You may soon be prescribed a mobile health app

The time is not far when your doctor will prescribe you a mobile health app in addition to your drug prescription.

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Mobile health applications referred to as mHealth apps are dramatically expanding their reach to the point that they are significantly reducing the number of visits to clinics. For the same reason, mHealth has come under the microscope by public and private regulatory groups. With over 60,000 health-based apps currently available right now, the mHealth market is expected to be worth of $26 billion by 2017.

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Electronic Health Records Vs Traditional Paper Records

Electronic Health Records (EHR) alleviates redundancies across the healthcare workflow and provides access to complete patient history without having to sift through a huge pile of paperwork, saving time and workload to healthcare providers. Integrated through the continuum of care, health information exchange (HIE) is becoming more important as hospitals across the nation begin to attest to Meaningful Use of EHRs and prepare for Stage 2.

Here are the top takeaways on EHRs and how EHR could save big bucks for healthcare providers:

  • Outpatient facilities that adopt and use EHR over 15 years could have net savings of $142 billion.
  • Inpatient settings that adopt and use EHR over 15 years can experience net savings of $371 billion.
  • Physicians accumulate around 975 new pages of paper work each week.Nurses using EHR have seen reductions in documentation time up to 45%. Source:


Growing popularity of mHealth in Healthcare

The mHealth industry is constantly growing, and by 2017, it is expected to reach 1.7 billion users worldwide and worth $26 billion. mHealth can easily and effectively address healthcare concerns of today including preventative care, diabetes monitoring, weight management, and medication adherence etc. It is believed that patients and physicians are beginning to trust apps a lot more. The new report be eClinicalWorks also highlights that physicians and healthcare executives are also beginning to see the benefit, not only in terms of patient care, but also in terms of finance and efficiency. mHealth apps can be used in many ways including diagnosis, monitoring and treatment.

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mHealth Apps growing in popularity amongst Physicians & Healthcare Execs

A new study indicates that physicians and healthcare executives are beginning to see the benefits of, and embrace mHealth applications.

eClinicalWorks has released a report that indicates that more and more physicians are supporting the use and mainline implementation of mHealth applications. The popularity with mHealth applications has been rising with patients. Whether it is scheduling an appointment, emailing nurses, receiving follow up reminders or accessing personal health record, mHealth apps are smoothly (and quickly) making their entrance into digital healthcare in a big way. The new report also indicated that medical professionals are also embracing the new technology. Continue reading

Primary care trends and concerns in the health reform era

As a physician who is involved in educating medical students, I am often asked for career advice. Medical students are by nature smart and ask very good questions. “Will I be able to pay of my student loans if I choose primary care?” “Will I have a balanced lifestyle if I decide to go into primary care?”

I try to be both encouraging and realistic.  However, far too often I have found myself telling students that the future of medicine, primary care in particular is not clear.

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The uptrend in use of Mobile Tech among Providers

Mobile technology has heavily impacted – in a good way – the medical practices and hospital workflow. But a more interesting thing to notice would be the change in nature of that use is shifting and there is an uptrend in the number of healthcare who rely on mobile apps.

According to a research conducted by IT trade group CompTIA, healthcare providers are going beyond business functions when it comes to using their smartphone. They are diversifying their range of activities through smartphone to include medication and management related activities, remote access to EMRs and helping patients manage insurance claims etc. Continue reading

Improved care through mHealth and mobile technology

Many of us know that Healthcare IT as an industry is growing at a great pace. Though there are a lot of underlying issues associated with the industry regarding growth, there are ample potential opportunities in this growing field.

Mobile healthcare IT is bringing amazing changes to the clinical environment from a patient-centered perspective, the problems that can be solved, and even new technologies that can help keep disease and discomfort at bay. Continue reading

82% U.S. Doctors believe patients should update their Electronic Health Records

According to a new survey done by Accenture, 82% percent of U.S doctors want patients to actively participate in their own healthcare through updating it in their electronic health records (EHRs). Accenture conducted the survey across eight countries: Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States, interacting with 3700 doctors. The results found in these countries remained consistent. Continue reading

Achieve positive long term ROI through EHR, Study shows

Around 70% of papers examining the impact of health IT systems such as EHRs/ EMRs, CPOE, clinical decision support and information systems were reported to show a positive ROI in the long run, a review of 33 academic studies published in the journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). Only 2 of the 33 studies came back with negative findings while the rest of the studies reported a positive long term ROI results on the use of EHRs. The amount of money saved depended varied from system to system. Continue reading

Demand for simpler, easier to use EHRs

According to the fourth annual “Healthcare IT Insights and Opportunities” survey from IT trade association, a significant inroad has been made on the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) with six in ten healthcare providers having at least part of an EHR system in place. The survey included polls from 375 doctors, dentists and other care providers, and found a satisfaction rate averaging in the low 60s – indicating “acceptable performance,” but leaving much room for improvement with electronic health records, researchers say. The survey generally finds positive attitudes toward EHRs, especially compared with past polls.

The highpoints of providers with EHRs included better ease of use, improved interoperability with other systems, faster speeds, more vendor training and improved remote access and mobility features. Continue reading