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How Technology Continues to Change the Health Sector

How Technology Continues to Change the Health Sector

Thanks to the latest health care technologies, more people are living longer, healthier and happier lives. This is a trend that is continuing to affect more people's lives around the world as the latest online, mobile and smart technologies...





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IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Is the IoT Infiltrating the Healthcare Industry?

November 14, 2017 No Comments

with Mohamed Shishani, Schneider ElectricIn this interview, Mohamed Shishani discusses how healthcare organizations are implementing new technologies to improve power management capabilities in their facilities, and the impact this has on patient care. Read More >>>

Predictive Scheduling Solutions May Save Healthcare Providers Billions of Dollars

October 31, 2017 No Comments

Incidents of patient no show are more common than you might think, and they can come with a hefty price tag for healthcare providers. As many as 15 percent of appointments that are made result in a no show and it’s been suggested that as many as 40 percent of a day’s bookings can result in a missed appointment. Not only does this pose an enormous inconvenience to providers who already have to put in substantial effort to keep appointments in order, but the ultimate loss of revenue can be enormous.

Teaching Hospitals May Provide Better Care for Patients

October 23, 2017 No Comments

The medical industry is just one field that is benefiting thousands of people from its newfound developments and incorporations of technology and big data. Doctors and hospitals are using these new advancements in technology, big data and artificial intelligence to find more effective ways to give patients the care they need.

How Big Data is Changing Medicine

October 3, 2017 No Comments

Big data is starting to change our world in a number of exciting ways. In recent years, big data has been used for many different purposes, including to track the spread of infectious diseases and played a pivotal role in helping aid agencies to get ahead of an Ebola outbreak in Western Africa.

The Future of Medicine: Medical Microchips

August 21, 2017 No Comments

The phrase “medical microchips” may elicit a science fiction-esque sense of imaginative fancy, but as healthcare technology advances, use of such devices becomes more and more plausible. Medical professionals have been working to interface with the human brain for years using electroencephalography, but now comes the opportunity to track and interact with brain waves on a more intimate level.

Using Technology to Ease Change Management in Healthcare Organizations

August 2, 2017 No Comments

Healthcare organizations can increase the odds of successful integrations that result in greater agility decrease their cost base, and improve the quality of care they provide.

Modern Healthcare Cloud Solutions Designed for Best Practices

August 2, 2017 No Comments

Explore this actigraphic to see if your organization is on the right track for tackling these healthcare cloud issues.

Doing the Math to Reduce Wasted Time for Healthcare Delivery

August 2, 2017 No Comments

Excellent service processes are fast processes — this is the universal truth of service operations. Just as the water level in the bay hides the rocks from visibility, high levels of inventory mask underlying problems in manufacturing or logistics. Extending the analogy to service, long process times mask all kinds of service inefficiencies, such as incorrect order entry, insufficient resources, and errors in processing individual steps in the service journey. Increasing the velocity of a service process is akin to lowering the water level in the bay in order to expose the “rocks” that need to be tackled. Speed really does matter.

Technology That Is Changing the Nature of Medicine

July 10, 2017 No Comments

The field of biomedical research is huge and ever expanding. As industry, in particular, the tech industry, contributes more and more funding and patents for medical firms to use, there are now technologies available that were completely unthinkable just a few decades ago. Technology has had an impact on the medical field in other less direct ways too, from the ability to study for nursing degrees remotely and even consult with patients remotely using webcams.

10 Tech Pointers Hospitals Can Reduce Length of Stay for Their Patients

June 22, 2017 No Comments

Hospital administrations have set their sights on reducing patient length of stay (LOS), both because of changing reimbursement requirements and the fact that reducing LOS can also decrease the number of hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), which have payment reductions of their own. These efforts have led to a flurry of research into factors that impact LOS and how to address them. However, due to the diversity of patient conditions, much of the literature focuses on a very specific class of patient (e.g., patients with acute kidney damage). Beyond those two factors, though, there are several general operational considerations that have an impact on LOS and are more straightforward to address.

Medical Device Recalls Not Slowing Down: Here Are Some of the Biggest From 2016

June 22, 2017 No Comments

While healthcare technology continues to help facilities move ahead in leaps and bounds, and medical devices save lives by the millions every year and make life more comfortable for many patients, there are certain risks to keep in mind too. In particular, in recent times it seems like more medical devices than ever have been recalled by the FDA. That is because, in fact, according to a 2016 third-quarter report from the Stericycle ExpertSolutions Recall Index, recalls rose in that quarter, and the number happened to be the highest observed since the year 2000.

