5 Health IT impact points on Consolidation

Providers can focus more on patients when technology becomes more invisible…..and seamless

https://i1.wp.com/www.column5.com/sites/default/files/images/generic/Column5-BPC.pngA majority of health it professionals are trying to keep up with the latest technological advancements in the healthcare industry. They seem to be more stressing on implementing and maintaining health systems than keeping track of larger healthcare trends driving the industry e.g. the pace at which hospital practices are being purchased and sold.

The fact however is that health IT is a major factor in the decision-making of healthcare administrators, affecting the overall consolidation process.

Greg Chittim, Director of Analytics and Performance at Arcadia Solutions, has listen down five major areas where IT concerns factor into the drive toward, and the success of, consolidation. Continue reading


Clinical Mobility Market Growing Strong

Data centres and IT organizations facing new demands owing to the uptrend in mobility, according to new report.

According to a new report by IDC Health Insights, the clinical mobility spending in United States is expected to rise from USD 2.9 billion in 2011 to USD 5.4 billion in 2016; an annual growth rate of 12.7 percent.

The report called “Business Strategy: U.S. Clinical Mobility 2011-2016 – Forecast and Analysis” contains a report on the nation’s spending forecasts for clinical mobility. The spending also included hardware (mobile devices and data centre infrastructures), various technological services and software & applications related to clinical mobility.

But the growth in clinical mobility must also stack in line with the demands of the overall Healthcare IT and need to respond to the healthcare reforms. Thankfully, implementation of meaningful use technologies such as EHRs, eRx, CPOE, HIE etc will augment the use of mobile devices and mobile point-of-care solutions to enhance clinical workflow and patient care.

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3 ways remote care benefits doctors, patients

The healthcare continuum has been undergoing a lot of changes recently owing to the advancement in technology. The steady stream of new devices in the healthcare market has also led us to believe that technology will bring all the improvements we’ll ever need in healthcare. The reality is much more complicated than that.https://i1.wp.com/ecareinc.biz/images%5CPatient2_sm.jpg

The basic fundamental objective that drives any market is the identification of gaps in the way its services and solutions are delivered and how to fill the gaps. The same is with healthcare. More often, there is a need to figure out the various underlying issues in the delivery of healthcare and figuring out ways to fill those voids.

Kevin Quinn, senior vice president of sales and account management, AMC Health, says, “Technology is a tool that should be used to enhance the experience of both patients and clinicians.” In other words, technology must be used to alleviate the gaps in between patients and their wellbeing process. Continue reading

Patients Turning to mHealth, Skipping Prescriptions

https://i2.wp.com/www.mdphysicianmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/MPM-Mar-Apr-13_Layout-5.jpgAccording to a recent survey by Digitas Health which included 2000 patients, 24% of patients want to go for an mHealth app rather than going for a pill. The patients who participated in the survey suffered from a variety for chronic diseases, with 60% of active mHealth users diagnosed with their condition more than 3 years ago. This also suggested that chronic disease patients are continuously looking for ways to manage their conditions. Continue reading

EHRs and Meaningful Use Transforming Patient Care

Since 2011, more than 4.6 million patients have received an electronic copy of their health information from their EHR, according to CMS.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a data stating that an increasing amount of healthcare providers are using electronic health records (EHR) to improve their patients’ care and provide more information to their patients regarding their health.

The data also reveals that more than 50 percent of eligible healthcare professionals and more than 80 percent of eligible hospitals in U.S. have received meaningful use incentives since the program’s inception. Using EHRs, physicians and care providers have been able to provide improved patient care to millions and also boosted their efficiencies and productivity.

Farzad Mostashari, MD and National Coordinator highlighting the benefits and achievements of the program said, “More patients than ever before are seeing the benefits of their providers using electronic health records to help better coordinate and manage their care. These data show that health care professionals are not only adopting electronic health records rapidly, they’re also using them to improve care.” Continue reading

Patients are demanding Portals, Access, and Engagement [Infographic]

One of the emerging technologies in healthcare is to engage patients and allow https://i1.wp.com/www.navigatingcancer.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/entering-medication-info.jpgthem to take part in their own well-being. Engaging patients in the healthcare process not only helps doctors and physicians in improving communication with the patients but also improves the overall healthcare experience of the patients. CareStream, a dental and medical imaging service providers surveyed over 1,000 patients in US with various backgrounds to corroborate the same. The firm partnered with IDR research in order to carry out the survey.

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Physicians Continue say Yes to EHR Adoption

According to a recent report submitted to the Congress, an ever increasing amount of physicians are embracing (and agreeing to adopt) electronic health records (EHRs) into workplaces. Along with EHRs, physicians are also looking for newer, more sophisticated ways to interact and stay connected with their patients even when they are away from their workplaces.

https://i2.wp.com/healthcareittoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/meaningful-use-101.gifCompared to only 48 percent in 2009, in 2012, more than 72 percent of physicians used electronic health records and the count seems to be growing rapidly. Physicians are going forward and demanding increased EHR functionality, with 80 percent having EHRs with computerized provider order entry for medication orders in 2012, compared to 65 percent in 2011, and 67 percent having EHRs with drug interaction checks, compared to 51 percent in 2011. Continue reading

EHR and HIE Use on the Rise

According to a recent report, the adoption of EHR systems by healthcare organizations and their participation in EHR incentives have increased significantly since 2009. The report was released to Congress by the Office of National Coordination for Health IT.

The following were the benefits of Health IT highlighted in the report:

https://i2.wp.com/www.brookdalecc.edu/Images/OBCD%20Images/Electronic-Health-Records.jpgAccording to the report, health IT can:

  • Empower providers;
  • Increase transparency;
  • Boost the study of care and payment delivery systems; and
  • Drive improvements in care, efficiency and population health. Continue reading

KMG HealthIT Plus Newsletter – July 2013 is out!







Spotlight articles in this issue:
1. Practices keen on embracing Health Information Exchanges ‎#HIE
2. ‎#mHealth demand increasing, study finds
3. mHealth: Every one in three ‎#patient wants it

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