Monday, 16 October 2017

A collection of Potential Usecases for #Blockchain in Healthcare


Every once in a while a new technology finds its way in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Technologies (in Healthcare) and its effectiveness and usability is applied to the management and interoperability of Healthcare Records. For instance, access to the Healthcare records by various stakeholders in the care continuum: care providers and patients. 




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Monday, 9 October 2017

Cybersecurity Trends in 2017


Cybersecurity is in the news almost daily and Investment in cybersecurity, by established corporations or venture capital is rising. The stature and business significance of cybersecurity operations within organisations continues its rise to a strategic management issue in every organisation. A dearth of skills shortage continues to impede the progress of a successful cyber defense strategy that can be put in place, this is driving most organizations to increasingly look for outside help be entering into consulting and managed security services contracts.

Rapid Increase in the Investment in Cybersecurity
  • According to Gartner, worldwide spending on cybersecurity increased by 7% as compared to last year and will reach $86.4 billion in 2017.
  • Spending on both cybersecurity services and products is expected to keep growing into 2018, reaching $93 billion by the end of the year.
  • An Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) survey found that for 39% of organizations, improving cybersecurity is the most important business initiative driving IT spending in 2017 and that 69% of organizations are increasing their cybersecurity budgets in this year alone. 
  • 81% of cybersecurity professionals agree that improving security analytics and operations is a high priority at their organizations.
  • Cybersecurity startup funding hit an all-time quarterly high in terms of number of deals in the first quarter of 2017, up 26% from the previous quarterly high. The trend held through the second quarter, which saw just one fewer deal (145 total) compared to the previous quarter. 
  • The amount of disclosed equity funding to cybersecurity companies has also recently broken records, reaching an all-time quarterly high of $1.6 billion in the second quarter of 2017, according to CB Insights.

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Friday, 29 September 2017

Build #MVP to gather customer intelligence!! by @tejasvdeshmukh #health2con


Over the years working in Healthcare, witnessed endless innovation across the technology landscape over last few years. This is only due to the aspiring moguls who understand the crux of business and would like to capitalize on specific problems using new approaches.
Innovation is everywhere, be it harnessing the data power for population health or using advanced technology to enhance digital health. From Outcome Health, Livongo... toPriorAuthNow, each one of them have addressed a specific healthcare challenge in a unique way. Enhancing clinical outcomes, access to care, and improved operational efficiencies.
We are now living in the era of innovation!!

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Return of the Wearables, in a New Avatar by @msharmas


IDC: Smartwatches accelerate in the second quarter, Device shipments grew 10.3% year over year to hit 26.3 million units during the second quarter of 2017; smartwatches grew 60.9%.

We are seeing the transformation of the wearables market with the total shipment volumes expected to maintain their forward momentum. According to the International Data Corporation's (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, vendors will ship a total of 125.5 million wearable devices this year, marking a 20.4% increase from the 104.3 million units shipped in 2016From there, the wearables market will nearly double before reaching a total of 240.1 million units shipped in 2021, resulting in a five-year CAGR of 18.2%. [1]

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Monday, 18 September 2017

#AI in Healthcare by @deveshrajadhyax



There are some subjects that invoke sharp and contrasting emotions in the society. In present day India, the GST tops the list of such things that are considered boon by some and curse by others. New technology usually does this to people. The steam engine, the telephone and the computer all have been greeted both as the savior and the nemesis of the mankind. 

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Four ways in which #AI can help humankind @deveshrajadhyax



Artificial Intelligence is receiving more than its fair share of public attention. On one side there are promises of miracles, while on the other side there are warnings of doomsday. What is probably missing is a simple listing of clear benefits. This is article is an attempt to create such a list.

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Monday, 4 September 2017

Philips Digital Healthcare Conclave 2017 #ConnectedCare In Focus by Sagay Mary, @hisagay



What if expensive, specialized patient monitoring systems in ICUs could be replaced with discreet sensors that transmitted all the vital health data directly to the doctors’ smartphones? What if the data could be analysed to deliver intelligible insights as well? Not only would it ensure better quality of care, it would also help bring down equipment and overhead costs for the hospital by eliminating expensive equipment and by even allowing patients to be cared for at home. The good news is that, this is not a hypothetical scenario but a real possibility as technology makes connected healthcare a reality.

