Join the IHI #InnovationRelay Twitter chat on Wed

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This summer, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is holding an IHI Innovation Relay and you can join the Twitter chat on Wed 7/30 at 1 pm ET to learn more about how to pioneer answers to persistent problems in health care. "Each leg of the Relay will focus on a fundamental aspect of IHI’s Innovation strategy empowering participants to develop innovative solutions to challenges in health and health care. Rather than just research the problems, they’ll design testable solutions together, with the help of the IHI Innovation team and experts within and outside of health care."

Don't miss the Twitter Chat called the IHI #InnovationRelay on Wednesday, July 30, from 1 to 2 PM ET.

#InnovationRelay Tweet Chat Schedule and Subjects:

•1–1:30 PM ET: Social Determinants of Health — we know that social determinants account for 80-90% of health outcomes. Let’s design an approach of a hospital/health care system to interact with the community to improve the social determinants of health.

•1:30–2 PM ET: Front-Line Physicians and Quality Improvement — with the many pressing priorities of physicians, it can be difficult to engage and leverage the expertise and influence of physicians in quality improvement projects at the front-line of care. Let’s design an approach to optimize the role of physicians at the point of care.

Twitter Hashtag: #InnovationRelay

Will chikungunya reach your neighborhood?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Could chikungunya be coming to your neighborhood? Right now, chikungunya has been detected in all these states (dark blue = locally-acquired cases; light blue = travel-associated cases):


Are you surprised by this map? This map is probably going to change as the summer goes on. So many families travel to Florida with their children to visit theme parks like Disney. Florida is the only state (dark blue) where we have detected locally-acquired cases. The light blue states represent travel-associated cases. There have been 2 cases of chikungunya in Florida so far.


Fulfill your REMS-compliant training on ER and LA opioids

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Misuse and abuse of opioids has grown to be a serious public health concern about addiction, overdose, and death. REMS-compliant training is a critical component of the ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS program.

On July 9, 2012, the FDA approved a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) for extended-release (ER) and long-acting (LA) opioid medications. The REMS introduces new safety measures to reduce risks and improve safe use of ER/LA opioids while continuing to provide access to these medications for patients in pain.

You can access free online REMS-compliant training on ER and LA opioids CME activities on QuantiaMD.

NEJM perspective article about Big Data in Healthcare

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dr. Sebastian Schneeweiss recently wrote an interesting perspective article in the NEJM about big data in health care. He writes:
Two key “learning” applications of big health care data that hold the promise of improving patient care are the generation of new knowledge about the effectiveness of treatments and the prediction of outcomes. Both these functions exceed the bounds of most computer applications currently used in health care, which tend to offer physicians such tools as context-sensitive warning messages, reminders, suggestions for economical prescribing, and results of mandated quality-improvement activities. 
Physicians currently struggle to apply new medical knowledge to their own patients, since most evidence regarding the effectiveness of medical innovations has been generated by studies involving patients who differ from their own and who were treated in highly controlled research environments. But many data that are routinely collected in a health care system can be used to evaluate medical products and interventions and directly influence patient care in the very systems that generated the data.
Given that clinical trials are conducted in an environment that usually doesn't reflect the "real world," clinicians often use that as an excuse to deviate from guideline recommendations. It's actually not an excuse. When you have a patient who has certain comorbid conditions or other factors, you need to make a clinical judgement about how you will treat that individual, and that may require you to deviate from clinical practice guidelines.

Currently, it is very costly and cumbersome to conduct "real-world" research studies. But, as we collect more data about the "effectiveness of treatments and the prediction of outcomes," clinicians will be more empowered than ever before to make better clinical decisions. It won't be an era of "cookbook medicine" that's entirely driven by static algorithms and flowcharts. Instead, treatment decisions will be customized and tailored for each individual based on unique factors, genomic profiles, patient preferences, socioeconomic factors, and much more.