How Big Data Can Affect Healthcare

June 7, 2017 No Comments

Big data, the byproduct of modern technology, has been playing a significant role in improving the quality of care and transforming the healthcare industry. Big data holds a lot of potential for the benefit of the healthcare industry. Since this data is generated from real-life medical and healthcare cases and not from any theoretical or hypothetical assumptions, it can be used as an effective instrument in drug administration, healthcare management, population healthcare, telemedicine as well as in precision medicine and preemptive care.

A Look at How Technology Is Helping Addicts

June 7, 2017 No Comments

Addiction is something that people from all walks of life face. Mothers, sons, and grandmothers alike can all fall victim to this growing problem. Drugs and alcohol are just a few of the addictions that people suffer from. Many years ago, these problems were thought to be simply bad choices. Now, doctors and other healthcare professionals are realizing that addiction is more complicated than that. With a changing attitude comes hope. In today’s world, people are using technology to combat addiction. Below are just a few ways that technology is helping addicts recover.

Improving Operational Efficiency in Healthcare

June 6, 2017 No Comments

The notion of improving operational efficiency is conspicuously absent from the healthcare debate — neither Obamacare nor the newly proposed GOP plan discusses the impact that a step-function improvement in efficiency could have on access to healthcare (through more capacity), quality of healthcare services (through reduced wait times for patients) or cost (through better utilization of scarce, expensive assets).

Moving Beyond Dashboards for Healthcare IT

May 25, 2017 No Comments

Add “travel agent” to the list of things that have gradually receded from our consciousness, along with pay phones and brick-and-mortar retail stores. One needn’t look far to see the humble travel agent’s replacement: hundreds of websites and mobile applications from which one can research options, read reviews and make reservations. In the next few years, though, even those websites and apps may face the same fate as your neighborhood travel agent.

What Machine Learning Can Do For Healthcare

May 9, 2017 No Comments

With the help of machine learning, some of the most exciting and promising improvements within the healthcare industry are just beginning to happen. In addition to helping healthcare professionals improve the diagnosis and care of patients, machine learning can also provide individuals with the technology to better care for themselves. As healthcare facilities and professionals work to apply these advances within machine learning to the healthcare industry, they can expect to see motivated patients, filled staff vacancies, improved facility efficiency, reduced money expenditures, and projected patient admissions.

How Data Science Is Transforming Cancer Treatment Scheduling

April 27, 2017 No Comments

Anyone who has ever had the misfortune of dealing with a cancer diagnosis — either personally or as a caregiver to a friend or loved one — must have at some point wondered why they invariably had to wait well past their treatment appointment time, every time. The root cause is that the healthcare scheduling system is broken. Healthcare providers are using a calculator, spreadsheets and standard electronic health record (EHR) templates to solve a math problem that demands a cluster of servers and data scientists to solve effectively.

Using Predictive Analytics to Avoid Hospital Layoffs

March 10, 2017 No Comments

It seems as if news about another hospital laying off workers — or worse, closing — hits the news every day; at last count, 21 hospitals stopped treating patients in 2016. Hospitals and healthcare systems across the country, including some of the largest, laid off thousands of employees. In November 2016 alone, 13 providers eliminated more than 1,000 jobs.

Technological Advancements Most People Don’t Know About That is Improving Healthcare

March 3, 2017 No Comments

The driver for most of the progress in human civilization has been technology. This is also the case in the medical world. It is technology that has paved the way for the scientific research that has lead to the development of medicine and treatment that has saved millions of lives.

The Taming of the Skew – Predictive Analytics and Healthcare Data

March 1, 2017 No Comments

An analogous challenge exists when using predictive analytics with healthcare data. Healthcare data can often seem quite stubborn, like Katherina. One of the main features of healthcare data that needs to be “tamed” is the “skew” of the data. In this article, we describe two types of skewness: the statistical skew, which impacts data analysis, and the operational skew, which impacts operational processes.

