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Viewpoint: Now isn't the time for the Uber for healthcare

Startups left and right say their goal is to be the Uber of their industry, providing the radicalized, consumer-centric, on-demand service that Uber did for transportation. But this term has become a catch-all for any sort of innovation, and it also unrealistic — at least for healthcare.

A large part of Uber's success stems from its premiere as the first true digital disruptor in an industry ripe for change — transportation. It met a need. Suddenly, people could summon a car to their location with a few taps on their touch-screen phones and no longer deal with hailing taxi cabs or worrying about payment at the end of a ride.

Now, Uberization in any other industry refers to an on-demand, convenient option that consumers want. Consumers seek a hassle-free exchange that places a premium on convenience — so convenient that you don't have to say anything to anyone if you don't want to.

But we're in an era where stakeholders are pushing to bring the human element back into healthcare. Many providers voice disdain with required technology, saying it detracts from their time and relationships with patients. Researchers from Northwestern University have found physicians using EHRs spend about a third of the patient visit looking at a screen, and just that time spent looking away causes patients' satisfaction to drop.

This is one of the key reasons an Uber for healthcare isn't feasible. Where Uber automates and simplifies a process that, aside from requiring a human driver, doesn't require much else, healthcare interactions are personal and can't be replaced with a screen and app.



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Friday feel good: This dad fell asleep under his son's hospital crib

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Friday feel good: Maimonides physicians play music at cancer survivor celebration

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Hundreds of local survivors who have battled cancer at Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Maimonides Medical Center were recognized Tuesday during the hospital's cancer survivors day celebration.



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Friday feel good: Ohio hospitals celebrate NBA finals with care packages for families of newborns

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Families of children born at Akron, Ohio-area hospitals will get some special gifts in the coming weeks to celebrate Akron natives LeBron James and Stephen Curry in the NBA finals, Akron Beacon Journal reports.



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Friday feel good: 92-year-old former nurse gets surprised with hospital tour

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This week marked a special homecoming for 92-year-old former nurse Jane Elsea.



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Friday feel good: Advocate Sherman Hospital nurses care for 13 duck eggs after mother killed by hawk

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Duck eggs got some special care this month from nurses at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill.



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Friday feel good: Physician donates kidney to save her patient's son

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'Eye candy' and 'booth girls' at HIMSS: For women in tech, conferences can add insult to injury

In just the past decade, there has been explosive growth in the digitization of the world. People can deposit checks with the snap of a photo on a smartphone. You can hail a private car with a couple of touches on a number of ride service apps. It seems like every day, a new technological advancement comes along and alters the course of modern life.

But technology's progress stands in stark contrast to its culture. The tech industry is creating the future, but the tech culture remains years behind, especially when it comes to gender relations.

A new report called "Elephant in the Valley" sheds personal light on the mistreatment of women in the tech workplace. Published in January 2016, the authors surveyed more than 200 women who have worked in Silicon Valley for at least 10 years about their experiences in tech culture.

Some telling points:

  • 47 percent of respondents said they were asked to do lower-level tasks such as note-taking or ordering food, which their male colleagues were not asked to do
  • 59 percent said they have not had the same opportunities as their male colleagues
  • 88 percent of women said clients or colleagues address questions to male peers that instead should be directed to them
  • 60 percent reported experiencing unwanted sexual advances

It's easy to point fingers at Silicon Valley, but issues of gender discrimination hit close to home in the health IT industry nationwide, and the largest industry gathering can bring these issues to light. A Craigslist ad posted Jan. 25 serves as one example. The ad seeks a "HIMSS '16 Conference Booth Girl," A picture is requested for consideration. The "girl" is expected to wear business casual attire for three days, earning $150 per day. No requirements or professional capabilities are specified other than being available for those 72 hours.

No vendor or exhibitor's name is attached to the ad.

A reporter for MedCityNews discussed the Craigslist ad in a post, and he should be applauded for drawing attention to this blatant display of sexism. But author Neil Versel suggests having women on exhibition floor may be a distraction to attendees — an interpretation that is sexist in itself. He writes, "I, like most men, enjoy looking at beautiful women. But this is happening in Las Vegas. There's plenty of eye candy to be found for everybody outside the convention center. We can do without it on the show floor."

Being in Las Vegas doesn't pardon sexist behavior, and calling individuals "eye candy" is disrespectful, especially when it's a person to whom one has no type of relationship. Even more unsettling is this unfolding in a professional setting.



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On the side of the light: Vanderbilt medical staff arranges private screening of 'Star Wars' for cancer patient

The force is strong in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center medical staff, who recently worked with a local move theater to coordinate a private screening of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," for a patient who has battled leukemia for nearly five years.

The patient, 22-year-old Natalie Seale, had been eagerly awaiting the release of the movie. After undergoing a bone marrow transplant to combat her T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in June 2015, she was told she would be unable to be in large crowds due to her weakened immune system.

One of Ms. Seale's nurses at Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital — Sarah Neumann, RN — took it upon herself to call a local movie theater to see what they could do to help her patient experience seeing the movie on the big screen.

"Cancer ruthlessly robs our patients of many things we can't control, so as a nurse, I feel that it is important to help patients maintain as much normalcy in life as possible to provide them with much deserved hope and joy during such a difficult time," said Ms. Neumann, who may just be a Jedi knight. Not even a battalion of stormtroopers could stop her from going above and beyond for her patient.



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Friday Feel Good: How one retired engineer and his buddy are making a difference at an Alabama hospital

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