Improving patient care starts with technology

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Liam Canavan illustrates the potential that technology can have in improving patient care, including reducing waiting times for medical diagnosis and treatment

Liam Canavan, the Healthcare Specialist at the eponymous Loadbalancer.org, discusses the vital role that technology can have in improving patient care. Enhancing patient care is a key priority for hospital Executives across the private and public sectors. While the human responsibility for delivering high-quality patient care cannot be overstated, the catalyst for this is technology. It is not, however, as simple as merely buying the technology.

C suite alignment

While all parties may agree on

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Techquity: Using technology and data insights to deliver more equitable patient care

There is a common saying that your ZIP code matters more than your genetic code.

In short, where you live matters to your health risks and outcomes. But it shouldn’t. COVID-19 brought into much sharper focus the health disparities that have long existed within our communities. We better understood vaccination rates, hospitalizations and deaths based on your ZIP code. And it also further identified the gaps in care and treatments for many health conditions.

On the hopeful side, technology and data insights are being used to address health disparities, to prevent bias in care delivery and ultimately to help improve

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Primary care physicians should demand better technology for patient care

ElationHealth CEO optimistic about primary care as sustainable foundation for U.S. health care.

Primary care physicians should demand technology that serves as a benefit, not a barrier, to patient care, said the leader of a leading electronic health record (EHR) company.

Kyna Fong, PhD, co-founder and CEO of ElationHealth, spoke about technology, billing and the health care workforce in her keynote address at PC22. Primary Care for America, a collaboration devoted to promoting and sustaining primary care, held the two-day conference, held in person and online May 25 and 26.

ElationHealth EHR services now serve about 23,000 clinicians

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Health tips: How to stay safe in a heat wave | Science | In-depth reporting on science and technology | DW

With temperatures reaching nearly 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), India and Pakistan are seeing the hottest heat waves in history.

People stop working during the hottest hours of the day and schoolchildren are sent home hours early. Cattle are dying from heat exhaustion and dehydrated birds are falling from the sky.

“It’s really a sort of unbearable heat. During the daytime, many people are absent from the roads. It’s quite excruciating,” said Murali Krishnan, a DW correspondent usually based in New Delhi.

When we spoke, Krishnan was in Gujarat, one of the hottest parts of the country, and he

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Health tips: Stay safe in the India, Pakistan heat wave | Science | In-depth reporting on science and technology | DW

With temperatures reaching nearly 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), India and Pakistan are seeing the hottest heat waves in history.

People stop working during the hottest hours of the day and schoolchildren are sent home hours early. Cattle are dying from heat exhaustion and dehydrated birds are falling from the sky.

“It’s really a sort of unbearable heat. During the daytime, many people are absent from the roads. It’s quite excruciating,” said Murali Krishnan, a DW correspondent usually based in New Delhi.

When we spoke, Krishnan was in Gujarat, one of the hottest parts of the country, and he

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Building trust in new technology for remote patient care requires powerful device infrastructure

COVID-19 transformed telemedicine from an optional offering to a critical service. And though the mechanisms through which providers connected with patients changed, patient safety and continuity of care remain critical. 

Leveraging intelligent devices to provide essential services such as remote patient monitoring, in-home rehabilitation and in-room care is the current and future state of healthcare. But device experiences, especially with a patient population, need to be human-centered. So how do you build trust with patients when introducing new technology? It starts with infrastructure. 

Updates are key for device security

Even with the explosion of Android devices entering the healthcare market,

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How strategy and technology can prevent patient leakage, bolster access to care

Healthcare provider organizations today strive to operate as one system of care, which can be a challenge. The pandemic has brought this issue into stark focus by magnifying the challenge and accentuating its impact on patient access, care and leakage.

The pandemic also has placed new strains on hospital intake and capacity, strains that can result in patients being transferred to hospitals far from home, even out of their state. Increased staff shortages due to illness and burnout have further compounded these issues.

Angie Franks is CEO of About Healthcare, which develops patient access technologies for hospitals and health systems.

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