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Innovation: A Crucible

Innovation: A Crucible

When innovators talk, it’s not always about mining ideas for the Next Big Thing. Sometimes the most meaningful conversations are about innovation itself, for example, about sensing the need to innovate, about acknowledging the purpose of innovation, and about committing to its core and process. Such is the basis of the innovation mix. Take this conversation at the Health Innovators Show of Dr. Roxie Mooney, DBA between Jeffrey Carlisle...
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Telepharmacy in a Pandemic 

Telepharmacy in a Pandemic 

As crucial as access to a health care provider is, so is the process of getting medication — and perhaps all the more crucial during a pandemic. Like doctors, pharmacists also turned to and depended on remote communication with patients to address their medication needs. This practice of telepharmacy put a spotlight on the need for effective and secure means to engage patients, including for staying connected with a pharmacist and co...
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LifeWIRE and HITRUST: Insights, Questions, and Answers

LifeWIRE and HITRUST: Insights, Questions, and Answers

At the core of every quality innovation in healthcare has always been the privacy and security of every patient's information. Now, more than ever — and amidst the acceleration of engagement-type innovation during the pandemic — quality innovation combines patient engagement with mitigating risks by ensuring privacy and security compliance.  Last April, at a virtual event, leaders in healthcare and cy...
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Eureka Stories in Healthcare Innovation

Eureka Stories in Healthcare Innovation

Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the first practical telephone was the trailhead to a path of continuous innovation evidenced currently by the ubiquitous cellular phone and other mobile devices. From great inventions will come great innovations.  In his book The Truth About Innovation, @MaxMcKeown said innovators “mixed ideas and inventions together. They worked hard to create the must-have and often [have...
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Patient <> Provider <> Platform: One Security Loop

Patient <> Provider <> Platform: One Security Loop

The seismic shifts in the uptake of digital technology due to COVID-19 have increased the appetite for innovation in the ways people go about their day-to-day lives. In healthcare, it means new-found ease and convenience for patient and provider, all the while mainstreaming safety measures.   According to the Food and Drug Administration, digital health tools improve the ability to accurately...
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Healthcare Voices on Telehealth Security Concerns

Healthcare Voices on Telehealth Security Concerns

In 2020, the international health emergency of unprecedented proportion set off telehealth's massive expansion. Out of the need to ensure access to essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, privacy rules were eased.  Covered healthcare providers were allowed flexibility to use nonpublic-facing audio or video communication technologies to deliver telehealth services even if that might mean a risk to data security. Video chat...
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Echoes From LifeWIRE: 2020 in Review and 2021 Bird’s-Eye View

Echoes From LifeWIRE: 2020 in Review and 2021 Bird’s-Eye View

The Pandemic's Silver LiningBy Howard Rosen, CEOLast year at this time in our 2020 healthcare outlook, the pandemic wasn’t in the picture, even though the first human cases of COVID-19 had already been reported by officials in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019. One month later, the World Health Organization declared a disease outbreak. Then on March 11, 2020, COVID-19 was declared ...
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Communicating Care and Caring During the Pandemic

Communicating Care and Caring During the Pandemic

COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home mandates didn’t stop people from needing to stay connected. When in-person interaction was restricted, the need for communication remained and the opportunity became unlimited – at least digitally. Such was the irony of the pandemic day-to-day, thanks to technology.  A study on people’s digital co...
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Best Performance in a Supporting Role During the Pandemic: Telehealth

Best Performance in a Supporting Role During the Pandemic: Telehealth

Face coverings, physical distancing, and frequent handwashing played starring roles in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. And health technologies for symptom screening, self-isolation and quarantine management, vaccine management, and mental health care played key supporting roles in immediate response, people empowerment, and access to care.  If 2020 had been a movie, the world has seen best performances of many actors, various players...
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Informed Decision Before COVID-19 Vaccination

Informed Decision Before COVID-19 Vaccination

Who is ready for a COVID-19 vaccine that is 70% effective? Or perhaps 95%? As the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines, to name a few, are offering hope to many while others question the risks, challenges for our health system’s readiness now become more real and imminent. With immunization and treatment as the exit strategies for the COVID-19 pandemic, the rollout tactics ...
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