Category Archives: informatics

Why Clinical Trials Need Mobile Health Tools: Can CROs be Replaced?


I have previously written why mobile technologies need clinical trials.  I would now like to discuss why clinical trials need mobile technology. For readers not familiar with clinical research, a CRO (clinical  research organization)  is “…an organization that provides support … Continue reading

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Five Realities That Define the Digital Health Technology Continuum


      The development of digital health technologies has and continues to involve people from diverse sectors: healthcare, telecommunications, IT, entrepreneurs, and patient advocates to name a few. The unique intersection of stakeholders in this space as well as trailblazing … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why Physicians Should be in Social Media


In November, 2011 the AMA published a report on Professionalism in the use of Social Media.  A brief summary of the paper  was published in June, 2010.  The issues addressed by the AMA are reasonable and practical in my view. … Continue reading

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Synergistic Impacts of Healthcare and Social Media: An Observational Study


There have been many articles written on the impact of social media on healthcare.  Likewise, healthcare is transforming social media into a ‘place’ to obtain information on specific diseases, creating patient and provider support in online communities likePatientsLikeMe and  Treatment … Continue reading

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Five Imperatives of Patient-Centric Healthcare


In previous posts I discuss how patient-centric care differs from patent-centered care and how patient empowerment must precede patient engagement.  I would like now to delve into what I consider critical elements of patient-centric care. They all involve technology to … Continue reading

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#DigitalHealth: Remote Patient Monitoring Part 3: The Ideal RPM System


Remote patient monitoring may serve patients who are in the post-acute care phase of recovery from a hospitalization as well as those with chronic diseases.  Monitoring may consist of communication tools or measurements of medication adherence, glucose measurements for diabetics, … Continue reading

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#DigitalHealth: Remote Patient Monitoring, Part 2- Operational Models


In my previous post, I discussed some generalities of remote patient monitoring (RPM).  The current value of the RPM market is estimated at $10.6B. There are diverse clinical and non-clinical environments in which RPM might be utilized.  The healthcare ecosystem is … Continue reading

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#DigitalHealth: Five Fallacies of Remote Patient Monitoring


As defined in Wikipedia, remote patient monitoring (RPM) is: “a technology to enable monitoring of patients outside of conventional clinical settings (e.g. in the home), which may increase access to care and decrease healthcare delivery costs.”  I was a pioneer … Continue reading

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#DigitalHealth: Patient Engagement Does Not Imply Patient Empowerment


Patient engagement is a phrase that is everywhere now. It is part of the vernacular in advocacy circles, government, health technology companies, and payers. It used to signal a new healthcare ecosystem in which the patient is more of a … Continue reading

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Five Ways of Achieving Patient Engagement: Part 2: WITH Technology


In my previous post I discussed what I believe to be the most important paths to patient engagement without technology. I would like to now follow-up and discuss how technology can promote patient engagement.  This technology might be in the … Continue reading

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