With New York Fashion Week in full swing, we think it’s the perfect time to see what’s in style in healthcare technology. This week’s HIT List takes a close-up look at trend-setting designs in HIE access, automated asset-tracking, virtual reality systems and other key areas.

  1. HIE-efficiency care. Emergency department clinicians seeking patient data from external sources are far more likely to get access when they request it with HIE rather than fax/scan – and they get the information about an hour faster. Researchers found this speedier data access reduced ED visit length, as well as the likelihood of imaging and hospital admission. An added benefit to better care was that ED charges averaged nearly $1,200 lower.
  2. Life-changing VR. Training with a brain-machine interface that includes a virtual reality (VR) system has helped several long-term paraplegics regain partial sensation and muscle control in their legs, a new study reports. This level of recovery is a medical first, according to the head neuroscientist, who has worked for nearly 20 years developing systems that establish direct communication between the brain and computers or robotic limbs. More studies are in the works, so stay tuned.
  3. Smart logistics. Automated asset-tracking technology can help healthcare facilities optimize medical equipment by keeping tabs on its location, usage and maintenance. Similarly, taking advantage of IoT-enabled location-monitoring technology such as wearables and beacons can also provide better visibility for patients and staff, improving care by ensuring that the right staff is available in the right place at the right time.
  4. 8 ways to boost mHealth use. Despite substantial interest in using mobile devices, remote patient monitoring and telemedicine to improve their health and communicate with providers, most consumers are not racing to embrace mHealth. Fewer than one-third measure fitness and health improvement goals digitally, and only 20% said they’re willing to pay out-of-pocket for mHealth services. Check out these eight steps researchers recommend providers and vendors take to make the technology more attractive to consumers.
  5. Rethinking cybercrime. Healthcare has much to learn from the financial industry when it comes to tackling data breaches, says this Brooking Institution fellow. When credit cards are breached, consumers are quickly notified, their old cards are frozen and new ones are issued, preventing thieves from using the stolen information. To develop a similarly effective response to healthcare data attacks, intensive research needs to be conducted to see whether hackers are after financial or medical data – or both – and how the stolen data is actually used and monetized.
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