There is a significant backlog of patients waiting to see their provider or undergo a procedure. Innovative solutions like telehealth triage can enable healthcare organizations to improve timely access to care within the most appropriate setting. As a telehealth triage tool, an e-consult platform directs patients to the most appropriate care setting as hospitals and clinics tackle their backlog of patients.
On episode 34 of PSQH: The Podcast, Dr. Eric Eskioglu of Novant Health, talks about using technology to build a patient safety infrastructure.
Research by digital health company Lumeon identified top digital transformation priorities, as picked by C‑suite leaders at U.S. hospitals. The list includes short- and long-term goals to make care more positive and efficient. The report reveals that as the U.S. emerges from the pandemic, and hospitals’ key aims continue to be increasing patient volumes and revenue, digital transformation will continue to be ever more important in achieving those aims.
Healthcare was the most targeted industry for cyber attacks in 2020, a trend accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Fitch. The move towards remote work provided hackers with more opportunities to infiltrate healthcare organizations. The report stated that these data breaches and attacks resulted in the average cost to recover patient records rising by 16% year-over-year, according to estimates from the Department of Health and Human Services.
The technology backbone of UMass Memorial Health’s Hospital at Home program, provided by Current Health, will provide real-time insight into patient health and coordinating in-home clinical care and services. Current Health will enroll UMass Memorial Health patients eligible for the program through Current Health’s platform and configure everything patients need to remotely engage with their care teams, including monitoring equipment, in-home connectivity, and a tablet for chat and video communication.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report last week finding that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) survey protocol does not include requirements for networked device cybersecurity.
UVC is known to disinfect air, water, and nonporous surfaces and has been used for decades to reduce the spread of tuberculosis, influenza, and Legionnaires’ disease. According to the CDC, UVC is the only recognized technology for effective germicidal treatment against airborne pathogens.
Many older adults’ main wish is to be able to live in their own home for as long as possible, but major safety issues have long been an understandable concern. In fact, every 19 minutes an older adult in the U.S. dies from a fall, and one in four U.S. adults will fall each year, according to data from the National Council for Aging Care. It’s no surprise, then, that falls are the leading cause of injury and death among elderly Americans.
The index was designed to measure how rapidly COVID-19 has accelerated the trend of telehealth adoption across the country, and measures data from several million claim records from January 1, 2020, through January 25, 2021. However, it’s also now providing insight into how health systems and physician groups might create a more cohesive telehealth offering going forward.
On episode 30 of PSQH: The Podcast, Niall O’Connor, chief technology officer of Cohere Health, talks about using AI and machine learning to improve patient care.