The Intel Healthcare Innovation Summit webcasts are coming up on Oct. 23. We've invited leading experts from around the world to participate in the online webcast discussions and hope you will join us as well. The webcasts are your chance to hear from healthcare technology thought leaders, and learn about new technologies that will transform healthcare in the next few years. Register here.


Below is a preview clip from the discussion on 21st century healthcare and the race to reinventing national healthcare systems. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden shares his thoughts with Eric Dishman, General Manager of the Healthcare Strategy and Solutions Group at Intel, on the aging population and how to treat this growing group of patients efficiently and affordably.

 

 

What questions do you have? Remember to register and reserve your spot for the webcasts.

On Oct. 23, Intel is hosting its Healthcare Innovation Summit webcasts. These brief sessions will feature roundtable discussions with experts on the next wave of healthcare technology, plus live Q&A so you can ask questions to those who are on the forefront of health IT transformation. Register for the webcast series here.

 

Leading up to the online webcasts, we have asked industry leaders to share some of their thoughts on the future of healthcare technology. Here is a guest blog from Cristine Kao, global marketing manager at Carestream Health, Inc., on patient engagement. Give it a read and let us know what you think.

 


The recent release of Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules and linkage of patient communication measures to incentive payments has healthcare’s C-Suite taking stock of their engagement strategies. In Stage 2, providers allow 50 percent of patients to view download and send their health information online within four days of the information being available. Five percent must be able to view, download or share relevant health information with a third party like a specialist.

 

These “consumerized healthcare” measures have the potential to be one of the most transformative aspects of reform on the quality of care. Take the impact on patient satisfaction: A study published in JACR in April 2012 found that “nearly 80 percent of patients preferred the patient portal method over other methods of information notification, such as phone calls, mailed letters or in-person clinical consultation.” Or the ability for patient access to radiology results to eliminate the cost of duplicate radiographic exams and patient exposure to radiation: In 2010 Frost & Sullivan reported that “over 10 percent of diagnostic examinations and procedures could be wasteful duplications due to non-availability or intermittent access to the patient's previous clinical data and records.”

 

Patient engagement is a good thing for our 21st century healthcare system, but we must recognize the challenge it poses to a provider’s IT strategy.

 

A patient portal engagement strategy must be built on these six principles to provide enough value for the patients to go online, and stay online:

 

1. Offer comprehensive access to full patient information.

2. Integrate core patient services such as demographic updates, paying bills and viewing lab and imaging exam results, as well as providing access to physicians if necessary.

3. Have a simple and intuitive user interface so patients do not require dedicated training or support.

4. Cannot dictate nor predict what device or operating system patients have. Thus, offer a vendor or device neutral viewer that does not require installation or download.

5. Include both consent management and customizable settings for administrators (critical results release) and patients (sharing options).

6. Distribute security protocols with access control rules, encryption, auditing, hardened servers, session-only service calls and configurable secured environments.

 

Patient engagement, like any IT change management project, requires plenty of detailed process mapping, user (patient) education and enterprise communication. After all, even the greatest technology is not effective unless you have proper adoption and process to sustain it.   

 

How are you addressing patient engagement in your operational design?

Innovation is driving healthcare technology these days. That’s why, for the second year, Intel is hosting its virtual Healthcare Innovation Summit on Oct. 23, and has invited industry experts from around the world to participate in the online webcast series.


When you join us for the discussions, you’ll hear from influential thought leaders such as U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (Ore.) and John D. Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Dean of Technology at Harvard Medical School.


This unique virtual series goes beyond webcasts, offering networking opportunities and live interaction, as well as white papers, case studies, and more. The online format makes it easy for you to participate—you can attend one or all of the webcasts, depending on your schedule and your interests.  And if you miss one or two, you can still watch the discussions on-demand.


This year we have some great webcasts lined up for you that will tackle some of today’s top healthcare technology issues, such as:


The Race to Reinventing Health—National Challenges to Innovation
October 23, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PDT
Join global thought leaders on healthcare innovation as they discuss challenges and strategies to address market forces shaping healthcare delivery in the 21st century, including a rapidly aging population, unsustainable healthcare costs, and a shortage of primary care workforce.


Big Data and Analytics in Healthcare and Life Sciences
October 23, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT
With the explosive growth of data output in healthcare, new challenges arise: downstream analytics with rapidly evolving parameters, data sources, and formats; storage, movement, and management of massive datasets and workloads; and the challenge of expressing the results and translating the latest findings directly into improving patient outcomes.


Collaborative Care: How Mobile Tools Help You Thrive in Healthcare Reform
October 23, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PDT
One dramatic way to transform care delivery and control costs is to look at the systemic effect of collaborative-care workflows on the system, which can dramatically lower admission and readmission, and allow patients to be treated in a variety of settings other than the hospital. How must IT systems adjust to allow for this real-time collaboration?


You can find out more information about the webcasts and all of the speakers on the registration page.


I invite you to join us for our annual online event on Oct. 23. It’s easy to register: simply click on this link and sign up to reserve your spot for the webcasts.


See you online at the Intel Innovation Summit.

We hear a lot about Big Data these days. In healthcare, data means different things to different people. To find out more about Big Data in healthcare, we asked a few industry experts from Dell, EMC and Siemens to give us their definitions, and provide some key tips for healthcare CIOs to be on the lookout for now, and in the future.

 

Watch the video below to hear what they had to say.

 

What questions do you have?

 

There's little doubt that tablets are making headway into healthcare IT. Your challenge as a health IT pro is to make sure your staff has the right tablets to collaborate and provide quality patient care.


With so many choices on the market, how do you pick the right health IT tablet? In the below video, spend a few minutes with Eric Dishman, director of health innovation and policy for Intel's Digital Health Group, as he explains how to evaluate mobile technologies and how to find the right mobile device for clinicians. As you will hear, consumer-friendly tablets are not always the best solution.


What questions do you have about tablets?

 

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