Friday at Five – Tips, Lists, Ways, and To Know

Is five a magic number that people will click on to find out what’s on the list? Is it just the right number you think you have the time to read? I don’t know but there are lots of lists out there with 5 things you should know. These got me to click through and I think they were worth sharing.


5 Tips To Prepare for Your Medicare Telemedicine Appointment

David Luna, for Southwest TRC, a subsidiary of Arizona Telemedicine Program
Twitter: @UAZATP

Telemedicine is when technology is used to deliver care at a distance. A physician or some other healthcare provider is in a different location than the patient, delivering care virtually, over video or phone.

Since the spread of the Covid-19 virus in 2020 telehealth and telemedicine coverage has been expanded, which was previously covered only in a limited fashion. Therefore, there has been a large increase in Medicare recipients seeing physicians using telemedicine. Many types of visits in most specialties can be handled through a virtual or telemedicine visit. This is especially important for the Medicare population, since it is mitigating their risk by not going to an office with exposure to others. In some circumstances it may still be necessary to do an in-person visit, for example to get an x-ray exam, get labs done or have a procedure done. Here are five helpful tips to help you best prepare for a Medicare telemedicine appointment.

5 Tips Against Zoom Fatigue In Telemedicine

Dr. Bertalan Mesko, PhD, Director, The Medical Futurist Institute
Twitter: @Berci

It was almost exactly a year ago when we first wrote about the rise of telemedicine amidst COVID-19. Similarly, it was almost a year ago we first brought up the issue of PTSD of medical personnel due to the virus. We did not expect the two to intertwine.

At one point over the past twelve months, we all noticed an extreme level of tiredness after a full workday spent in front of a computer. But it wasn’t tiredness: it was fatigue. While tiredness can be easily cured with rest and sleep, fatigue is a whole different issue. It may lead to chronic diseases, burnout and ill mental and physical health, and its cure requires way more than just sleeping.

Now imagine that you stare at a screen all day and your task isn’t yet another excel sheet, email or document, but to cure another human being. And although you experience the same kind of tiredness and fatigue, you can’t give in to it, as the person on the other end of the screen is counting on you as your doctor. That’s troubling.

Digital Health

Five Ways Digital Health Can Benefit Pharma

Twitter: @medisafeapp

The COVID-19 pandemic created a shift toward patients using online health tools to manage their health. With more than 75% of patients indicating they will continue to use these new tools to manage their health, it creates an opportunity for the pharma industry to embrace digital health tools to engage with patients. Traditionally reliant on face-to-face communication and selling, pharma organizations are now adopting a digital strategy to maintain awareness of its products and services, as well as clear communication with physicians and patients. While the shift toward digital hasn’t been swift for pharma leaders, there are some natural benefits of moving further into the digital age:

5 Things To Know About The Rapid Acceleration Of Digital Health

Brian Solis, Author, Keynote Speaker, Futurist
Twitter: @briansolis

Following the conversation at SXSW 2021, “The Path Forward to Healthcare Innovation and Digital Transformation,” Real Chemistry published important research (and an infographic), to spotlight, “5 Things to Know About the Rapid Acceleration of Digital Health.”

The study was published by Jo Ann Saitta, Global Chief Digital Officer and Manoj Narayanan, Chief Technology Officer, Real Chemistry.

A silver lining from the COVID-19 global pandemic is the rapid acceleration of digital health and telemedicine. In early 2021, Real Chemistry set out to better understand the impact of this digital transformation in healthcare, surveying 1,000 patients and 500 physicians across specialties, and conducting qualitative interviews of senior leaders from biopharmaceutical companies. The findings show important shifts in both doctor and patient behavior that deserve new approaches by biopharmaceutical companies.

5 Ways To Uncover Sensitive, Unstructured Healthcare Data

Kimberly Steele, BigID
Twitter: @bigidsecure

About 80% of all data in healthcare — including sensitive, regulated patient data — is from unstructured sources.

Unstructured health data is remarkably difficult to find, classify, map, and manage using traditional discovery and classification techniques and technologies.

Even healthcare companies that put their efforts behind digital transformation by modernizing their health information technology systems, adopting electronic health records (EHRs), and driving interoperability efforts now sit on mountains of unstructured data that cannot be easily located, organized, processed, or utilized using structured formats.

Here are 5 ways BigID applies the structure that healthcare organizations need for unstructured data — making it accessible, actionable, and valuable.

Innovating In a Crisis – Turning Challenges Into Opportunities

Ritesh Ramesh, Chief Technology Officer, MDaudit, A Hayes Technology
Twitter: @HayesManagement

When I wrote this blog at the end of 2019 laying out our MDaudit Enterprise platform vision, I never had imagined a 2020 with a global pandemic. The technology leadership team at Hayes had spent the last quarter of 2019 developing and socializing an extensive platform roadmap with our cross functional partners that would drive significant growth for Hayes and value for our customers.

When COVID-19 hit in the early months of 2020, many changes came at us fast. Like other enterprises, we pivoted to a new mode of working remotely. This brought many new challenges with collaboration, communication and engagement within and outside our organization. Simple things we used to take for granted before the pandemic became pain points – not using the whiteboard, checking in on a colleague, walking into someone’s office to brainstorm a complex problem, celebrating successes and learning from failures, all in-person. Our teams quickly pivoted in a very agile manner to meet the business demands in the new environment.

Below are 5 things which did not plan initially for MDaudit Enterprise in the year 2020 but pivoted to innovate under crisis and drive value for our customers.


Five Ways To Boost New Patient Acquisition With Digital Marketing

Matt Dickson, Vice President of Product, Strategy, and GM of ComSol, Stericycle Communication Solutions
Twitter: @StericycleComms

Today’s patients are better-informed healthcare consumers, which means they won’t settle for subpar services and experiences from healthcare providers. With more options than ever before when choosing their provider, patients are willing to shop around for the best experience if your health system doesn’t deliver. And with innovative disruptors like Amazon, Google, and Apple entering the marketplace, healthcare providers need to improve their digital marketing game to attract new patients and retain existing ones. Here are five ways to boost new patient acquisition.

5 Tips for Hospitals and Clinics to Save Money Stocking Up on Supplies

If there’s one thing that health centers around the country learned in the last year, it’s the importance of keeping a good stock of personal protection equipment (PPE) and lab supplies on hand. Having plenty of these items available at all times is crucial to protecting patients and employees, and in being able to provide medical care when and where it’s needed. The good news is that hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities can save money on these products, if they know some tricks of the trade.

“When it comes to addressing COVID-19, having an ample amount of PPE and lab supplies available is crucial,” explains Shan S. Haider, chief executive officer from CurexLab (@CurexLab), one of the largest suppliers of COVID-19 PPE and lab supplies. “We help many facilities to get the supplies they need, when they need them, and we help to ensure that they save money along the way.”

There are numerous things that hospitals and clinics can do in order to save on PPE and lab supplies.

World Health Day: 5 Things the Pandemic Has Revealed About Well-Being

Allison Hope, CNN Health
Twitter: @CNN

As people around the world have spent the past year trying to dodge a deadly virus, everyone has learned more about masks, social distancing and washing hands than anyone thought possible.

Many folks have pivoted their workout routines to at-home renditions and tried to eat more vegetables because we’re fighting coronavirus and trying to feel better at the same time. (Many have also eaten more junk because — comfort food comforts us in a pandemic.)

On yet another World Health Day during a pandemic, it’s worth noting on April 7 what we’ve learned over the past year about our health and well-being.