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Thursday, 31 August 2017

#VR #AR can increase efficiency and reduce cost in medical education #meded by Dr. Vikram @drvikram


Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality has the potential to transform key areas in healthcare. Medical Education, Rehabilitation, supply chain the list is endless and what is limiting us is our own imagination.

Last week I was speaking at the IT Healthcare Summit on the potential for VR/AR to transform healthcare. I also shared my views on this post before the conference. In my discussions with the delegates, I realized that the foundation of medical education in India can be improved drastically. One just needs to look around medical colleges in India to understand the state of the dissection halls there. 

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Monday, 28 August 2017

Internet of Things #IoT : Healthcare & Medical by @vsolank1









Application of "IoT", the latest buzz word as many would like to call it, are numerous and have been covered under the topics below

















Healthcare industry is one the largest in any country both in terms of the required reach to the masses and in terms of per capita budget. Human beings save money to live comfortably, to get their child married, to buy a house and last but not the least to pay for medical bills. As per the latest reports on USA health stats only 21 out of 100 people (< 65 age) have medical coverage. But the spend on prescription drugs is rapidly increasing from 2004 ($192 B) to 2014 ($297) however maximum of this spend is funded by private savings. Scenario is not much different in other developed countries.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

How Virtual Reality #VR and Augmented Reality #AR is transforming Healthcare by Dr. Vikram @drvikram

Digital is transforming healthcare. It is creating new channels for improving patient experience, creating better clinical processes and engaging doctors and other para-clinical staff like never before.

It is also creating new models for areas like medical education, rehabilitation and managing supply chain. In these there key areas Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are playing a key role. But first let’s start with the definition and differences between AR and VR.

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Monday, 7 August 2017

Order Sets: A POKA-YOKE for Clinical Decisions by Dr. Ujjwal Rao, @DrUjjwalRao - Part 2/2

The full potential of a CDSS can be realised when it is seamlessly integrated into the clinical workflow and is evidence-adaptive

In continuation to the the part one of the article, in the part 2 of the "Order Sets: A POKA-YOKE for clinical decisions" Dr. Rao is

ADDRESSING THE KNOWLEDGE GAP THROUGH CDSS:

THE POWER OF ORDER SETS

A “Physician Order” is a communication directing a particular service or action to be taken in the care of a specific patient. Medications, diet, physical activities, laboratory tests, radiologic studies, therapies, treatments...all are among the literally dozens of orders written to guide the care of each and every patient by the physician throughout an ordinary day. 

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Order Sets: A POKA-YOKE for Clinical Decisions by Dr. Ujjwal Rao, @DrUjjwalRao - Part 1/2

Poka (unintended mistake) Yoke (avoid) is the Japanese equivalent for “error proofing”.  
This Lean Manufacturing strategy is more relevant than ever in healthcare today. Why?

FIRST, DO NO HARM
The Supreme Court of India recently ordered one of the largest compensations so far in the country to a girl who lost her vision at birth in a case of medical negligence. The girl, who is now 18 years old, was born prematurely at a government hospital but was discharged from the hospital without a retinopathy test, a must for prematurely born babies. By the time the family discovered the lapse, the girl had lost her vision [1].

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Thursday, 27 July 2017

#IoHT is already delivering tangible cost savings, but continuous investment is essential - Accenture

Image Source: https://www.accenture.com/us-en/insight-accenture-2017-internet-health-things-survey
The Internet of Health Things (IoHT) is already delivering tangible cost savings, but continuous investment is essential

In a recently published report by Accenture [2], based on a survey of 77 Healthcare payers and 77 Healthcare providers in the US, the reports findings indicate that healthcare leaders are at risk of missing out on substantial cost savings, if they don't take the full advantage of Internet of Health Things (IoHT).

