Patients are not just numbers and targets

KATIE CLARKE-DAY | March 15, 2016 | 182 views

In the second of our series of blogs to mark Friends and Family Test Spotlight Week, a patient living with long term conditions explains why feedback is so important: In an average year I have 34 appointments, roughly once every 10 days. This is without emergency A&E visits, blood tests etcetera Consequently, the NHS is really important to me, not just the fact that it is there, but it is important to me that it works in a way that suits me.

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Components and Relevance of EHRs in Rural Hospitals

Article | August 16, 2022

Contents 1. Knowing The Basics 2. Importance Of EHR In A Rural Setting 3. Features That An EHR Must Have In A Rural Area Today, we will discuss the crucial featuresof electronic health records (EHR) in rural hospitals. However, before listing out the key components, let us first understand what EHR is and how it can help the smooth functioning of medical treatment in a rural setup. 1. Knowing the Basics! As the name suggests, an electronic health record is a computer file that stores a patient’s medical history, such as diagnosis, treatment, test results, etc. In short, an EHR is a digital version of a patient’s paper health record. It also includes previous appointments, billing details, and other general documentation. The need for an EHR popped up due to its easy and secure availability compared to patients' paper files. In addition, patients and doctors can easily access lab reports through an EHR that is updated in real-time and downloaded on any device with an internet connection. 2. Importance of EHR in a Rural Setting! Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) defines EHR usability as “The effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction with which specific users can achieve a specific set of tasks in a particular environment.' In essence, a system with good usability is easy to use and effective. It is intuitive, forgiving of mistakes, and allows one to perform necessary tasks quickly, efficiently, and with a minimum of mental effort.” A patient's electronic health records can be beneficial in an era of digitization. It can improve patient care by minimizing the chances of medical errors, reducing test duplication, and making doctors and patients well-informed by fetching medical records anytime, thereby reducing delays in treatment. 3. Features That an EHR Must Have in a Rural Area EHRs can prove beneficial in all areas situated far off by accessing the real-time, up-to-date data of patients’ health records and making timely decisions. When the distance between the clinics and specialists is more, an EHR report can easily be sent to look into a patient’s history before delivering treatment. In a rural setup, EHR helps promote health awareness as patients' data can be monitored without needing to be physically present. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Solutions can be easily deployed in places with slow internet and help maintain a lightweight EHR that can support immediate patient care and easy documentation. Next comes the option of configuration over coding. At the Rural Health Clinic (RHC), an EHR that the local IT team can handle would be of more use than one that may require a specialist’s check or additional coding. An EHR, equipped with the ability to configure and customize as per the clinic’s workflow, will give more control to the RHCs and enable them to function efficiently. Another significant point of an EHR in a Rural Health Clinic will be the inclusion of applications that support instant communication, like Telehealth and patient portals. These applications enable direct consultation and virtual care of patients and specialists located far off, thereby reducing the dependency of RHCs on city or urban-based facilities. When we are discussing rural hospitals, we need to look for an application that is both affordable and functional, as rural areas mostly struggle with problems regarding budget and resources. Hence, keeping this in mind, RHCs should install a cloud-based EHR that does not require buying servers or employing IT staff. RHCs must use an EHR application with innovative analytic tools to access and develop reports for quick patient care decisions. In addition, the system must be able to pull large chunks of data and generate reports daily. Enjoyed reading this? Want to read more related articles? Click the link for more information! https://healthcare.report/trending-news/electronic-health-records-ehr-software-market-2019-foreseen-to-grow-exponentially-by-2026 Happy Reading!

