How liability distribution is holding back certain types of innovation in healthcare

I recently posted about my upcoming Healthcare Unbound presentation on why healthcare disruption is happening too slowly and requested some thoughts from my readers. This morning I woke up to receive these terrific remarks from Jeroen Bouwens which I’m sharing with permission: My theory as to what is holding back certain types of innovation in healthcare is the idea of distributing liability. As long as the ultimate responsibility, and therefore liability, lies with the Medical practitioner, they are extremely reluctant to accept automated systems making medical decisions. ...

Getting beyond the hype of disruption in healthcare and focusing on actionable innovation

I’ve been invited to give a keynote talk at the Tenth Annual Healthcare Unbound Conference taking place in Denver on July 11-12. Healthcare Unbound is the “granddaddy” of recent Health 2.0, Connected Health, and similar Health Tech conferences. What I love about this specific conference, which I’ve only spoken a few times, is that for a decade now it’s focused on patient engagement, consumer-centric health, and connected health well before it was sexy and fashionable. ...

Guest Article: Achieving product simplicity in healthcare offerings is hard but possible

_I’m a geek and proud of it — I love building software, launching new products, and am a fan of others that do it well. Recently I ran across the Berlin-based team from kenHub, a site focused on teaching anatomy online and helping medical students prepare for tests. I reached out to the team to ask them how they were differentiating themselves from the many other solutions available they said their goal was to simplify the process of learning using new didactic concepts to focus on memorizing and gamification elements to make it fun and engaging. ...

Join me at MedCity ENGAGE: Unlocking Patient Engagement through Innovation, June 5-6, in Washington DC

_Digital Patient Engagement_ (DPE) is a subject that’s been getting a great deal of attention these days, notably because MU Stage 2 specifically mentions DPE as a requirement for the next generation of certified EHRs. Personally I believe Patient Engagement is still confusing to most people and is probably in the Peak of Inflated Expectations phase of the Gartner hype cycle (another way to think about it is that the DPE noise level is probably much higher than useful signals coming out of the industry). ...

Physicians are not technology averse

As a thought leader in the healthcare IT space I get a lot of emails that blame physicians for not changing their behavior and not more more easily accepting information technology. The IT solutions folks and vendors often complain “if only physicians would just accept our system the hospital would benefit, the government would get data, insurance claims would be processed faster, etc.” Because physicians don’t jump to change their behavior and adopt IT immediately they are pegged as being technology averse. ...

Guest Article: The Hottest Jobs in Healthcare IT

Given all the attention being given to healthcare IT these days (especially because of the stimulus bill), many of my readers were wondering how to get into the market (jobs, contracts, etc). I asked Sarah Scrafford, who regularly writes on the topic of pharmacy technician online programs, to tell us what she’s seeing these days. Here’s what she had to say about the healthcare IT job market. There’s an inherent satisfaction in working in the healthcare field – you feel fulfilled because you’re helping people get better and get over ailments that get them down. ...