Robin Farmanfarmaian

Robin Farmanfarmaian

The Transformation in Healthcare Delivery

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From wearable sensors, to improved point-of-care diagnostics, telemedicine, artificial intelligence and robotics, there are a great and growing number of breakthroughs in biomedical technology which are set to fundamentally change the way that patients interact with their healthcare providers. Learn more about the technology of the healthcare future from author, speaker, entrepreneur and healthcare technology strategist Robin Farmanfarmaian.


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The Shift in Healthcare Delivery
We’re seeing a dramatic shift in healthcare delivery, enabled by a number of new technologies and regulations. Virtual doctor, therapist and nurse visits, clinical grade medical devices accessible to patients, and the return of the house call are changing the way patients interact with their ...
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We’re seeing a dramatic shift in healthcare delivery, enabled by a number of new technologies and regulations. Virtual doctor, therapist and nurse visits, clinical grade medical devices accessible to patients, and the return of the house call are changing the way patients interact with their healthcare, and for the better. CMS (Medicare) estimates that $1T of the $3.5T US healthcare system costs are attributable to hospitals. Hospitals are incredibly important, and there are a lot of things are great for the hospital setting: operating rooms, Intensive Care Units, ERs, and major trauma centers - places that serve those patients who require immediate, intensive hands-on-healthcare in situations that could potentially be the difference between life and death. But what about other patient needs that are more routine or repeatable, like imaging, IVs, and primary care? This article discusses shifting IV medications into the home for patients who are medically stable. Hospitals have such high overhead, fixed, and labor costs, anything a patient does in a hospital system will cost more than if they were to do it in-home, virtually, or independent clinic. Since the patient doesn’t need to leave home, their experience is significantly better than wasting hours traveling to a clinic, parking, checking in, sitting in the waiting room - and potentially being exposed to infectious disease. It’s similar to the difference between buying sparkling water through online grocery delivery (Instacart / Amazon) or an airport. With online grocery delivery, you typically pay less than $1 for a 16oz bottle. In an airport, for the same brand of sparkling water, you will pay $5 to $8! The end product is exactly the same, the experience and costs are the only difference. The same thing happens in healthcare - the medication infusion is the exact same drug no matter where it is administered, it’s the prices charged and the experience that is the difference. 4 years ago, my insurer UnitedHealthcare helped move some of my healthcare into the home, including my Remicade IV infusion for Crohn’s (done every 6 weeks). I assumed it would just save me money and time. Surprisingly, it also impacted the way a medication works and the side effects experienced. Turns out, the environment in which a medication is administered can have an impact on how the patient feels during the infusion and afterwards. I used to require 8 days to recover from the Remicade infusion when I had it done in the hospital, now that has reduced to a mild 3 days in the home. The reason is likely 2-fold. My home is a calm environment set up for me - quiet, natural light, comfortable furniture - and my kitchen stocked with my favorite foods. The hospital infusion clinics are loud with IVs beeping, TVs blaring, tons of conversations happening - the one I used for 6 years had no windows, and 16 patients in one giant room, where you could hear everyone else’s medical problems (so much for privacy). The second reason is that hospitals and infusion clinics carry a high risk of spreading infectious disease, purely because it is a place immunocompromised and infectious people congregate. Spending 5 hours in a busy infusion clinic is like sitting at airport security for 5 hours - stressful, loud, and you could potentially catch an infectious disease. On the cost side, infusion clinics in hospitals have to mark the cost of the medication up, going back to the fact that hospitals are just that expensive to run, they need to raise the price of medications (among other things) in order to cover the extensive overhead of a hospital. By switching from a hospital infusion clinic to a full service pharmacy, my insurer went from being billed $28,000 per treatment to $2,100. Over 5 years, that comes out to a difference of 1 million dollars! A full-service pharmacy typically has low overhead, and may only employ pharmacists, nurses, and administrative staff in a small, inexpensive brick and mortar building, so they can charge significantly less than hospitals. The way they work is the pharmacy has the medication delivered to the home in a temperature controlled cooler, and then deploys a nurse to mix it on-site and administer it. Clinical trials are making the jump to in-home care as well. Science 37 and Marken (the clinical supply chain for UPS) both deliver clinical trial medications in the home. The way Science 37 works is the same way a full service pharmacy works. Science 37 supplies a tablet so that trial check-ins happen by video. Clinical trials are no longer limited to the geographic location of their clinical trials site, and patients from all over the country can join a clinical trial, no longer limited to their immediate vicinity. There are many people who have to get regular medication by IV. This includes conditions and diseases like cancer, autoimmune, HIV, some antibiotic therapies, and more. The ways this may improve patient outcomes include: Avoiding clinics reduces exposure to infectious diseaseReduce top line billing and patient co-payThe patient doesn’t need to waste time in a clinic waiting, they can relax at home instead, reducing stressBetter environment overall, as most people's homes are set up for their comfortPersonalized food at homeOne nurse completely dedicated to the patient for the duration of the infusion, with no distractions or shift changes Shifting IV medication into the home for patients who are medically stable can be beneficial in multiple ways, and help reserve the busy hospitals for patients who require the level of medical care only a hospital can provide. Original Source »
