Health experts are a treasure trove of knowledge and expertise. Imagine if…

Health experts (within institutions and working outside of them) – are a treasure trove of knowledge and expertise that is locked way inside their big brains, on their computers, and behind firewalls. Imagine what would happen if we were able to easily access that information when we are making health decisions for ourselves our families and even people in our care. What if we could also easily, quickly, and cost-effectively use the information contained within our own organizations combined/ augmented by other experts to enhance employee and patient education and engagement?

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The team at Viable Synergy has demonstrated that with a solid plan, an elegant platform, and strategic consulting support, organizations can liberate and leverage the vast amount of knowledge and expertise within their faculty and staff to reach more patients, increase brand recognition, and create new sources of revenue beyond clinical encounters, research studies, and journal articles.

This article was originally published on LinkedIn on June 22, 2017.

Top Health Conditions Papers Mentioning Artificial Intelligence (AI) by Quid

Interesting article about AI in healthcare published by Quid using their cool analytics and visualization software.  They found that Artificial Intelligence was most often mentioned in papers about cancer, diabetes, and dementia & Alzheimer’s.


Authors:  Carlos Folgar and Jess McCuan

Published on:  01.27.17

The full article can be accessed here. There are several more cool visualizations and interesting findings.


Our Key Takeaways from Recent JAMA Article On Patients Recording Medical Encounters

The full article is title:  Can Patients Make Recordings of Medical Encounters.  What does the Law Say? by Glyn Elwyn, MD,

Authors: Glyn Elwyn, MD, PhD; Paul James Barr, PhD; Mary Castalado, JD, MPH

Published on:  July 10, 2017, in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Read the full article here. 


Kudos to JAMA for publishing this article.  It is important that the “ownership” of patients’ health/ medical information continues to be explored and defined. We are encouraged by the findings in this article.  Our top takeaways are:

image1-If a patient records the visit and retains it is not subject to HIPAA

-A clinician in a single- party jurisdiction can ask the patient not to record the visit if asked, but the patient still has the right to record the encounter

-There is a lot more to understand about “single-party” or “all-party” jurisdictions.  Read the article for further clarification.

-Patients are free to share the recording if they are in single-party consent states but will need to get consent if they are in all-party consent states. The location of where the information can be shared also needs to be addressed.  The full article provides some discussion about sharing with family members verses on social media as well as the intent of the sharing of the information.

It was also interesting to note that the recording of patient visits falls under the laws related to wire tapping.  Wire tapping laws are specific to states and they are categorized into sing-party or all party categories.

According to the article, the 11 states that require all parties to consent, which makes the recording of patient visits without the consent of the physician illegal are:

  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusettes
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Washington

Interested to know if you or people you know have recorded or thought about recording visits before.

NOTE: Nothing in this post constitutes legal or medical advice.  If you have legal or medical questions, please consult the appropriate professionals.  – We wish that we didn’t have to include these disclaimers in our post, but better to be safe than sorry.



Adoption of population health programs by providers is growing, but they are still unsatisfied

Original article info.

KPMG survey: Data aggregation continues to pose challenge for population health ambitions
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My highlights:

44% of providers have adopted a pop health strategy and 24% plan to in the next 3 years.

“The complaints about incorporating technology into clinical workflows are fairly common and have many doctors and others involved with care delivery dissatisfied with electronic health records and other tools,” said Todd Ellis, principal at KPMG.

“Population health tools all share a significant vulnerability: They lack real-time insight into your patients’ current status. Risk stratification algorithms are inherently reactive because they rely on data such as past medical claims. That places the burden on care managers to track and monitor patients to effectively mitigate population health risk. And care managers are generally experienced nurses, so they’re not cheap. In most cases, they’re not creating billable hours, either, so efficiency is paramount.” – Epharmix Cofounder Joe McDonald

Viable Synergy Take:

We need to get more proactive in identifying the right patients with the right tools and information in the right format at the right time.  This means that we have to have a more comprehensive strategy to engage patients across the care continuum before they are sick enough to end up in the Emergency Room or the Hospital.  Let’s think of patients as partners and make information and tools easily accessible to them on demand. Then find ways to do regular check-ins with digital tools and information.  Other industries have been effectively supporting their customers across the customer journey for years.  We can do this in healthcare too.  We just have to think differently and be willing to engage with people in real human ways and not just their data.


President Obama’s Op Ed on Precision Medicine

My favorite quote from President Obama’s Op Ed published in the Washington Post today is:

“By bringing together doctors and data like never before, precision medicine aims to deliver the right treatments in the right dosage at the right time — every time. It helps target the causes of a condition rather than just the symptoms. This is one of the greatest opportunities we’ve ever seen for new medical breakthroughs, but it only works if we collect enough information first.”

Would love to hear yours!

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