Innovation HealthJam #InnovationHealthJam

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

In a few weeks, the Innovation HealthJam will happen online! June 17-19. Here's what it's going to be about:

Come together for this Innovation HealthJam and help brainstorm new ideas for the healthcare technology area. This event will challenge a large diverse group within the medical eco-system to re-frame health care in the United States. This online brainstorming event will bring together healthcare providers, healthcare technology companies, universities, patient advocacy groups, trade associations, and government agencies from the healthcare industry to discuss how innovation can address healthcare challenges. By engaging thousands of prominent leaders, professionals, and passionate individuals, the event is intended to generate breakthrough ideas that will redefine healthcare.

Topics:
  • Patient Engagement and Healthcare Design for Consumers
  • Technology and Older Adults: The New Era of Connected Aging
  • A Mobile Health Agenda for Transforming Healthcare Delivery
  • Compute for Personalized Medicine: Finding the Cause and Cure through Genomics
  • Telehealth and Telemedicine: Emerging Opportunities in Addressing the Triple Aim (Linking Patients, Caregivers and Providers)
  • Your Physician of the Future
  • Health Innovation for Vulnerable Populations - Worldwide
  • Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM)
You can sign up here: http://www.innovationhealthjam.com

Follow updates on Twitter: #InnovationHealthJam

The FDA launches #openFDA to give access to public health data

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Yesterday, the FDA announced a new initiative called openFDA to give developers, health care researchers, clinicians, and the public access to important public health data. openFDA is currently in beta, but it's definitely looking quite promising.

OpenFDA utilizes a search-based Application Program Interface (API) to collect large amounts of existing publicly available data, offering developers the ability to search through text within that data, ranking results much like a search using Google would do. This method then allows them to build their own applications on top of openFDA, giving them a large amount of flexibility to determine what types of data they would like to search and how they would like to present that data to end-users. This enables a wide variety of applications to be built on one common platform.

The openFDA Initiative was formally launched with the creation of the Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) and the Office of Informatics and Technology Innovation (OITI) at the FDA.

Get ready for the 2014 Health Datapalooza! #hdpalooza

Friday, May 23, 2014

Are you familiar with the Health Datapalooza? What exactly is a palooza? The Urban Dictionary defines palooza as "an all-out crazy party; partying at one place with a ton of people like there's no tomorrow." You don't have to be a data junkie or an informatics geek to have fun at the Health Datapalooza.

Health Datapalooza is a national conference focused on liberating health data, and bringing together the companies, startups, academics, government agencies, and individuals with the newest and most innovative and effective uses of health data to improve patient outcomes.

This year, the event is June 1 - 3 in Washington DC.

The two-day event includes:
  • Keynote presentations, newsmaker panels, breakout groups, training sessions, meet-ups, code-a-thons, and other interactive sessions focused on health data applications.
  • Rapid-fire announcements of business deals, data competitions, new academic programs and projects, cross-sector collaborations, and other opportunities for engagement.
  • An “Apps Expo” that allows attendees to explore innovative new tools and services and interact directly with the developers and data experts who create the applications.
  • The hallmark of the event is a national competition that searches for the best and most innovative uses of health data in apps and products. The competition culminates in live demonstrations of the winning applications to Health Datapalooza attendees.
Join the digital health revolution and hear about some of the innovations that are transforming the landscape of healthcare in this country.

http://healthdatapalooza.org

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Dr. Joseph Kim is the founder of MedicineandTechnology.com, an independent website owned and operated by Dr. Kim. He is also the President of MCM Education, a professional medical education and publishing company that develops continuing medical education (CME) activities in joint sponsorship with medical universities, hospitals, and medical associations.

Dr. Kim is a digital entrepreneur and technologist who has a passion for health information technology, mobile health, and social media. He frequently speaks at conferences about non-clinical careers for physicians, continuing medical education, mobile health technology, and social media in medicine. He is a regular contributor for the Physician Executive Journal, the official journal of the American College of Physician Executives.

Dr. Kim holds a bachelor of science in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a doctorate of medicine from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, and a master of public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health.
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