Machine Learning for Smarter Healthcare

October 30, 2018
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As systems can store more and more patient information for both individuals and populations, healthcare is uniquely positioned to leverage the “big data revolution”. Dr. Fatima Paruk (CMO Analytics, Allscripts) discusses using big data in healthcare, the distinct possibilities offered by machine learning and AI, and what clinicians can do to manage these in their processes themselves.

Interoperability Wrap-up: Comments and Resources

October 16, 2018
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True interoperability calls for everyone – patients, clinicians, service providers – to come together for the betterment of healthcare. In the final episode of this series, expert Mike McAfee discusses how interoperability is advancing toward a new healthcare ecosystem, how to drive these changes in individual organizations and where listeners can learn more.

What Interoperability Means to Patients

October 2, 2018
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We’ve all been patients. We’ve all experienced needing our information to be accessible and easily available to us, our clinicians and our providers. In this episode, interoperability expert Mike McAfee discusses the expectations patients have for accessing healthcare information, the challenges in reality and the tech framework that already exists to overcome those challenges. Part 1 of a 3-part interview.

Involving Users in Usability Design, part 2

September 18, 2018
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Clinicians, designers and organization leaders can work together to optimize the usability of both new and legacy EHR systems. UXpert Carin Mann describes the effectiveness of ongoing user testing and how users are often excited to contribute; how small adjustments in implementation and design can have major impact on outcomes; and how users and vendors can continue the conversation to create usable solutions for the best in patient care. Part 2 of a two-part interview.

In episode: A usability and safety analysis of electronic health records: a multi-center study (JAMIA)

Involving Users in Usability Design, part 1

September 5, 2018
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Healthcare solutions achieve better results when users contribute, early and often, to the design process. Clinician usability expert Carin Mann discusses how users’ understanding of their own natural workflows gives them insight into data layout, burden relief and prioritization of patient care. Part 1 of a two-part interview.

The Whys and Hows of Clinician Burnout

August 7, 2018
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While not unique to the healthcare field, burnout is a distinctly frequent and high-impact issue for clinicians. Clinician burnout is characterized by physical and emotional exhaustion, personal detachment and a sense that work is meaningless. Family physician and safety expert Dr. Geoff Caplea describes the interrelated causes of burnout; how healthcare organizations and vendors can alleviate it; and what clinicians can do to advocate for their own health.

In episode: The National Academy of Medicine Collaborative on Resilience and Wellbeing

Treating Patients as Digital Consumers

July 24, 2018
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Patients today aren’t patient anymore. They expect convenient service and empowered choice. Digital patient experience expert Jan Oldenburg, active since the mid-1990s, explores how patients are used to being digital consumers in other aspects of their lives, the challenges and frustrations they face in healthcare, and what patients, caregivers and clinicians can all do to create a participatory culture of care that serves everyone involved.

Further Resources
Jan Oldenburg’s website, including books Engage: Transforming Healthcare Through Digital Patient Engagement, Participatory Healthcare
The Beryl Institute
Society for Participatory Medicine
HIMSS
Allscripts Patient Experience Resources

Data Exchange in National Disaster Response

April 24, 2018
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Cmdr. Sam Schaffzin (CMS) and Thomas Novak (ONC) offer the federal perspective on how  smooth data exchange and multi-level preparedness are essential in responding to state and national emergencies – and how health systems and community organizations can participate in the response. Recorded at HIMSS 2018.

References in episode:  “From Katrina to Wildfires: Leveraging Tech in Disaster Response”  (Karen DeSalvo & Christine Petrin, Health Affairs 11-7-17); the National Response Framework

HIEs to the Rescue

April 3, 2018
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From hurricanes to system outages, health information exchange systems prepare healthcare communities for any crisis. Dan Porreca, Executive Director of HEALTHeLINK, discusses how local HIEs and health systems build networks on personal trust and knowledge, sharing data that’s needed the most at the time. More at the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) and the HEALTHeLINK site. Recorded at HIMSS 2018. 

Blockchain for Better Mental Healthcare

March 23, 2018
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Blockchain technology offers potential for unprecedented information tracking across the continuum of care. In this episode, recorded at HIMSS 2018, VitalHub CEO Dan Matlow discusses how innovations in blockchain can enable organizations to strengthen mental healthcare and improve patient safety and wellness across care episodes.