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Sano Intelligence Creates A New Way For Patients to Monitor Health

Posted on September 7, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Personal data tracking is one of the latest trends in the mHealth. There’s a lot of data tracking devices available, making it easier than ever to track health and exercise. Allie Hastings, at TheNextWeb.com, wrote about five personal data tracking innovations to watch out for a few weeks ago. These are some pretty awesome devices, so I decided to look more into them and share what I found with all of you.

Today, I’ll discuss Sano Intelligence.

First off, what is it?

According to its website, “Sano is building a small, wearable sensor that can capture and transmit blood chemistry data continuously to virtually any device.”

So I’ll admit, when I first read this, I wasn’t totally sure what it meant. However, I soon discovered that this has the potential to change lives. Already, Sano is able to report glucose and potassium levels. It’s a patch, and as far as I can tell, doesn’t require any needles. I can only imagine how much easier that would make life for diabetics who are always having to monitor their blood sugar levels with blood samples.

Sano Intelligence appears to be expanding the solution to monitor other health issues. The possibilities seem endless. Wouldn’t it be great if people that are constantly having to get their blood drawn, could use something like this — like people who have Leukemia, or other types of cancer, where CBC is monitored. I’m not sure that it will be able to track everything, but it’s definitely a big step in the right direction for patient home monitoring. For those that have a hard time remembering to test themselves, the fact that Sano is wearable is a big deal. It sounds like you can just put it on and then forget about it, more or less.

This is definitely the beginning of a new era of home monitoring devices, and Sano is setting the bar high. Hopefully, other companies will take it as a challenge, and we’ll see similar devices released in the future. I’m excited to see what else Sano Intelligence has up their sleeve, as they continue to fullfill their mission — to make diagnostics continuous, connected, and cheap,

EHR and Football

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John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Some might think that this is going a little off topic, and that my mind is already looking forward to a big start to the NFL season this weekend and college football in full swing. I certainly won’t deny my love of some good football. I’m not sure why it’s so fun to watch, but it is. I have so many good memories watching football. Seems I’m not alone since I saw a tweet that said “An interesting commentary on the country. 4 million watched the Democratic Convention. 21.81 million watched NFL Football.”

With that said, I’m all about comparing EHR to other things we see in life as a way of learning and improving. I think analogies like this can be really valuable ways to see EHR in a different light.

I first started thinking about EHR and football when I saw this tweet from Charles Webster, MD:

Here’s a section of his blog post about EHR and football:

Medical office staff members interact in ways that are similar to a football team. For example, they have an offensive line whose responsibility it is to efficiently, effectively, and flexibly move an encounter from waiting room to checkout. There’s a quarterback who calls plays. Sometimes it’s the physician who directs staff to administer a vaccination or auditory test; sometimes the plays are called automatically based on the reason for the patient’s visit, such as “well child” versus “ear ache.”

Tasks are “passed” among team members, such as a nurse gathering vitals and checking medications and allergies before passing the assessment and treatment tasks to the physician. “Dropping the ball” results in inefficiency that slows the encounter and ineffectiveness that affects patient care and physician revenue.

The defensive line may be less obvious, but it consists of threats to the accomplishment of efficient, effective, flexible workflow. It is the offensive line’s responsibility to protect this workflow. For example, the phone nurse blocks defensive line interruptions that would otherwise distract the physician from maximizing use of the most important and constrained resource in the practice, his or her time. Anyone (or anything) who contributes to the hassle factor of practicing medicine is part of the defensive line.

You should check out his full article where he asks a bunch of interesting questions as well.

I think the best comparison to football comes when you consider who’s the leader of the team. In football, it’s essential to have strong leadership to be able to coordinate and inspire everyone on the team to do their job. I’ve seen many times where clinics have very poor leadership. Much like a football team, this leads to a lot of problems and issues.

In football they often talk about being “assignment sound.” That means that each player on the field has a specific assignment and they need to perform that assignment. They shouldn’t vary from it, because when they do they leave their other teammates in a bad position. Many medical practices implement an EHR with no plan in mind at all. It’s hard to be assignment sound when you don’t even know your assignment. Of course, this goes back to having good leadership as well.

Another problem in football is not only having a good plan, but inspiring the team to execute the plan. We’ve seen over and over again where the coach loses the football team. The team no longer listens to the coach, so no matter how much planning he does it doesn’t matter since he can’t inspire his team to execute it. EHR implementations can learn a lot from this idea. Your EHR implementation needs to have a well thought out plan, but it also needs a “coach” that can inspire the team to execute that EHR implementation strategy. It’s not enough to have a plan if your team isn’t going to support it.

I’m sure there are other good comparisons of EHR to football. Maybe we could even talk about the big business of football and how that compares to the big business of healthcare. One difference between football and EHR is that in football there’s only one winner. In EHR, everyone can win.