Health IT

One approach to addressing social determinants of health: The Medibus, a medical practice on wheels

One approach to addressing social determinants of health: The Medibus, a medical practice on wheels

September 25, 2019

As part of our National Health IT Week blog series, we are going to take a look at the social determinants of health. This means the conditions under which people are born, grow, live, work, and age, to improve our overall health ecosystem and support healthy communities.

Physician shortages

One key factor impacting people around the world is physician shortages. In the U.S., there will be a predicted shortage of 122,000 doctors by 2032. And in Europe, they could face a shortage of 230,000 doctors by next year.

In Germany, this is becoming more critical because doctors are

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Addressing public health and population health pain points with Mercy

Addressing public health and population health pain points with Mercy

September 24, 2019

As part of our National Health IT Week series, today we are focusing on advancing public health and population health. We will look at critical efforts to overcome the problems that lead to poor health outcomes. Addressing pain points that impact the patient, clinician, IT, and administration within a healthcare organization are key to overcoming these challenges.


Mercy, one of healthcare’s “most-wired” organizations, has taken steps to integrate technology into its efforts to personalize the patient experience, streamline clinician experience, and optimize operations – all while facilitating security and compliance. By addressing these pain points, they

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Expanding access to telehealth starts with a strong foundation

Expanding access to telehealth starts with a strong foundation

September 23, 2019

National Health IT Week is nationwide action week founded by HIMSS and the Institute for e-Policy. It focuses on driving change within the U.S. health system and around the world through information and technology.

This year’s themes focus on supporting healthy communities. The goal is to drive transformation of our health and wellness ecosystem to promote better health outcomes and health equity. As an official partner for this event, each day this week we will focus on different health topics that showcase how IT is transforming health and creating healthy communities.

Using telehealth to improve outcomes

Today, we are focusing

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When you think technology in healthcare, you think_____?

August 21, 2019

Open any news website or social media channel and you’re bound to see headlines about big technology companies making inroads in healthcare. For many, it’s a welcome trend. The healthcare industry is ripe for disruption, with many challenges to solve.

As new tools to power patient care are developed and introduced, it’s tempting for healthcare organizations to jump in and start taking advantage of new technology as quickly as possible—especially in today’s hyper-competitive environment.

But first things first.

Everything you do today and tomorrow — from telehealth, to IoT medical device security and management, to AI decision support depends on

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Healthcare IT: When TV drama meets real-life medical device security

Healthcare IT: When TV drama meets real-life medical device security

June 17, 2019

“‘Murder by pacemaker’” isn’t a real thing, is it?” my friend asked. She’d been binging on Netflix and caught a TV drama in which the victim’s pacemaker was hacked. From a remote location, the hacker—a murderer for hire—was able to access the device, accelerate the victim’s heart rate, and cause cardiac arrest.

“I don’t think it’s happened in real life—yet,” I told my friend, “but it is possible.”

Amazing IoT
The Internet of Things is enabling previously unimaginable change in our everyday lives. We inhabit smart cities where we can use IoT to get data about available parking spaces

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