Health for coins, not dollars ;) – The “not so serious” Mapping of Healthcare Cryptocurrencies

At this years’ SXSW it was all about blockchain and cryptocurrencies, but it was like that at HIMSS, JPM, CES, etc. as well. Since we wrote already about the first of the two buzzwords – blockchain as a trend in Healthcare, we decided to tackle the idea of cryptocurrencies in healthcare. First, we checked around the office and found out that several devs have been in a couple of Telegram chat rooms as they tried to buy “health coins” in a presale (ICO – initial Coin Offering; Pre-ICO).
Will you be buying your next health plan with ethereum? Or is the new health coin going to solve the problem of fragmented healthcare records?

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The five W’s and an H of Microservices in Healthcare

1. What are Microservices?

Microservices is almost a philosophy, as it is used to develop applications not piece by piece but by building all the pieces simultaneously by different teams. It is a special implementation approach for service-oriented architectures (SOA) used to build flexible, independently deployable software systems. Shortening the time to market, but also allowing for the system to be constantly improved and in theory much more scalable.

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How to integrate multiple Wellness devices using Human API

In a recent project for one of our clients, we came across a need to gather data from multiple wellness devices. We were faced with a choice between creating a custom connector for each device’s API, or using a service that gathers data in one place.

One possible solution was Human API (http://www.humanapi.co/) who stated that they provide an easy way to get data from multiple health systems and wearable devices (like Fitbit, Misfit etc.). Another one we found interesting (especially for enterprise solutions) would be Validic (https://validic.com/). We will not refer to it in this article, but it may be a focus of a separate article in the future.

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Alternatives to Traditional Insurance:  Aligning the Accrual of Benefits

The healthcare delivery system is undergoing tremendous change because of pressures to increase access, reduce costs and improve outcomes.  New and innovative approaches to how care is being delivered are emerging and the shift to population health, along with an emphasis in engaging patients in self-management activities, are all contributing to the transformation of healthcare in the United States.

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11 Patient-Centered Digital Health Trends in 2016

Today’s healthcare leaders are faced with challenges in managing the financial health of their organizations; especially in response to the expansion of quality reporting, meaningful use and other penalties.  They are looking for ways to improve the health of their patients, and condition-specific populations, at a reasonable cost.  Increasingly they hear about the importance of patient-centeredness and the most effective of these leaders are recognizing the connection to digital health tools.

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EHR Integration – Challenges and Solutions

The marriage between a hospital and its electronic medical records vendor may not always be loving and open, and may even end in divorce. But while the relationship is flourishing, the pair are by necessity devoted to one another, and the vendor often tries valiantly to meet its hospital’s every need, in every department.

So why would a big, dominant EHR vendor like EPIC or Cerner allow an interloper into the family…  some young thing fresh from Santa Clara or Madison or Austin, offering a new and exciting way to solve some small part of the hospital’s complicated life? Because they have to.

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User Driven Design: Three Steps to Breakthrough Digital Health Care Solutions

Kent Lawson is the Health Care Practice Lead at IA Collaborative, a preferred partner company.

Together with IA Collaborative we offer our clients in the digital health space a full service solution development process, from research, design and deployment of applications to consultancy and domain specific problem solving.

Throughout the year we will invite our trusted partners to guest blog to introduce new perspectives and angles on digital health.

The key to innovation—any innovation—is seizing latent opportunities and solving real problems for real users. At IA Collaborative, we call it user driven design.

User driven design includes three course of action and reaction, all focused on taking insight to action:

  1. Design Research- Researching real users and key stakeholders, in-context.

  2. The Journey- Understanding the current journey of any user or any product, the gaps that exist today, and most importantly the potential to fill or capitalize on those gaps.

  3. Design & Develop- Designing and developing the ideal future state, collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team, including all key stakeholders.

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EHRs as the “Operating Systems” of Healthcare?

As of March 2015, 779 health IT vendors supplied certified EHR products to 490,575 health care professionals participating in the CMS EHR Incentive Programs and/or ONC REC Program. 30 of them are big players, primary, and 749 supply secondary EHRs to participating health care professionals. Surprisingly, market share hasn’t changed much in 10 years – so what does that mean to the EHR systems? Are we at the tipping point of disruption?

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