Recent changes in healthcare delivery as mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are forcing providers to focus on technology as a way to improve the health of the population, while engaging patients and encouraging them to take accountability for maintaining their own health. One way of doing this is through the use of mobile health (mhealth) technologies that allow physicians to monitor patients in real time and access important medical records from anywhere.
Connecting millions of patients with caregivers like never before, mhealth technology is changing healthcare delivery for good. Emerging Technologies in Healthcare provides detailed descriptions of the latest mhealth technologies. It outlines the role of mhealth for self-care and remote care and describes the differences between telemedicine, telehealth, and telecare.
The book justifies the use of mhealth technology for meeting regulatory standards of care and explains how analytics and social media are being used to improve the delivery of healthcare. It addresses healthcare reform and risk management in healthcare and concludes by discussing future directions for healthcare technologies.
The book is written by a leader in the application of analytics in the healthcare industry. Her extensive background in nursing and hospital administration provides her with the opportunity to share unique insights on how to apply technology and innovation to improve the management of today’s healthcare systems.
Table of Contents
Telehealth, Telemedicine, and eHealth
The Role of mHealth for Self-Care and Remote Care
Changing the Payor Practices
Legislation and Trends in Emerging Technologies
Mobile Medical Applications
Unique Device Identification System
FDA Rules for Drug and Device Advertising
Regulating Fitness Apps
Too Much Reliance on Technology
Ensuring the Safety of Data
Privacy and Surveillance
Intervention and Diagnostic Technology
3D and 4D Printing
Big Company Interest
Social Media Use in Health
Invasion of Privacy
Healthcare Reform and Risk Management in Technology
Chief Information Security Officer
Medical Identity Fraud
Due No Harm
Telemedicine Regulation and Usage
Healthcare Analytics Use in Population Health
Revenue Cycle Management
Data for Improvement
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Using the Body to Cure Itself and Realigning the Body for Health
Minimally Invasive Procedures
Radio Frequency Identification
Suzanne Richins, DHA, is known as an early adopter of technology and innovation. As a senior leader in healthcare, she was one of the first to look at using analytics to structure staffing schedules—based on patient arrival acuity to the emergency department for her master’s thesis. The methodology was adopted throughout Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City, Utah) and various other well-known healthcare systems. While serving on the American Hospital Association board and the Joint Commission Advisory Committee, Dr. Richins conducted her dissertation on patient satisfaction prior to the adoption of these standards by both of these respected organizations. Her latest work is in using analytics to predict patient outcomes and improve quality. She also teaches DBA, DHA, and DNP students for various universities.
Dr. Richins earned her nursing degree from Weber State University, her professional arts degree from St. Joseph’s College (North Wyndam, Maine), her MBA from Utah State University (Logan), and her doctorate in healthcare administration at the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston). She earned her degrees while advancing from staff nurse to manager of the operating rooms, director of emergency and urgent care clinics, director of medical/surgical services, administrator of freestanding surgical centers, and chief operating officer.
Due to her varied education and experience, Dr. Richins currently provides consultation and advice to clients about software for electronic medical records, revenue cycle management, and predictive and retrospective analytics. She is the senior vice president for healthcare at Global Targeting, Inc.