With 2017 coming to a close, we decided to gather the most compelling stories in health IT, according to our readers at Future Healthcare Today. This year, the Interactive Patient Care program at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was the top story of interest for our readers. Other stories that garnered attention were around the use of telemedicine to combat crises such as the opioid epidemic. The WannaCry story also hit home to most people, but if there’s one thing that has been at the heart of it all, it’s how technology is being used improve patient care. Below are the biggest stories of the year that we’ve compiled from Future Healthcare Today. Continue reading to find out what the biggest stories of the year were.
Department of Veterans Affairs Embraces Innovative Technology to Deliver Patient Outcomes
As more and more organizations move towards a value-based healthcare model, they are implementing technology to measure their programs. In doing so, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), implemented an Interactive Patient Care (IPC) model, an innovative approach to delivery of care. IPC is based on the premise that the more engaged the patient is in their care, the better the patient experience will be, leading to improved patient outcomes. Read the full story here.
Is Blockchain The Answer to Preventing Ransomware Attacks?
Across all industries, 2017 saw its share of ransomware attacks. In healthcare, the National Health Service was taken down by WannaCry, one of the world’s largest coordinated global cyberattacks. In an interview with Chrissa MacFarlane, Founder of Patientory, she discussed how blockchain technology may be used to prevent ransomware attacks of this scale from occurring in the future, as it can be used “across borders.” Read the full story here.
Healthcare IT Grants for Telehealth and Telemedicine
Funding for health IT has long been a challenge for healthcare organizations, especially those in rural settings and community based hospitals. Each year, money is set aside from the federal government to fund technology projects within healthcare. This year, guest contributor Chris LaPage offered some advice for those interested in applying for grants. Read the full story here.
Can Telemedicine Help Alleviate the Pain of Opioid Addiction?
The opioid crisis did not show signs of slowing down this year, with rural areas being hit the hardest. The good news from Future Healthcare Today is that telemedicine may be able to help. Telemedicine is being used to connect doctors to patients through interactive audio and other electronic media to diagnose, consult with, and even treat patients. It has been proven to be highly effective in rural areas, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, those regions of the country inundated with patients and understaffed with doctors. Read the full story here.