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Role of AI and ML in the Healthcare Industry

Article | November 18, 2022

Contents 1. Alexa, Are You There? 2. Digital Assistants-Cum-Doctor-Assistants 3. Toward An AI-Friendly Life! 1. Alexa, Are You There? If Siri, Alexa, Google Now, or Cortana are your friends, you do not need any special introduction for today’s topic! This is because these digital assistants have become part and parcel of our lives; from completing our minimal tasks to helping us solve our problems, they make our day-to-day life simpler and more manageable. Popularly called AI, Artificial Intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines. Similarly, Machine Learning, also called ML, is the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior. 2. Digital Assistants-cum-Doctor Assistants The unpredictable pandemic years, which took thousands of lives, depict the rise of complexities in the healthcare industry. To deal with such cases in the future tactfully, the healthcare segment needs to be proactive and implement advanced technologies to detect, resolve, and prevent untimely death. Modern technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning help the medical fraternity perform tasks usually done by humans quickly and accurately, saving much time that can be utilized elsewhere. Let’s take a quick tour of how AI and ML can boost the healthcare industry: Artificial Intelligence can broadly scan patient databases or consult patients via a chatbot or online support system to understand their symptoms, send data to doctors, and get real-time diagnoses and prescribed medicines. Machine Learning, a subset of AI, can replace traditional processes with a supervised one, as in, a patient can be treated based on similar symptoms and treatment of other patients. The process requires a quick scanning of the database, which can be time-consuming if done by human effort. Taking technology by storm, patients suffering from neurological disorders can be treated via Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) backed by AI. With the help of this technology, normal bodily functions, such as the ability to move, speak or react, can be restored. It can also assist doctors in treating patients with strokes, locked-in syndrome, etc.The healthcare segment is revolutionizing, as sensitive operations such as heart surgery are being performed with robotic precision and control with AI-based algorithms. For this purpose, precision machine learning processes are being used to train robots and improve accuracy. AI can also help in digital pathology. Instead of placing separate slides or tissue blocks and observing them manually, pathologists can do it via AI, which can help analyze digital slides using image analysis and machine learning. 3. Toward an AI-friendly Life! If you never forget to wear a smartwatch, track daily steps, get water intake notifications, eat mindfully, and consistently monitor pulse rates, then you are already AI-friendly! You have successfully incorporated AI into your life and taken the first step towarda healthy life!

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What are the Key Types of Healthcare Supply Chain Management Solutions?

Article | July 21, 2022

Introduction Within the last two years, the healthcare industry saw an influx in patient care as COVID-19 swept through communities across the globe. The widespread shortage of patient care tools, personal protective equipment (PPE), and medical technology amid the pandemic led to an exponential rise in health expenditures and demand for essential supplies. In response to the medical demand-supply imbalance, the governments of numerous countries increased their medical care expenditures to counter the challenges of patient care equipment shortages. For instance, according to the National Healthcare Expenditure Data, federal government spending on healthcare and medical care grew by 36% in 2020 and is estimated to reach US$ 6.2 trillion by 2028 in the U.S. Despite the rise in medical budget allocations, medical facilities are still facing difficulties obtaining enough supplies with the growing prevalence of numerous chronic, infectious, and hereditary diseases. As a result, organizations are focusing on deploying innovative solutions, such as healthcare supply chain management software, to keep track of inventory, procurement, logistics, and others and strengthen their supply chain. Healthcare Supply Chain Management Solutions: Key Types Healthcare systems, hospitals, and other patient care sites require a broad array of supplies to perform diagnosis and treatment, from masks and gloves to catheters and implants. Inadequate supplies coupled with inflation is making supply chain management a crucial but complex component in providing optimal patient care across the healthcare industry. This has shed more light on the role of supply chain management in saving lives. Effective supply chains help various regulatory agencies, including medical goods manufacturers and insurance companies, deliver essential supplies, resources, technologies, and other patient care goods to healthcare establishments. Supply chain management solutions are thus garnering massive traction among healthcare organizations for simplifying and automating manual supply chain and logistics operations. Let’s have a look at the types of supply chain management software that assist healthcare organizations to optimize their supply chain processes Inventory Management Software Efficient medical inventory management is critical for the running of healthcare organizations. The software provides real-time inventory tracking, assisting organizations in closely monitoring inventory changes, avoiding shortages of both low-value and high-use patient care items, decreasing the wait time for access to medical supplies, and reducing the chances of late delivery. Order Management Software It is crucial for healthcare establishments to have an estimate of the demand and supply of goods to prevent shortages. Order management software enables these organizations to coordinate supply chain demand planning and forecasting. It also assists in streamlining warehouse operations, resulting in faster and more accurate order placement. Sourcing and Procurement Software By tapping into the power of sourcing and procurement solutions, healthcare organizations can develop robust sourcing processes and automate, streamline, and optimize their entire procurement processes. The software also assists establishments in improving their supply inventory levels, identifying the best supplier, and reducing their overall purchasing cost. Shipping and Tracking Software Shipping and tracking software assist in the planning and execution of the physical movement of goods. These solutions are primarily used by medical equipment manufacturers and suppliers during the delivery or relocation of patient care goods. The integration of these solutions enables organizations to track and manage numerous batches of goods in transit. The Bottom Line Growing competition, healthcare regulations, shipping costs, and increased logistics requirements from medical institutions have complicated the supply chain management processes. As a result, life-science companies are investing in cutting-edge supply chain management solutions to reduce numerous errors, improve logistics, and eliminate unnecessary costs spent to fix them. Thus, several companies are now emphasizing the incorporation of cutting-edge technologies, including artificial intelligence and data analytics, into healthcare supply chain management software to reap benefits such as process automation, streamlined inventory, reduced waste, improved decision-making, and lower labor, supply, and operational costs.

