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Seeking ways in which IT can enable more coordinated care outside traditional settings, the Gary and Mary West Health Institute is launching a five-year study to explore new technologies and new approaches to chronic disease management.
The initiative, which hopes to pave the way toward more automated patient care beyond hospitals and doctors' offices, was announced Dec. 12 by West Health Institute, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and West Corporation.
Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate whose Grameen Movement opened up his native Bangladesh to the power of the cellphone, urged his mHealth Summit audience Dec. 10 to think of the smartphone as a modern-day Aladdin's lamp: Touch it, and all sorts of magic can happen.
While initially designed as a tool to empower women in rural communities and reduce poverty, the cellphone is now a powerful tool with its own "digital genie," he said. "The possibilities are enormous."
In the wake of HealthCare.gov’s botched launch, analysts -- and Congressional leaders -- contend the private sector would have done it better. That’s not necessarily so, says Karen Evans, the former administrator for Electronic Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget, who offers five tips for successful rollouts.
The problems were not with complexity, procurement and testing, Evan said. It was a management failure caused by policy officials. “They did this to themselves,” she said.
The mHealth Alliance, one of the partnering organizations in this year’s mHealth Summit, is celebrating its fifth year of coordinating mHealth projects around the world. Patricia Mechael, the Alliance’s executive director, found time recently to discuss with Healthcare IT News her life, career, and what has and continues to drive her to expand the mHealth industry within low- and middle-income countries.
"This market will not take off until we can scale," was Clint McClellan’s opening assertion.
The Dec. 10 session at the mHealth Summit was titled: M2M Now Money Talks mHealth.
There it was – the clear-as-a-bell prediction about mobile health. Call it the "wow factor."
"I will predict 85 percent of healthcare will be done in the home in the next five or six years," Andrew Watson, MD, told an audience here at an mHealth Summit breakfast meeting Dec. 9. You could hear the hushed "wow" rippling across the room.
"I don’t know the boundaries of this; I don’t think we’re going to know for four or five years," Watson said.
The article states that there are 92 acute hospitals in The Netherlands, of which 84 are private and just eight are in public hands – all of which are academic. There are just a few chief information officers because IT is thought of more as a cost to the business and not as a strategic part of management, therefore IT staff are on the front line. This factor has not prevented investment in IT, quite the converse as data show that Dutch hospitals score very highly in the use of IT systems.
I'm surprised that we continue to see the status quo in revenue cycle management," says Sean Wieland, managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray.
"Healthcare is the only industry that has a revenue cycle with a designated subsector of companies that manage it," he explains.
The mHealth Alliance plans to transition its base of operations in 2014 from the United Nations Foundation in Washington, DC to South Africa.
In the coming months, the mHealth Alliance will finalize a full transition plan for 2014, including a proposal to co-locate with the Johannesburg-based Praekelt Foundation, a long-standing leader in mobile for social good.
Kareo announced that it has hired Amyra Rand as vice president of sales. Prior to joining Kareo, she was senior director of sales and segment leader for the SMB Business Unit at HireRight.
Valence Health announced two new hires; Nathan Gunn, MD, president, population health, and Dan Blake, senior vice president of software product development.