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Content tagged with Patient Tools posted in January 2013
Bill Gates Touts Analytics To Solve Global Problems
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
In his foundation's annual letter, Microsoft co-founder says analytics are helping developing countries tackle health and education problems, urges setting clear goals.
Healthcare Experts Confront EHR-Related Medical Errors
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
AMIA task force calls on vendors, clinicians, academics and policy-makers to rethink poorly designed health IT systems.
Technology Not Widely Used in Health Tracking
News  |  1/28/2013  | 
Pew survey finds that majority of people track health indicators but only a fifth do so using smartphones, medical devices or spreadsheets.
7 Portals Powering Patient Engagement
Slideshows  |  1/28/2013  | 
Meaningful Use has put new strains on providers in terms of patient engagement, but these portals help ease the burden, says recent KLAS report.
Telehealth To Grow Six-Fold By 2017
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
Remote patient monitoring will ramp up worldwide, largely driven by U.S hospitals working to reduce readmissions and avoid Medicare penalties, says InMedica study.
HIPAA Changes Could Create New Bureaucratic Burdens
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
Modifications to HIPAA may take the focus off patients and pile on administrative work.
Doctors Take Dim View Of Users' Online Ratings
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
Doctors question small sample sizes and what ratings measure, but many peek at their own report cards anyway.
Social Media Changes Healthcare Landscape
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
New book explores the shifting role of the patient thanks to Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, and warns that this phenomenon shouldn't be ignored.
New York Challenges Developers To Create Patient Portal
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
Portal to let New Yorkers access their health data is "tip of the iceberg" for future state-wide consumer health applications, says contest sponsor New York eHealth Collaborative.
Medical Compliance App Proves Power Of Friends, Family
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
MediSafe's mobile "pillbox" app drives up medication adherence rates by sharing information with patients' loved ones.
Internet Has Yet To Replace Family Doctors
News  |  1/15/2013  | 
More than a third of Americans go online to diagnose symptoms, but the Internet hasn't usurped the role of the general practitioner in patient care, says Pew study.
GetWell Network Puts New Spin On Patient Engagement
News  |  1/14/2013  | 
GetWell Network's patient engagement pathways are helping organizations achieve substantial drops in readmission rates and rises in Hospital Care Access Program scores.
Why Take EHR Data Out Of Structured Format?
News  |  1/14/2013  | 
HL7's conversion tool may seem counterproductive, but it's meant to encourage patients to use Blue Button.
Online Resource Helps Patients Make Tough Decisions
News  |  1/11/2013  | 
PREPARE website aims to help low-income, low-literacy, elderly patients make difficult medical decisions.
CES Keynote: Health Innovation Barriers Toppling
News  |  1/9/2013  | 
Information technology will close healthcare gap for poor and push other big changes, says Verizon CEO Lowell McAdams.
Google Big Data Tools Vs. The Flu Bug
News  |  1/8/2013  | 
Google Flu Trends mines aggregated search queries to estimate flu activity across much of the world.
Sharing Psychiatry EHR Data Cuts Readmission Rates
News  |  1/8/2013  | 
Johns Hopkins study says separating inpatient mental health data from other EHR data does more harm than good.
Gaming Technology Meets Elder Care In Europe
News  |  1/8/2013  | 
Verve project uses gaming and virtual reality technology to support treatment of people with chronic neurological and mental health disorders.
WellPoint To Launch National Telehealth Program
News  |  1/4/2013  | 
Telehealth initiative provides live audio/video consultations with doctors in effort to improve patients' access to healthcare and save money.
When To Ignore That Mobile Health App
Commentary  |  1/3/2013  | 
Patients and clinicians need to be aware of all the digital snake oil cluttering up the iTunes store.

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