Technology is increasing patient participation in health care

Some of us may be skipping our annual physicals. And our skin exam. Perhaps the dentist, too. Maybe we don’t think we need it this year, with everything going on. Or maybe we’re too spooked by the possibility of contracting COVID-19 to visit the doctor’s office.

Overall, it is true that Americans are often in excellent health, particularly when compared to eras past. But as Mark Zeitzer, the Portland-based medical director for acute-care services at ZOOM+Care, explains, that’s because we’ve done a great job with preventive health from annual flu shots to cancer screenings.

“Preventive care greatly improves life expectancy, and it has gotten us to where we are today with a population that’s typically in great health,” he says. “Over the last 10-20 years, we’ve seen the survival rates of cancer go up thanks to early detection,” he says. As another example, flu shots keep us from catching the

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Patient outcomes will drive the future of healthtech

Coronavirus has put the health of the UK population firmly at the top of everyone’s agenda. Daily statistics read out on the news detailing the impact of the virus is testament to the fact that patient outcomes now matter to us all.

Response from the NHS has been admirable; one of the world’s largest healthcare providers has done its best dealing with the pandemic effectively. Its systems, people and organisations have had a razor-sharp focus on tackling COVID-19. This has created a catalyst for change, accelerating the uptake of technology, use of data and collaboration across sectors.

“In the last six months, the focus on clinical outcomes and excellence has been unprecedented. This has happened at pace and at scale, with a renewed focus on the patient. There’s also been a real readiness to change during this pandemic. A huge number of stakeholders within the NHS want to do things

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Remote Patient Monitoring Devices Market Technology Advancements, Current Trends and Growth Opportunities 2020 to 2026

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Sep 23, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —
The report presents an in-depth assessment of the Remote Patient Monitoring Devices Market including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulatory landscape, deployment models, operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles, and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for Remote Patient Monitoring Devices investments from 2020 till 2026.

The report presents the market competitive landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendor/key players in the market. Top Companies in the Global Remote Patient Monitoring Devices Market: Philips Healthcare, Biotronik SE & Co. KG, GE Healthcare, Mindray Medical, Dragerwerk, Nihon Kohden, Guangdong Biolight Meditech, CAS Medical Systems, Spacelabs Healthcare, Medtronic, Inc, St. Jude Medical, Inc., Boston Scientific Corporation, CONTEC MEDICAL

Remote Patient Monitoring Devices is devices to enable monitoring of patients outside

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Patient dies after ransomware attack paralyzes German hospital

The Duesseldorf University Clinic was hit by a seemingly misdirected ransomware attack this week that forced staffers to direct emergency patients elsewhere. A woman suffering from a life-threatening emergency died on her way to another hospital as a result.

The Duesseldorf University Clinic was hit by a seemingly misdirected ransomware attack this week that forced staffers to direct emergency patients elsewhere. A woman suffering from a life-threatening emergency died on her way to another hospital as a result.
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It sounds like something out of a tragic Black Mirror episode: A woman seeking urgent care died this week after an apparently bungled ransomware attack took down a major hospital in Germany, thus forcing paramedics to rush her to another city for treatment, according to several outlets.

It appears to be the first case of someone dying as a result of a ransomware attack, albeit indirectly, and German authorities are investigating the unknown hackers on suspicion of negligent manslaughter, the Associated Press reports

Beginning Thursday night, the attack disrupted the IT systems at Duesseldorf University Clinic, crippling its ability to access data

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Another Minority Health Disparity: Patient Matching

WASHINGTON — Here’s a health disparity laid bare by COVID-19 that you might not have expected: patient matching — identification and linking of one patient’s data within and across health systems — is worse for minorities and underserved groups.

A recent survey by OCHIN (formerly the Oregon Community Health Information Network), a national non-profit health information technology provider for 500 care delivery sites, found that:

  • Black patients make up 13% of OCHIN’s population and 21% of duplicate records, almost twice the expected rate
  • Hispanic/Latino patients make up 21% of the population that OCHIN serves, yet they make up 35% of the duplications, for almost twice the expected rate
  • 3% of OCHIN patients have experienced homelessness, but they account for 12% of mismatches and duplicates, or almost three times the expected rate

In addition, Black patients were 2.5 times more likely than non-Hispanic white patients to have a COVID-19 diagnosis in

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Ransomware may have led to the death of a German hospital patient

Ransomware is known to have serious consequences, but one of the latest attacks might have been fatal. BBC News reports (via MIT Technology Review) that prosecutors in Cologne, Germany have launched a negligent homicide investigation after a Düsseldorf University Hospital patient died following a ransomware incident. The attack hampered emergency services on September 9th, forcing healthcare workers to send the patient to a hospital 19 miles away for vital treatment.

Local media claim the hackers were targeting a different university and didn’t mean to compromise the hospital. They reportedly provided the ransomware decryption key for free once they realized their mistake.

Whatever the intentions, this may have been an avoidable breach. The intruders exploited a known security flaw in Citrix’s VPN software, and Germany’s cybersecurity authority said it warned of the vulnerability in January. It’s nothing new for institutions to fall short on security, but this misstep appears to

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