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OPERATIONAL EFICIENCY

AI algorithm developed to evaluate accuracy of AI algorithms
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Called Mobius, the algorithm allows medical providers to rapidly compare any artificial intelligence or machine learning tool designed for clinical or back office use. Early pilots led to significant savings on the software line item and increased employee happiness, as staff no longer have to manually evaluate each of the thousands of programs launched every week.

Revenue cycle execs concerned by discovery of genetic predisposition to pay bills
Key Quote: “Is this why we have to send three statements just to start collecting from so many of our patients?” Asked one CFO. “How do we manage this? Do we create a sliding scale based on genetic propensity to pay? If scientists find a way to modify it, how many people will electively reduce their bill-paying predisposition…and who will pay for that procedure!?”

Opinion: Go paper free, scratch clinical notes on aluminum foil
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Has this switch saved our practice money? No. Has it improved our EHR, helped us build an interoperable and easy-to-use tech stack? Absolutely not. But at least our staff has something to line the toaster with when they’re finished with the notes. Our break room is much cleaner.


SHIFTING ENGAGEMENT PATTERNS

Amid flagging passenger volumes, NorthPac Airlines offers in-flight telehealth service
Key Quote: Business class passengers will receive a complementary 15 minute consult, while coach passengers can swipe their HSA card in the seat back reader and pay $3/minute. Services currently include mental health (company execs say this will be especially helpful for passengers with aviophobia), primary care, infectious disease evaluation, dermatology, and nutritional counseling.

North Platte Health System releases long-anticipated “swipe to select” app
Key Quote: Users can find a doctor in any one of 8 specialties, including primary care. The app allows filtering based on criteria like years in practice, medical school attended, and patient ratings. Swipe left to dismiss, swipe right to schedule an appointment.

On demand prescription delivery service launches in Rhode Island
Key Quote: Nicknamed “the Uber of Rx,” Patients use a smartphone app to select their medication and request a drop-off. The driver who delivers the pill also watches the patient take it, and can help with injectables for an additional fee. Company founders anticipate the system will increase medication adherence while also creating jobs in the gig economy.


MISCELLANEOUS

Boston hospital considering scooter lawsuit
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“It’s a problem,” Widmare said. “They’re leaving AMA and using scooters to do it. I literally just saw someone who was a Code Walker, flying down the sidewalk on a Lime with his hospital gown flapping in the wind and a patient belongings bag slung over his shoulder.”

LiteCare and Topeka Regional Health trade Executives
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Industry analysts were intrigued to watch what is thought to be the first C-suite swap in healthcare history. LiteCare is sending its CEO and CTO to Topeka Regional in exchange for the latter’s CEO – considered a rising star just entering prime career years. “A new start in a new city with a new team could lead to some pretty exciting results for these leaders and their organizations,” said one.


THE BIG STORY

Innovation turns out to be easy; anyone can do it
Key Quote: Recent studies found that approximately 
100% of innovations developed in the past 200 years have been developed by people. Researchers said that, while additional studies are needed, these results suggest people working individually or in teams can innovate. In an emailed response to questions the authors explained: “If people innovate, and [x] is a person, [x] can innovate. See? Easy.”

Global healthcare crisis solved
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By focusing on the needs of society while remembering the centrality of individuals, by building solutions for problems rather than the other way around, by creating systems that fit natural human behavior, and by communicating clearly with all stakeholders, innovation has accelerated and led to accessible, sustainable health for the global population.

 

 

      
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