Device integration market is expected to grow ten-fold in next six years
According to a report from Transparency Market Research, the global medical device connectivity market will grow at a compound rate of 37.8 percent from 2013 to 2019, taking the current market worth $3.5 billion to over $33 billion by 2019.
Data integration from medical devices into EMRs helps save time, costs and eliminates human errors during documentation, and Meaningful Use clearly promises huge growth in the device integration. The market is already witnessing a steep rise with North America being the strongest contender. Thanks to increasing adoption of EMRs, and its continued growth is driven by factors such as increased need for workflow automation, efforts toward better patient safety, saved nursing hours, increased productivity of healthcare institutions, and minimizing the need for re-admissions. [twitter.com/HealthITplus] Continue reading →
A study supported by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found that patients are embracing the concept of patient portals but the awareness among patients about the benefits of portals is rather low. There has been a rise in the usage of portals by patients to access and manage their health records but they are still unknown whether the portals actually improve outcomes, increase patient satisfaction or create efficiencies. The findings were published in a new research by the Annals of Internal Medicine. [twitter.com/HealthITplus]
The researchers reviewed 46 different patient portals connected to EHRs. The results from the portals were not as commendable as they had expected. The evidences were mixed as to whether the tools improved outcomes and satisfaction. The researchers also found that the effect on utilization and efficiencies of portals also was “unclear” to patients. Any benefits associated with portal use may actually be attributable to increased case management, the authors said. Continue reading →
A new report, The State of Patient Experience, released by the Beryl Institute reveals the complex reality facing the patient experience movement. The report also finds that there has been a positive trend and rise in efforts in terms of defining and supporting patient experience. But many healthcare leaders are not very optimistic about the impact of such efforts. As of today, only 22% of hospitals in U.S. have a Chief Experience Officer. [twitter.com/HealthITplus]
The key findings of the report include:
C-level executives are happy with the progress in improving the overall Patient Experience and Quality of Care. But their anticipation and efforts have declined from in comparison to previous years. Continue reading →
Survey reveals only 32 percent even want their health records to go digital.
A recent poll has shown that over two-third of the patients have complained that their providers have not adequately informed them about electronic health records. The survey also clearly shows that majority of Americans are also concerned about the security of their health records.
The survey, conducted by Xerox suggests that providers should focus on educating their patients about the benefits and various implications of digitized health records instead of just stressing on adopting EHRs and collecting federal incentive payments.
The survey included more than 2000 U.S. adults and found that just over 29 percent of them were informed by their providers that their medical records were going to be digitized. Despite a rise than the previous years, the survey still shows that most Americans (83 percent) have big concerns about EHRs – largely centered on privacy and security. Continue reading →
The healthcare industry has witnessed tremendous adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) amongst healthcare providers after the implementation of HITECH Act four years ago. However, the acceptance of EHRs amongst patients has been sparse, with only 32% patients interested in getting their medical records digitized at all, as per a recent survey by Xerox.
The EHR survey, with a sample size of more than 2,000 adults, found that physicians have not communicated the shift to digital records adequately, according to more than two-third of the patients and approximately 83%have serious privacy concerns regarding the safety of their medical records. The poll also established that merely 29% patients have been informed that their medical records would be digitized. [twitter.com/HealthITplus]Continue reading →
Year end recap of the 20 most Insightful healthcare technology Infographics of 2012 highlighting the growing utilizations of infographics in healthcare.
2012 saw the rise of the healthcare technology industry utilizing infographic data visualizations to display complex information, improve reader retention (adult ADD is real), and increase engagement. As we close the year of 2012, here is a look back at some of the best healthcare technology infographics created this year.
1. Meaningful Use The Stats
Greenway Medical Infographic Provides A Visual Overview Of Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program Payments, Registration, And Attestations. Continue reading →
FDA Releases Its Regulation Plans On Mobile Health Apps
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. FDA has finally released its final guidelines after more than two years of issuing its draft guidance. Read moreContinue reading →
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.
A 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 →
More than 60 percent hospitals are prepared to take on Meaningful Use Stage 2, according to new HIMSS Analytics [twitter.com/HealthITplus]
A 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.
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]
Many 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.