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Author: Bridget Moorman

From Pilot to Policy: Lessons from e-Health Deployed at Scale

As mentioned in previous posts, the United4Health project was intended to test the deployment at scale of mobile health solutions and to integrate those telehealth services as part of the standard of care. Participants took this to heart and used the project to help tackle larger issues of policy, funding, technology, resources and overall workflow. The following interview explores some of these larger issues, specifically:  the need to realign payment models, challenges around the adoption of communications and data standards, the role of test and certification bodies like Continua, overcoming systems integration challenges, patient generated data, and how sensors need...

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Case Study: Sensor Selection for Remote Monitoring

In a previous blog post, I highlighted general principles for implementing and scaling systems to support remote monitoring of chronic conditions, namely congestive heart failure (CHF), Diabetes Mellitus (Type II Diabetes) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  In this blog post I will focus on COPD as a case study for the development, implementation and scaling of a remote monitoring system. Definition of COPD The World Health Organization (WHO) defines COPD as a “…lung disease characterized by chronic obstruction of lung airflow that interferes with normal breathing and is not fully reversible […] diagnosis is confirmed by a simple...

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Major EU Remote Monitoring Pilot Results

This post looks at some lessons learned from remote monitoring projects in Europe.  This and subsequent posts are based on my last eight years of supporting these projects combined with some thoughts from my implementation experience of technology systems in many different scenarios over the last thirty years.   I hope that some of it will be of value to the readers wherever they are in the healthcare industry delivery chain. Overview I’m finishing up support  of two long-term projects based in Europe that are focused on using remote monitoring technologies and integrated platforms to support chronic disease management.  One of the...

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Challenges Using Patient Generated Data for Patient Care

When I do presentations on the use of standards, I invariably have a slide which defines interoperability as “the ability of a system or a product to work with other systems or products without special effort on the part of the customer.” My second slide then defines syntactic and semantic interoperability. Syntactic interoperability occurs when there are two or more systems capable of communicating and exchanging data and this is usually attainable with the use of physical standards, data standards, and messaging structures. Semantic interoperability is defined as the ability to automatically interpret the information exchanged meaningfully and accurately...

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Connectivity Standards Adoption Over Time

I was listening today to the CE-IT Webinar on CE and HIT from the 2014 AAMI conference in Philadelphia. Much of the session reviewed what has happened over the last five years and it got me thinking about my experiences and what I’ve seen over the last ten years in medical device connectivity and remote monitoring. It’s been an interesting ride and yet I realize there are a few basic ideas that have resonated over the years. These basic ideas are: Specifying those requirements that are unique to my situation are where I have the most control in acquisition;...

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mHealth – How Much Does it Cost and is it Clinically Effective?

I wrote in the beginning of 2012 that perhaps that year was the year for mHealth to ‘breakout. ‘  I cited several proclamations and organizational activities to support that claim. mHealth and the use of remote monitoring as an integrated healthcare offering is still not as prevalent as one would think it would be two years later.  Even in the Telemedicine & E-Health LinkedIn Group, one sees angst at the low adoption rate of the use of telehealth solutions.   Inevitably, when I speak with my colleagues and other people involved in healthcare, economic and clinical effectiveness questions prevail.  Two specific conversations I had with clinicians stand out.  In one, the cardiologist had not seen enough evidence that the quality of care and cost would justify a large addition or change to the existing healthcare offerings.  In another, the clinician reminded me that with chronic diseases, one is attempting to get patients to change their behavior, which is very difficult, regardless of any technology involved. With the above in mind, I’d like to offer the following results from the Renewing Health (RH) project in Europe, a randomized control trial which endeavored to compare the use of remote monitoring technologies and workflows with traditional workflows in the management of chronic disease in both economic and clinical terms.  While the final results of the whole study are due out this summer, Veneto, Italy,...

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mHealth update – Sept 2012

Since my last blog post here at Medical Connectivity there have been some mHealth updates that may be of interest to the blog readers. USA and FCC Just this week the FCC released its task force findings on mHealth.  The overarching goal given to the task force was:  “By 2017 mHealth, wireless health and e-Care solutions will be routinely available as part of best practices for medical care.”  They were to produce actionable recommendations that could be taken by the FCC, other regulatory agencies and industry to reach this goal.  The FCC committed to implementing five specific actions in the list produced by the task force: a)  Immediately recruit for an FCC Medical Director position b)  Develop and execute a health care stakeholder outreach plan to promote greater collaboration between the FCC and the health care sector on policies at the intersection of communications and health. c)  Direct the International Bureau to work with FCC counterparts in other countries to encourage them to make spectrum available for MBANs and to discuss possible spectrum harmonization to allow for medically safe cross-border patient travel and better economies of scale for device makers. d)  Consider an Order by the end of this year to comprehensively reform and modernize the Rural Health Care Program, and e)  Consider an Order by the end of this year to streamline our experimental licensing rules to promote...

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