Huh. Tax inversions are pretty unpopular with the general public, and they aren’t core to Polycom’s operations, sooooo….. What is their angle here? Maybe: “Do a tax inversion and use Polycom to communicate with your new headquarters!” That’s one way to spend those tax savings.
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It appears that Lync isn’t being retired so much as being overlaid with Skype’s GUI and being rebranded. I was tempted to argue whether or not this really counted as being “Skype”, but then realized that a large part of what makes Skype Skype actually IS that interface.
These institutions would be comfortable using swyMe, a HIPAA-compliant telemedicine system that allows doctors to interview patients over everyday mobile devices and perhaps avoid a trip to the hospital. swyMe can also transmit audio and video from devices that EMTs can connect up to the phone. (Not many devices with the necessary hardware connectors are on the market, though.)
Congratulations Britain! You’re the best…and the second least expensive. There was a recent study by the Commonwealth Fund which looked at 11 developed western nations: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the US. They were compared on the following criteria: Quality Care (Effective Care, Safe Care, Coordinated […]
The Washington DC area is being clobbered with a massive snowstorm. Well, ok, so far it is only about 1/2″ but the forecast is for up to a foot by the end of the day. This has led the Feds to shut down. Whatever happened to “neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor dark of […]
Today’s reporting (and here, here, and many other places) that Community Health Systems hospital network was hacked for personal information is alarming. Although no credit card–and NO CARE INFORMATION–was taken, social security, birthdays, and addresses all were. That is, everything necessary to open bank accounts, sign up for credit cards, and nearly anything else that counts […]
Starting at 2 p.m. this Saturday, children in the pediatric center of Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw, MI, which is a customer using HitCast, an earlier release of what has become our swyMed solution, will be receiving between 200 and 400 teddy bears courtesy of the Great Lakes Harley Davidson and Tri-County Michigan Hogs. This is a […]
As with last month, this is largely geared to updates about legislation along with reminders about the upcoming Fall Forum conference in Palm Springs, CA, which I’ll have to consider as I live out Orange County. This month’s takeaways are a little more subdued than last month which had some pretty big news (see here). […]
Our industry has focused too much on cost benefits and administrative/IT buy-in, and not enough on educating, advocating for, and, well, marketing to the doctors, nurses, clinicians, technicians, assistants, and patients. They are the drivers of this change as the end users. The easier we make life for the doctors, they will push decision makers to implement this tech that is making things better for them.
Telemedicine, by enabling self-care, diagnostics that can be done at home but read at the hospital, and even in-person (via video) consultations with patients, the costs of patient follow-ups goes down as does the number of readmissions. This holds up in study after study: For instance, in one study, chronic heart failure patients using “home-based telemanagement” had 36% fewer readmissions over the course of a year than those without. The mean cost of the readmissions for those using telehealth was also about 35% less. In another, the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs, which has been a leader in telemedicine due largely to how many veterans live in rural and inaccessible areas, reports admissions reductions of 35%–an almost identical result. As more data comes in, 35-36% may become a benchmark number by which to test program effectiveness.
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