More than half of adults age 55 and older use assistive technology — including mobile health apps and fitness trackers — to stay healthier so they can age in place, according to a May 2023 U.S. News & World Report survey. Aging in place, as defined by the CDC, is “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.”
The aviation industry has used black boxes to help determine what caused an accident. Some surgeons have now been employing similar technology in the operating room to monitor and improve performance and communication among surgical teams with an eye toward better patient safety. Journalists could find interesting stories by interviewing operating teams at hospitals using this technology to find out what they have learned.
If you cover anything about health information technology (HIT), then you should know about Karen Groppe, senior director of corporate communications the Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS), the country’s leading HIT trade group.
I interviewed Groppe about stories journalists should be pursuing in HIT and how HIMSS can help.
She listed four topics that should take you through 2021 and beyond. Continue reading
A new line of wearable robotics could keep seniors on their feet a lot longer.
A prototype developed at City University of New York (CCNY) and tested at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) fared well in a pilot study of people with walking difficulties. Continue reading
Nearly half of consumers believe their personal health information is more secure on their personal electronic devices – smartphones, laptops and tablets – than it is on their health care providers’ computer systems.
This high level of mistrust in health entities’ handling of personal data is among the findings of a recent survey of 1,000 consumers by the cybersecurity firm Morphisec. Benjamin Harris of HealthcareITNews reported on the survey. Continue reading