Patient Portals Business Set To Gain Huge Returns

Healthcare providers are aggressively adopting portal technology as market becomes more disruptive day-by-day

A new study suggests that by 2017, the U.S. patient portal business is expected to reach $898.4 million from a mere $279 million in 2012 – representing a staggering 221 percent growth.

https://i2.wp.com/www.healthfusion.com/images/new/BrowsingIpad_LookingOverSholder.jpgA new analysis “U.S. Patient Portal Market for Hospitals and Physicians: Overview and Outlook, 2012–2017” by Frost and Sullivan suggests that there will be an exponential growth witnessed in the patient portal segment, largely driven by regulatory factors such as the need to meet stage 2 meaningful use requirements. Other factors would include the growing move to clinical integration, Accountable care, and increasing consumer demand for health information technology.

According the study, around 50 percent of U.S. hospitals and 40 percent of U.S. physicians have some kind of patient portal technology which they use in conjunction with their electronic health record system. Continue reading

Finally, FDA Reveals Its Regulation Plans On Mobile Health Apps

[twitter.com/HealthITplus] Mobile health developers have been waiting for more than two years to get some clarity on how and what the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to regulate regarding mHealth apps.

https://i1.wp.com/www.ehi.co.uk/img/Comment_and_Analysis0326/Feature%20LARGE/Mobile_app_regulation.jpgFDA has finally released its final guidelines its guidelines after more than two years of issuing its draft guidance on the focusing on the various regulations around mobile health apps.

Today, there are approximately 40,000 mHealth related apps available for download on iPhone, Android and other smartphones. But most of these apps were developed outside the scope of FDA regulation. With the release of final guidelines, mobile health developers can now align themselves with agency’s regulation plans. Continue reading

mHealth Revenue To Top $9 Billion in 2014 [REPORT]

[twitter.com/HealthITplus] A latest report by Reportstack indicated that the mHealth industry’s revenue is expected to top $9 billion globally by the end of 2014. Healthcare providers are seeking new ways to reach out and maximize their patient engagement levels while minimizing costs. Consumers are looking for solutions to stay connected with their providers and seamlessly communicate with them regarding their various health issues without even having to visit the hospital.

mHealth Revenue 2014 ReportmHealth makes all this possible by providing access to healthcare information, improving distribution of routine and emergency health services and provide diagnostics and even remote patient monitoring solutions. It’s not only a leap forward for the mHealth industry but also a lucrative opportunity for network operators to provide enhanced connectivity services. Operators are eyeing to go beyond providing simple phone calls and internet services. In fact many operators have already started rolling out customized mHealth solutions and services to their customer bases. Continue reading

Hospitals Are Set For Meaningful Use Stage 2 Now [REPORT]

More than 60 percent hospitals are prepared to take on Meaningful Use Stage 2, according to new HIMSS Analytics [twitter.com/HealthITplus]

https://i0.wp.com/www.ehealthdc.org/wp-content/uploads/1_Meaningful-Use_Arrow.jpgA new report released on Sept 18 from HIMSS Analytics, Hospital Readiness to Meet Meaningful Use Stage 2, reveals that over 60 percent of eligible hospitals have acquired the requirements for meaningful use stage 2. The report assesses the preparedness of eligible hospitals and their electronic health records that are used to store all patient information.

The highlights of the report include:

  • At least 60 percent of hospitals in the sample have met the requirements for at least nine of the core metrics that define Stage 2 meaningful use; and
  • Some 70 percent of respondents across all metrics are actively moving toward meeting Stage 2 meaningful use requirements.

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The Missing Link Between Meaningful Use And Health IT Innovation

Deadlines can never bring forth innovation. When everything is under the MU pressure, the need to meet Federal Mandates overshadows everything else. This results in loopholes, and in many cases, leads to bad engineering. [twitter.com/healthitplus]

https://i2.wp.com/www.medicaldatamanagementgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Picture-13.pngMany a times, EMRs are produced to meet the MU requirements but doesn’t meet the needs of the consumers. As a result, MU is failing to create the environment it is attempting to create through the stringent regulations and deadlines.

Yes, Meaningful Use has supported innovation in ways such as:

  • The Blue Button Plus supports a new, higher level of patient access to their data,and is built from components and requirements already present in Stage 2.
  • The Query Health initiative has done innovative work that supports not only its stated focus (health research) but also automation of quality measurement using HL7′s HQMF.