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3 Key Considerations in Cloud Security for Healthcare Organizations

Article | February 12, 2020

With medical system consolidation and increasing numbers of medical records created, the need for digital access and storage is gaining steam. Digitizing records allows clinicians to improve accuracy and decrease redundant testing and studies, as well as reduce treatment delays. Greater availability of digitized records has other perks too. With vast amounts of accessible medical data, researchers can move public health studies forward, also potentially improving care and treatment of individual patients. As a result, cloud storage is taking off, though healthcare organizations are adopting it more slowly than other industries. According to a 2019 Nutanix report, 71% of healthcare organizations using cloud were considered the least mature – relative beginners – in that they were using fewer cloud services. Compare that figure to finance or retail, where 13% and 15% respectively were beginners. However, that is changing.

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Carbon Health Collaborates With Stanford Health Care to Create Innovative Healthcare Choices for Patients

Carbon Health | February 08, 2022

Carbon Health, a leading omnichannel healthcare provider, and Stanford Health Care, a leading academic health system, are announcing a new strategic relationship to increase geographically diverse points of healthcare access, enhance convenience for patients, and redefine healthcare delivery to hundreds of thousands of patients across Santa Clara County and southern San Mateo. In light of a more distributed workforce, the impact of COVID-19, and diverse patient healthcare needs, both Carbon Health and Stanford Health Care believe this collaboration will improve patients’ access to expanded healthcare services, while also keeping Stanford Health Care patients connected to their physicians. This collaboration will allow the exchange of necessary information between the two entities and improve access and care coordination for both Carbon Health and Stanford Health Care patients. This collaboration will also allow both groups to explore such areas as improvements to patient-care team connectivity, new access to research and clinical trials such as those related to long-haul COVID-19, and ways to extend care into the home. Stanford Health Care is joiningCarbon Health Connect,Carbon Health’s partnership ecosystem designed to increase access to critical health services, provide additional access points and streamline the patient experience as patients move across the care continuum. For Carbon Health’s patients, over 80% of typical needs can be addressed within Carbon Health’s primary and urgent care services. For the remaining patients that require additional specialty care, collaborating with Stanford Health Care ensures patients receive continuous, coordinated care that’s easy to navigate for both the patient and provider. The combination of Carbon Health’s omnichannel care model and Stanford Health Care’s market-leading primary care, specialty, and hospital-based services enhances both groups’ ability to rapidly provide accessible, cost-effective, and high-quality care in a deliberately designed way. The collaboration also brings Carbon Health’s modern clinics and omnichannel care model to Stanford Health Care’s patients, delivering care across a variety of access points including in-person clinics, virtual care and remote patient monitoring (RPM). The organizations will also collaborate to better serve employers and the broader community through innovative and coordinated care delivery models, including remote patient monitoring (RPM) and population health initiatives. The collaboration aims to provide Stanford Health Care patients more choice to meet their needs, closer to where they live. It will also provide greater convenience and digital connectivity