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  • The innovation paradox: Those who most need it can't get it

    Access to care and access to Internet are becoming more synonymous. Depending on where you live, that's a concern. When the Apple Watch was released, much hype surrounded the potential capabilities and functions of this new device. Those in healthcare were eager to see what this new wearable could contribute to the industry and how a smartwatch might affect patient care. Heart rate monitor, glucose tracking, a built-in pedometer — the opportunities seemed endless and promised a healthier population. Until we look at who is buying and using the Apple Watch: by and large, people who are already healthy and don't need to monitor their heart rates day in and day out. Herein lies the paradox of consumer-focused innovation: While the healthcare industry is bullish on developing new technologies and offerings that are meant to improve healthcare quality and wellness, those using such offerings don't really need them. And, the ones who do are often unable to access them. A recent Wired article discussed this idea in the context of telemedicine. "The rural communities that could benefit most from [telemedicine] also have the least access to fast and reliable Internet — an obvious prerequisite," reads the article. Hospitals and health systems are increasingly adopting telemedicine, offering remote video consultations for patients at home or connecting with specialists from academic medical centers for bedside care support. Patients are also open to the idea of receiving care this way: 74 percent of U.S. consumers would use telehealth services, according to a 2015 American Hospital Association survey. But like the Wired article suggests, these offerings are moot if individuals don't have a broadband connection.Read More...
  • Hospital throws together wedding for woman in labor

    Staff members at Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion for Women in Houston probably didn't realize that during the course of a normal workday they would take on an entirely new profession: Wedding planning.Read More...
  • Friday feel-good: Superheroes rappel down children's hospital

    A dose of feel good to kick off the weekend.Read More...
  • Friday Feel Good: Hospital garden grows 100 lbs of produce for local food pantries

    A dose of feel good to kick off the weekend.Read More...
  • Friday Feel Good: Construction workers write messages on beams for pediatric patients

    A dose of feel-good to kick off the weekend.Read More...
  • Friday Feel Good: For a good laugh, head to the hospital

    A dose of feel-good to kick off the weekend.Read More...
  • There's no app for that: The human problem of price transparency

    There is no shortage of vendors and IT solutions for price transparency. These businesses can offer pricing algorithms, estimates and mobile tools. But some studies released last week suggest hospitals have more work to do before settling on another app or piece of software.Read More...
  • 14 of the best reactions to King v. Burwell on Twitter

    On Thursday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its opinion on King v. Burwell regarding the fate of the tax subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In a 6-3 decision, the SCOTUS determined the subsidies will be upheld.Read More...
  • Students donate their stuffed toys

    A dose of feel-good to kick off the weekend. Young patients can't help but feel nervous and anxious when they're in the emergency room. But the sixth grade class at McGrath Elementary School in Santa Clarita, Calif., is hoping to change that. As their final act of kindness before heading to junior high next year, the sixth graders are donating Beanie Babies and stuffed toys to young patients in the Emergency Department at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Calif. The students have been gathering their Beanie Babies and are excited to give them to patients in need of a little comfort. The students will be meeting in the main lobby of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center on Friday, June 12 at 1:30 p.m. PDT to donate the toys.Read More...
  • Friday Feel Good: A final toast

    A dose of feel-good to kick off the weekend.Read More...

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