On Our Radar: WSJ Article on OR and Doctor-Patient Changes, New Proof on Telehealth

On Our Radar: WSJ Article on OR and Doctor-Patient Changes, New Proof on Telehealth

A Sunday Wall Street Journal section on Healthcare Information Technology details innovation in healthcare in many different facets, particularly in the implementation of healthcare IT in meaningful ways, and in improved operating room technology.

Among the developments covered:

  • ORs designed to accomodate both non-invasive and invasive procedures.
  • The use of tablet PCs to help people with dementia.
  • Scientists seeking new funding are seeking information from the crowd.
  • Blockchain saving hospitals, and the healthcare system, money.
  • Better OR lighting - no more hot lamps!!
  • Stainless steel OR walls that can move to accomodate larger or smaller equipment.
  • Video integration in the OR where surgeons can see radiology or vital signs as they work.
  • Increased use of Virtual and Augmented Reality for consultation and surgical planning in the OR.   (Kalorama's market report on Virtual Reality Systems is here )


The changing doctor-patient relationship) is a key focus of the section, which featured an interview with Dick Daniels, CIO of Kaiser Permanente.  Daniels spoke about implementing mobile systems to communicate with patients and fellow employees.  One takeaway - the ACA has changed the relationship from healthcare systems dealing with big employers or middlemen to healthcare systems dealing with consumers. This increases the need for web-based and particularly mobile systems:

"Over five years ago, we were primarily interacting with businesses or commercial customers. With the Affordable Care Act, we began to have more individual consumers coming directly to us. … and frankly, it wasn't a good experience initially. That led us to create an actual mobile application. "  

A Fortune magazine article from 2017 projected a decline in physical office visits, and there's every reason to concur.  

Daniels also indicated that he's implemented a mobile EMR program so that nurses and physicians can keep moving and if need be communicate via video.

"We're equipping our nurses and our physicians with mobile devices, so that as they are mobile throughout the hospital, they have the ability to access the information they need from their mobile device or their tablets. This really equips them so they are not always looking for a computer to sit down and access information." (More info on implementations broadly and the market opportunity 2017-2022 in Kalorama Information's Market Report on EMR in 2018)

In other news, a Spectrum Health report on telehealth is good news for device makers seeking to convince skeptical healthcare customers. Since Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health launched a telehealth program in 2014, it has delivered almost 50,000 virtual visits that avoided more than 11,000 trips to the emergency room and saved insurers nearly $4.1 million, according to Digital Commerce 360.

More in this article: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/telehealth/in-3-years-telehealth-saved-spectrum-health-4m.html

(Kalorama Information's Telehealth Market Report )