Innovations and Adoptions in TeleHealth/ mHealth

Today, we hear about various telehealth, telemedicine, and mHealth solutions in the marketplace – many with their own innovative approach to solving healthcare issues.  Yet many of these innovations are struggling to get the traction they hoped for. Many providers of telehealth or mHealth solutions are not getting the adoption or utilization they need to succeed, let alone survive.

This broad applicability actually makes it even more critical to read about these laws.

Why? Because your telehealth and mHealth solutions are not just competing against other similar solutions.

They are competing for awareness and adoption against a whole spectrum of healthcare innovations.

And so, understanding these laws will help you see why your telehealth / mHealth innovation might be losing ground against a completely unrelated healthcare solution.
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Engaging patients through mobile technology

Building better mobile apps for better patient engagement

In the new healthcare economic environment, patient engagement is predicted to be alike for both providers and payers. One of the keys to attain high level of engagement among patients is connecting them through mobile technology.

Today, mobile technology is ubiquitous. Functions like medical management, remote patient monitoring, more bridged communication between care providers and patients can exponentially increase the consumer Health IT experience. Continue reading

Health IT solutions help combat healthcare related disparities

According to a new report released at a White House Summit hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office of Minority Health and ZeroDivide stressed on the fact that the use of health IT could not only help to improve the quality of care, but also eliminate healthcare and related disparities.

The report, “Equity in the Digital Age: How Health Information Technology Can Reduce Disparities,” by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, or CPEHN, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, or APIAHF, Consumers Union and the National Council of La Raza offers policy recommendations for how advancements can best improve health in all communities and highlights the importance of improving access to new technologies in underserved areas to avoid exacerbating existing disparities. Continue reading

Going from Patient to E-Patient: The Way Forward

In today’s age of web, wi-fi and social media, various industries have gone way ahead leveraging their way through the use of technology. But when you talk about healthcare, we haven’t been able to achieve a stage (yet) where technology and healthcare mesh well. Sadly, in this technological era, healthcare industry has not been able to keep up viz-a-viz other industries.

That will change soon with the help of the federal government. Officials have begun a multibillion-dollar effort to get doctors and hospitals to use health information technology and are now reaching out to patients and families to help them become e-patients. Continue reading

Getting Ready for ICD-10’s Impact on Meaningful Use

Stage 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program begins in October 2013 for hospitals and January 2014 for eligible professionals, and right after that comes the October 2014 compliance date for the ICD-10 code sets.

ICD-10 by itself will be a major challenge for all stakeholders, but those participating in meaningful use also will face a transition in diagnostic-driven meaningful use quality measures from ICD-9 to ICD-10, says Stephen Spain, M.D., the session presenter, a practicing family physician and CEO at Doc-U-Chart, a Tyler, Texas-based consulting firm. Continue reading

7 Ways to Make the ICD-10 Switch Less Painful

Healthcare professionals and ambulatory surgery centers nationwide will be slowly transitioning to the ICD-10 code set in attempts to meet the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline for implementation.

Here are seven practical tips from industry professionals to make the next 20 months optimally productive and the overall switch as non-disruptive as possible. Continue reading

Reaching Women Through Health IT

Introducing Gabby

There is a disproportionate share of young women of demographic minority status and socioeconomic disadvantage with high rates of poor reproductive health and family planning outcomes in the US.  Gabby, an avatar, is an online preconception risk assessment tool that engages young women at a sixth-grade reading level.

This type of social media tool doesn’t replace physicians, nurses and other clinicians.  Instead it facilitates: Continue reading

Hospital decisions made smarter through analytics

In the past, a hospital was a building where people went for treatment when injured or sick. Today’s hospitals and health systems encompass much more. They may have multiple facilities, some with specific specializations and areas of coverage.

For example, let’s look at Inova Health, the health system recently ranked #1 in the Washington, D.C. region by U.S. News and World Reports. Inova is comprised of five hospitals with more than 16,000 employees. In addition, they have physical therapy centers, urgent care centers, nursing and rehabilitation centers, and other facilities and locations that specialize in particular services and kinds of care. Continue reading

Report: Health IT use on rise in U.S.

U.S. doctors’ use of health IT has been sharply increasing, up from 46 percent who used an EMR in their practice in 2009 to 69 percent in 2012, according to a survey of nearly 9,800 primary care physicians representing 11 nations. The Commonwealth Fund released findings of the survey in November 2011 in a study “A Survey of Primary Care Doctors in Ten Countries Shows Progress in the Use of Health Information Technology, Less in Other Areas.” It expanded on several drill-down topics during and online presentation Feb. 5.

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Top 5 initiatives to make a successful ICD-10 transition

If you’re finally planning for the ICD-10 implementation, there are timelines and checklists to guide you. But sometimes you need to dig a little deeper to find advice that will help create a smoother ICD-10 transition.

1. Maximize your clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program

“Everything else unfolds from your clinical documentation improvement,” Tully says. Improve the documentation now that you’re using ICD-9 codes. “You have to be successful at ICD-9 before you’re successful at ICD-10.” Continue reading