Healthcare Technology Blog

The official healthcare technology blog written by the secret agents of MI7.

The Rise of Digital Health at SXSW

Posted by Zac Jiwa on Mar 6, 2017 2:09:00 PM
SXSW 2017 runs from March 10th — March 19th, 2017 in Austin, TX.

For the last several years I’ve had folks in the digital health community ask me about the value of attending the annual Austin celebration of arts, entertainment and geek known as SXSW.

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Topics: Austin, SXSW, Healthcare Technology, Digital Health, Healthcare

A secret agent’s recipe for a hangover-free HIMSS (guaranteed)

Posted by Richard Bagdonas on Feb 8, 2017 2:03:00 PM

HIMSS 2017 starts in less than two weeks in Orlando. It has become the place for healthcare’s elite to party and it is those brand-sponsored parties, and the networking opportunities, that draw people from all over to attend including the likes of “Sharks” Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary.

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Topics: Healthcare, Drinking, Orlando, Harry Potter

The Top 5 Healthcare Predictions for You

Posted by Richard Bagdonas on Jan 3, 2017 12:00:00 AM

2017 will see a huge shift in healthcare. From new technology, to increased costs, or to the implementation of the services you receive, it will be different. You can bet on it.

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Topics: Healthcare, Health, Predictions, 2017

Don’t yell FHIR in a hospital… yet.

Posted by Richard Bagdonas on Nov 30, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource standard, commonly referred to as FHIR (pronounced “fire”) has a lot of people in the healthcare industry hopeful for interoperability between the electronic health record (EHR) systems and external systems — enabling greater information sharing.

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Topics: Healthcare, Fhir, Hl7, Health Technology, Integration

Health Tech Draft Week 4

Posted by Richard Bagdonas on Sep 14, 2016 12:00:00 AM

This week’s 2016 Health Tech Draft includes special guest Mike Millard (@MillardTX) — Executive Director of Innovation and Technology Commercialization at Ascension. Mike talks about the $5.5MM that Advocate Health Care recently spent on HIPAA penalties as well as he highlightsUnaliWear, WiseWear, and Chiron Health.

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Topics: Healthcare, Healthcare Innovations, Telemedicine

Health Tech Draft — Week 3

Posted by Richard Bagdonas on Sep 7, 2016 12:00:00 AM

This week’s 2016 Health Tech Draft includes special guest Jordan L. Shlain MD — Managing Partner of Private Medical and Founder/Chairman of HealthLoop. Jordan talks about the Patient IO and Gliimpse acquisitions as well as his top pick of the week Avia Health Innovation.

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Topics: Healthcare Technology, Healthcare, Mergers And Acquisitions

Health Tech Draft — Week 2

Posted by Richard Bagdonas on Aug 24, 2016 12:00:00 AM

This week’s 2016 Health Tech Draft includes special guest Kerry Rupp former CEO of Dreamit Ventures and current General Partner of True Wealth Ventures. Kerry identifies her top pick of the week and talks about health data breaches and consumer healthcare apps such as EverlyWell.

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Topics: Healthcare, Draft, Health Technology

Why are hospitals still using VPNs?

Posted by Richard Bagdonas on Aug 22, 2016 12:00:00 AM

A Virtual Private Network is a private tunnel from a medical facility’s network firewall to external facility’s network firewall. These are basically holes poked through the main security device designed to prevent outside data from reaching the medical facility’s network. VPNs are complicated to set up and let’s face it: they suck.

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Topics: Healthcare, VPN, Privacy

Medical transcription is still in the 1980's

Posted by Richard Bagdonas on Aug 22, 2016 12:00:00 AM

I went to the hospital today because I broke a toe on my left foot. My doctor was able to buddy tape the toe in mere minutes and yet my medical record at the hospital won’t be updated for over a month. How is this even possible in today’s modern world of medicine?

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Topics: Healthcare, Transcription Service, Health Technology