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Health Innovations

My Life as a Type 1 Diabetic — Transformed by Technology!

By | Blog, Chronic health conditions, Continuous Glucose Monitor, Data, Diabetes, Disease Management, Glucose Monitor, Health, Health Innovations, Health Outcomes, Healthy lifestyle, Insulin, Insulin Pump, Medical, Medication, Patient Activation, Patient education, Patient Engagement, Patient Understanding, Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus | 3 Comments

Diabetes care, management and health outcomes have undergone a complete transformation over the last 50 years.  From diagnosis, to blood glucose monitoring, to medications, medical technology now offers many options that give diabetics the freedom to live more active and productive lives.  Tracey Long, a type 1 diabetic diagnosed in 1982, shares her personal story underscoring how important technology has been in allowing her to live her life to the fullest. Since 1982 when, at the age of eight, I learned I had Type 1 diabetes, the disease has been a constant in my life.  Back then, I followed the…

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Leveraging Big Data in Healthcare

By | Big Data, Blog, Data, Digital Health, EHR, Health, Health Innovations, Hospitals, Medical | 2 Comments

Big data analytics and clinical decision support is the wave of the future in healthcare and is already taking shape.  The industry has vast amounts of data it generates, and to date, most has been stored as hard copies or in unstructured formats rather than in easily usable digitized formats.  This data includes clinical data, written notes and prescriptions, medical imaging, labs, insurance information, demographic and administrative data, sensor data from vital sign monitoring, and information from social media streams.. Information explosion Some reports note that in 2011, the US healthcare system’s data reached 150 exabytes.   At this rate of…

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Reflections on Innovation in Healthcare

By | Blog, Data, Digital Health, EHR, EMR integration, Health, Health Innovations, Health Outcomes, Hospitals, Patient Activation, Patient Understanding, Provider workflow | No Comments

Innovation. As I prepare to attend Health 2.0 next week and share the Valeet Healthcare engagement platform, I’ve been reflecting on innovation in medicine, an essential ingredient to progress and transformation. It’s fascinating to realize how far we have come – and to imagine how much further we can go. While there have been a myriad of milestones and breakthrough innovations in the history of medicine, there are several that stand out in my mind: The magnifying glass — first created in 1250 by Roger Bacon, he designed a convex lens specifically used for science. Shortly thereafter, lenses were constructed…

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My Perspective on Why Patient Engagement is Critical for Better Health Outcomes

By | Blog, Health, Health Innovations, Health Outcomes, Patient Activation, Patient education, Patient Engagement | 6 Comments

Most physicians can recall a certain patient who defines why they chose to pursue medicine. For me, that patient is Mrs. Jones*. Mrs. Jones had struggled with multiple conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity for many years. As her primary care physician, I sensed her feelings of hopelessness and helplessness – of being out of control. One day, we had a frank conversation about her weight and how it was affecting her overall health. Something clicked within Mrs. Jones that day. She transformed into the model patient, making vital changes to her lifestyle. She began working with a…

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