The age of digitzed medicine is here. But for all its promises of simplifying doctors' visits, the technology also risks alienating the very people it's meant to help.
The HITECH Act, part of the 2009 federal stimulus bill, has been the final kick in the pants that U.S. health care has long needed to make the conversion to digital. The act states that, by employing electronic health records (EHRs) in a fashion known as meaningful use, doctors are individually
Edna Boone is the senior director of mHIMSS, the mobile health initiative behind HIMSS, the non-profit devoted to the improvement of health through technology. Join the mHIMSS LinkedIn group, and follow her @mHIMSS.
Just a decade ago, if someone had said that Steve Jobs would have a huge effect on how medical
Doctors prescribing phones apps to manage health problems The Columbus Dispatch Sunday March 31, 2013 7:32 AM Dr. Jennifer Dyer and Duet Health are planning a clinical trial for their app to gauge its efficacy. Doctors are beginning to prescribe smart-phone applications and medical devices they work with to help patients manage chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and asthma.“I
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Remote monitoring can be effective in way to reduce emergency room visits for heart failure patients with implantable defibrillators, according to new research published in Circulation. For the study, researchers in Italy compared remote monitoring to standard management in 200 patients over a period of 16 months.
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As more doctors and hospitals go digital with medical records, the size and frequency of data breaches are alarming privacy advocates and public health officials.
Keeping records secure is a challenge that doctors, public health officials and federal regulators are just beginning to grasp. And, as two recent incidents at Howard University Hospital show, inadequate data security can affect huge numbers of people.
Just as providers begin to accept that they must improve the "patient experience"â€”like always delivering care with courtesy and respectâ€”to score well on their Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Provider and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys, a new approach to measuring quality has arrived on the scene. This one, however, promises to revolutionize the customer survey.
These new sampling tools ask patients to tell doctors the result of their treatment regimen, on their own terms after they returned home:
Patients want to maintain some control over the privacy of their electronic health records, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Clinical Innovation & Technology reports.For the study, researchers recruited 30 patients with an average age of 45. The researchers asked the patients to list what elements of their EHR data they would be willing to share and with whom.The study found that all surveyed patients wanted some level of control over their health data, particularly those patients who had sensitive health information.Researchers found that more than 75% of surveyed patients were willing
If you’re like many of us, the minute you or someone you care about is diagnosed with something, you go online to do research. You may even reach out to your Facebook friends. You’re far less likely to think, “Hey! Now that I have cancer/diabetes/MS, I better get a Twitter account!” If you can’t understand what people get out of Twitter, this post is for you.
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iPhones could be considered the technology that truly kick started the mobile revolution in home care. Small, easy to use and powerful, the iPhone was the first smartphone to really capture the attention of physicians, and to develop tools and resources for healthcare.
The interface is "simple and elegant," according to Luis Saldana, associate chief medical information officer for Dallas-based Texas Health Resources. For tech-resistant physicians, the iPhone was "easy to set up out of the box," and software and apps were easy to download and launch through Apple's iTunes store.
So much so, in fact, that it has set the bar for
I heard a variation of that quote when interviewing people for the patient-provider communication chapter of the book I’ve been co-editing and writing for HIMSS with Jan Oldenburg, Brad Tritle and Kate Christensen. For the organizations who’ve pushed patient portals the furthest into their patient base, email is always the place where things started. In other words, email is the gateway drug for patient engagement which Leonard Kish called the blockbuster “drug” of the century.Physicians are understandably concerned about being overwhelmed by emails if they provide an option for secure messaging. As healthcare transforms, financial incentives
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