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Pandemic: How will we prepare and How do we treat the most vulnerable

SHAREThe COVID pandemic continues to impact the globe nearly 2 years on. As we move forward there are daily issues to be managed. But, there are also longer-term issues to be addressed. Two of the issues that we tackle are preparedness for future outbreaks and ethical questions around the distribution of the vaccine.  Our future readiness for a Pandemic Where are we relative to where we need to be in order to better address future pandemics? Setting aside the politics,…

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The wide impact of COVID

SHARELike you, and everyone, we see and read stories about COVID every day. While there are many stories about the spread of the virus, the impact of the pandemic is seen in virtually every facet of life. We’ve collected a portion of the COVID-related stories we’ve read below.  COVID and Technological Advancement Over the past year and a half, technology, as it relates to healthcare, has advanced in ways that we experience each day as well as in ways that…

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Difficult times for healthcare workers

SHAREFor obvious reasons, there has been a spotlight on healthcare workers. From the overwhelming stress of the pandemic to the ongoing march of regulatory and technological changes, those who serve the healthcare needs of the country have faced the pendulum-like swings of public opinion and political focus over the past year as never before. Here are some of the stories we’ve seen recently.  Playing Politics with Healthcare workers Playing politics with healthcare, and healthcare workers, simply should not happen… but…

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Balance of Hype and Caution with AI & ML

Balance of Hype and Caution with AI & ML

SHAREMachine Learning and AI have been the center of much hype over the past few years. This hype is not entirely unwarranted. But, we have also seen how these new technologies can be misused or used blindly, having a negative impact on the very people they are intended to help. This week, we see some good and some not-so-good news about ML & AI. Governance plays a key role in the equitable implementation of new technologies At HIMSS21, Kevin Ross…

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Technology in different areas of healthcare

SHAREHealthcare has seen a great deal of technological advancement in a range of areas from diagnostics, treatment, and communication. Some of these are things from which patients will benefit but never see. Other tech will be front and center in the patient experience. Here are just a few of the articles we’ve seen recently. “Feeling” prosthetics… A team at Florida Atlantic University combines stretchable tactile sensors, liquid metal, and AI to place over 3,000 sensors on a fingertip of an…

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Palliative Care

SHAREArticles from our posts @SMART_MD on Twitter.  Focus: Palliative Care  As we share articles of interest on our social media accounts, we continue to learn quite a bit about what is happening in Palliative Care. Here are three that stuck out recently.  A nurse who laid the foundation for 40 years of palliative care in Australia https://bit.ly/3hW5LhC Providing palliative care is difficult.  From educating patients and families, to gaining recognition, to lack of resources, providers of palliative care face a…

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You are Overusing eSignature Apps

You are Overusing eSignature Apps

SHARETechnology has accelerated business exponentially over the past four decades. When Bill Gates wrote “Business at the Speed of Thought” in the 90s, his predictions seemed unattainable. In hindsight, they were quaint. Businesses have taken advantage of software to improve processes for both customers and employees. Technology can make things run faster, more accurately, and with less effort. But when applied indiscriminately, that same technology can do as much harm as good. eSignature Apps – Misapplied and Overused  An example…

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