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Health Care Technology

What Do Your Smartphone and Your Health Insurer Have in Common?

Shaan Gandhi | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Shaan Gandhi

Can your smartphone make your healthier? And, perhaps more interestingly, can your health insurer and your smartphone work together to make your healthier?

Where There Is No Doctor

Socheata Poeuv | Posted 02.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Socheata Poeuv

The FDA is going to have catch up with technology, doctors are going to have to practice letting go, the tort system is going to have to be reformed, and patients are going to step up if we're going to solve this health care crisis.

Health Care Opens Up

Morgan Fletcher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Morgan Fletcher

The modern health care organization now faces a classic challenge: The rate of change outside the organization is outpacing the rate at which the organization is able to change internally.

The Nauseating Mistake Hospitals Make and the $10 Fix They Scrimp on

Leah Binder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

A few days ago, the Joint Commission issued a sentinel event alert on "Unintended Retention of Foreign Objects," also known by the acronym "URFO." Thi...

The Plea for Better Health Care and the Health Tech Calling

Gopal K. Chopra, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business
Gopal K. Chopra, M.D.

Information technology is negatively affecting productivity and the care delivery process. What happened to real quality improvement and change management process?

Validating Mrs. X

Ali Ansary | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Ali Ansary

Reinventing health care begins with allowing patients to be part of the decision making process, as lab results become more meaningful than a set of numbers that can either fall below, above or in between the normal range.

Can You Get A Physical With A Smart Phone?

Amanda L. Chan | Posted 06.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Amanda L. Chan

If there's one thing I learned from seeing all the great mobile technology being developed at TEDMED, it's that these mobile health applications can not only empower doctors, but patients too. It can help people like me have a better understanding of my own health.

Drawing Inspiration From TEDMED's 'GroupInspire'

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr Layla McCay

As the TEDMED-branded buses trundle into town, as the TEDMED-branded delegates converge on the Kennedy Center, and as the TEDMED-branded GroupInspire washes over the crowd, I will grip my drawing pen and wonder: Can GroupInspire strike twice? Come on, TEDMED. Hit me.

Do Cells Have an IP Address Yet?

Ali Ansary | Posted 06.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Ali Ansary

Growth in this field, like anything else in medicine in the 21st century, will need to be not only through adoption by the e-patient, but also via tech-savvy health care providers.

The Value of High Tech Health Care

Deborah Stambler | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Stambler

The ACA isn't a perfect plan but if fully enacted offers a chance to make changes to the American health care system. Understanding the role technology plays will be an ongoing discussion with advances in technology and its creative application potentially improving care and reducing costs.

The Geography of Asthma Risk

Meredith Barrett, Ph.D. | Posted 05.19.2013 | San Francisco
Meredith Barrett, Ph.D.

Given that the Bay Area boasts an ever-expanding health technology scene, we have to ask ourselves: Why aren't we doing better at gathering real-time, place-based health data?

Envisioning Tomorrow's Hospital

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric Silfen, M.D.

Tomorrow's hospital will use the new technology to drive seven health care trends -- and enable real-time collaboration between clinicians and patients to improve outcomes while lowering costs.

How Digital Technology Can Personalize Health Care

Ralph Snyderman, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Ralph Snyderman, M.D.

Personalized health care on a digital platform can reconstruct our current expensive and inefficient sick-care approach into a cost-effective, health-enhancing system with individuals at the center of their care.

Technology Can Help Us Live Longer

Florence P. Haseltine, Ph.D., M.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Florence P. Haseltine, Ph.D., M.D.

As evidence mounts that innovations such as smart devices can improve the health and care of an individual, more resources must be focused on their development and integration into the health care system.

The Voice of Reason: (Maybe Not) for Emergency Use Only

Susan Weissman | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Weissman

Imagine if that tiny print on prescription bottles could be heard instead of squinted at. Voice-guided instructions may indeed be helpful to patients in every age population, with a variety of medical needs.

Health Care Technology at Your Fingertips

Reed Tuckson | Posted 03.11.2013 | Technology
Reed Tuckson

What might surprise people is that the next cutting-edge technologies may not be a smart TV or a tablet -- they are health-related innovations that are already in their hands.

Of Mobile Apps, Movements and Men: Improving Men's Health

Oliver Kharraz, M.D. | Posted 03.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Oliver Kharraz, M.D.

To meaningfully engage men, we need to make it simple for them (and everyone else, of course) to get health care. There's no better way to do that than to deliver health information in an organic way that men are clearly fond of -- through their gadgets.

High Tech, High Touch: Why Technology Enhances Patient-Centered Care

Lawrence Rosen, M.D. | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Rosen, M.D.

We live and practice in an increasingly technology-driven society. Email and texting are default methods of communication, and our patients request that we friend them on Facebook and follow health advice delivered in brief 140-character bursts on Twitter.

Health Care Waste: Is Technology the Answer or Part of the Problem?

Janet Dillione | Posted 12.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Janet Dillione

Mobile technology, telehealth, automation and data analytics -- what do they all have in common? Each helps solve specific problems associated with the increasing cost and inefficiency of health care. Additionally, they each tie back (some more indirectly) to improved patient care.

Why Health Care Needs Social Media

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Relationships are crucial to health. We know that people with more and stronger social connections are more likely to be well and happy, and social media can bolster that.

Drink Warm Milk, Take A Bath, Count Sheep: What To Do When None Of It Helps

Dr. Lee Ritterband | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lee Ritterband

Imagine you have trouble sleeping. Perhaps you can't fall asleep at night or you wake up in the middle of the night and you're unable to get back to sleep. Maybe this has been going on for a few months -- or maybe years.

A Two-Word Mantra for Adapting to Changing Healthcare Landscape

Anthony E. Munroe | Posted 11.12.2012 | College
Anthony E. Munroe

Those of us in the healthcare profession, whether educators or healthcare professionals, must collaborate and invest to keep up with the changing American landscape. Our ability to provide quality care depends on it.

Is Health IT Going Mainstream?

Janet Dillione | Posted 09.26.2012 | Technology
Janet Dillione

In essence, health care app developers must wear two hats when designing for the clinical community -- everyday consumer wants and physician needs.

A Health Care Call to Action for Men: Is There an App for That?

John M. Burns | Posted 08.12.2012 | Healthy Living
John M. Burns

We need a healthy wireless infrastructure and healthy pro-marketplace governmental policies to ensure health -- not just for men, but for our country and for our economy.

Please Have a Seat, Your Smartphone Will Be Right With You

Karthika Muthukumaraswamy | Posted 05.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy

Doctors are nowhere close to being wiped out of hospitals by their robotic counterparts, but they could certainly use help in some areas, and swarms of little bots are more than eager to do their bidding.