Have you been fortunate enough to experience Google glass? I have yet to see Google Glass in person. It’s not Google glasses, it is singular, glass. It seems that Google has done to glass what Steve Jobs did with Apple.
Apple, of course, is in step with Google as a competitor, with iGlass. It’s true, Google iGlass. I can only hope that Apple brings iGlass in at a lower price point. At $1500 for Google glass, it could be a while before most of us actually own it. That’s just my opinion. When you want something bad enough, you will find a way to get it.
Google glass responds to voice recognition. If you were wearing the device now, you might say “ok glass, take a picture” and it’s done. Record videos hands free on command. Ask for directions while driving, walking, anywhere. Google glass not only does things; video, pictures, directions, it also knows a vast amount of knowledge. I’m going to guess that Google Glass is more intelligent than Siri. Nothing against Siri, I like her very much. Although, my feelings may change with the tech.
Aside from the entertainment value and instant gratification that we all have come to depend on with technology, Google Glass is said to be the future of healthcare. To date, the Google Glass dance card shows two debuts in surgical procedures to overwhelming reviews.
I hope Google Glass finds its way into hospitals everywhere. No longer will the surgeon need to take eyes off you during surgery to look up or down, or turn their heads, Google Glass saves the day.
Perhaps adaptive devices are a lackluster subject. I’ll give you that for now. However, to my mind comes the memories of working as a nurse’s assistant and seeing first hand the need for assistive technology. In most cases I had to learn how to put on and take off items like prosthetic limbs, so I could help my patient. I know adaptive devices make life better for many people in various stages of life for a multitude of reasons.
Technology today is to the point where if any of us should lose the ability to walk, reach, hear or talk, we will still be able to communicate thanks to researchers and scientists, physical therapists, device manufacturers, device engineers, device dealers, hospital purchasers, insurance payers. I cannot think of any sensory or motor skill that if lost, cannot be helped by adaptive technology. Prosthetic limbs liberate wheel chair bound amputees to such a degree that it is hard to tell who is wearing a prosthetic.
Prosthetic devices are adaptive devices. Hearing aids are adaptive devices, false teeth are adaptive devices. Is a pacemaker an adaptive device? Well, it does improve life, it does sustain life, one does need to adjust lifestyle for it and adjust emotionally to it. In my opinion, yes, even pacemakers are an adaptive device.
Take a moment to think about all the people in your life. Everyone has their struggles. However, the disabled have double struggles. Please register today in support of the Health Innovators presentation and collaborative discussion on enabling technology. It’s Feb 18 and possibly it’s two hours that could change your life, or enlighten you in some way.
We hope you take away the awesomeness of innovative technology. We hope you realize anything is possible when people get together and collaborate with a purpose. See you on the 18th? https://febhealthinnovators.eventbrite.com
The Health Innovators, creating better healthcare through innovation and collaboration, brings you Patient Talkback.
The Health Innovators out of Cambridge, Massachusetts have developed the product and it’s ready to roll. Patient Talkback in its basic form is free. Here’s how it goes:
One day soon, you may need to see your physician for a health issue. You will make an appointment–and that’s where you begin to think about patient satisfaction. Specifically, your satisfaction.
Upon arrival for your appointment, ask the friendly staff person who checks you in, if you could scan their QR code for Patient Talkback. Think for a moment; was she friendly? If her brow furrows and she doesn’t know of what you speak, tell her it’s the best tool around for measuring satisfaction since Mick Jagger.
Meanwhile, the Health Innovators will be checking in, to offer the information the medical office should know about Patient Talkback.
It’s as easy as signing up and receiving a link in their email box. Even better, it’s free for them too in the basic form. Who would want advanced? Hospitals, maybe. They could function on the basic, but you know hospitals have different needs. The Health Innovators are ready to accommodate those special needs.
For you, it’s as easy as scanning the QR code that downloads the app immediately. You only have to scan once, unless you change medical practices. There is a QR code for everyone with Patient Talkback, and it’s free.
Where else should you ask for the QR code? Dentists, nursing facilities, labs, long term care, rehabilitation, mental health, any category of health–ask for the code.
Patient Talkback is your voice. It’s your control about what happens to you and your body. Plus, it’s something each member of the family can have. Well, as long as they have a smartphone and providers that really do listen and care.
The Health Innovators are preparing for the February 18 event, Advances in Adaptive Technology. We have a full evening of presenters for amazing technology that enhances the lives of thousands every year. It’s a look behind the scenes at what happens when technology makes it to the front end with client usage.
First however, the Health Innovators invite you to explore membership in Toastmasters. Our own Dr. Kal (Kalyan Kalwa, MD) is a Toastmaster President. Toastmasters is all about developing speaking and leadership skills. We would like to know how many supporters in the Greater Boston area would join us in becoming better communicators and public speakers. At this time the dates and place are TBD. Please send an email to email@example.com, subject Toastmasters to show your interest..
Now, on the subject of health and innovation, Patient Talkback has received a warm welcome in the community. Still, we have a way to go in public and professional reception. PTB, as we have come to call it, will be available for demos on February 18. This smartphone app is easily downloaded by a QR code and ready for consumer use. If you don’t know what a QR code is, or if you have one on your phone, go to the App Store in iPhone or Google Play on Android, download QR Reader. Align the frame on your phone with the code you see here and Patient TalkBack installs. Your feedback is always welcome. We urge you to not only add this feature to your phone, but tell your health care providers about it. As easy as it is, it only helps accountable care if the provider elects to have a PTB dashboard on their system.
Along with our speakers, Julie Merritt and Jennifer Bartecchi, we will introduce a new segment; 15 minutes of fame. This will feature two start-up companies with 7.5 minutes each to tell you of their work. The presenters for this segment will be Connor Dahlberg, Wesley Ireland and Mohan Venkataramana.
