Need More Wireless Spectrum for Telehealth Innovation

  The lack of good cellular connections threatens the future of mobile healthcare solutions. I once got 5 bars on a regular basis, but the wireless signal in my neighborhood has diminished to the point that I’m lucky to get one bar or any connection at all. I took my problem to the AT&T store and showed them a picture Read More …

Moore’s Law and The FUTURE of Healthcare

By Wayne Caswell, Founder of Modern Health Talk This article examines a future driven by Moore’s Law and the trend of circuits and components getting smaller, faster and cheaper exponentially over time and the eventual blending of science and technology (INFO + BIO + NANO + NEURO). I approach this topic from the unique perspective of an IBM technologist, market Read More …

About Operating Room Safety

 Make Sure You’re in the Safest Possible Operating Room The Hazards of Hospitals We all think of the hospital as a place we go to get better, but hospitals in the United States are making people sicker at alarming rates. Between overtired interns, germ-covered doctors,  haphazard record keeping, and equipment failures, you might find yourself in more trouble than you Read More …

Are we Bringing Health Care Home or Sending it Overseas?

Get ready for outsourced health care. Last week I wrote TeleHealth: The Doctor Will See You Now, Remotely, but what if Remotely means someplace in India or China? As Dr. David Lee Scher notes, interest in mHealth is driven by several factors, including: The rising costs of health care; The worsening shortage of primary care physicians, and an even greater Read More …

Regulations Not Keeping Up with Technology

By Wayne Caswell The rapid and accelerating pace of tech innovation has profound implications for healthcare delivery & payment, aging, and disability employment, but regulations that support that are spotty or nonexistent. The good news “Durable medical equipment” is a class of assistive technology that can be paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurance plans. Motorized wheel chairs Read More …

Presidential Report on Independence Technology

In an 80-page report issued this week, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), made several recommendations to address America’s aging population with independence technology. They include: mHealth innovation, remote patient monitoring, telehealth expansion and reimbursement, broadband access for seniors, more sophisticated wheelchairs, and even home designs for sustained independence. What follows is a highlighted extract from the report’s Read More …

Why mHealth is the Holy Grail of Participatory Medicine

By David Lee Scher, MD mHealth has been utilized in underdeveloped countries for many years due to inaccessibility to scarce health care resources as well as the widespread use of cell phones. Developments in health care in the Western world have  recently spurned interest in mHealth in developed countries too. 1. A present and worsening shortage of primary care physicians, Read More …

Stratus Video Call Center is like a Virtual Waiting Room

As healthcare providers gear up for telehealth, they’ll face new issues such as 24×7 remote monitoring and the need to support virtual doctor visits by telepresence over the Internet. I wrote before here and here, there must be compatibility among different video systems, including the enterprise class-systems in hospitals and consumer-class systems in PC & mobile devices. Until today, the Read More …

Why doctors are so afraid of apples

As implied in “An Apple a Day…” the fruit and the smartphone can both keep doctors away, and that has many of them terrified for good reason. Those at the top of the healthcare mountain especially fear the Healthcare MiniTrends, because they know 429 of the original Fortune 500 companies (1955) are no longer in business today. And they’re looking Read More …

Health Care Disruption

“Can We Disrupt Health Care Even More?” That was the question posed by Commonwealth Fund, which is looking for the next big breakthrough in health care. I responded with what is included in today’s post. First, Get the Incentives Right Beyond innovative Technologies and new Business Models, the biggest disruption to health care will come with new Incentives that cause Read More …

Get the Health Incentives Right

This post is based on a comment I made when Pritpal Tamber called for “Creating a parallel system to health care” in MedCity News. At least for consumers, Modern Health Talk (www.mHealthTalk.com) can already be called the “Institute for New Health Thinking,” with over 100 articles on Legislative, Public Policy, and Health Reform topics written for consumers, and over 700 on Read More …

Eldercare and the Wireless Revolution

Home Sweet Home: Eldercare and the Wireless Revolution Byline article by Jamie Dalzell Telemedicine | Telehealth | Connected Health  —  Technology’s role in modern medicine goes by many names, and has seen massive growth since Modern Health Talk last examined it in detail. Not only are emerging technologies like wireless charging and wearable devices changing the medical landscape, but the increasing Read More …

20-20 Vision of Digital Life in 2025

Pew Research Center recently published its vision of Digital Life in 2025, based on predictions from over 1,000 experts who generally said the Internet would become “like electricity” – more deeply embedded in our lives but less visible. Before I present the top 15 themes from the Pew report, here’s my own Back to the Future vision of technology and and its Read More …

Aging at Home: Common Problems-Solutions

Here at Modern Health Talk, you’ll find hundreds of solutions for safe & independent aging-in-place, including dozens of articles about the principles of Universal Design, and numerous photo examples on our Pinterest boards. But today’s guest post brings together many solutions in one article. Aging at Home: Common Problems & Solutions By Jessica Hoefer (Here’s the original.) The most common problems as you age in Read More …

As Boomers Age, Who Will Care for Seniors?

Guest article by Albert Lester (editor enhanced) Americans keep living longer. According to the CIA World Factbook, 26% of Americans are older than 55. Just more than 40% fall in the 25-54 age range, double the rate for those under age 14, and dwarfing the number of 15-24 year olds. Moreover, our population growth is less than one percent. For Read More …

Healthcare in the age of Dr. Google

Healthcare in the age of Dr. Google: the 2014 digital patient journey is sponsored by Fathom Healthcare, a healthcare marketing company. Ask any medical professional what has changed about patient behavior the last few years, and she is sure to talk about a physician who never was accepted to med school … the ubiquitous “Dr. Google.” When patients start to Read More …

CES 2013 prominently features HealthSpot Station

“Real doctors. Real medicine. Really convenient.” HealthSpot Station was prominently featured in the central lobby just as you entered the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES 2013, an honor that only the most interesting companies get. Doctors and patients meet face-to-face like they always have, only in this case, the face-to-face is virtual: the doctor is in his home or office; the Read More …

Wireless Opportunities in Health and Wellness Monitoring

Bluetooth is a global wireless standard that enables simple connectivity among mobile and medical devices. Version 4.0, with its low energy features for long battery life, is already transforming the healthcare industry, creating efficiencies, and promoting responsible personal health monitoring, as noted in my earlier article, Healthcare meets Bluetooth Low Energy. But the following press release highlights new market research that Read More …

Health Benefits of High Definition Videoconferencing

Lev Gonick discusses innovations using HD videoconferencing. Next Generation High Definition Video Conferencing Will Provide Immediate Public Benefits Researchers expect it to revolutionize health care delivery and STEM education By Marlene Cimons, National Science Foundation, January 31, 2013 The patient, who sees her neurologist regularly for “memory coaching” to counter the effects of short-term memory loss, never has to leave home Read More …