News & Commentary
Content tagged with Patient Tools posted in April 2012
American Well Revamps Telehealth Platform
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Online Care 6.0 update adds conveniences for consumers and healthcare providers connecting outside the office; changes include support for smartphones and medical devices.
Population Health Management Requires Better IT Tools
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Today's electronic health records don't include enough information or interoperability to enable population health management, according to Institute for Health Technology Transformation report.
Walgreens Launches 'Find A Pharmacist' Online Directory
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Walgreens lets consumers check pharmacists' training and languages spoken, and also make pharmacy appointments.
3 IT Tools Helping Patients Find Clinical Trials
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
We hear so much about the transformative power of medical informatics, and no doubt some of it is more hype than reality. These three examples are the real deal.
Philips, Vidyo Partner To Extend Telehealth
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Collaboration aims to expand telemedicine services into specialties such as pediatrics, neurology, emergency care, home health, and transitional care.
Clinical Decision Support: No Substitute For Doctors' Opinion
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Study finds little improvement in how doctors with access to computerized alerts treat elderly patients with cognitive impairment.
As More Docs Use Digital Records, So Will Consumers
Commentary  |  4/23/2012  | 
HITECH Act is prompting widespread adoption of e-health records, but there's more to "Meaningful Use" than what's in the government's programs.
Hospital Computer Kiosks Effective, But Value Questioned
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Patient kiosks expedite routine healthcare in California emergency departments, despite nurses' perceptions that they impede workflow, researchers say.
Health Insurers' Customer Communications Is Fractured
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Most health plans say they want to improve customer communications, but they have not developed IT systems needed to send reminders to patients to take meds or start exercising, IDC Health Insights reports.
A Fresh Approach To Personal Health Records
News  |  4/20/2012  | 
Personal health records have their problems, but programs like Passport To Trust are addressing them with some genuine innovations.
Mobile Health Presents Life-Changing Opportunities
Commentary  |  4/20/2012  | 
From medication reminders to wearable body sensors, mobile health solutions will become a vital part of our lives and many organizations' services.
Clinicians Need Unconventional IT Tools For Toughest Cases
Commentary  |  4/19/2012  | 
Providing quality care for difficult-to-treat patients requires some truly disruptive approaches.
Gamification Boosts Employee Health Behavior, Blue Shield Argues
News  |  4/19/2012  | 
Blue Shield of California finds social apps and rewards engage its employees in wellness programs, sees potential for its insurance customers.
Despite Flaws, Personal Health Records Are Smart Medicine
Commentary  |  4/16/2012  | 
Many consumers have concerns about data breaches; others complain about "Big Brother" watching. Here's my take on why the benefits of PHRs outweigh the risks.
9 Popular Personal Health Record Tools
Slideshows  |  4/13/2012  | 
While many consumers remain skeptical of personal health records, advocates say these tools can help patients manage medical data and interact with doctors. Here's a look at nine popular PHR offerings.
VA: Remove Copayments For Video Telehealth Consultations
News  |  4/13/2012  | 
Department of Veterans Affairs proposal signals expansion of a decade-old VA program to move more healthcare out of expensive hospitals and into patients' homes.
Can Text Messaging Help Diabetes Management?
News  |  4/12/2012  | 
Chartered Health Plan's text messaging strategy aims to help members prevent complications, avoid costly hospital visits.
Don't Hit Snooze Button On ICD-10
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
Given a one-year extension for ICD-10 compliance, healthcare groups must make the most of the preparation time.
Forget Google Glasses: Meet Wearable Health Monitors
News  |  4/12/2012  | 
Some gadgets do cool tricks and some save lives. Seamless integration with Bluetooth 4.0-enabled smartphones brings tiny devices worn beneath garments, watching the well-being of the elderly, student athletes.
Why Healthcare Cost Reports Fail Consumers
News  |  4/11/2012  | 
Healthcare cost reports are doing little to help consumers pick quality providers or save money, for themselves or the healthcare system at large, expert says.
Many Doctors Don't Take Social Media Beyond Marketing
News  |  4/10/2012  | 
U.S. healthcare providers should learn from their overseas colleagues who use social networking to improve care management, engage patients, and communicate with other doctors, CSC report finds.
Feds Propose One-Year ICD-10 Delay
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
Department of Human and Health Services proposes extending ICD-10 compliance deadline to Oct. 1, 2014. It also proposes unique ID numbers for health plans to save provider frustration and money.
Is Your Clinical Decision Support Built On Quicksand?
Commentary  |  4/4/2012  | 
If a CDS system isn't based on rock-solid data, don't expect to see better patient outcomes or long-term cost savings.
Mobile App Helps Consumers Shop For Healthcare
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
Castlight Health mobile app lets consumers use their smartphones to look up cost and quality information about their healthcare providers, an especially helpful tool for patients with high-deductible plans.
Telemedicine Dilemma: Savings Or Healing Hands More Important?
Commentary  |  4/2/2012  | 
Telemedicine has two sides, cutting costs and giving some patients access to previously unreachable expertise, but depriving others of the hands-on human contact they need.
Bluetooth Device To Automate Patients' Warfarin Self-Test Reports
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
Automated Alere system should reduce test reporting errors for patients on blood thinner warfarin, sending the data to an EHR when appropriate.

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