that unites clinical experiences into a complete view for patients and their physicians. Carbon Health’s mission to make high-quality health care accessible to everyone aligns with Stanford Health Care’s vision of extending its mission to heal humanity through science and compassion into more communities close to where patients live. Carbon Health has nearly 60 urgent care and primary care clinics in California and 100 full-service clinics across 14 states. ​​​​Stanford Health Care and Carbon Health will collaborate to serve Stanford Health Care’s patients located on the Peninsula, which includes the County of Santa Clara, the southern portion of San Mateo County, including Redwood City, Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley and East Palo Alto. About Carbon Health Carbon Health is a leading national healthcare provider with a mission to make high-quality healthcare accessible to everyone. Carbon Health offers primary and urgent care to nearly two-thirds of the U.S. Leveraging its unique technology platform, Carbon Health provides its patients with omnichannel care, designed to meet patients where they are by delivering care across a variety of access points,including in-person clinics, virtual care, and remote patient monitoring (RPM). Carbon Health also focuses on value-based care and other value-add services to employers, health plans, health systems and other ecosystem partners. Founded in 2015, Carbon Health is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by Atreides, Blackstone Horizon, Dragoneer Investment Group, Brookfield Technology Partners (BTP), Fifth Wall, Lux Capital, Silver Lake Waterman, DCVC, and Builders VC. About Stanford Health Care Stanford Health Care seeks to heal humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time, through its commitment to care, educate and discover. Stanford Health Care delivers clinical innovation across its inpatient services, specialty health centers, physician offices, virtual care offerings and health plan programs. Stanford Health Care is part of Stanford Medicine, a leading academic health system that includes the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Stanford Medicine is renowned for breakthroughs in treating cancer, heart disease, brain disorders and surgical and medical conditions.

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Insurers Can Bend Out-Of-Network Rules For Patients Who Need Specific Doctors

Kaiser Health News | August 15, 2017

The Affordable Care Act has so far survived Republican attempts to replace it, but many people still face insurance concerns. Below, I answer three questions from readers. I have a rare disease, and there is literally only one specialist in my area with the expertise needed to treat me. I am self-employed and have to buy my own insurance. What do I do next year if there are zero insurance plans available that allow me to see my specialist? I cannot break up with my sub-specialty oncologist. I must be able to see the doctor that is literally saving my life and keeping me alive.

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Smart Patients teams up with Colon Cancer Alliance to gain access to clinical trial search tool

Colon Cancer Alliance | August 08, 2017

Smart Patients, a patient community founded by a former Google health strategist Roni Zeiger and Gilles Frydman, the president of the Association of Cancer Online Resources, has teamed up with the Colon Cancer Alliance. The move is designed to help Smart Patient members identify and locate appropriate clinical trials. The collaboration highlights a couple of pain points in drug development - the difficulty in finding clinical trials convenient to work and home and the challenge of finding the most appropriate patients for these studies.

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Carbon Health Collaborates With Stanford Health Care to Create Innovative Healthcare Choices for Patients

