms-to-be answers to their pregnancy and childbirth-related questions. Next, Adventist used the chatbot to provide Read More

Solving the Problem of Getting Timely Info to Physicians

If you’ve ever used Microsoft Office, you’re familiar with the ribbon — the horizontal toolbar at the top of the document loaded with icons that make it easy for users to change things like fonts, formatting, colors, layouts, and alignment with a single click. Now take that same concept and drop it into the electronic Read More

How COVID-19 Has Put Technology Roadmaps on a Fast Track

Ask the Expert, with Bryce Cannon, President of Modea // By Jane Weber Brubaker // The pandemic has taken a toll on every aspect of our lives for the past several months. As health systems have scrambled to meet the needs of their communities, technology projects that may have been nice to have down the Read More

Telemedicine – Zooming to New Heights

Virtual care is here to stay. // By Marcia Simon, APR // COVID-19 brought about the explosion of telemedicine for obvious reasons — quick and convenient access between patient and provider, maintaining patient load to prevent appointment cancellations, and — most important — safety for both patients and providers. “Why would I want to go Read More

Restarting Elective Procedures in an Orderly and Efficient Way

Hitting the pause button on elective procedures has resulted in deep financial losses across all U.S. health systems, and they now face immense pressure to recover financially, as quickly as possible. In Ohio, nonessential elective procedures stopped on March 18 and didn’t reopen until May 1. Even now, only elective procedures that do not require Read More

New Technology Provides Real Solutions In Real Time

Unity Stoakes, co-founder, president, and managing partner of StartUp Health

The COVID-19 pandemic brought health system leaders a myriad of brand-new questions, and precious little time to find solutions. How can we effectively triage COVID-19 patients? How can we predict COVID-19’s impact on our health system going forward? How can we estimate our capacity for elective surgeries and other vital services when the time comes? Read More

Three Technologies That Healthcare Turned To in 2020

// By Sachin Kalra // Our reality has been split in two by the coronavirus pandemic. There is the reality of what was important pre-coronavirus and what is important now. It has forced a rapid rethink of priorities, as medical institutions try to save as many lives as they can while dealing with pressures that Read More

Where Do We Go From Here? Community Ties Are Vital.

Jean Hitchcock, president of Hitchcock Marketing and Communications

If there’s a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, it is that there appears to be renewed respect between communities and the hospitals that serve them. “A lot of healthcare providers have suffered from the loss of their leading roles in their communities,” says Jean Hitchcock, president of Hitchcock Marketing and Communications in Woodstock, Read More

This Is Telehealth’s Moment: Is Your Organization Prepared?

Jeff Sargent, director of virtual health at Connecticut Children’s

As healthcare consumers nationwide are still being urged to stay home when possible, the surge in demand for virtual visits has provider organizations nationwide scrambling to scale up telehealth capabilities if they have them — or stand them up if not. What does it take to completely change the way you deliver care, practically overnight? Read More

Pregnancy Prep Classes Move Online During Pandemic

Debbie Young, customer relations manager at InJoy

Not long after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 hit the United States, hospitals began to cancel on-site programs and events, particularly those for at-risk populations. Expectant mothers are among the group of people considered to be vulnerable to the coronavirus because their immune system is compromised while they’re pregnant. According to the CDC: “Pregnant Read More

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