Innovation & Evaluation

New technology is rapidly improving cancer care, and Alexa is at the vanguard

There’s a new voice in the chorus of encouragement for women to regularly check their breasts. here’s a new voice in the chorus of encouragement for women to regularly check their breasts. Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, can now talk its users through breast examinations, making it one of two exciting new tools being used

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Innovators use digital tools to translate patient experiences into meaningful data

The MITRE Corperation’s Kristina Sheridan shares how her life experince inspired the Patient Toolkit, which lets patients digitally record symptoms and treatment. Both the clinician and the patient hold an important piece to the care puzzle, according to Kristina Sheridan, head of the enterprise strategy and transformation department at the nonprofit MITRE Corperation. The physician

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What innovation looks like at a small, remote hospital

Artesia General Hospital stays focused on building partnerships where it can, optimizing its EHR and enhancing patient and physician experience. So far this week we’ve offered glimpses about how innovation is pursued at a large academic medical center, and how it looks at a mid-sized for-profit hospital. Now it’s time to profile a small facility,

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What innovation looks like at a medium-sized hospital

Mobile, Alabama-based Springhill Medical Center keeps a focus on physician and patient engagement as it works to drive process improvements and stay competitive. Springhill Medical Center, a 250-plus bed hospital based in Mobile, Alabama, exists in a crowded and competitive market. The for-profit, privately-owned hospital operates near nine other groups across two counties managed by

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How Authoritarian Governments Could Misuse Digital Health Innovations

We strongly believe that only digital health can bring healthcare into the 21st century and make patients the point-of-care. How long do you think it will take for authoritarian governments, dictatorships or tyrannies until they realize the vast potential in digital health technologies and until they learn how to harness their powers? Twenty years? Ten

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Biometric fingerprinting tool could help securely identify infants and children

University of California San Diego researchers have created a new biometric technology they say could help securely identify children and and even newborns with just the wave of a finger. The tech, funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is not yet commercially available, but UC San Diego researchers hope it will

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Puerto Rico piloting drones to deliver emergency medical supplies

Collaboration between AT&T, Merck and others combines IoT monitoring, temperature-controlled packaging and the drone to get meds to remote villages. Drones are among the most cutting-edge innovations that healthcare organizations of various types are currently evaluating, running proofs-of-concept with or pilot testing around the globe.In the most recent move, drones have been successfully tested for

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