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If you travel through Boston Logan Airport, you know that Dunkin Donuts ads and banners are quite prevalent. If you’ve been through there lately, you may also be aware that Steward Healthcare has launched a Health & Wellness Sponsorship Program. The last couple of times that I flew in through the JetBlue Terminal I came into contact with the campaign. The first thing I noticed were Steward Healthcare announcements over the public address system. It struck me that the oxymoron presented by Steward’s health & wellness campaign and the Dunkin Donuts marketing speaks to the challenges we have as a society when it comes to healthy living. Of course, the other thing that struck me is that Steward’s campaign feels a lot more like a branding initiative rather than a true health and wellness program. As a frequent business traveler, the last thing I need is for a health system…
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Machine-learning as a technology is, without doubt, the force that will be shaping our digital world for years and years to come, making it smarter and more autonomous, and sometimes taking our breath away in the process with its apparent agency.
This branch of artificial intelligence is already doing that now, whether as the special sauce behind Nest, the company just acquired by Google for $3.2 billion, or the core of a non-profit startup project attempting to create a better HIV vaccine.
The basic premise is this: feed a machine-learning algorithm with particular data-set and its predictive powers can become startling.
Happily, humans aren’t excluded from this process. Machine learning remains a collaboration between man and machine — with the input of each enhancing and extending the other’s powers. So these algorithmic overlords don’t look like the type that want…
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The second email came from a senior IT architect: “[The data integration team] are working with the Center for Connected Health to get remote monitoring data into [a scalable, secure database]. From there, the plan is to have the data viewable from, but not necessarily resident in, Epic.” Again, the words are not dramatic in nature, but the recognition, at the highest levels of our IT organization, that it is critical to our future to incorporate patient-integrated data into the care delivery process is a milestone.
I blogged a few months back about how we created the platform referenced in the paragraph above, allowing the easy integration of patient-generated data into our core clinical systems. In fact, we are deliberately using this platform to integrate our Patient-Reported Outcome Measures into the system. This will enable us to bring in both patient self-reported data as well as…
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Wow. Last night my friend Lisa Fields (@practicalwisdom) Tweeted about this piece written by Dave deBronkart (epatient Dave) and the young woman (a patient) featured in Dave’s Forbes Column. Check out the video below featuring 15 year old Morgan Gleason. She talks about her experience trying to get sleep in a hospital. She is direct and to the point. In a minute and 50 seconds she does an amazing job of telling it like it is. Now people just need to listen. Enjoy the video.
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Blog post by Chris Carroll, MD (#HCLDR Guest)
The death of any person is tragic, even more so when that person is a child. Recently, there has been significant media coverage of the case of Jahi McMath, a 13-year old girl who according to news reports, underwent medical procedures to try to improve her obstructive sleep apnea, arrested following surgery, was resuscitated and placed on a ventilator, and was pronounced brain dead on December 12th. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time and to the medical staff caring for Jahi and her family through this challenging and emotional situation.
Although this case presents an opportunity to provide education about the determination of death, there has been little reasoned discussion. Emotional discussions are understandable in situations like this one. But civil and thoughtful discussions are crucial as well to help families and providers through these…
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