Patients embrace digital health technology
A recent survey by health IT software company ResMed found that 8 in 10 Americans agree that technology has made seeking medical treatment easier.
The survey also found that remote digital technology has enhanced people’s connection with their physicians, rather than distanced them from one another. This is good news as consumer use of the technology is widespread: 56% of those surveyed currently monitor their health with at least one digital data collection tool.
Karen DeSalvo appointed as Google’s first chief health officer
Google and parent company Alphabet are investing broadly in the health industry. The recent appointment of Karen DeSalvo, a former health official in the Obama administration, as its first chief health officer signals just how aggressive they are going after the market. The news comes just a few weeks after the company tapped former FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf to lead the company’s health and strategy policy.
Califf and DeSalvo will both start later this year.
UT Austin announces healthcare cybersecurity leadership program
Aiming to address a cybersecurity workforce shortage issue in healthcare, UT Austin announced a Leadership in Health Care Privacy and Security Risk Management certificate program, which university officials say is a first-in-the-nation professional program.
The program is designed to develop leaders who can manage risk in American healthcare systems, protecting them from fast-evolving cybersecurity threats. Data shows that there are currently 350,000 unfilled cybersecurity job openings in the United States. Some estimates note that the cybersecurity workforce gap will hit 1.8 million globally by 2022.
Patients value a quality digital experience
New data from New York-based patient billing company Cedar shows that about 41% of patients would consider switching healthcare providers for a better digital experience.
The company’s survey of healthcare consumers found that nearly half were frustrated over the lack of digital adoption by their providers. It also found that many patients are looking to complete routine administrative processes such as paying a bill online.
The takeaway: As healthcare becomes increasingly digital, providers that fall behind in offering their patients convenient online options – such as clarity on bills and flexible payment options, could suffer.