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5 Best Practices for Designing in Medical Device Cybersecurity Controls

Connected medical devices are integrating a number of disparate technologies and cloud services which can expose security flaws through their integration. Find out what the key steps are in designing in cybersecurity controls. Read more

How UX Informs Medical Device Design: Making the Visible, Invisible

Learn how UX Design tools like ecosystem mapping, personas, and journey mapping can inform medical device design and development to ensure market success. Read more

Developing a Business Case for UX in Healthcare Product Development

User Experience is a key element in ensuring product market success. Yet many product managers forgo UX in order to shave costs. This post looks at how to make the business case to quickly demonstrate the value of investing in UX. Read more

Creating Ecosystem Maps to Prioritize Product Investment

When developing a new product it can be difficult to prioritize which features should be included in the initial release. Ecosystem mapping is a useful tool that can be used to visualize your product and the systems, processes, and data flows that surround it. Learn how to leverage this tool to ask deeper questions about what needs to be prioritized before investing in development. Read more

How Voice Interfaces Will Impact Healthcare

Voice interfaces are not new in healthcare. What is new is the arrival of digital assistants powered by natural language processing, ambient computing, and machine learning. Learn how voice assistants will be used by physicians, nurses, technicians, and patients to change how healthcare is provided. Read more

4 Benefits of Using a Microservices Architecture in Digital and Connected Health Solutions

Dive into what microservices is and discover the benefits of implementing a microservices architecture when it comes to accelerating your digital and connected health solution's time to market. Read more

Why Provider IT Systems Aren’t Ready to Capitalize on Patient Data

Explore the challenges healthcare providers are facing when it comes to collecting, analyzing, and integrating patient data in order to obtain meaningful insights and improve patient outcomes. Read more

How to Protect Patient Privacy and Information While Conducting Ethnographic Research

We provide you with guidelines to protect patient privacy and health information while conducting user research in clinical settings, including precautions to take in order to comply with HIPAA regulations. Read more

Healthcare Technology Trends 2018: Macadamian’s Experts Weigh In

We asked our experts in healthcare solutions about how we can expect technology to transform healthcare in 2018 and what businesses in the healthcare industry should pay attention to. Read more

Field Kits: Capturing Data During Ethnographic Research Part Two

A field kit can be a powerful tool in UX research. Learn how you can modify your field kit for different ethnographic research environments to ensure you're collecting the best quality data in the most efficient way. Read more

Find Us at These 2018 Healthcare Technology Events

Technology is changing the quality, delivery, and the very definition of healthcare. Attending the right events not only allows you to gain insight on industry trends and advancements, but also stimulates future-forward thinking. Find out how we're involved in these upcoming 2018 healthcare technology events and let's connect. Read more

Exploring Blockchain Technology in Healthcare

Medical data interoperation between all healthcare institutions and patient portals is a future that we can all look forward to. As the Blockchain technology matures, its potential to bring this ideal to life and revolutionize all aspects of healthcare will become more and more evident. Read more

Conducting UX Research to Obtain Meaningful Data

Involving the right research participants is critical to successful user research. Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting test participants for healthcare-focused UX research. Read more

FDA Fosters Digital Health Innovation With New Software Precertification Pilot Program

This past July, the FDA announced their Software Precertification Pilot Program aimed at digital health solution creators in order to increase product speed to market. Our Director of IoT discusses the implications of this new program. Read more

My Diabetes Coach – A Holistic Care Management Solution

The My Diabetes Coach solution is designed to improve and strengthen the teamwork between parent and child in diabetes management. Establishing and encouraging good practices and patient compliance at an early stage will provide significant benefits to the patients over the years by mitigating the complications that can result from non-compliance. Read more

Harnessing Connected Med Device Data for Improved Patient Outcomes

Lorraine Chapman, Sr. Director of Healthcare at Macadamian sat down with Ivan Delevic, President and CEO of OrthoSensor to discuss connected medical devices and how OrthoSensor is using data analytics to improve patient outcomes in Orthopedics. Read more

Meaningful Use Stage 3 Safety-Enhanced Design Updates

Overall, the requirements for MU3 certification and participation in the program are significant. EHR vendors will be challenged to deliver certified products according to the proposed timelines and navigate confusing requirements for safety-enhanced design. Read more

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Patient-Centered Care

I'm hugely optimistic that we are about to see a positive transformation in healthcare. The problem is big, painful, and it’s triggering new thinking. Because of this, healthcare is set to reinvent itself. After all, necessity is the mother of invention. Read more

Cognitive Healthcare – The Evolution of Connected Health

One of the great barriers to achieving Connected Health has been providing a natural, intuitive interface that seamlessly gathers relevant health data from consumers. Read more

The Future of Medication Compliance – Voice Interaction Meets Predictive Analytics

Medication non-compliance is an expensive burden on the US healthcare system, costing between $100B and $300B a year. The emergence of conversational UX platforms like Alexa can be leveraged along with the use of predictive analytics to increase compliance and cut readmission rates. Read more

