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Nurse-Physician Collaboration: Harnessing the Power of Health IT to Improve Patient Outcomes

The following is a guest contributed post to MHW from Aparna Bala, Registered Nurse and Clinical Transformation Consultant for AirStrip.

Most physicians have long enjoyed the benefits of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. As health systems focused on ensuring doctors had access to state-of-the-art health IT to monitor their patients when they couldn’t be at the bedside, the quality of tools and pace of adoption for nursing solutions did not keep up. In some situations, nurses received bulky phones that could only be used within the walls of the hospital, while physicians needed to download specific apps on their own devices to receive calls from the nurses’ devices. Technical difficulties were frequent. In other situations, health systems tried rolling out solutions to nurses that had been used successfully by physicians. Unfortunately, those solutions were not always conducive to nurses’ workflow.

Technology should help level the playing field. The selection of technology which promotes effective collaboration across the entire care team – whether it be devices or just the software and mobile apps – is critical to ensuring that everyone understands what information is available and how to read, share and act on it. By deploying the same health IT tools across the board, hospitals and health systems can further bridge this gap between doctors and nurses, facilitating better collaboration and fostering a more trustworthy and encouraging environment. Additionally, by rolling out deployments to all care team members at the same time and providing joint trainings on how to best use these tools, care teams will be more unified in their approach to care delivery.

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Withings Acquisition a Done Deal

Withings Acquisition a Done DealNokia announced Tuesday that it has closed the acquisition of Withings S.A. earlier than had been anticipated.

“Through this acquisition, originally announced on April 26, 2016, Nokia Technologies has established a new Digital Health business unit led by Cédric Hutchings, formerly CEO of Withings, who reports to Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies,” a statement emailed to MMW reads.

The Digital Health business unit combines the talented employees from Withings and experts from the preventive health and patient care teams in Nokia Technologies. The new business unit builds on the pioneering work of Withings, offering a family of award-winning digital health products designed to fit seamlessly into people’s lives, empowering them to make smarter decisions about the health and wellbeing of themselves and their families.

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Nokia to Acquire Withings in Digital Health Powerplay

Nokia to Acquire Withings in Digital Health PowerplayAccording to a new report from VRJournal, Nokia made it official on Tuesday. The company is acquiring Withings, a leader in the connected health revolution.

The deal, which will likely close in the third quarter of this year, is worth a reported $191 million.

“We have said consistently that digital health was an area of strategic interest to Nokia, and we are now taking concrete action to tap the opportunity in this large and important market,” Rajeev Suri, president & CEO of Nokia was quoted in a statement emailed to VRJournal.

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Teladoc Services Enter New Market

Teladoc Services Enter New MarketOn Wednesday, Teladoc — billed as the nation’s first and largest telehealth provider — announced its long-awaited arival in a new market.

Idahoans will now have access to the company’s “high-quality, cost-effective telehealth services.”

In a move to create increased access to health care services, the Idaho legislature passed the Idaho Telehealth Access Act in April 2015, reestablishing telemedicine access by allowing a physician and patient to connect via a two-way audio and visual interaction.
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UNICEF Taking Technology Seriously to Improve Humanitarian Efforts

UNICEF Taking Technology Seriously to Improve Humanitarian EffortsWith the technological advances that continue to improve communication, even in remote areas of the world, many nonprofit organizations are finding new and improved ways of drawing attention to and assisting those most in need.

UNICEF is one such organization with a team dedicated to such efforts.

According to a new report from Forbes, in a recent interview with UNICEF’s co-leader of Tech Innovation Erica Kochi, a discussion unfolded about how technology can be used to improve humanitarian efforts.

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Ford Exploring Ways To Support Wearable Technology In Their Cars

Ford Exploring Ways To Support Wearable Technology In Their CarsThere are many ways in which wearable technology can improve one’s health and wellness. This includes monitoring of everything from blood glucose levels, blood oxygen levels, and vital signs. With the growing popularity of wearable technology, and the direct connection between health and safe driving, Ford is now exploring ways to accommodate Internet connected devices within their vehicles.

According to the Wall Street Journal, while Ford is not looking to enter the healthcare industry, they are looking to support the daily lives of their drivers. Think of this along the same lines as having a built-in iPod jack or built-in DVD player.

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Fitbit to the Rescue? Northwestern University Medicine to Launch Tracking Study of Spine Surgery Recovery

Fitbit to the Rescue Northwestern University Medicine to Launch Tracking Study of Spine Surgery RecoveryIt’s a study that could tell surgeons a lot about what happens to people both before and after minimally invasive spine surgery.

Using Fitbit trackers, Zachary Smith, MD, an assistant professor in Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University, will soon launch a study to monitor patient physical activity.

It’s designed to help doctors better predict recovery times for patients who undergo the spine surgery.

“During the four weeks before a surgery and for six months afterward, the Fitbits will capture personal data on a patient’s steps and activity levels,” according to a university release.

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