By Mike McGuire. A 35-year industry veteran, Mike is passionate about following changes in the world of healthcare.

It’s Time for Healthcare to Smarten Up

Smart industries are tech smart. Fast food companies, small nonprofits and big corporations have figured out that good technology yields happy customers. Here are just a few examples: A new online platform at McDonald’s makes things easy—customers can order online,...

Healthcare Delivery and the Ethics of Change Management

Most people would agree that the healthcare industry has not been, shall we say . . .at the forefront of change when it comes to adopting innovative solutions and technologies. But here’s a question for you: Do you think healthcare leaders have a moral duty to...

Giving Patients the Seamless Consumer Experience They Crave

I read two articles over the holidays (perfect time for catch-up reading) from Forbes and Health Tech. Both pieces claimed that the consumerization of care was going to define the healthcare industry in 2019—and alter the digital health experience. This is, of course,...

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired   Having a loved one with serious health concerns can be debilitating. Indeed, the stress associated with an uncertain outcome can permeate the entire family. When my mother-in-law was diagnosed with metastasized bladder...

The Little Hospital That Could

The Little Hospital That Could   Remember the story of The Little Engine That Could? As a little engine struggles to pull a long train of toys over a mountain, she repeats the mantra, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” And when she successfully...

The Flu and You

While it’s impossible to predict what the upcoming 2018-2019 flu season will be like, the Food and Drug Administration has included both Influenza A strains in this year’s vaccine as well as two additional Influenza B strains. Jellyfish Health’s urgent care/primary care customers are uniquely positioned to meet this flu challenge. These customers can proactively send either text or email reminders to their consumers. They can also use the same mechanisms to send information about the strains of flu they’re seeing in patients.

5G and Me

Currently, 4G can connect up to 2,000 devices per square kilometer, while 5G could support up to one million devices in the same area. WOW! What does this all mean for those of us in the healthcare industry?

Light My FHIR!

I’m sure Jim Morrison is turning over in his grave as I’ve pirated the title of his greatest hit to write this blog! The FHIR I’m referring to is a fast emerging technology that if adopted can and will lead to better interoperability in healthcare. Early in my career, I was part of the company that built the Cloverleaf Interface Engine. Cloverleaf is installed in 72% of the hospitals above 100 beds in the US. The goal of the product was to help disparate systems communicate with each other using HL7, which was the standard at that time.