But eventually the Meaningful Use will stress on EMR developers to come up to the MU standards but not innovation. So, maybe we will see a gradual rise in applications that provide a different set of functionalities to EMRs.

Readers, what innovations would you like to see?

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It’s Time for Consumers to Get Serious about Their EMRs

A new survey shows that many consumers are willing to switch doctors in order to get access to medical data

https://i1.wp.com/ak3.picdn.net/shutterstock/videos/4498373/preview/stock-footage-female-doctor-talking-to-patient-using-tablet-computer.jpgA recent survey shows that a large number of US consumers (41 percent) are willing to switch doctors in order to get complete access to their medical records. And patient education and increased patient engagement is to blame for this. Doctors, although are not showing the same enthusiasm.

The survey covered over 9000 people in nine countries. Few key findings of the report are:

  • Only About one-third (36 percent) of consumers have access to their EMR
  • Amongst those who have, more than 57 percent have taken ownership of their medical records by self-tracking personal health information, including health history such as physical activity and health indicators such as blood pressure, weight etc. Continue reading

mHealth and mFitness Users to reach 100 million by 2018 [REPORT]

Smartphones are set to take the centre-stage in mHealth, strengthening the traditional stand-alone mHealth monitoring

Smartphone-based mHealth is going to undergo a significant rise in the next five years and mHealth-based hardware devices linked to their companion applications on smartphones is going to play a huge role in enabling it, a new report from Juniper Research claims.

https://i1.wp.com/www.instant.ly/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/symcat.jpgAccording to the report published by Juniper Research called Mobile Health & Fitness: Monitoring, App-enabled Devices & Cost Savings 2013-2018, there will be close to 100 million users of app-enabled mHealth and mFitness (mobile-fitness) hardware devices by 2018. Currently, there are approximately 15 million people using such services and devices. The report also states that mHealth sector is looking forward to use applications to enable services like remote patient monitoring, tracking, and even mobile ultrasound services. Continue reading

Global Wireless Health Market is Booming and will reach $59.7 Billion by 2018

The global wireless market is growing at a huge pace and is currently valued at $23.8 billion. In coming years, the industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20.2%, mounting to create whopping $59.7 billion industry by 2018.

https://i0.wp.com/www.healthcareglobal.com/healthcare_technology/Mobile%20Health%20Care%20Apps.jpgOne of the main growth attributes include boost in applications in patient engagement, monitoring and diagnostics and a hefty government funding towards achieving this feat. The agenda is to reduce costs in order to combat increasing healthcare expenditure and ageing population. Other factors such as chronic disease management, population management, and technological advancements are also driving this rapid growth.

The rapid development in the field of wireless healthcare delivery by medical communities, increased mobile penetration, more robust connectivity and the need for patients to connect with providers in real-time are also major contributors towards the industry’s growth.

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EHR Solutions and a Window of Opportunities for Technology Vendors

http://policymed.typepad.com/.a/6a00e5520572bb88340154348aa57e970c-800wiThe healthcare industry has picked up the pace and is poised to become one of the fastest growing industries. Thanks to Health IT advancements and mobility, the healthcare industry is enabling more efficiency to physicians, better care and enhanced patient engagement.

With the aim to swap paper records with electronic records, EHR seems to be paving its way ahead into it. But there are few loopholes that must be addressed with the successful and faster penetration and adoption of EHRs. One of the major reasons where EHR adoption is affected is its slow processing speed. In some cases, staffs have reported EHRs to be taking more time than paper work. Carolyn Hartley, President and CEO of Physicians’ EHR indicated that the trouble with EHRs is with its user interface. It works on many clicks by user. Continue reading

HIEs and Patient Engagement – The Right Time is Now

https://i1.wp.com/blog.sequelmed.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/012512_0638_HealthInfor1.pngWe have heard about Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) moving data from patient side to providers but the reverse action has rarely been attempted – until recently.

Not including patients in the Health Information Exchange table is understood but that defeats the whole purpose of patient engagement. HIEs are meant to aggregate all the information from multiple providers – leveraging various interfaces and then deliver the data back to consumers. Continue reading