It took some time to get a majority of physicians in the U.S. to agree that it would be beneficial to implement electronic health records in their practices. Now, a survey finds, the most skeptical audience for EHRs is patients.
A survey of more than 2,100 patients by Xerox found that only 26% want their medical records to be digital, down two percentage points from a year ago. Only 40% believe EHRs will result in better, more efficient care. And 85% expressed concern about digital records. Their main worries: privacy and security of their information.
When asked what, specifically, worries them about EHRs, respondents
The new Cardio app ($4.99) takes your heart rate with the iPhone or iPad camera by measuring how light reflects off your face as blood flows through your skin. (Cardiio) Want to track your blood pressure? Make checking your pulse as easy as saying "cheese"? Figure out your eyeglasses prescription or diagnose an ear infection?"The smartphone is effectively becoming a scientific instrument," says Frank Moss of the MIT Media Lab. With modern high-resolution screens and powerful computing ability, the smartphone can
WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services' Aug. 24 decision finalizing a one-year delay for the ICD-10 switchover has elicited both favor and concern among industry groups.
The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), for example, is one organization that has expressed concerns over HHS’ decision to push the compliance date for ICD-10 – which includes some 87,000 codes for new procedures and diagnoses – back to Oct. 1, 2014, citing
The trajectory of digital health is, in part, driven by Eric Topol. A cardiologist, author (The Creative Destruction of Medicine) and futurist, Dr. Topol provides some of the essential “glue” to this important health movement. His voice is clear and resonant and I recently served up 10 quick question to get his up-to-date perspective on digital health.Digital health—or my preferred term “digital medicine”—refers to the ability to digitize human beings, by a variety of means (sequencing, sensors, imaging, etc.) fully exploiting our digital infrastructure of ever-increasing bandwidth, connectivity, social networking, the Internet of all things,
For whatever reason – whether it’s budget, time, buy-in or understanding – healthcare hasn’t fully embraced social media. But luckily the ePatient movement has already—perhaps unknowingly—done the grunt work and outlined the tenets of realizing social media’s value in healthcare. Patient engagement thought leaders, such as Dave deBronkart (@ePatientDave), have been indirectly driving home the values of optimal social media use for quite some time.In the following Perspectives by Fenton + TEDMED video, ePatientDave with commentary from James Merlino, Chief Experience Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, outline the “5 Es of the ePatient,” which parallel
Olympians see a lot of doctors and medical personnel, so members of the US Olympic team will be able to use electronic medical records in London to keep track of all their aches, pains, injuries and recovery
For the first time, the 500+ delegation will be leaving behind reams of paper, in the form of medical records, in favor of electronic files that will enable athletes and doctors alike to do a better job of coordinating the team’s medical care.
“I would say that I’ve probably seen at least 30 doctors in my lifetime,” says Alex Morgan, a member of the US women’s soccer team. “I couldn’t even tell you how many
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