Carbon Health | February 08, 2022

Carbon Health, a leading omnichannel healthcare provider, and Stanford Health Care, a leading academic health system, are announcing a new strategic relationship to increase geographically diverse points of healthcare access, enhance convenience for patients, and redefine healthcare delivery to hundreds of thousands of patients across Santa Clara County and southern San Mateo. In light of a more distributed workforce, the impact of COVID-19, and diverse patient healthcare needs, both Carbon Health and Stanford Health Care believe this collaboration will improve patients’ access to expanded healthcare services, while also keeping Stanford Health Care patients connected to their physicians. This collaboration will allow the exchange of necessary information between the two entities and improve access and care coordination for both Carbon Health and Stanford Health Care patients. This collaboration will also allow both groups to explore such areas as improvements to patient-care team connectivity, new access to research and clinical trials such as those related to long-haul COVID-19, and ways to extend care into the home. Stanford Health Care is joiningCarbon Health Connect,Carbon Health’s partnership ecosystem designed to increase access to critical health services, provide additional access points and streamline the patient experience as patients move across the care continuum. For Carbon Health’s patients, over 80% of typical needs can be addressed within Carbon Health’s primary and urgent care services. For the remaining patients that require additional specialty care, collaborating with Stanford Health Care ensures patients receive continuous, coordinated care that’s easy to navigate for both the patient and provider. The combination of Carbon Health’s omnichannel care model and Stanford Health Care’s market-leading primary care, specialty, and hospital-based services enhances both groups’ ability to rapidly provide accessible, cost-effective, and high-quality care in a deliberately designed way. The collaboration also brings Carbon Health’s modern clinics and omnichannel care model to Stanford Health Care’s patients, delivering care across a variety of access points including in-person clinics, virtual care and remote patient monitoring (RPM). The organizations will also collaborate to better serve employers and the broader community through innovative and coordinated care delivery models, including remote patient monitoring (RPM) and population health initiatives. The collaboration aims to provide Stanford Health Care patients more choice to meet their needs, closer to where they live. It will also provide greater convenience and digital connectivity that unites clinical experiences into a complete view for patients and their physicians. Carbon Health’s mission to make high-quality health care accessible to everyone aligns with Stanford Health Care’s vision of extending its mission to heal humanity through science and compassion into more communities close to where patients live. Carbon Health has nearly 60 urgent care and primary care clinics in California and 100 full-service clinics across 14 states. ​​​​Stanford Health Care and Carbon Health will collaborate to serve Stanford Health Care’s patients located on the Peninsula, which includes the County of Santa Clara, the southern portion of San Mateo County, including Redwood City, Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley and East Palo Alto. About Carbon Health Carbon Health is a leading national healthcare provider with a mission to make high-quality healthcare accessible to everyone. Carbon Health offers primary and urgent care to nearly two-thirds of the U.S. Leveraging its unique technology platform, Carbon Health provides its patients with omnichannel care, designed to meet patients where they are by delivering care across a variety of access points,including in-person clinics, virtual care, and remote patient monitoring (RPM). Carbon Health also focuses on value-based care and other value-add services to employers, health plans, health systems and other ecosystem partners. Founded in 2015, Carbon Health is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by Atreides, Blackstone Horizon, Dragoneer Investment Group, Brookfield Technology Partners (BTP), Fifth Wall, Lux Capital, Silver Lake Waterman, DCVC, and Builders VC. About Stanford Health Care Stanford Health Care seeks to heal humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time, through its commitment to care, educate and discover. Stanford Health Care delivers clinical innovation across its inpatient services, specialty health centers, physician offices, virtual care offerings and health plan programs. Stanford Health Care is part of Stanford Medicine, a leading academic health system that includes the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Stanford Medicine is renowned for breakthroughs in treating cancer, heart disease, brain disorders and surgical and medical conditions.

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Insurers Can Bend Out-Of-Network Rules For Patients Who Need Specific Doctors

Kaiser Health News | August 15, 2017

The Affordable Care Act has so far survived Republican attempts to replace it, but many people still face insurance concerns. Below, I answer three questions from readers. I have a rare disease, and there is literally only one specialist in my area with the expertise needed to treat me. I am self-employed and have to buy my own insurance. What do I do next year if there are zero insurance plans available that allow me to see my specialist? I cannot break up with my sub-specialty oncologist. I must be able to see the doctor that is literally saving my life and keeping me alive.

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Smart Patients teams up with Colon Cancer Alliance to gain access to clinical trial search tool

Colon Cancer Alliance | August 08, 2017

Smart Patients, a patient community founded by a former Google health strategist Roni Zeiger and Gilles Frydman, the president of the Association of Cancer Online Resources, has teamed up with the Colon Cancer Alliance. The move is designed to help Smart Patient members identify and locate appropriate clinical trials. The collaboration highlights a couple of pain points in drug development - the difficulty in finding clinical trials convenient to work and home and the challenge of finding the most appropriate patients for these studies.

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