Now majority of doctors are using Electronic Health Records — what does this mean for you?

According to a data released by the Department of Health and Human Services, over half of the doctors in U.S. are now using electronic health records in their day to day health processes. The paper based systems are getting obsolete and are being cast off. EHR market – sans other healthcare technologies – is now estimated to be at between $6 billion and $10 billion. For this reason, noted investor Peter Thiel recently referred to this technology as revolutionizing “our interactions with the medical community, just as Facebook did for social networking.”

In the wake of this milestone, let’s take a deeper look at the market forces that triggered this shift, the remaining challenges, and the benefits for patients. Continue reading


Health IT usage more than doubles since 2012

More than half of America’s doctors have adopted electronic health record.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that more than half of all doctors and other eligible providers have received Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments for adopting or meaningfully using electronic health records (EHRs).

HHS has met and exceeded its goal for 50 percent of doctor offices and 80 percent of eligible hospitals to have EHRs by the end of 2013.

Since the Obama administration started encouraging providers to adopt EHRs, usage has increased dramatically. Continue reading

Success in mHealth: When mHealth becomes just Health is dissatisfaction over the fact that mHealth is not/ has not been progressing with the pace at which it should progress in today’s technology driven world. The finger is pointed out towards hesitant policy makers. But nevertheless, the mHealth industry has made significant progress owing to the boom in smartphones and network. and a possible future is not difficult to imagine. Continue reading

Security on Mobile devices a top concern for Health IT execs

According to a report by HIMSS Analytics, the rising trend of use of smartphones and other mobile computing devices and its effect on the healthcare information network security were a key concern for healthcare execs. The report also highlighted the growing popularity of BYOD at workplaces. Health providers are increasingly using their mobile devices into workplace; a trend that is both inevitable but at the same time raises healthcare related concerns, the leaders said.

The report summarizes a one-hour focus group meeting with seven hospital health IT leaders during the HIMSS annual convention in March in New Orleans. Cable services provider Comcast contributed support for the research. Continue reading

Strong growth ahead for Healthcare IT market

A whopping $32 billion was spent on electronic health records (EHRs) by President Obama’s administration.

The digitization of healthcare workflow including the ability to capture, store, analyze and exchange medical information has changed the entire the entire healthcare ecosystem. And the key to leverage and keep improving these technologies lies in the growth of healthcare IT. Healthcare IT has the potential to generate valuable information to improve workflow, safety, and efficiency within healthcare organizations. Healthcare IT provides benefits such as improved patient care, increased engagement of patient in healthcare, improved population-based knowledge, development of new tools for medicine, and augmented administrative efficiency. Continue reading

mHealth needs to focus on consumers

A panel of telemedicine industry executives took on the topic of user-friendly design Monday afternoon at the American Telemedicine Association’s18th Annual International Meeting & Trade Show. Their conclusion: Healthcare needs to design new methods of care delivery that appeal to the consumer.

“I think there’s such an opportunity with consumers and what their demands are,” said Steve Cashman, founder of HealthSpot, which is designing and marketing the HealthSpot Station kiosk. “The majority of (doctors) want to be more effective in what they do for a living,” and they’ll only be effective if they meet their patients’ needs. Continue reading

U.S Health Literacy Facts (Infographic)

Health Literacy Facts

Health Literacy is an individual’s ability to understand and act on health information. Why is this important?

  •  Individuals with low health literacy have an average annual healthcare cost of $13,000
  • Cost goes up, quality goes down
  • The average reading level of health communications material is the 10th grade
  • The reading level of 30 million Americans is the 5th grade

Strategies for Improving Health Literacy

Assess materials for…

  • Relevant content
  • Learning stimulation
  • Literacy demand
  • Graphics
  • Layout
  • Typography
  • Cultural appropriateness
  • Learning motivation Continue reading

Mobile-enabled healthcare a top trend

There are more market research reports, survey results and industry metrics related to mobile and digital health floating around these days than in years past: Our recently published State of the Ind Q4/2012 Year in Review report included a summary of 16 different metric-loaded reports that published during the last three months of the year alone. That means results from one or more digital health surveys published each week leading up to the end of 2012.

While far from perfect, these market numbers help shape our perception of what’s really going on in the market at large. Rightly or wrongly, even small surveys can have this effect. Continue reading

mHealth integration into main clinical workflow is inevitable, experts say

Smartphones have emerged as a powerful tool to enhance healthcare and create an ecosystem where mobility will drive the work. The rapid penetration and of smartphones, tablets and other web-enabled mobile devices have brought forth this revolutionary change in the healthcare industry. But still many health organizations are showing concern over adopting mHealth into their main workflow and integrate mHealth in their day to day work, according to the penultimate panel at the Information Management Network (IMN) Hospital Cloud Forum in New York City.

Executives at the forum also raised concerns over its usage in context of care. Chilmark Research Founder and CEO John Moore, posed to the panelists of “mHealth — Balancing the Benefits and the Risks.” “When is this going to come into healthcare? When are providers going to start using this in the context of care?” asked Moore. So what is it that is keeping healthcare providers from using data from patients and to act upon them? Continue reading

Old technology costs Hospitals $8.3 billion…..annually

When it comes to delivering patient care through mobile technology and internet enabled services, hospitals and U.S. physicians are still in the digital dark ages. This lag between technology and healthcare providers is costing U.S. hospitals an estimated $8.3 billion annual hit in lost productivity and increased patient discharge times, according to a Ponemon Institute survey of 577 health care professionals.

The major concerns hospitals are facing is to stronghold patient privacy. Due to the mainstreaming of social media, patient health information security concerns are peaking and federal rules impose steep fines for violating patient privacy. Continue reading