Opinion: Innovation in healthcare is impossible when it’s not patient driven

During the period I developed and subsequently managed a portal for managers of care homes for the elderly, zorgbeheer.com, I posted an organigram that I had used at my own care home since around the year 2000. Instead of a hierarchical structure, it represents a flat circular one, with the patient in the middle and management...

Why Facebook could be asking for your blood in the not-so-distant future

Social media giant Facebook is planning to launch a feature meant to allow U.S. healthcare organizations to request blood donations in areas where there are shortages, according to a report from Business Insider. The tool – which is expected to roll out in the Spring – is an expansion of a blood donation request...

Bury Council Chooses Zylpha’s Land Registry Integration For Its Property Team

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Bury Council has chosen Zylpha’s widely acclaimed Land Registry integration for LexisNexis Visualfiles. The integration streamlines the process by which Visualfiles users can access the Land Registry portal, saving a significant amount of time and resource. The borough has also taken Zylpha’s PDF Mail solution. This adds...

How Texas Tech health built an app for alternative payment models

How Texas Tech health built an app for alternative payment models
Working in healthcare and technology for over a decade and a half, one thing I’ve noticed is that innovation is slowed and often nixed because we look at how an incremental achievement fits into the current mega-sized health I.T. environment. I’ve experienced numerous times where operations, clinical or administrative personnel bring up problems that...

CAR-T therapies face logistical bottleneck as market set to see major growth

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Amid all the excitement around CAR-T cell therapies, some experts are concerned that a coming wave of new products on the market may overwhelm the medical centers that administer them. Because of this, they said, manufacturers need to streamline the processes that centers and physicians must undergo when giving them to patients. To illustrate,...

Zylpha’s new Hubshare integration allows Visualfiles users to collaborate for the first time

Hubshare Integration
An innovative new integration enables files stored in Visualfiles to be accessed collaboratively between departments or practices for the first time.The new product integration is the result of a strategic partnership between leading legal technology innovator Zylpha (www.zylpha.com) and Nikec Solutions, the developers of Hubshare, the extranet platform that streamlines...

National Health IT Week: HIMSS VP of Government Relations looks back on how it evolved

National Health IT Week: HIMSS VP of Government Relations looks back on how it evolved
As vice president of government relations at HIMSS, I actively participate in crucial conversations regarding U.S. health IT policy and regulations on a regular basis. Despite the ever-changing nature of health IT, one constant remains and drives my work each day: the gratification of watching an idea evolve into action. Strong ideas drive productive...

How digital therapeutics fit into the larger mental health ecosystem

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Nearly one in five Americans suffer from mental illness each year, according to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. More than half  that number don’t get the care necessary to treat their condition. There are many factors that have driven this trend including cultural stigma, but one major reason is...
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