Welcome to this week’s edition of SpendVu’s Healthcare IT and Supply Chain News Weekly Digest. Join us each Friday for a new post featuring select industry related articles that we at SpendVu find interesting, controversial, and/or enlightening.

Catch up on this week’s industry news including news reports on what you can do for hurricane relief, we revisit blockchain and why you should be paying attention, and this week also touches on the challenges healthcare providers face when providing care for different generations.

  1. HHS establishing medical shelter to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey
  2. Blockchain System Successfully Deployed to Revolutionise the Logistics Industry
  3. 5 questions with Brian Jacobs, CMIO and CIO of Children’s National Health System
  4. FDA Releases New Supply Chain Draft Guidance Document
  5. New leader ready to prepare HIMSS for the approaching silver tsunami. Hal Wolf believes an aging population will require a new approach from healthcare IT leaders.

#1: “HHS establishing medical shelter to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey”

By HHS Press Office

SpendVu’s thoughts: Our hearts go out to everyone that has been affected by Hurricane Harvey and to those who are currently experiencing Irma. I encourage everyone who is able to donate, to go to the Red Cross here and select either Harvey or Irma in the dropdown. Let us not forget to help each other in times of need for when it is our time of need, we will want the help too.

Article SynopsisThousands of Texans sheltering at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston will have medical care on-site through a 250-bed Federal Medical Station established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  HHS has activated its Disaster Distress Helpline, a toll-free call center, that is available at 1-800-985-5990 to aid people in coping with the behavioral health effects of the storm and help people in impacted areas connect with local behavioral health professionals.

Read more at: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2017/08/28/hhs-establishing-medical-shelter-to-aid-those-affected-by-hurricane-harvey.html


#2: “Blockchain System Successfully Deployed to Revolutionise the Logistics Industry”

By Marine Transport International

SpendVu’s thoughts: We’ve written about blockchain in this  blog here, and I suspect that this is only the beginning of a changing tide. Expect to see blockchain becoming more and more relevant in the upcoming months.

Article SynopsisA successful pilot program delivered by logistics technology company Marine Transport International (MTI) demonstrates that the logistics industry will see improved connectivity, efficiency and security thanks to blockchain.  Strengths of blockchain technology including preventing cyberattacks is apparent in benefiting global supply chain distribution.

Read more at:  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/blockchain-system-successfully-deployed-to-revolutionise-the-logistics-industry-642213333.html


#3: “5 questions with Brian Jacobs, CMIO and CIO of Children’s National Health System” 

By Julie Spitzer

SpendVu’s thoughts: Inspirational read as to why and how IT can transform hospitals, especially when it comes to supporting patient care and outcomes. Also – going back to blockchain for a moment, read Jacobs’ response about his concerns around cybersecurity. Anyone else hearing blockchain as a solution?

Article SynopsisDr. Brian Jacobs, CMIO and CIO of Children’s National Health System, recently spoke with Becker’s Hospital Review about the hospital’s unique EHR partnership, the importance of health IT in a hospital’s strategic plan and his biggest concern for the healthcare industry.

Read more at: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/5-questions-with-brian-jacobs-cmio-and-cio-of-children-s-national-medical-center.html


#4: “FDA Releases New Supply Chain Draft Guidance Document”

By Keren Sookne for Healthcare Packaging

SpendVu’s thoughts: If this relates to you, I suggest reading through the draft and taking the opportunity to make your voice heard with any comments or suggestions that you have. You have until October 23rd to submit feedback here.

Article SynopsisWith public meetings on security and data exchange, FDA releases guidance that helps companies “define the relationship” with trading partners. The agency is soliciting comments.

Read more at: https://www.healthcarepackaging.com/article/trends-and-issues/traceability-and-authentication/fda-new-supply-chain-draft-guidance



#5: “New leader ready to prepare HIMSS for the approaching silver tsunami. Hal Wolf believes an aging population will require a new approach from healthcare IT leaders.”

By Gus Venditto

SpendVu’s thoughts: This article reminds me of a conversation I had with the FDA while down at AHRMM in DC earlier this year. In that conversation, we discussed the difference in how millennials vs older generations consume information and how that change in mindset will eventually require healthcare to be provided differently. Most millennials I know would love to have a site, like Kayak, to compare providers on metrics such as costs, outcomes, and availability. This article also touches on how healthcare will need to change to serve a community where the majority of people being treated are starting to get older. 

Article SynopsisHal Wolf is firmly behind HIMSS involvement in public policy and is already involved in work to educate the FDA on certification of digital devices and is focused on emerging technologies like blockchain. He also believes the membership will have increasing needs to learn about predictive modeling using genomic data. And he sees a need to improve automation of the supply chain.

“When we look at how goods are purchased in this space, the process has not been digitized within the provider community,” he said adding that the change can provide tremendous value to the quality of care and help control cost.

Read more at: http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/new-leader-ready-prepare-himss-approaching-silver-tsunami?