Looking Back – Looking Forward

“A year of ending and beginning, a year of loss and finding and all of you were with me through the storm. I drink your health, your wealth, your fortune for long years to come, and I hope for many more days in which we can gather like this.”

C.J. Cherryh, American Author
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For my first blog post of 2022, I wanted to review the material that readers found to be the most interesting and received the most impressions (over 13,000 in under six months) across all social media platforms. First, a big thank you to all who have read, shared, and commented on the material I published last year. Your comments, suggestions (more on those in a bit), and encouragement have been greatly appreciated.

Looking back

In analyzing the data, the area of interest that generated the most engagement were the posts from my “Straight Talk” series on technologies in health care. These were intended to provide a snapshot of the current development of key technologies with examples of how they were being used to improve care delivery. Those posts (and associated links) are listed below:

The other posts that received a lot of attention were the lists of books, podcasts, and newsletters that I regularly use in my reading and research. Those are listed for you (with links) below:

Looking forward

As I mentioned in my end-of-the-year post on Disruptors to Watch in 2022, and based on readers’ feedback on what you would like to see more of this year, I’m going to focus a lot on the topic “It’s About Time.” The ongoing pandemic has accelerated the deployment of technologies to support care delivery and remote care options. The associated workforce issues have created a dynamic tension between continuing to innovate while dealing with the stresses placed on the care team as the waves of patients needing care hit the system. So, while I’m going to continue to report on technology developments and applications in health care, I want to explore how the implementation of certain technologies can save time for patients, families, and providers in navigating our complex, fragmented, and confusing health care system. Watch for the first post in that series next week.

I’m also going to step back from discussing just the technology and share some examples of companies and organizations that I’ve personally interacted with who I believe are driving significant and sustainable change in the delivery of care in our country. Up until now, I’ve taken a “vendor agnostic” approach to posts on this blog. And while that will still be a part of my research and reporting, I think that sharing some personal examples of companies and organizations that are pushing the envelope in technology development and care delivery would be valuable to readers. I’d appreciate your feedback on these posts and recommendations on other companies and organizations to highlight throughout the year.

Finally, many readers commented that they enjoy the weekly health care technology news posts that hit the blog on Saturdays. This year I’m refining that weekly post to add an infographic of the week from either research or reading that I’ve come across. And I’ve been invited to participate in a beta test of a Zoom platform application called “On-Zoom.” So, for registered users on the WordPress blog site, you’ll be able to register for a weekly 15-minute live Zoom event that will provide an early look at the top technology news stories in health care that week. These will be on Fridays at Noon ET (one day before the blog post goes live), so subscribers will get the stories first. You can register on the Talking Healthcare Technology WordPress site here: https://healtech.blog and enter your email in the subscription section as shown below:

Talking Healthcare Technology WordPress site

Registered subscribers will receive an email invitation with the link to the On-Zoom sessions. You can choose to subscribe to a single session or the entire series by clicking on the link provided.

On-Zoom registration page

Hopefully, you’ll find this experiment interesting and valuable. As always, comments and suggestions for improvement are greatly appreciated.

Thanks again for reading!

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