During the last decade or so, health care has been rapidly transforming from a reactive, paper-based system to a responsive digital model. But to really impact the care patients receive — and which clinicians provide — the transition to digital health needs to happen more quickly and agilely. How can this happen? By encouraging stakeholders from the public, private, nonprofit and academic sectors to work together seamlessly and investing in people, technologies and infrastructure that will allow digital health companies to blossom.
Earlier today, Massachusetts launched a comprehensive public-private partnership to accelerate the state’s digital health care sector. The partnership has identified multiple ways to drive investment and growth in the state.
On our sister blog Vector, Boston Children’s Hospital Chief Innovation Officer John Brownstein, PhD, discusses what this partnership means for the health care industry and the commonwealth’s patients, as well as his view of the digital health landscape today.
Survivors of pediatric cancer can face many increased risks — second cancers, heart disease, fertility loss, etc. — depending on the kind of cancer they were treated for and the treatments that were used.
“I think this paper raises this issue as one for awareness in the clinical setting and for future study,” said Lynda Vrooman, MD, a pediatric oncologist and cancer survivorship specialist with the Hematologic Malignancy Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. “There are not, that I am familiar with, currently guidelines that inform recommendations for screening for autoimmune disorder in survivors or current clear strategies for reducing risk. This paper raises this as an issue for awareness moving forward and for further investigation.”
It’s hard to believe that Notes didn’t really exist a year ago. As 2015 comes to a close, it’s a good time to look back and see what you, the readers, decided were the best stories that we published this year. And you picked an interesting range of stories:
an op-ed on hemophilia drug pricing
a reflection on difficult conversations in health care
a report on using simulation to test a hospital’s new emergency department
a call for better mentorship in medical training
an update on neurosurgical treatment of cerebral palsy
So here they are — the Notes Top 5 for 2015, as chosen by you.
[Young people] have more connectivity than ever — and far less connectedness to others and to the world.
Not only are they disconnected in the moment, but this focus on devices can hinder their development of the social skills needed to communicate with others in-person.
But the issue is more nuanced than just too much time with screens:
Mobile phones are just tools and, used in healthy and safe ways, can help us communicate and stay connected (or reconnect) to people we love and can help us form new relationships with others all over the world. Technology only distances us when we misuse these tools by allowing them to come between us rather than connecting us.