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Now EHR data entry 50% of primary care doctors’ workday: AMA, University of WI report

...click to enlarge Where’s the doctor? Typing away! A fact of life doctors have agonized on over the past ten years–even great advocates like Robert Wachter, MD above at NYeC last year–is the clerical burden of EHRs and patient data entry. A late 2016 time and motion study in the ACP Annals of Internal Medicine (AMA, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Australian Institute of Health Innovation) noted a mere 49.2 percent of ambulatory physicians’ time spent on EHR and desk work. Mayo Clinic (above) has been tracking both the burnout and the burden as 50 percent (above). Now we have a new... Continue Reading

Equivocal long term telemonitoring studies released by Telemonitoring NI, U. of Wisconsin

...The Northern Ireland findings were at best equivocal. While the qualitative data gathered from patient, carer, and clinician focus groups and interviews were positive in terms of engagement and on reassurance–to be able to carry on with their lives as usual–the quantitative data did not confirm gains in effective care. Although there were a number of testimonials from the participants in the patient focus groups regarding reduced hospitalisations and a reduced need to attend outpatient clinics, this did not carry through to the data obtained in the effectiveness aspect of the current evaluation. In general terms, the number of hospitalisations,... Continue Reading

Higi and Interpreta’s data mix partnership–questions on consent, data security

...click to enlargeHigi (also higi), which has placed health monitoring kiosks in over 11,000 US retail locations and a 5.5 million signup base, and data cruncher Interpreta announced that they are partnering to blend Higi’s vital signs data with Interpreta’s claims, clinical and genomics data analytics. Based on Mobihealthnews’ article and the joint release, an individual’s health information taken at higi retail stations will be “prioritized within Interpreta in real time”. They also claim that for the first time, insurance payers and providers will be able to leverage biometrics data, clinical, claims and additional genomic information a person... Continue Reading

More creepy monitoring: USAA collecting health information from patient portals

...Veteran health reporter Anne Zieger has uncovered another instance of data mining that could be a benefit–or not. USAA, a financial services company for military and veteran families, has started to collect health data via electronic records from life insurance applicants at the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense. They have streamlined the health records process in the application by developing with Cerner a feature called HealtheHistory that retrieves the data via the patient portal from the applicant’s EHR after consent. It cuts application time by 30 days, but the implications raise some alarms. In Ms. Zieger’s... Continue Reading

Philips publishes second annual Future Health Index on access, integration and tech adoption

...positive, but nowhere near a tipping point where connected care is expected and routine. About half (48%) of (UK) HCPs have seen an increase in the use of connected care technologies by primary care doctors in last 12 months About a third of the (UK) general population (31%) have used connected care technologies to monitor a health indicator in the last 12 months Over half of the (UK) general population (57%) who have used connected care technology to track health indicators have shared their data with an HCP in the last 12 months Six-in-ten (62%) of the (UK) general population... Continue Reading

Tender Alert: Scotland CAN DO Challenge, Bootle needs assistive tech

...in the north of Scotland Transforming nursing care processes for the 21st century Creating and driving a clinically and cost effective pathway to improve recovery after critical illness enabled by data from hospital information systems An IT system for care workers and patients for adherence to stroke management plans to enable real time monitoring Transforming management of people with severe COPD to improve patient outcomes and quality of life and reduce healthcare costs Glasgow TECS development to support care and digital cutover Develop and integrate digital services that allow for consent-driven data sharing from patient records There is no deadline... Continue Reading

Some reflections on ATA and a future CEO–your ‘nominations’ wanted!

...data capture were the future and mostly theory. We went through the whiz-bang gadget phase, where every new one was going to change healthcare as we know it. Now we are past the buzzy cocktail party hangover into trying to make it work. We are in 2.0 and 3.0 where it’s all about integration of telemedicine and telehealth into patient engagement, behavior change, data analytics, predictive care, genomics, improving life for the aging and chronically ill population, managing the tsunami of patient data for better outcomes, smart pills, hacking and data security, EHRs, ACOs, meeting standards such as MACRA…and heavy... Continue Reading

It’s all hackable by Black Hats: pacemakers, Amazon Echo, trains, heart monitors, prison cells!

...is that access to the servers is not protected through a user name and password, much less two-factor authentication. “Not only can we read the data — that’s bad enough — but we can also write to the data.” Scary when you contemplate a hospital with insulin pumps, BP monitors, and multiple surgical devices all going haywire. ZDNet Similarly, easy hacking pickings have turned up in IoT cameras–over 175,000 inexpensive cams made by Chinese manufacturer Shenzhen Neo Electronics’ as NeoCoolCam and distributed worldwide, discovered by BitDefender. Older Amazon Echo devices can be physically tampered with and malware uploaded to be... Continue Reading

Shouldn’t we be concentrating on digital therapeutics rather than ‘health apps’?

...Where the money and attention are going. The first generation of Quantified Self apps was all about viewing your data and storing it online in a vault or graphs…somewhere, usually proprietary. Your Pebble, Fitbit, or Jawbone tracked, you crunched the numbers and found the meaning. At the same time, there are wellness companies like Welltok, ShapeUp, Keas, Virgin HealthMiles, and RedBrick Health, usually working with companies or insurers, that use various methods (money, gamification, other rewards) to influence lifestyle and improve a person’s health in a quantified, verifiable, but general way. What’s happened? There are now apps that combine... Continue Reading

Creepy data mining on medical conditions runs wild: where’s the privacy?

...Ever heard of AcurianHealth? If you are in the US, you may get a letter for one of their research studies or drug trials based upon your prescriptions, your shopping habits, or your internet browsing. Where do they get that data? Quite legitimately, based on consent, Walgreens Boots will mail invitations for studies organized by Acurian to their pharmacy customers, where the user identification is withheld from Acurian. The privacy policy by which Walgreens does business with you permits this type of contact with you. These letters direct users to a generic sounding website for the study–and then life... Continue Reading