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5 Technologies Shaping the Future of Medicine
Current research reveals exciting possibilities as technology and healthcare continue to advance. Here’s a look at five ways technology is revolutionizing the medical field:
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Healthcare Brand Communications Utilize New Technologies to Empower Patients As Influencers
In highly regulated industries, such as healthcare, there exists a communications struggle. Consumers, in this case, patients, are demanding authenticity, honesty, and transparency more than ever in marketing and messages received from their care providers. However, it is a thin line for brands to ...
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In highly regulated industries, such as healthcare, there exists a communications struggle. Consumers, in this case, patients, are demanding authenticity, honesty, and transparency more than ever in marketing and messages received from their care providers. However, it is a thin line for brands to tread with so many privacy concerns at stake.
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Healthy Habits: The Patient as CEO
Robin Farmanfarmaian is one of the most highly-sought after public speakers and patient/medical technologist. Her book “T he Patient as CEO ” shines a light on the best ways to become the key decision-maker, or CEO, of ones own healthcare through breakthroughs in biomedical technology (wearable ...
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Robin Farmanfarmaian is one of the most highly-sought after public speakers and patient/medical technologist. Her book “The Patient as CEO” shines a light on the best ways to become the key decision-maker, or CEO, of ones own healthcare through breakthroughs in biomedical technology (wearable sensors, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics and more). Robin also shares her own remarkable healthy story including a misdiagnosis resulting in more than a decade of multiple surgeries, numerous hospitalizations and her invaluable message the “technology is hope." The book is available now on Amazon. You can follow Robin on twitter at @Robinff3. http://robinff.comI had a chance to interview Robin to learn more.What does it mean for the patient to be CEO?
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0 Article-Article jplist-topic-robin jplist-topic-farmanfarmaian jplist-topic-Healthcare jplist-topic-Technology 0 359278 359278 In the medical world, speed is of the utmost importance. Drones are at the forefront of medical innovation for precisely this reason. Unmanned aerial delivery can dramatically increase the speed at which patients receive vital supplies (something African nations have been doing for years). The technology is still young, but medical drones represent a promising development that can save both lives and money. An "Uber For Organs"? The world's first drone delivery of an organ for transplant took place at the University of Maryland Medical Center in 2019. While this delivery is more of a proof-of-concept (the delivery itself was only a few miles), the message is clear: drones can deliver lifesaving organs with speed and safety. In a world where mere minutes can impact the viability of an organ transplant, that's big news. Innovators In The Drone Game Drone delivery is a young field, but several thought leaders are already making big strides. Zipline recently achieved Unicorn status and closed a $190M raise, bringing their total funding to $225M with a $1.2B valuation. Zipline's HQ is in California, and they operate the world's first nationwide drone delivery system in Rwanda and Ghana. With around 16,000 deliveries to date, Zipline will be expanding to the US later this year, starting with North Carolina. In Africa, they already deliver more than 170 blood products, vaccines, and medical supplies to 22M people. Matternet, a Silicon Valley-based autonomous transportation innovator, already has drones delivering medical supplies in several Caribbean nations and Switzerland. In Switzerland, they have done over 1,800 flights, including on-demand blood and pathology specimens. With $16M in funding, backed by Boeing HorizonX Ventures, and partnered with the FAA's prototype Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program, Matternet is looking to create a world where organ and medical deliveries are available on-demand. Another American company, Flirtey, is working with the FAA to deliver medical supplies to remote or congested areas via drones. While not healthcare specific, the biggest news comes out of Google and Amazon. Google Wing, with over 70,000 test flights and 3,000 deliveries in Australia, including delivering cups filled with hot coffee to residents, received Federal approval for the US in April. Amazon announced earlier in June they received a 1-year certificate from the FAA to test in the US, and according to a Jeff Wilke, an Amazon exec, they will start delivering within "months" with drones that have a 15 mile radius and can carry around 5lbs. The FAA's Integration Pilot Program shows an eagerness to embrace drone delivery for medical and delivery purposes. The program aims to partner the FAA with drone innovators and "hash out" the difficulties in drone integration. Low-altitude aerial operations have a few potential problems, including: •         Privacy concerns •         Noise complaints •         Possibility of congested airspace and nighttime flights •         The necessity for advanced ground-to-drone communications •         Flying over populated areas While the technology for medical and consumer drone deliveries are promising in the US, the job is not yet finished. The FAA hopes that its integration program will discover solutions to the above problems. In the meantime, Australia, Switzerland, Ghana and Rwanda are proof drone deliveries work well to replace deliveries by roads, especially when time is of the essence in healthcare. And if you want an ice cream cone delivered by drone, you'll have to go to Australia - for now that is.Original Source »

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