This week we’ve rounded-up a couple articles featuring “low-tech” innovations in healthcare.

Promising Practices

Nation’s first 24 hour nurse line saves doctors from burnout and patients from trips to the emergency room (Huffington Post)
“It has provided a basic form of health care to thousands of uninsured people who have no other access to care. It also has relieved demand on doctors and hospitals in a sparsely populated state where all but a few counties have a severe shortage of health care providers.”

Health system integrates familiar technology to consolidate provider communication (Healthcare Dive)
“Our staff was asking for text messaging, but we needed to be sure they were equipped with a secure solution. We wanted to consolidate numerous functions in one device, connect everyone across the enterprise and support the patient care environment.”

Research & Policy

New study finds 1 in 10 new fathers suffer from post-natal depression (Irish Examiner)
“Dads living in rented accommodation, unmarried fathers and dads with lower levels of education were more at risk of post-natal depression, but that the type of work they did had a greater bearing than whether they were employed or unemployed.”

Inmate health care linked to community health and safety (Medical Xpress)
“Offering treatment to prisoners or by linking them to community-based family physicians and psychiatrists after they are released leads to less substance abuse, mental health problems, chronic diseases and health service utilization… [it] can also improve the health of the general population, improve the safety of our communities and decrease health care costs,”

Trends

Fitbits and apps play role in doctors’ visits (Chicago Tribune)
“Beyond sleep and exercise data coming from fitness trackers, doctors can eventually incorporate devices that measure glucose, blood pressure, respiratory rates and blood-oxygen levels … This really globalizes the view of [patients’] health status, so that we’re really in contact with them on a much more daily if not hour-to-hour basis.”

Impact of tiered health insurance plans on patients and health centers (Modern Healthcare)
“[People] are starting to wonder if their centers will be able to survive long term. In Louisiana, not only are community health centers suffering as a result of non-expansion of Medicaid, but they are still seeing a large number of bronze plan enrollees. Also, without Congressional action, they and other centers around the country stand to collectively lose up to 70% of their federal funding by the end of 2015.”