Category Archives: Health Information Technology

Clicking with the Networked Patient

By Jennifer J. Salopek

Rheingold HowardHoward Rheingold has been speaking and writing about how to learn, live, and thrive online since 1987, when he coined the term “virtual community.” Since then, he has become an expert on digital literacy, launched websites and online magazines, given a TED talk, spoken about digital journalism, and authored several books including his most recent, Net Smart: How to Thrive Online. Known for his colorful attire, rakish headgear, and painted shoes, Rheingold will deliver the opening keynote* tomorrow at Stanford Medicine X | ED on the era of the networked patient and the advantages and challenges that confront health care providers. He provided a preview of his talk during a telephone interview last week.

*To watch the keynote live Wednesday, September 23 at 8:30 AM Pacific time, click here. Continue reading Clicking with the Networked Patient

How Technology Can Enhance Health Professions Education

By George Thibault, MD

Digital technology is transforming how all of us live, communicate, and get information. It’s no different for health professions education, where leaders are navigating how to harness technology to help students learn continuously, retain knowledge, and build care competencies.

It’s clear that the “classroom” model for health professions education is fast evolving, moving away from traditional lectures to a greater reliance on online teaching, virtual experiences, and use of mobile tools that are more convenient, accessible, and adaptable. Many of these technological innovations hold great potential for preparing students and sustaining knowledge for faculty and patients as well. But we need to better understand how technology can enhance health professions education, and be blended with more traditional educational approaches. We need to make sure we are leveraging it in the right ways to improve clinical practice, enable lifelong learning broadly, and achieve better health results for patients. Continue reading How Technology Can Enhance Health Professions Education

Using Apple Research Kit for Asthma Mobile Health Study

By Jennifer Salopek

Apple launched its Research Kit on March 9, “giving medical researchers the tools to revolutionize medical studies,” according to a press release. The kit comprised five iPhone apps to gather data from participants with asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. The Asthma Health app was developed by a team at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, led by Yvonne Chan, MD, PhD, FACEP. At a presentation at the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems meeting in Austin last month, Chan detailed the preliminary results generated by the app.

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Offsite Clinical Pharmacist Provides Medication Expertise at U of Colorado

As with so many technology-facilitated relationships these days, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine discovered that distance need not be a barrier when providing clinical pharmacy services to its outpatient family medicine clinics.  While onsite clinical pharmacy services had been offered at the university’s A.F. Williams Family Medicine clinic for more than 15 years, those services were not cost-effective for the three other, more distant clinics. By developing relationships built on mutual trust and respect, clinical pharmacists reviewing the medication regimens of patients with upcoming appointments via their EPIC electronic medical record have saved more than $52,000 in unnecessary high-cost drugs, among other impressive results. Study co-author Joseph J. Saseen, MD, explains further in this video interview with Wing of Zock editor Jennifer Salopek. The CU team was recognized for its work in the AAMC’s Clinical Care Innovation Challenge. A full abstract of the study can be found here.

Innovating Around the Concept of “Library”

By Jennifer J. Salopek

Although it occupies a physical structure made of brick, featuring study carrels and a circulation desk, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia houses much more than books and journals. As it has sought to redefine itself in the digital age, as so many other medical libraries have done, CMHSL has added intangibles to its collection: knowledge, collaboration, experimentation, innovation. Indeed, Director and Associate Dean Gretchen Arnold and her staff have brought a fresh approach to the very definition of “library.”

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Health Care Field Optimistic About Innovation in Telehealth Landscape With Testing of eConsult Model

By Sarah Sonies

Despite concerns about possible challenges, telemedicine and other distance technologies such as e-consults, are developing rapidly, with many academic medical centers (AMCs) testing new models to improve patient care.

According to Michael R. Marquardt, MBA, MPH, director in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer at the University of Virginia Health System, AMCs are uniquely positioned to provide telemedicine care because of their triple mission: patient care, medical education, and research. Continue reading Health Care Field Optimistic About Innovation in Telehealth Landscape With Testing of eConsult Model

Health Care Social Media Review

By Jennifer J. Salopek

Screen shot 2012-02-22 at 10.07.49 AM_1We at Wing of Zock are very pleased to host our first edition of Health Care Social Media Review. This roundup of blog posts treating different aspects at the intersection of health care and social media is wide-ranging, both in terms of topic and origination point. However, as a blog about innovation in academic medicine, we are naturally drawn to posts that deal with medical education and professionalism.

Via Health Care Social Media Monitor, Marie Ennis O’Connor offers “Medical Students: Here’s How to Manage Social Media.” Rendered as an infographic, this thoughtful guide urges readers through such steps as: See for Yourself; Get Rid of What You Don’t Like; Go Off the Grid; and Don’t Be a Comedian (Unless You Are a Comedian). All sound advice that medical students would do well to heed.

Howard Luks, MD, penned “The Great Untapped Opportunity for Doctors on Social Media” for a May 23 post on The Doctor Blog. Noting that “recognition of social media’s value propositions have come slowly in health care,” Luks exhorts health care professionals to engage and communicate patients via social media. He writes:

By passing up this opportunity, we are missing the chance to help clear misinformation and doubts. When we make use of social media, we can put content forth in a manner that is easy to absorb, easy to understand, and easy to use. We can create an online knowledge core that addresses most of their basic questions. This is, in my view, what the patient segment of the social media healthcare audience requires most.

In “What an EMR Built on Twitter Would Look Like,” David Do, MD, resident physician at the University of Pennsylvania and chief technology officer at Symcat, offers the bold prediction that doctors will follow patients on Twitter to get real-time updates on patients’ health. In his post on The Health Care Blog, he notes that many physicians are unhappy with EMRs, finding them inefficient, redundant, and unreliable. On the other hand, social media can help organize immense amounts of information. Do offers a graphic mockup of a live-feed EMR and describes the ways it can improve on existing EMRs. Continue reading Health Care Social Media Review

Telemedicine: Leading the Way to Virtual Care Delivery

By Sarah Sonies

Health care and insurance specialists predict that within a few years, almost the majority of health care will be delivered virtually.

In remarks two weeks ago in the opening of the 2014 American Telemedicine Association (ATA 2014) annual meeting and technology trade show, Edward M. Brown, ATA president and CEO of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) discussed the future of technology in care delivery.

“I fully believe that within the next five years, more than 50 percent of health care delivery will be virtual,” said Brown.

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