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What Are the Different Types of Healthcare Information Technologies?

Healthcare in the age of technology, offers different tools for the consumer.

To prepare for healthcare technology, you have to understand what types of technology exist. For the individual, there are personal health tools, often in the form of wearables. It’s the FitBit that you’d have on your wrist, or other wearable devices – GPS trackers for example. It could be your smart phone. These include monitors and medical devices, such things as blood pressure cuffs, or other disease-state monitors to help you know what’s going on. And increasingly research tools, so you can go onto the internet and find out more and more about your medical state: go and see ‘Dr. Google’ to prepare you for the discussions with your caregiver.

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This audio clip originally appeared on the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s CBIA Business Minute.

 

Robert Booz

Robert Booz
Healthcare IT Faculty, Healthcare Management & Insurance Studies
Robert H. Booz is a healthcare professional with extensive experience in policy analysis, business operations, and technology enablement. Author of over 125 research articles and having conducted over 2,000 client one-on-one inquiries, his strengths are analyzing the current challenges, emerging trends, and future opportunities of healthcare and the vendors that support them. He has been teaching at UConn for more than 15 years. View Posts


Which Industries Benefit from Healthcare Information Technology?

Health insurers can use HIT to help keep premium costs down, but other industries also benefit from healthcare IT advances:

For medical care providers – HIT is good because it creates greater personalization, and it allows for more consistency in the way health is treated.

For pharmaceutical and supplier organizations – it gives them both retrospective and prospective analysis of a disease state, and allows them to have the right mix of products and services across different disease states.

For research organizations – it provides them data across a variety of circumstances; and

For technology companies who are designing new tools, it gives them business opportunities to pursue.

Listen here:

This audio clip originally appeared on the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s CBIA Business Minute.

 

Robert Booz

Robert Booz
Healthcare IT Faculty, Healthcare Management & Insurance Studies
Robert H. Booz is a healthcare professional with extensive experience in policy analysis, business operations, and technology enablement. Author of over 125 research articles and having conducted over 2,000 client one-on-one inquiries, his strengths are analyzing the current challenges, emerging trends, and future opportunities of healthcare and the vendors that support them. He has been teaching at UConn for more than 15 years. View Posts



Why Does Healthcare Information Technology Matter?

Healthcare Information Technology enables the patient to affect their own health, from personal research to early prevention, to effective treatment.

It matters to the individual, because technology will give them new tools and new ways of thinking about themselves. It helps them with their personal research, with concurrent state monitoring–in other words: knowing what’s going on, and finally prevention through early detection. It matters for a patient because it allows them to lower their personal healthcare costs and improve their outcomes. And for the employer, it lowers their premium expenses allowing its employees to be more productive.

Listen here:

 
This audio clip originally appeared on the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s CBIA Business Minute.

 

Robert Booz

Robert Booz
Healthcare IT Faculty, Healthcare Management & Insurance Studies
Robert H. Booz is a healthcare professional with extensive experience in policy analysis, business operations, and technology enablement. Author of over 125 research articles and having conducted over 2,000 client one-on-one inquiries, his strengths are analyzing the current challenges, emerging trends, and future opportunities of healthcare and the vendors that support them. He has been teaching at UConn for more than 15 years. View Posts



What is Healthcare Information Technology?

Healthcare is on the forefront of technology.

Healthcare information technology, or HIT, is the use of computers to enable tools through the course of healthcare. It’s trying to figure out, ‘how can we make things more consistent, better, and more able to help patients?’

Technology is found in four unique attributes of healthcare:

  • Diagnosis – “What’s wrong with me?”
  • Treatment – “What do I do about it?”
  • Prevention – “How do I keep it from happening again, or, just happening at all?” and finally:
  • Health Information Analysis – “What does this mean for the course of healthcare?”

If you do all four things, you can fundamentally affect your own health.

Listen here:

This audio clip originally appeared on the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s CBIA Business Minute.

 

Robert Booz

Robert Booz
Healthcare IT Faculty, Healthcare Management & Insurance Studies
Robert H. Booz is a healthcare professional with extensive experience in policy analysis, business operations, and technology enablement. Author of over 125 research articles and having conducted over 2,000 client one-on-one inquiries, his strengths are analyzing the current challenges, emerging trends, and future opportunities of healthcare and the vendors that support them. He has been teaching at UConn for more than 15 years. View Posts




The Columbia Case Competition: A Learning Experience

From left to right: Ajay Addagada (MSBAPM, Class of Spring 2017), Zhouxuan Li (MIT), Yashwanth Musiboyina (MSBAPM, Class of Spring 2017), Esha Shah (Dartmouth)
From left to right: Ajay Addagada (MSBAPM, Class of Spring 2017), Zhouxuan Li (MIT), Yashwanth Musiboyina (MSBAPM, Class of Spring 2017), Esha Shah (Dartmouth)

About the Competition

The Columbia Case competition was organized by the Columbia Graduate Consulting Club (CGCC) of Columbia University, which was aimed to expose those students who want to pursue the field of consulting and have no prior experience in it. A total of four students from the Business Analytics and Project Management program represented UConn at this competition. Continue Reading


Study Abroad Germany: Week Two

Beautiful Switzerland
Beautiful Switzerland

An Excursion to Switzerland

This was my first (and only) full week of classes. The nice thing about Europe is they have a whole lot of Federal Holidays, which makes this last week feel especially long. One of the cooler language assignments from this week, was a scavenger hunt in which we left the classroom and had to quickly find our way to various landmarks by asking directions from locals. You can’t get that kind of language practice in the States. Continue Reading