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Content tagged with Patient Tools posted in September 2011
Doctors, Patients Not Using Same Social Spaces
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Doctors are heavy users of social media--but shy away from patients and even online patient communities.
Health Searches Scare You? Medify's Personalized Answer
News  |  9/26/2011  | 
Search on a health term and you often find data on the extremes, either too generic or too complex. Medify database aims to fix that.
How To Fix The Personal Health Record Mess
Commentary  |  9/23/2011  | 
So few Americans are interested in creating a digitalized PHR that Google had to close its service. But there are ways to get the public interested.
Mobile Diabetes App Makes The Grade
News  |  9/21/2011  | 
WellDoc's DiabetesManager lowered long-term blood glucose levels in a recent randomized trial, but didn't affect clinical symptoms.
E-Prescribing Threshold Too Low To Reduce Deaths: RAND
News  |  9/20/2011  | 
Higher requirements for Meaningful Use could decrease heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia mortality, say researchers, but hospital executives remain skeptical.
How To Build The Next Great Mobile Health App
Commentary  |  9/20/2011  | 
Focus groups and smart designers aren't enough. Developers need to dig deeper into the patient's world and the clinician's workflow.
Telehealth Market To Hit $6.28 Billion By 2020
News  |  9/19/2011  | 
Disease prevalence, aging, and cost pressures seen as major factors in soaring demand for remote monitoring devices.
How EHRs Feed The Clinical Research Pipeline
Commentary  |  9/16/2011  | 
Natural language processing programs can now data mine e-records to help locate the best candidates for clinical trials. Several major healthcare organizations have taken notice.
New Software Helps Docs Identify, Contact At-Risk Patients
News  |  9/14/2011  | 
Phytel's suite of care management tools uses e-medical record data to identify gaps in patient care.
WellPoint Picks Watson's Brain For Medical Proof
News  |  9/14/2011  | 
The insurer is partnering with IBM's supercomputer to search the medical literature for studies to support or challenge doctors' treatment choices.
Is The Cloud Safe For Health Apps?
Commentary  |  9/13/2011  | 
Some healthcare providers are still hesitant to put patient data and clinical apps in the cloud. Here's how they cope with their angst.
Most Health IT Pros Use Social Media
News  |  9/13/2011  | 
Health IT professionals are tapping into social media tools for marketing, for business development, for patient engagement, and for personal use, according to a Frost & Sullivan survey.
More Patients Collect Prescriptions In Integrated Healthcare Systems
News  |  9/9/2011  | 
Healthcare systems that link pharmacy data with electronic health records see better compliance with patients picking up their medications, reports Kaiser Permanente study.
Xbox Kinect Helps Monitor Seniors' Health
News  |  9/9/2011  | 
Doppler radar technology is also used in research to help detect oncoming illnesses, fall risk in older adults.
Do EHRs Improve Clinical Outcomes? An Objective View
Commentary  |  9/9/2011  | 
The evidence to suggest that electronic health records really make a difference has not been overwhelming--until now.
Clinical Decision Support Closes Medical Evidence Gap
News  |  9/8/2011  | 
Best practice data is available for most healthcare decisions, but health IT teams are doing a lousy job of getting it to doctors, says Ascension Health informatics chief.
Health Monitoring Data Supplements Telehealth Capabilities
News  |  9/7/2011  | 
American Well and Numera partner to help doctors better track chronically ill patients and initiate early intervention when needed.
Telemonitoring Pilot Attacks Diabetes
News  |  9/7/2011  | 
Health information exchange's project aims to keep diabetic patients out of the ER; if it works, the technology could pay for itself.
NYC Program Shows EHRs Can Boost Preventive Care
News  |  9/6/2011  | 
Program led by Farzad Mostashari, before he became national health IT coordinator, supports entering structured data into an EHR to monitor a population's health.
EHRs Produce Better Clinical Outcomes In Cleveland
News  |  9/6/2011  | 
Large study finds greater adherence to healthcare standards and improved outcomes for diabetics when physicians use electronic health records.
Smart Ways To Deal With Dumb Clinical Alerts
Commentary  |  9/6/2011  | 
Clinical alerts may help reduce dangerous drug interactions, but sometimes they cause more problems than they solve. Experts describe best practices to make them work better.

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