Last but not least today, Karen’s blog on the Health Innovators website is a product of yours truly, Karen. I have made some changes to posting for Health Innovators. I will post only items relevant to them as a group or the subject of health and tech, also relevant. On the other side, KJ Communications will continue as a blog, accepting contracted work, promoting excellence in the written word, health and wellness in general, health and technology, health communication, and whatever else I may feel like sharing. I hope you will like the Health Innovators side and the KJ side equally.
You probably know someone with a disability of one kind or another. On February 10, the Health Innovators will be presenting Advances in Adaptive Technology: giving voice to the speechless with innovation of today.
Boston is a hub of innovation and technology. Some would say Boston is The Hub; no argument here. Do you know that the disabled population is the largest minority on the planet? It’s true; 18.7 percent of the U.S. population experiences a form of disability. The World Health Organization reports that approximately one billion people, over the age of 15, live with a disability. Staggering, isn’t it?
A disability can occur at any stage in life. Today however, there are solutions to help the disabled live very able lives, thanks to health care, information technology, and innovation. Twitter, an application created through innovation, has allowed the world to come together in collaboration for the greater good. If you are wondering where to go on Twitter to find innovative followers, I recommend these to start with: #HITsm, #hcsm, #healthinno. There are more than I can name here. Apologies to anyone not on Twitter, #getmovingorgetrunover.
Patient TalkBack by the Health Innovators will be on display again at the February event. Patient TalkBack is an app that only requires a smartphone. It is free for now, we welcome feedback on the product and it’s potential for value in reducing costs in health care and improving patient satisfaction with health providers.
Please save the date of February 10 to attend the Health Innovators event. RSVP at Eventbrite for tickets.
It is not easy to start a small business. I know that in my own experience and in the experiences of other entrepreneurs. Nobody made it without long days of work and short nights of sleep fretting over every little detail.
Some say businesses started on a shoestring budget won’t thrive. That is conventional old-school thinking. New school thinking–contemporary–is that most anything is possible with hard work, a lot faith in yourself, and great content.
In the revolution and evolution of healthcare, we have changed from a paternalistic society to one with a patient centric view of health care. Everything about the world is what’s in it for me? Sometimes we need be our own self advocates and ask what about me?
So, along comes a new startup with an idea to put patients first. They struggle to make a name for themselves in improving quality of care and patient satisfaction–with the patient in control. It’s the reverse of the old paternalistic approach where, a few decades ago, patient expectations placed the doctor in charge. Patient consumers did as they told and if what the doctor said or did in that visit was not favorable, go home and take two aspirin, per se, the patient accepted that and grumbled about it to the person closest to him.
Now, patients are in control. To reinforce that, the Health Innovators have developed an app called Patient TalkBack. Consider this an invitation to see Patient TalkBack and try it out by going to this link: Patient TalkBack Demo. Anyone can do this demo. Please let the Health Innovators know what your thoughts are after seeing it up close on your smart phone or tablet.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick will get the 2014 ball rolling for the Health Innovators Group promoting innovation in healthcare, when he speaks at the January 13 event about Meaningful Use (MU) and what it means in the changing health care industry.
Berwick will be the first speaker of the evening on the topic of MU. In 2010, President Obama appointed Berwick to lead the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Berwick took charge of an agency budget over $800 billion–larger than the Pentagon’s budget–and led a staff of more than 5,500 people. Berwick was at the helm of implementing many of the most important provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The Health Innovators Group, established by Kalyan Kalwa, M.D., includes recent successful roll out of Find My Nurse and Patient TalkBack, two emerging forms of an improved, patient-centered, health care system.
The event is free yet we ask you to RSVP at Eventbrite as space is limited. Berwick will open the discussion followed by Samantha Sawdon, senior practice consultant at the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative.
Please plan on arriving by 6 p.m. Reserve your tickets here: Eventbrite.
The Health Innovators Group continues its tradition of community health education with speakers and networking events in 2014. Please join us January 13 to discuss health care technology with industry thought leaders working in the health industry. Two speakers lead the event. After, a panel discussion in which the audience asks questions of the guest panel, who understand the complexities of the topic and want to share their knowledge.
The Innovators are starting their second year out with a bang, the topic of Meaningful Use. This is a controversial issue in health reform, and chances are you have heard it used, but do you understand it?
Simply stated by HealthIT.gov, “The goal of meaningful use is to promote the spread of electronic health records to improve health care,” in the U.S. There are three stages to full implementation of meaningful use by healthcare providers.
Eve Fralick is the project director of the New Hampshire Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, at the New Hampshire Institute on Health Policy and Practice. She oversees the NH Department of Health and Human Services statewide efforts to plan, develop, and carry out the Medicaid Electronic Health Records incentive program in support of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) federal initiative. Eve has a Master’s degree in Systems Management from the State University of New York. She brings to the discussion 20 years’ experience in health care and technology operations.
Samantha Sawdon is a senior practice consultant at the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative. Ms. Sawdon assists clients with electronic medical record (EMR) implementation, achieving Meaningful Use and optimization of clinical work flows to meet quality measures and care standardization. In addition, she assists practices in the implementation of healthcare information exchanges (HIE) implementation and implementing work flow plans to get NOQA Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition.
The CMS extended the period to carry out Stage 2. Learn why the CMS felt this extension was necessary at the January 13 Health Innovators Group event held at the Center for the Arts at the Armory. This will be a great opportunity to get answers to many of your questions.
Walk-ins are welcome but registration in advance holds your place. Please RSVP with Eventbrite. Donations to cover expenses and continue monthly events with the Health Innovators are appreciated.
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