Examples of Ambient Healthcare

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Ambient healthcare is a strategy of triggering healthcare events much earlier than it would otherwise occur. It works by using the wealth of sensors around us and machine-learning algorithms us to detect trends before a human consciously would notice.

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  1. While tracking steps and motion, the software notices a very slight but increasing change in gait over period of a year. It decides to mention it to the user and, because of the person’s age, suggests seeing a doctor to head off ...
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Thoughts about Ambient Healthcare

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TLDR – Ambient Healthcare is my proposed concept of using existing technology to create a “notice, nudge, act” to create healthcare that is cheaper, better, and more personal.

 

The meaning of healthcare has been on my mind lately. In my day job I am immersed in electronic medical record software, hospital operations, and engagement with users and patients of the healthcare system. Basically I work at the intersection of people and a healthcare system. Increasingly I feel that healthcare is happening inside ...

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Remember the Patient

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In Healthcare IT we are often focused on the internal aspects of running large Healthcare System. We focus on the operations at a clinic level. We focus on the EMR interface for providers and staff. We think about Meaningful Use, claims, and government incentive programs. We focus a lot on ourselves and often forget the largest concern: the patient.

I would (and will) argue that by not optimizing the patient experience, healthcare organizations are overlooking valuable cost savings and better patient ...

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