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Cisco Investments in Healthcare – Mobile Technology in Partnership with United Healthcare

Posted Dec 15 2009 12:36pm
I have done a series of posts on how this is developing.  Recently in the news Verizon is also partnering with Cisco.

Verizon Telehealth Service Teams Up with Cisco – Video Consultations Unveiled

When watching the video you will hear United Healthcare mentioned.  Here’s a back track to a post in July of this year.

UnitedHealth To Spend Tens of Million of Dollars with Cisco to Build Nationwide Telehealth Network

In case you missed it, United has a recruitment process to get physicians to sign up to handle tele health visits, but read the fine print to make sure the partnership would be a good fit. 

OptumHealth (Subsidiary of UnitedHealthCare) Teams Up With American Well for 24/7 Physician Consults

 

Here’s one more link to a past post that has some additional videos.  United has run the mobile clinic through Congress and they came and went, but my feelings are still that they don’t get it, the technology of how this is to be used, funded, etc. and will impact healthcare.  We want a good implementation here and not a service that will run algorithms to reduce care.  I like all this stuff but again remain very cognizant on how patients are scored and sometimes dropped when they reach a level that shows they are no longer profitable on the computer screens used for decision making.

Cisco and Healthcare Technology – Hospitalist Avatar And Other Technologies On Display

With all the investments in technology sometimes with United, you might ponder this:

Are you insured by a technology or insurance company ...

Anyway, back on target here you can see that Cisco is moving forward in this area with telehealth and this is somewhat the future with saving time and cutting costs.  Again, this still makes me wonder if health insurance should really be a non profit business as when running scoring algorithms to cut patients from the rolls, it tends to be contradicting itself.  BD

In the medical world, every day brings new research findings that can potentially alter the prescribed "best practices" for treating patients with any given medical condition to facilitate the best outcomes. But keeping up with volumes of new medical studies is one of the biggest challenges for clinicians wanting to provide the best care possible for patients. That's where clinical decision support tools hold great promise.

As more healthcare providers deploy electronic medical records and computerized physician order entry systems, or CPOE, the foundation gets set for them to tap into the power of new clinical decision support software to help them keep up with important new medical evidence that could be applied to their patients' care. That medical evidence ranges from alerts about newly discovered dangers of popular prescription drugs to new suggested "best practices" for treating suspected heart attack patients as they arrive in hospital emergency departments.

Instruments That Help Clinicians Deliver Better Care | Healthcare IT Blog | InformationWeek Healthcare

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