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Low-cost, relevant wearables submitted by Marie Connelly

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Wearables & Self Monitoring

Mainstream wearable technology currently focuses predominantly on health and wellness, and products are targeted largely at the “worried well.” Many of the accompanying apps focus a broad fitness metrics (10,000 steps, 8 hours of sleep), but few provide targeted, actionable data for patients living with chronic illness. The attached article ... (read more)

Engaging and supporting caregivers submitted by Marie Connelly

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Adherence Tools Patient Communication PHRs Remote Monitoring Telemedicine Wearables & Self Monitoring

Family caregivers, or “informal caregivers,” provide a significant support system for patients with complex or chronic conditions, though these individuals are somewhat absent from policy conversations and technology interventions. Informal caregivers are predominantly women (66% in the US, as of 2012) and many are working full or part-time, or caring ... (read more)

Obtaining an affordable internet connection to begin to use EMR technology submitted by Ivahn Dockter

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Affordable internet connection Booking & Scheduling EMRs

I live in Minnesota and am a volunteer working with a hospital in Guinea West Africa which currently has no internet connection, and cannot afford satellite connection. We are looking for an inexpensive solution. Our current thinking is to use a high gain antenna connected to some hardware that converts ... (read more)

Health Literacy-learning the language of patients submitted by A/Prof. Terry HANNAN

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Adherence Tools Health Literacy Patient Communication Telemedicine Wearables & Self Monitoring

I am interested to hear the ideas and possible solutions regarding the issues surrounding "health literacy" which is critical in any communications with patients. The "language" of health care is not that of the ordinary citizen and is a major factor in poor outcomes relating to patient care (IOM, 2014). ... (read more)

Limited technical capacity submitted by LORENZO DORR

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Education and training Human Resources Technical capacity

Technology related challenges encountered by health care delivery systems as well as health care providers in resource limited settings like ours are enormous. The country is experiencing brain drain. Computer literacy is limited. Computer training institutions are often inaccessible, particularly to rural dwellers. Only a negligible fraction of the rural ... (read more)

Lack of or limited electricity submitted by LORENZO DORR

Challenge submitted by Lorenzo Dorr: How can we improve patient engagement through technology when many regions experience lack of or limited electricity? (read more)

Lack of centralized maintenance services submitted by LORENZO DORR

Challenge submitted by Lorenzo Dorr: Donated equipment such as X-ray equipment and other electrical and electronic devices are often broken down and packed in corners and corridors of hospitals due to either unavailability of spare parts in country to repair or lack of knowledge/training to repair. Some, in rare cases, ... (read more)

Limited budget for repair and maintenance of medical equipments submitted by LORENZO DORR

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Equipment Maintenance

Operational budgets of public health facilities provided by government are so small that institutions find it difficult to manage repair and maintenance of equipment. Even vehicles used, once broken are parked and done with, waiting for new one to be donated either by government or other sources. The challenges however ... (read more)

Language and disability as a challenge of technology for patient engagement submitted by Ade Yahya

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Challenges Disability Health technology Telemedicine

I am new to the community. I am a student at University of Bradford working toward my master in International Health management. In m different courses we have discussed the increase use of IT and how most of the time the project fail. My concern with technology for patient engagement ... (read more)

Access to mobiles phones, internet and electricity submitted by Israel BIMPE

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Patient Communication

Talking about technology for patient engagement in Africa is more of a challenge than an opportunity to improve. Few people still have access to basic technological infrastructure in Africa, 60% of Africans don't have access to electricity. for the case of Rwanda, my country, considered as one of the most ... (read more)

Identifying Big Problems to Solve: Creating vignettes of consumers/patients for whom HIT could change their lives submitted by Anne-Marie Audet

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Adherence Coaching Education Patient Communication Remote Monitoring Scheduling Telemedicine Wearables & Self Monitoring

This is a challenge i would like to post to the network. We all know the power of narrative in focusing attention and energy. I am calling for submission of big problems that consumers/patients have as it relates to their health, that HIT could solve. But the big problem should ... (read more)