mHealth demand increasing, study finds

When it comes to mHealth, numerous surveys and findings are pointing in one definite direction: to incorporate mHealth as an integral part in the healthcare system.

A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive and HealthDay also corroborates the same. The survey found that one-third of Internet-using adults expressed interest in using smartphones or tablets to make doctors’ appointments, receive medical test results of communicate with their doctors.

Amongst other facilities, patients also showed keen interest on capabilities like monitoring blood pressure (38 percent) or blood sugar (32 percent). Obtaining diagnostic tests on mobile devices captured the highest interest among individuals aged 25-29. Continue reading


mHealth interactions gaining popularity as every one of third patient wants it

A recent poll by Harris Interactive and HealthDay reveal that people are ready to interact with doctors using their smartphones and tablets. But this demand is not being able to be met by providers who aren’t equipped to provide mHealth communications yet. These days a lot of patients are already connecting with their health providers via messages and download information from online portals, tech savvy users are also interested in tracking and uploading health metrics or receiving a diagnosis right on their smartphones. stage 2 of meaningful use approaches, more and more people are using online portals to find information, ask questions and book appointments. 37% out of the 2050 adults surveyed showed their interest in the same. Reminders to re-fill prescriptions and take medications were also popular on the wish list, and 35% wanted to add the ability to receive results of diagnostic tests, too. Continue reading

Global mHealth Market to reach USD 10.2 Billion by 2018

The global mHealth industry is poised to reach a mammoth USD 10.2 billion in 2018 from a mere USD 1.3 billion in 2012. The report was published by Transparency Market Research. The CAGR growth of the mHealth market from 2012 to 2018 is expected to be at 41.5%. The monitoring services segment is in commanding position having contributed about 63% of the global mHealth market revenue in 2012.

The rapid penetration of smartphones and their adoption has fueled the growth of global mHealth market. The development of smartphone applications has created new and interactive ways of communication between patients and healthcare providers. Use of smartphone applications is expected to revolutionize the mHealth market by improving healthcare delivery and dissemination of medical information.

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Practices keen on embracing Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)

A recent HIMSS analytics report reveals that 46 percent of docs in U.S. plan to join an exchange; 35 percent seek changes in their ambulatory systems.

According to the HIMSS Analytics’ newest Ambulatory Electronic Health Record & Practice Management Study, more than one third of physicians either want to upgrade, replace or purchase their ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) systems. Meanwhile, 46 percent of the physicians intend to join an HIE. report was prepared polling in more than 800 physician groups about EHR and practice management technologies. The study incorporates information from the HIMSS Analytics Database to offer an in-depth look at the ambulatory market.

“Both the tethered and non-tethered ambulatory EHR markets show signs of maturing,” commented Brendan FitzGerald, HIMSS Analytics Research Director, on the findings of the report. Continue reading

KMG HealthIT Plus Newsletter – June 2013 is out!

Read latest stories shaping the U.S. Healthcare industry:

  1. Strong growth ahead for Healthcare IT market
  2. EHR adoption: How does it affect you?
  3. Majority of doctors using EHR – what does this mean for you?
  4. Health IT usage more than doubles since 2012

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How do physicians feel about EHRs and how does its adoption affect you?

One of the major problems faced by the healthcare department is the interoperability between different systems and lack of integration between various medical devices. This is also one of the hottest debated topics in healthcare. From where we are and seeing the current speed of EHR adoption, it’ll have to be few years before we really start enjoying the benefits of mass EHR adoption. recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that entrenched behavior is a bigger factor than we realize. Doctors aren’t Luddites, but many have learned to “absorb” uncertainty rather than trying to minimize it through technology.

Just like any technology trend — we have the early adopters on board, but it’s not easy to change behavior. Continue reading