About Irv Lichtenwald , CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation

America Has A Rural Healthcare Crisis. Technology Can Help

Rural Healthcare

As 2017 begins, around 81 percent of Americans live in urban areas, up from 79 percent in 2000. At the same time, urban and suburban areas where vacant land exists (so, not you, San Francisco) have been expanding, redefining what used to be rural. With this demographic shift comes a transition of resources and tax bases that leave rural areas and rural services, including healthcare, struggling to survive.Indeed, we can learn a lot about the state of rural healthcare from several access-related
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How Comorbidity Threatens American Healthcare

Irv Lichtenwald, Medsphere Systems CEO

Comorbidity is not a word heard every day—not even in healthcare, where it applies. But researchers and physicians, assisted by IT-derived diagnostic data, have come to understand that comorbidity is essential to understanding and managing population health, especially among vulnerable populations challenged by mental illness and addiction.A patient with comorbidity has at least two chronic diseases at the same time that interact in such a way as to worsen the impact of each illness on the
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What Does The Cures Act Mean for Mental Health Care? 5 Things to Know

Can We Balance Civil Liberties with Mental Health Treatment?

Remember that the two things you don’t want to watch being made are sausage and law. Then recall that while the process for both may be unappealing and seem incongruous, the product is not always so.  Take the 21st Century Cures Act, for example, which is a lengthy (996 pages) piece of legislation (summary here) that focuses primarily on health-related scientific research and medical devices. It also broadly outlines the terms for an upcoming drawdown of America’s strategic petroleum reserve,
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Why Digitized Mental Healthcare is Better Mental Healthcare

Can We Balance Civil Liberties with Mental Health Treatment?

If community hospitals are a general barometer of health in the surrounding area, the emergency room is the canary in the coal mine. Viral outbreaks, increases in violence, loss of health insurance from local layoffs—all are social ills that make their presence known first in the ER.Based on recent ER studies, the U.S. is on the cusp of a full-blown mental health crisis.According to a recent survey of more than 1,700 emergency physicians by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP),
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Urgency, Responsibility, Not Digital Health Devices, Will Improve Patient Engagement

Irv Lichtenwald, Medsphere Systems CEO

We will get to a point in the not-too-distant future where EHRs are a great deal more functional and user friendly, where APIs link most if not all healthcare IT platforms and clinical devices, where personal wearable technology enables remote monitoring of patient condition.These are largely technical challenges with some policy mixed in that can be solved through improved technology and targeted incentives. In the meantime, as technology progresses, American healthcare faces some more
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5 Key Issues Plaguing the American Mental Healthcare System

Can We Balance Civil Liberties with Mental Health Treatment?

Representative Tim Murphy’s Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis bill was approved by the House with near unanimity in early July. Among other objectives, the legislation seeks to expand the availability of psychiatric hospital beds, create a new assistant secretary for mental health and substance use disorders at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and promote early treatment and intervention for young people who show signs of mental illness.What this long overdue legislative
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How Can We Commit To Better Mental Healthcare Right Now?

Can We Balance Civil Liberties with Mental Health Treatment?

Restoring lost beds, expanding health IT incentives and rapidly embracing ACOs are steps forward in addressing America’s mental health crisisChances are good someone close to you is suffering from a mental health disorder right now. You may not know it. While paranoid schizophrenia is pretty obvious, major depression can be hidden during periodic interaction.Chances are also good that you don't have the knowledge or resources to deal with an extended bout of mental illness suffered by a family
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Shouldn’t We Have A Human Genome Project for Mental Illness As Well?

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Success in understanding, treating and preventing specific diseases has often resulted from concentrated research initiatives backed by strong sponsors and robust funding.  A great example: the extraordinary 13- year long national Human Genome Project (HGP) that not only achieved its goal of mapping the genes in human DNA, but also unearthed the genetic roots of many diseases. Jointly undertaken in 1990 by the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Health, with a total cost of $3.8
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Why Your Patient Portal Strategy Should Embrace Both Consumers & Patients

Patient Portal Strategy

Patient engagement is easy, right? Just create a portal and tell patients it’s there.Of course, no one who puts a little thought into this idea believes it can be so simple. Healthcare isn’t “Field of Dreams,” after all. We can build it. They still might not come.But we still need to try and understand why, as this 2014 Health Affairs study found, the increased use of EHR technology has not created a parallel increase in electronic communication among patients and clinicians. In short, if
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Should Hospitals Consider Getting Cybercrime Insurance?

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Naturally, most of what you hear from healthcare IT companies about their products is going to be upbeat, designed to create a sense of potential and promise. I mean, I can easily extol the virtues of the company I lead and the products and services we sell.But if I’m responsible and realistic, I also need to call attention to the challenges healthcare IT can create on the path to improved care. Without doubt, any information technology that creates, maintains, or transmits electronic patient
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