3 Ways Supply Chain Can Reduce Healthcare Costs

March 1, 2017 No Comments

The Affordable Care Act and other reforms have been driving healthcare administrators to look for new ways to reduce costs, which can be a challenge while still preserving the quality of care. One of the key cost-efficiency measures that the healthcare industry tends to overlook is supply chain management. Billions of dollars are lost annually due to waste, poor inventory control, and inefficient delivery.

Five Best Analytics Practices to Ensure the Injured Worker Comes First

February 22, 2017 No Comments

Putting the injured worker first is key to the “advocacy-based claims model,” which puts the worker at the center of all activity. “It focuses on improving the injured worker’s experience. Until now, most employers have focused on corporate outcomes. Goals such as cutting costs and reducing days lost. But experts now say focusing on the worker can improve all outcomes.”

How Big Data is Optimizing Healthcare Design

January 27, 2017 No Comments

Running a healthcare facility can be complicated and at times, overwhelming. Health administrators are a lot like choreographers tasked with creating perfect harmony between the movements of doctors, nurses, patients, insurance companies, and more recently, with the rise of vocational training such as online medical transcription courses, clerical workers — medical billers and transcriptionists; and that’s just the people. Consider how the layout, location, quality and condition of a facility can impact the delicate state of balance which clinics and hospitals strive for.

9 Reasons Why Health Practices Should Switch to the Cloud

January 23, 2017 No Comments

In a study conducted by MarketsandMarkets, they discovered that the healthcare industry is set to increase their spending on the cloud-based services by nearly $9.5 billion in 2020. Why is this? Because health practitioners manage a huge amount of data particularly in the financial, operational, human resources, and back office department. 

Two Pronged-Approach for Defending Against Ransomware Attacks

January 18, 2017 No Comments

Ransomware in IT healthcare environments continues to be an unholy menace to the day-to-day operations of hospitals. I’ve spoken with healthcare groups not just in the UK, but around the world, who have been hit at very large scales, effectively suspending all frontline digital operations in healthcare environments. It’s terrifying to consider the potential real-world physical impacts to patients when doctors and nurses are all of a sudden unable to review charts or tests in order to provide urgent care.

Cardiac Monitoring & Cardiac Rhythm Management Market is Expected to Reach $32,216 Million, Globally, by 2022

January 9, 2017 No Comments

Global cardiac monitoring & cardiac rhythm management market is expected to reach $32,216 million by 2022 from $19,397 million in 2015, growing at a CAGR of 7.6% from 2016 to 2022, according to new research published by Allied Market Research. Defibrillators are estimated to generate the highest revenue among all segments during the forecast period, owing to increasing adoption of technologically advanced defibrillators, growing demand for quality medical care, high incidences of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), across the globe.

How Technology Continues to Change the Health Sector

January 2, 2017 No Comments

Thanks to the latest health care technologies, more people are living longer, healthier and happier lives. This is a trend that is continuing to affect more people’s lives around the world as the latest online, mobile and smart technologies continue to improve. Below are some of the ways technology continues to change the health sector.

How Technology Can Improve Cycle Time in Service Processing

December 26, 2016 No Comments

Workers’ compensation is essentially a collection of interrelated actions taken by the employer, payer, provider and injured worker in the service of the injured worker’s recovery and return to work. Putting the injured worker at the center of this activity is critical and discussed in the previous article in this series, Five Best Practices to Ensure the Injured Worker Comes First. But what is the best way to achieve our objective of getting injured workers rapidly back on track? What processes, tools and systems do we put in place? What problems should we focus on?

How to Choose the Best Technology Provider for Your Healthcare Facility

December 15, 2016 No Comments

With so many different technology solutions now available, and new options being released every week, it can be tough for healthcare administrators, department heads, and other facility managers to keep up with the available IT that helps to improve healthcare, increase efficiency, and cut costs. As well, with lots of different vendors out there competing for your business (all of which typically have various types of services, price plans, and guarantees on offer), the decisions get even harder.

Big Data Improvements in the Health Care Industry

November 21, 2016 No Comments

Big data offers access to previously raw or hidden data that can be used to discover valuable insights that increase preventable care, enhance patient engagement and improve patient quality of life. According to Forbes magazine, big data offers the solutions that health care organizations need as they continue to shift to value-based, patient-based models of proactive care. Big data provides health care executives with actionable insights for creating more efficient operations and effective systems.

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