Healthcare through the looking glass; Consolidation, more employed physicians, staff reductions, and smarter use of IT

As a physician it pains me to say this, but the future of healthcare appears to be one of increasing consolidation of facilities, employment of physicians, and strategic staff reductions. It must also necessarily be a future work environment that is much better supported than it is today by technology. As an industry, healthcare has…

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Just Say It, a solution to your EMR data entry dilemma

For as long as I can remember (and that’s a very long time), clinicians have been complaining about the burden of entering data into the EMR. For most of us who started practice when medical records were primarily on paper there were basically two modalities for documenting our work. One was the pen. It worked…

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Improving productivity, patient safety, and satisfaction with real time location services

Your health system has acquired physician practices all around it. You’ve merged with some of your former competitors. You’ve spent a ton of money on new electronic medical record or hospital information systems. Maybe your facilities have even reached the lofty goal of HIMSS Health Level Seven. Now what? Why are you still struggling with…

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Physical and cognitive rehabilitation services become more accessible, convenient, and much more fun for patients

Over the last several years I’ve been telling you about some exciting uses of technology that are making rehabilitation services more accessible to patients around the world. During my global travels to speak at industry conferences or meet with customers and partners, I frequently run into creative companies that have harnessed Microsoft Kinect sensor technology…

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The digital transformation of healthcare. Keeping the dream alive.

It was late September in 2007. I was in Nottwil, Switzerland to deliver the opening keynote at a one-day conference on digital health. Also on the agenda that day to provide the closing keynote was a physician and psychiatrist named Dr. Bertrand Piccard (sitting to my left in the photo). Although Dr. Piccard hadn’t been…

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