Stories about: John Brownstein

Massachusetts has launched a new digital health partnership. What does it mean for patients and the digital health market?

Massachusetts digital health
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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.

Read Brownstein’s thoughts on Vector.

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What can patients’ tweets teach us about their health care experiences?

Twitter birds wire patient experience survey

Hospitals, doctors and the health care system as a whole have become ever more focused on measuring the quality of the care patients receive. And with good reason: as the system leans ever more towards tying reimbursements to quality, everyone recognizes that you can’t improve quality if you’re not measuring it.

Of the many ways one can look at quality in an inpatient setting, patient experience has earned a lot of attention. Hospitals, payors, survey vendors and government agencies are spending millions to develop, deploy and analyze tools like the adult and child  Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and System (HCAHPS) surveys, which give voice to patients and their concerns about the care they receive.

Are there other ways to hear what patients are saying? Jared Hawkins, MMSc, PhD, of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP), Boston Children’s chief innovation officer, John Brownstein, PhD, and their colleagues wanted to see whether they could harness the power of social media—specifically, Twitter—to supplement survey-based methods. Their data, published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety, give encouraging hints, but it’s too early to retire those patient surveys just yet. …Read More

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