The fax machine was initially introduced by Xerox in 1966, revolutionizing everyday communications. By the 1980s, this technology was ubiquitous, a fax machine in offices and homes worldwide. Almost 40 years later, the communications industry has significantly evolved, the fax machine is obsolete and Xerox is a non-player in the communications world. The Xerox example provides an important lesson to the technology industry.
Uniting the Full Continuum of Care for the Individual: Why Digital Technologies Must Embrace Holistic Patient Engagement
More than half of healthcare professionals believe digitization is transforming the healthcare industry. Of adults 55+, 85% believe technology will improve healthcare in the next five years by delivering faster and more accurate diagnoses, curing diseases, and predicting and preventing diseases and conditions before they happen. However, 35% of seniors feel their health plans do not use any technology to improve access, information, or care, and they want more tech-enabled solutions.
Hospitals are now conducting wealth screenings with software that culls public data to see which patients are most likely to donate to the healthcare organization, The New York Times reported. The practice is increasingly common across hospitals, particularly large systems.
A woman in Colorado was left stunned after she found herself with a $5,500 bill from a visit to the University of Colorado (UC) Health Emergency Room in Littleton, according to a report from KMGH-TV.
Orthopedic surgeons who perform joint reconstruction on patients who are obese should develop a plan to accomplish that goal in a way that is safe and successful for patients, according to a presenter who focused his talk on key considerations for performing total knee arthroplasty in this group of patients.
Providers face several years between investing in care-enhancing healthcare innovations and getting claims reimbursement for using the services, but Nemours is making the business case for these services.
As healthcare gradually tilts from volume to value, physicians and hospitals fear the instability of straddling “two canoes.” Value-based contracts demand very different business practices and clinical habits from those which maximize fee-for-service revenue, but with most income still anchored on volume, providers often cannot afford a wholesale pivot towards cost-conscious care.
As imaging exams become more routine components of clinical practice, doctors and patients alike may benefit from reframing the medical definition of “normal,” the Washington Post reported this week.
The decision of whether or not to image a patient with a head injury has significant implications—for the patient and the urgent care provider. Understanding which patients are at greatest risk for serious head injury, indications for testing, and options for management/disposition is essential.