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Altarum’s Health Innovations and Technical Assistance (HITA) team has developed a comprehensive program to tackle this issue at the source—by furnishing clinicians with the knowledge and tools necessary to foster responsible opioid prescribing, improving patient education around opioid use, and providing technical assistance to promote use of prescription drug monitoring programs.
Led by a dedicated Altarum team, the transformation of oral health is currently underway in Michigan, thanks to the Michigan Caries Prevention Program (MCPP). Dental disease is the most common chronic disease among children—and it is also entirely preventable.
Altarum has recently launched a public health Web application, Michigan’s Dental Registry (MiDR℠), aimed at transforming the way medical and dental providers communicate regarding their patients’ oral health.
The team of Altarum’s SmileConnect.org, is focused on providing free oral healthcare resources and services to children across Michigan.
The whole American political spectrum shares two goals: lower health care spending and better health care delivery.
SmileConnect℠: Leveraging Untapped Resources to Address Children’s Oral Health Disparities Nationwide
Tooth decay affects more children than any other chronic disease, with children from the lowest socioeconomic groups impacted at a significantly higher rate.
No matter what you want to do, there’s an app for that, and health is no exception. With more than 165,000 health-related apps available, mobile health apps, called mHealth apps by some, are already a huge part of the digital market and are poised to grow even more abundant.
The recent switch to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition (ICD-10) from ICD-9 on October 1, 2015, in the United States has been beneficial yet challenging.
One of the biggest aims of telemedicine in hospitals today is to reduce the rate of readmissions. Hospitals have a major incentive: If they don't reduce preventable 30-day readmissions, they stand to lose a substantial amount of revenue.
Despite the growing significance of electronic health record systems and the exchange of electronic patient information through health information exchanges, there are still some providers that have been slow to adopt these important technologies.
Like most industries, health care is suffering from data overload, presenting both a challenge and an opportunity.
Regulation as we think of it is an artifice of the 20th century (plus a few years on either end)
Today, 59 percent of people over the age of 65 are online, but they often reject using the Web for their health care, opting for more traditional face-to-face or over-the-phone “low-technology” interactions with their providers.
2014 has had a few twists thrown into the mix when it comes to Meaningful Use attestation and subsequent goals. And we are only in the second quarter.
Public Health has always been at the forefront of the charge to “meaningfully use” electronic health data.
Many of us are familiar with the language of scientific research—it’s part of our daily professional lives. Concepts like “incidence,” and “significance,” are tossed around the most casual of office conversations, and we could interpret complex tables of data in our sleep. But, this is not the case for everyone.
September 16-20 is National Health IT week and today, 9/16, the focus is on information technology (IT) that enables Patient Engagement. It’s exciting to see so many innovations hitting the market—new devices, mobile health applications, and new approaches to engaging consumers.
As we head toward 2014, the year providers are required to upgrade their technology and Stage 2, Meaningful Use, begins, many are wondering if the new requirements are going to change the way care is coordinated.
More people than ever are seeking health information online and more are using their phones and social media to share health information.
The fourth annual mHealth Summit, which took place December 3-5 in Washington, D.C., brought together leaders from across the mobile health ecosystem.
The productivity paradox of business IT has been largely resolved by more than 25 years of research and analysis showing that IT does create economic value for nearly all domains of business.
Mobile technology has great potential to aid clinical research and it is time for the industry to take advantage of personal communication tools.
There must be a physician who knows and understands the diseases the patient has and how they interact, all the medications he has been prescribed, which ones he actually takes, and, most important, the patient himself—his usual state of health and his routines.
Continuity of care, being followed by the same doctor over time, something we took for granted 50 years ago, is critical now, especially for frail, elderly patients with complex medical problems accumulated over a lifetime.
As we fully embrace the digital age (or perhaps as it fully embraces us), both the mobile phone and the social Web offer significant systems-level platforms through which public health can increase the reach of its interventions.
There must be an effective approach to integrate the technology with the staff and environment in health care.
I want to take a step back, looking at three research projects aimed at developing something that may work—something that may improve end of life care for both the patient and the family.
Welcome to SOLOMO (SOcial, LOcal, MObile) communication, connecting us instantly through handheld devices. News now literally travels at the speed of light, with words strapped to the backs of zippy electrons.
Using the latest technology and a lot of moxie, all sorts of innovative organizations have popped up, delivering the same essential message: patients who actively participate in their own care can improve their health – and help others, too.
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 88 percent of American adults who have Internet access research information about their health online.
Almost exactly two years ago, the Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009—a legislative landmark of enormous significance.
Few would disagree that the sheer number of first and repeat deployments has placed a high demand on the Department of Veteran Affairs and military mental health treatment systems.
There is a problem with Health 2.0, just as there is a problem with the way that we’ve approached EHR technology for doctors and hospitals. We’ve been seeking solutions from IT instead of from people.
The British National Health Service (NHS) and the U.S. health system are popularly regarded as two unrelated health systems. However, despite their differences, these two health systems have historically shared a common problem.
Two years have passed since a Washington Post article revealed some instances of inadequate treatment of soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Our uncoordinated non-system results in consequences that are harmful to our most vulnerable – our children – and this harm has long-term implications throughout one’s life.
The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for health care reform this year that provides everyone with a choice of insurance.