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CIOs Expect Healthcare IT Spending to Grow in 2017
Healthcare CIOs are more likely to increase IT spending over the next 12 months than top IT executives in other industries, as providers seek to improve efficiency and business processes.
Healthcare IT executives also say they expect to continue to struggle with significant shortages in staff with needed technology skills, according to results of a new survey from Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey.
The survey of 190 healthcare CIOs shows that 52 percent anticipate increases in IT budgets over the next year, while 35 percent predict unchanged budgets. By contrast, 45 percent of CIOs from all industries say they expect budgets to rise, while 33 percent of them expect budgets to remain unchanged.
Nonetheless, although 80 percent of CIOs indicate that there is a growing strategic role for IT in their organizations, compared with 67 percent from all industries, only half of those surveyed said they have a clear digital business vision and strategy, while the survey found that 39 percent of respondents were currently working on a digital business strategy.
In fact, healthcare organizations are less likely to have a digital business strategy, within business units or enterprisewide, than the all-industries average (50 percent versus 58 percent for all industries).
The top three reasons CIOs gave for using the cloud were to improve availability and resiliency (45 percent), to use the best solution available (35 percent) and to improve agility and responsiveness (34 percent).


Embracing Digital Health in the NHS: an Interview with Bryn Sage, Chief Executive of Inhealthcare
What are the main challenges you have come across when trying to convince healthcare professionals and NHS officials to embrace digital health?
There are a number of challenges facing a small but innovative technology company like ours. The first is that they're always far too busy doing things the old way to think about how to do things the new way. It's an easy excuse to say "I’m too busy; I haven't got time to learn this; I haven't got time to do that." They keep doing things the old, unproductive way at the cost of preventing change. (More questions and answers at the link below)

Digital Health a 'First Responder' for Behavioral Health Conditions
One in five adults in the United States suffer from mental illness, and many of them will consult their smartphones before they do a health professional. However, with digital health often acting as first responder, and many apps claiming they can help people who suffer from behavioral health conditions, it can be hard to find a quality app.
There are more than 160,000 apps in the health field as a whole, John Herman, M.D., associate chief of the department of psychiatry and chair of medical psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, said at the Connected Health Symposium in Boston last week.
“There is evidence that the most health apps are in the mental health and behavioral health space, because perhaps the barriers to entry are so low,” said John Torous, M.D., co-director of the digital psychiatry program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.


This 3D-Printed Bone Implant Dissolves in Body
In a major step towards improving surgeries after head or face injuries, scientists have developed a new type of 3D-printed polymeric bone implants that can survive in the body for long periods and be subsequently replaced with natural bone tissue in the body.
"The implant is coarctate and thus shielded from the mechanical impact of surgery, and it 'unfolds' at a certain temperature during the surgery," said Alevtina Chernikova from National University of Science and Technology (NUST) MISIS in Moscow.
Chernikova said that the implant could be 3D printed at the selected dimensions, compressed twice in protective, biodegradable shelling, heated during the surgery and eventually fix into the renovated area of bone tissue without using blocking devices and fasteners used in transplantology. "We have applied the shape memory effect in a polymeric composite material based on polylactide," said Fedor Senatov, head of the project.

3D-Printed Heart On A Chip May Be the Future Of Personalized Medical Care
Researchers from Harvard University created the first 3-D-printed organ-on-a-chip, equipped with integrated sensing. The object is created through an exclusively automated procedure, and its purpose will be to help scientists collect and analyze data for both short and long-term studies.
When it comes to medical breakthroughs, technology pays a crucial role in helping us fight diseases and improve patients' conditions. The findings were published in Nature Materials. The study describes a translucent printed organ with built-in sensors that are not invasive to its functioning. Due to the multiple wells of the chip, a concomitant multiple study of different cardiac tissues is possible.
This may help manufacturing the design of organs-on-chips one day. The advantages of these gadgets include matching the properties of specific diseases and — should they be largely used — could replace testing on animals.


India to Become the World Leader in Digital Health
In May this year, India had tabled a resolution at WHO for mHealth, which was supported by over 30 nations. This clearly signals India's intent to be a global leader in Digital Health.
Digital Health has the potential to revolutionize how populations interact with national health services and also strengthen health systems. India is now embarking on a futuristic journey to bridge the healthcare divide between have’s and have-nots using digital health tools. We have a number of projects that will extensively deploy technology.

Cleveland Clinic Names Top 10 Medical Innovations to Expect in 2017
The innovations were unveiled to more than 1,600 doctors, entrepreneurs and other industry leaders at the 14th annual Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit. Scroll through the slides to see what made the cut.


Investors Seek Digital Health Companies that Grasp the Complexity of the Ecosystem
Some of the biggest challenges for digital health companies today are engagement, navigating the many stakeholders in healthcare, and the approaching but gradual advent of AI and automation, according to a panel of investors who spoke last week at Partners Connected Health Symposium in Boston, Massachusetts. The panel was moderated by Lee Shapiro, a managing partner at 7wire Ventures.
Emily Melton, a partner at DFJ, says that how well a company comprehends the complexity of working in healthcare is an important question to ask about a potential investment.
Equally important, though, is a commitment to proving outcomes. Casper de Clercq, a general partner at Norwest Venture Partners, said that sense of rigor drives his investment decisions.

How New Innovations are Redefining the Complex Healthcare System
The healthcare system remains something of a mess, riddled with inefficiencies and burdened by the industry’s historic aversion to change. Yet, for the first time in years, many execs see a way out of the morass — and it’s the health-tech sector providing leadership and innovation in equal measures.
The technology market may be experiencing a downturn, but according to a Rock Health report, digital-health funding reached $981.3 million in Q1 2016. The sum represents almost 50% year-over-year growth and is the highest first quarter since it began tracking deals in 2011.


Integrated Care, Information Management and Information Technology in Canada: Have We Made Any Progress in the Past 12 Years? (2013) by Denis Protti
A dozen years ago, a seminal article was written by Leatt, Pink and Guerriere that boldly stated that Canada did not have integrated healthcare but, rather, a hodgepodge of disconnected parts! The article also stated categorically that Canadian regional health authorities could not provide comprehensive integrated care since they were not responsible for drugs dispensed from retail pharmacies or for medical care provided by physicians.

Access to Test Results "The Number One Reason" Why Patients Use a Portal according to Sunnybrook MyChart™ Users  (2012) by Kevin Chung, Sarina Cheng, Kevin J. Leonard and Sandra Dalziel
In 2006, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre created MyChart™, a personal health record solution available to all Sunnybrook patients for viewing their personal health information online. The information in MyChart™ is extracted from Sunnybrook's electronic patient record. MyChart™ has been widely adopted by patients and physicians and had 18,873 users as of October 18, 2012.
A Model for Measuring Industry-Wide Adoption and Capability of Healthcare Analytics and Data Warehousing in the USA  (2012) by Dale Sanders
The United States (US) healthcare industry is undergoing three major, overlapping developments in the evolution of data management and information technology utilization: (1) Data collection, characterized by the adoption and meaningful use of electronic medical records; (2) Data sharing, characterized by the adoption of health information exchanges; and (3) Data analysis, characterized by the adoption of enterprise data warehouses and analytic tools.


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