On this fifth episode of Health Care by the Numbers, our host Todd Searls interviews Jessica Kim Cohen, a health and technology reporter with Modern Healthcare. At Modern Healthcare since 2019, Jessica writes about health care business, policy news and health care trends with a focus on digital health and innovations in technology. Before joining Modern Healthcare, she worked at Becker’s Hospital Review where she explored an expansive roster of technology topics. She has also been published in the Chicago Reader, Chicago Health Magazine, Baltimore City Paper and Baltimore magazine, and other regional news outlets.
We can all see that technology and digital health delivery are increasingly important in the health care landscape. As just one example, use of electronic health records has grown enormously over the last twenty years due to both federal requirements and significant public and private investments. This means that everyone in the health care space needs to understand technology – this is not just for CIOs anymore. Jessica and Todd discuss how systems and providers are adapting to this world.
The episode also digs into how access to technology creates equitable access to high quality care. There have been serious challenges in getting broadband internet access in rural areas – a huge issue as telehealth becomes increasingly important during the COVID 19 pandemic. There are exciting opportunities for patients to take charge of their own care with at-home health engagement platforms, but patients need to be trained and comfortable using these new tools. This episode covers many of today’s opportunities and challenges with technology and digital communication.
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