Caring for patients with chronic conditions is among the great challenges facing healthcare today. See the technologies already playing an important role in coordinating care among providers, promoting medication adherence and creating greater patient engagement in maintaining their own health.
Most of what determines how healthy you are isn't medical—it's social and behavioral. Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco have found that behavior accounted for roughly 40% of all deaths in the U.S.›
Two decades ago, at a time when most hospitals were still documenting their patients' health records by hand, Steven Barlow and Thomas Burton developed an analytics program to augment Intermountain Healthcare's home-grown electronic health records.
Five years ago, Texas Children's Hospital in Houston faced a conundrum. The health records of thousands of young patients who were showing up in its three hospitals' ERs with asthma attacks and other emergencies weren't readily at hand for the attending physicians.
Over the past year, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center forged partnerships or made investments with more than a dozen startup firms offering technological solutions that expand patient access to healthcare.
Medicare's orthopedic and cardiac bundled payment programs reflect a new economic reality for hospitals. In many markets across the country, they now will be responsible for the financial and clinical outcomes of patients for nearly three months after discharge.
CMOs are being called on by their colleagues in the C-suite to brainstorm new ways to care for patients beyond the hospital walls to prevent pricey readmissions.
It took a dozen years, but SilverCloud's willingness to make constant improvements in online cognitive behavioral therapy modules has positioned the startup to begin making inroads in the U.S.
Hospitals need new ways to engage and monitor patients after a stay because they face financial penalties for excess readmissions within 30 days after discharge. Yet it's often far down on their to-do list.
Healthcare systems facing a shortage of mental health counselors are beginning to turn to online platforms for delivering therapy to patients with mild-to-moderate behavioral health issues.
There are many ways hospitals can use technology to track and engage patients after they leave the building. But there are limits to what hospitals can expect from current technology.