All of us have hobbies and some have passions. And then there are causes, which many of us are passionate about. I have a special place in my heart for making a difference in anything to do with healthcare.
I obtained my Master’s degree in Child Psychology. I realized that most of my student projects pivoted around activities like spending time with and reading stories to sick children in hospitals. And teaching families in rural areas about healthy living and good nutrition. My project reports were quoted as examples of near ideal written pieces that other students could emulate. The seed was sown.
I started my career with writing, mostly on health, fitness, nutrition among many other topics. I critiqued books on health, care, and life. As I progressed in my career, I moved into IT marketing. I could feel my satisfaction levels peaking when I could bring technology and healthcare closer together. Technology can improve healthcare access and delivery. It’s especially impactful in rural areas where the nearest hospital or clinic could be hours away.
The Promise of Technology-driven Healthcare
There is no doubt that technological advancements are transforming the entire healthcare industry. The proliferation of new collaboration technologies is helping to address issues such as:
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Tags: collaboration, healthcare, telehealth, telemedicine, video conferencing
On April 13, 2015, Cisco kicked off day one of the annual HIMSS healthcare conference by hosting a media panel to discuss a range of healthcare technology topics impacting the U.S. as well as around the world including the Internet of Everything (IoE), telehealth, and the use of virtual pediatric networks (VPN).
Members of the media heard from leaders in the healthcare industry about how they are utilizing the latest technologies to provide enhanced healthcare to patients, the meaningful impact on patient-doctor interactions as well as the broader social impact on the community as a whole.
One such example discussed at HIMSS was the results of a program piloted by Cisco; the Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil; and other key partners in Sergipe to bring care via telehealth technology to underserved children who may not have convenient access to physicians given they’re located in such a remote north-east region of Brazil.
On April 13, Cisco released a report called Connecting Brazil’s Children to a Healthier Future, which includes results based on a survey conducted by Cisco. The results indicated that telehealth helps enhance the quality of care to patients, and also reduces travel time it takes to visit a medical specialist. So rather than traveling to a bigger city in Brazil to see a specialist, patients and their families can remain in Sergipe but meet with a specialist over video. Some of the key findings from the pilot illustrate how the technology is having a powerful impact on the patient care. For example, 93% of patients surveyed and who participated in virtual consultations found them effective and were satisfied with their experience.
The pilot, which is slated to go into full production later this month, utilizes Cisco collaboration technology, for example, to help with virtual patient-to-physician consultations. This connectivity allows for the patients located in Sergipe to receive consultations from medical experts residing outside the region – a method that allows patients to tap into a wider pool of medical expertise.
Additional supporting resources:
Connected Healthy Children – Brazil Video (English)
Connected Healthy Children – Brazil Video (Portuguese translation)
Connected Healthy Children – Brazil Video (Spanish translation)
Connected Healthy Children Program
Brazil Starts Pediatric Care Through Telemedicine in Sergipe
Virtual Pediatric Networks Connect Doctors with Doctors
As healthcare challenges are being addressed around the world, many healthcare challenges are actively being addressed inside the U.S. During the HIMSS event, media heard from CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) about the implementation of a virtual pediatric network.
This virtual pediatric network utilizes Cisco technology and creates a hub to connect leading pediatric oncologists from CHOC Children’s and five other leading hospital locations with one another to collaborate on how to treat children and teens with rare forms of cancer. The VPN consortium aspires to link to 200 cancer centers of excellence globally including 8,000 physicians through the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) http://www.childrensoncologygroup.org.
For more on how CHOC Children’s is utilizing the virtual pediatric network, watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97LPNwSwXcg&feature=youtu.be
These are just couple of examples where we see the true impact of technology on the healthcare industry. Over the next few years, we are going to see increasing adoption of these types of technologies, which ultimately is going to result in improved quality of patient care. To say the least, we live in very exciting times and we are just at the tip of the iceberg!
Tags: Cisco, healthcare, IoE, IoT, Patient Care, telehealth, video
Well, New Year’s Day is long past. As I continue to plod along with my New Year’s resolutions through this brutally cold winter, I do so with varying degrees of success. I still start my day with an apple-ginger juice and try to eat my veggies. Along the way I bolster my dedication with the incremental successes that a healthy lifestyle delivers. I feel lucky to have my health and I’m trying my best to protect it!
Sometimes, I get bummed when I read the healthcare headlines: There’s a new “super bug”… there is a shortage of doctors… antibiotics are nearing the end stage of their effectiveness…. The headlines can be scary!
But I know that headlines are meant to elicit emotions and capture attention. I recently looked behind the headlines at stories about how companies in the healthcare industry are using Cisco collaboration technology. I came away feeling optimistic. There are some cool things happening!
Technology is making a huge difference in doctor-patient care.
Park Nicollet Healthcare is a nonprofit integrated healthcare system located near Minneapolis. The company was looking for ways to improve collaboration between the more than 1000 physicians on staff. Park Nicolette made huge strides when it added Jabber to its existing Cisco Unified Communications Manager implementation Read More »
Tags: Cisco, cmr, collaboration, healthcare, telehealth
It’s safe to say the Internet of Everything (connecting people, processes, data and things) is impacting nearly every aspect of our lives.
When we wake up in the morning, we can check our smartphones for weather updates and use that data to decide if we need to wear an extra jacket or bring an umbrella. In some cities, sensor-based parking spaces can allow us to check a smart parking app to determine where to park our cars and how much it will cost to park in a certain space.
But the Internet of Everything (IoE) does not just impact our morning routines or where we park our cars – it also is transforming healthcare and is reshaping the patient experience. IoE for healthcare is all about better health outcomes, increased productivity, and more patient choice that drives an enhanced patient experience. Read More »
Tags: healthcare, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoT, Tapan Mehta, telehealth, telemedicine
With all the frenzied fanfare normally surrounding the debut of new Apple products, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were recently introduced to the masses. And though these new phones were the big news of the day for the technology giant, the Apple Watch is what the healthcare industry has its eyes on.
Released alongside the new iPhones, the Apple Watch is able to sync with apps that track wearers’ basic health and fitness activity trends, including heart rate and travelled distance on a run. More than a timekeeper, Apple’s most robust entry into the “wearables” market meets users at the intersection of technology and health, competing with standalone smart watches, fitness trackers and other multi-functional devices.
While the early reviews on how much the smart watch will revolutionize the industry are still inconclusive, the overall enthusiasm from consumers demonstrates how technology continues to rapidly change the face and future of healthcare – and how ready we are to embrace it. This embrace, of course, comes as no surprise to champions of telehealth and telecare. Technology has been a major influencer on Cisco’s Jordan Healthcare Initiative, demonstrating how technology can bridge gaps in patient care and bring about quality of life that wasn’t conceivable before.
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Tags: Cisco CSR, Cisco HealthPresence, corporate social responsibility, Jordan Healthcare Inititative, telehealth, telemedicine