As healthcare providers face challenges from empowered patients, the increasing impact of the internet and mobile technology on patient care, and more outcomes-focused regulatory requirements, the role of information technology in healthcare has never been more important. To both gain more perspective and to help align Popper and Company’s strategies with the latest advances and issues, I will be attending the annual HIMSS14 (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) conference in Orlando starting next week.
At Popper and Company, we’ve helped guide our clients around a wide range of healthcare IT issues, ranging from mobile health, to patient engagement, to establishing the value of healthcare IT—all “hot topics” at this year’s HIMSS meeting. I expect that some of the issues we’ve discussed in the past will be part of this year’s conference, namely:
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Sometimes the state of healthcare seems more like the movie “Snakes on a Plane” rather than the symbol of the serpent entwined on the Rod of Asclepius (the Greek god associated with healing and medicine). The movie title alone conjures pretty frightening images. The good news is that the rising numbers for healthcare investment, information technology spending, and consumer behavior related to their healthcare choices reveal a course change that’s not reptilian at all:
- According to a recent report in MedCity News, healthcare spending on telecommunications will outpace overall healthcare industry growth rates—climbing to $14.4 billion by 2017, at an annual growth rate of 10 percent.
- Venture capitalists and incubators are researching both life sciences companies and IT companies—they could create matches between life science innovators and IT to spur more digital health innovations.
- Improved networks and information technology are allowing providers to leverage their traditional medical care resources (e.g., hospitals, clinics, equipment) across a larger base of remote patients. These networks and electronic health records (EHR) will allow collaboration among clinicians, care teams, patients and provider organizations. Read the rest of this entry »
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It is common knowledge that antibiotic resistance is on the rise. For example, infection with resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC), once found only in North Carolina, now plagues 37 states. While antibiotics are important tools, their overuse results in more antibiotic resistance cases such as KPC. In fact, suboptimal use of antibiotics may be as high as 68% of all applications in healthcare. Some researchers even suggest that overuse may force bacteria to mutate faster, creating an evolutionary trend of ever-increasing rates of antibiotic resistance.
Reducing antibiotic use can, in turn, reduce antibiotic resistance rates. Most overuse of antibiotics stems from inadequate instruction about bacterial resistance, improper use of broad-spectrum antibiotics when narrow-spectrum drugs are available, and unnecessarily long durations of treatment.
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