Meet LifePod, Your Amazon Alexa Powered Virtual Caregiver

The Alexa Voice Service and other voice assistants are becoming commonplace as a way of interacting with our favorite products and services. One client came to us to help bring their idea of a connected virtual caregiver to life. Read more

Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service in Healthcare

The Amazon Echo and Alexa voice service have been a hit in the consumer market with skills that help you order a pizza or call an Uber. Now with the introduction of the "KidsMD" skill, the Alexa voice service is making its way into the healthcare market. Having focused on healthcare IT and stressing the possibilities of voice interaction for years, it’s great to see Alexa for healthcare finally in action. Read more

Five Criteria for Selecting a Healthcare IoT Solutions Provider

Success with IoT can be tricky. It is a constellation of complex technologies from which you need to pick, choose and customize to craft a product that can succeed. Many companies fail in their IoT initiatives because they underestimate the challenges of navigating this complexity and don’t engage a partner that can provide guidance throughout the project. Read more

Project Management in the Healthcare Industry: A Risk Based Approach

One innovative approach to governance and project management is to tailor the type and level of management to the risk assessed for each project, avoiding the costs of treating all projects as though they carried a high level of risk. Read more

Design for Medical Devices Conference Recap 2016

The conference left me with three days of inspiration and a lot of food for thought. It was good to hear academic and industry leaders confirm what I live and breath every day at Macadamian - that attention to user and patient details are good ethics as well as good business. Read more

Achieving Interoperability in your Healthcare Organization

The challenge with integrating healthcare organizations is that they are just that – separate organizations. Each organization provides a healthcare service, but they provide that service using their own process. Read more

Design Thinking: A UX Framework for Healthcare Apps

UX design has a direct correlation to user adoption, time to complete a task, reduction in errors (thereby decreasing the risk to patient safety), a decrease in support calls, and an overall increase in user satisfaction. Read more

Developing Population Health Management Software

Population Health Management software enables care teams to share PHI and to gain insight and manage health proactively. It is THE next critical step in Healthcare IT advances, and there’s no clear market leader yet. Read more

A Guide to Working with HL7: Considerations and Recommendations

In developing healthcare software, there is a high chance that you will run into an integration challenge sooner or later and will need to understand HL7 messages. Read more

CES 2015 Digital Health Summit

With more than 160,000 attendees, the equivalent of 28 football fields of exhibitor space, and an impressive contingent of healthcare experts, the experience was an exciting informational overload. Read more

Hacking for Health

Participating teams were tasked with developing solutions that demonstrated the use of sensors, data collection, and the interconnectedness of hardware and software. Read more

Why Wearables Won’t Make You Fit

What do wearables, e-learning solutions, and financial planning sites all have in common? Read more

World Usability Day 2014: Engage Now!

What are you doing to engage users in the right way – to foster a deeper connection with your application? Read more

Healthcare Analytics Summit 2014 News

Macadamian's Healthcare Interaction Designer, Francis Beaudet, recently attended the Healthcare Analytics Summit in Salt Lake City. Here are some key takeaways from the conference. Read more

Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians

Macadamian Healthcare Advisory Panel Member, Jeff Belden, releases "Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians" e-book Read more

The Affordable Care Act: How to Effectively Share Patient Data

The basic principle behind the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to enable all health-care providers to act in concert as an effective care team. Read more

Understanding Patient Engagement

Guest blogger, Elizabeth Bacon, shares her thoughts on Understanding Patient Engagement. Read more

Macadamian at the 2013 Accountable Care and HIT Strategies Summit

I’m excited to hear what other companies and individuals are doing to help align all components of health and not just the hospital-care to home-care model. Read more

Mobile Healthcare Technology: 9 Questions to Ask Before Going HTML5

Mobile devices are ascending in prominence and gaining more users by the day, and developers are under even more pressure to pick the right hardware platform, software architecture, and development framework... Read more

[Quote] Something No Physician Has Ever Said

"...I'm really excited about all the configuration options in my dictation software..." Read more

How Interruption Storyboards Improve Electronic Health Records

This is the second installment in our audio podcast mini series titled, EHRs: Secrets of Successful Usability. Read more

[VIDEO] Electronic Healthcare Records – Vitera Intergy Solution

Vitera Intergy is an iPad based electronic health record application that enables physicians to spend more time on patient care and less on paperwork. Read more

Electronic Health Records: Secrets of Successful Usability

How Great EHR User Experience Benefits Patients & Physicians Read more

EHR Usability for Meaningful Use

Electronic Health Records have to comply with Meaningful Use Stage2 usability. What's involved? How much work? Read more

What Are Patient Demographics?

The definition of patient demographics starts to get polluted with items such as patient and emergency contact information and patient medical record data. There is a very good reason for this concept drift. Read more

Developing Successful Healthcare Software: An Introduction

An introduction to our practical guide on Healthcare software design and architecture. Read more

Sample CCR and CCD XML files

You bought the official CCD standards document, you have a grasp on what the different is between a ClinicalDocument, a StructuredBody and a CCD Component, and now it's time to put it into practice in an XML file. Read more