Calgary Robot Surprises Pediatric Patients at Nebraska Medicine

Posted by Kyle Hall on Thu, Aug 27, 2015

Written by Guest Author, Kyle Hall, Telehealth Coordinator, Nebraska Medicine

When we discovered that one of our technology providers, Calgary Scientific, had a DoubleRobotics robot just like ours, we hatched an idea. In my role as telehealth coordinator, I am always looking for ways to connect people over distances with technology. With the two Doubles, one in Omaha and the other in Canada, I saw an opportunity to bring some fun via telepresence to our bravest patients, the kids on the pediatric oncology ward.

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Mobile EHRs Expand Features with Integrated Mobile Image-Viewing

Posted by Greg Girard on Fri, Aug 14, 2015

In a recent survey of 6000 ambulatory care physicians, 70 percent said they plan to adopt mobile versions of their electronic medical record (EMR) software by the end 2015.[1] As the adoption rate of mobile EHRs grows, vendors are also expanding their offerings with integrated features, including mobile image-viewing, to increase the efficiency and productivity of their offerings. Offering anytime, anywhere access is particularly critical in today’s complex patient imaging environments which typically include a patchwork of PACS.

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Ready or Not, Mobile Health IT is Here to Stay

Posted by Greg Girard on Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Smartphone Access to Patient Data is a Question of When, Not If

Using smartphones and tablets for clinical patient care is rapidly becoming the new normal for providers. Until recently, most were using their devices for research or communicating with colleagues, in other words non-clinical applications. In just one year, the percentage of physicians using mobile devices to manage patient care -- ordering prescriptions, accessing records, ordering tests or viewing results -- has grown from 8 to 31 percent.[1] That's an almost three fold increase between 2013 and 2014. Among those most likely group of smartphone users are ER doctors, obstetrician-gynecologists, general and orthopedic surgeons and radiologists. Today, mobile tech is rapidly transitioning to a tool for clinical care delivery.

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Supporting Modern Healthcare Delivery with Secure Mobile Health IT

Posted by Greg Girard on Fri, Jul 24, 2015

At healthcare institutions across the country security breaches have become an epidemic of their own. Most recently, a break-in at the UCLA Health System may have compromised the addresses, Social Security numbers, medical records and ID numbers of as many as 4.5 million people. [1] In this environment, health IT and security administrators are increasingly reluctant to open their networks to mobile access. "Security is the biggest barrier to using mobile health IT," confirms Randy Tebbs, Information Systems Analyst at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, UT.

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Cardiac CT Emerging as Mainstream Diagnostic and Screening Tool

Posted by Randy Rountree on Thu, Jul 16, 2015

First Online Training Demoed at Las Vegas Gathering of Over 1000 Cardiac Image Experts

Imaging is rapidly becoming a standard element in the screening and diagnosis of heart patients. Anyone heading to the ER with chest pains today may find themselves being sent for non-invasive imaging for diagnostic purposes instead of to a "cath lab." With the development of faster, 3D imaging doctors now have a wealth of information from patient scans, eliminating the need in many cases for more invasive techniques to rule out heart disease. Of course the decision on whether to send a patient for cardiovascular computer tomography (cardiac CT) or to the cath lab depends on their risk profile, but for many patients cardiac CT offers faster, less expensive diagnosis that gets them out of the ER in less time.

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Health IT Usability: Don't Make Providers Think

Posted by Greg Girard on Fri, Jun 26, 2015

The usability of health IT is big news these days. Despite spending $28 million on incentives to encourage the adoption of electronic health records (EHR), provider response to EHRs is mixed: Users say they interrupt workflow and impact doctor-patient interactions, among other issues. Much of the blame can be attributed to usability, which a HIMSS EHR Usability Task Force defined as follows:

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Apple's ResearchKit Opens Millions of iPhone Users to Healthcare Innovation

Posted by Michael Colombo on Wed, May 27, 2015

In March of this year Apple added another arrow to its quiver of mobile health innovations: the ResearchKit. The cousin to the previously released HealthKit, ResearchKit does for medical research what Apple has done for communications, entertainment, application distribution, music and more: it completely changes the game with simple, efficient, easy to use tools.

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Nebraska Medicine Decreases Costs by Trialing Google Glass and Video Conferencing with Telehealth Carts

Posted by Greg Girard on Wed, May 6, 2015

At Nebraska Medicine, technology innovations bring with them opportunities to enhance patient care. The ability to integrate patient images with synchronized and simultaneous audio and video has Nebraska Medicine’s telehealth coordinator Kyle Hall looking at new ways to implement telehealth and mobile devices, such as iPads and Google Glass, at clinics and hospitals.

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Telemedicine Invades HIMSS: An Attendee's Observations From the Show Floor

Posted by Kyle Hall on Fri, Apr 24, 2015

Written by Kyle Hall, Telehealth Coordinator at Nebraska Medicine

Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) 2015 Focus 

Past HIMSS Annual Conferences have focused on management and integration of enterprise health information management systems, which bring together as much patient data from as many locations as possible. At this years HIMSS conference I saw a significant increase of attention on a new area of health IT that was previously under the the radar: Telemedicine. It’s official, telemedicine has invaded HIMSS.

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Case Closed - Diagnosing on Mobile Devices Requires FDA Class II Clearance

Posted by Kyle Peterson on Tue, Apr 21, 2015

This February the FDA released updated guidance on mobile medical applications for the first time since 2013. This new guidance offers insight into the agency's plans for regulating the rapidly growing number of applications that turn smartphones and tablets into health care devices. While the agency is taking a hands off approach to consumer-focused applications, such as those that track fitness levels or weight, it will continue to closely review and regulate software that transforms mobile technology into devices for diagnosis and treatment.

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