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

What is #ConnectedCare? Is the Healthcare Industry ready to embrace it in India?



During the recently held #PhilipsChat the from Philips Healthcare set the agenda to discuss various aspects of what is Connected Care? 
(http://blog.hcitexpert.com/p/connected-medical-devices.html
Whenever a TweetChat is held, the moderator puts out an agenda for the discussion. Once its time, the participants share their point of view by Tweeting out their responses to the questions, tweeted by the moderator. 

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

8 things Indian Doctors must do in order to invent-develop a successful medical device in India by @DrJagdishChatur

In India, we have 1 doctor for every 1,700 patients (WHO recommends 1:1000). We produce about 30,000 doctors and 18, 000 specialists every year. It is estimated that we will need four lakh doctors by 2020 to meet the minimum WHO requirement of 1:1000 doctor-patient ratio. 

Doctors, therefore, need to do more than what they are already doing in order to address the burden of clinical problems in India. One effective way could be by contributing to the development of affordable medical devices that reduce skill and are specifically designed for wider usage within our healthcare system so as to help reach a larger subset of a patient population. This can be through providing novel technologies to healthcare workers or through the most effective involvement of general practitioners in order to reach a larger patient population especially in underserved regions.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Made Affordable and Accessible by Piyush Gupta @Ambrosia_Sys

Living with diabetes comes with many challenges. At the top of the list is monitoring glucose levels to avoid a health crisis. Monitoring can be inconvenient and expensive, but thanks to advances in technology, these issues are being addressed like never before.

Dealing With Diabetes
Diabetes relates to the body’s ability to produce and process the hormone insulin. Without it, cells cannot absorb sugar, or glucose, which we need for energy.

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Monday, 3 July 2017

India aims to be a Global Leader in #DigitalHealth by Rajendra Pratap Gupta @rajendragupta

The Article was first published in Mr. Rajendra Pratap Gupta's LinkedIn Pulse, the Article is republished here with the authors permission

In May this year, India had tabled a resolution at WHO for mHealth, which was supported by over 30 nations. This clearly signals India intent to be a global leader in Digital Health.

Digital Health has the potential to revolutionize how populations interact with national health services and also strengthen health systems and will play an important role in preventive , promotive and curative health. India is now embarking on a futuristic journey to bridge the healthcare divide between have’s and have-nots using digital health tools. We have a number of projects that will extensively deploy technology .

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Monday, 26 June 2017

#DigitalHealth at an Inflection point by Mary Meeker, @kpcb reviewed by Manish Sharma @msharmas





Please note the above slides have been extracted from the Mary Meeker, Internet report 2017 purely for the purposes of this article. The statistics mentioned in this Blog have been taken from the Mary Meeker Internet Report 2017, relevant for DigitalHealth. For more details please view the complete report here  

While reviewing the Mary Meeker, Internet Report 2017 I found came across the statement "DigitalHealth at an Inflection point". So in this article (as also the slide deck above) I have tried to review the Digital Health specific updates and provide a correlation to them by linking it up with the India Internet section that has also been highlighted in the report.

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Blog Series: #IoT in Healthcare by Swetha Jegannathan @csweths



The opportunity in #healthcare IoT is estimated to be $2.5 trillion by 2025. How are we embracing this change? The Types of Opportunities (http://blog.hcitexpert.com/2016/05/infographic-iot-in-healthcare-opportunities.html) that present themselves to the Startups, Healthcare IT organisations are tremendous.
Presenting the insights shared by Swetha Jegannathan (@csweths) on #IoT in Healthcare #PhilipsChat.

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Friday, 9 June 2017

#DigitalHealth Startup? How to evaluate your #Startup like a VC or Angel by Manish Sharma @msharmas



#Startup, is a favourite word we hear these days from AiM to PM. At times it has connotations of a journey to fulfil, a dream to Startup is to Just go for it, and at times it brings about the memories of your struggles and wins, from that journey. But to startup is to also understand the basics of the entire process of establishing a business and running it.

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