A new Gallup poll suggests that two thirds of the people in United States are satisfied with the country’s healthcare system. Sixty-six percent say they are happy with the functioning of the healthcare system and how it’s benefiting them. Thirty-two percent on the other hand showed their discontentment with the system.
Further, the levels of satisfaction among those having health insurance were much higher. Seventy-two percent of those having insurance said they are quite satisfied with the way the healthcare system is working while 26 percent of them say they are not. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
Hospitals are providing their nurses with enterprise-level smartphones and tools to replace outdated or unsecure technology in an effort to increase mHealth related usage, according to a new report by Spyglass Consulting.
What are Enterprise-Level Communications
Enterprise-level communications include smartphones and tools that allow nurses to:
Securely store patient records in an EMR
Securely transmit messages
Enterprise-level systems can also be integrated with various exchanges and devices responsible for monitoring patients and alert nurses to take prompt action if the vitals reach abnormal values [@HealthITplus]
UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield and Human, and various other national commercial health insurers say they are ready for ICD-10’s October 1 implementation deadline
According to a survey by the American Academy of Family Physicians, most of the major health insurance carriers say they ready for the code change.
AAFP survey results said, “It is important that the nation’s largest private payers including UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield and Humana, are ready for the transition so payments to physicians are not delayed.” [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
According to a new research from BCC Research, the mobile health (mhealth) industry revenue growth will reach a staggering $21.5 billion in 2018. The mHealth industry is expected to grow at an impressive compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 54.9%. Europe is coming up as a strong market in the mHealth division and is expected to outdo the current leader, North America, by 2018. [@HealthITplus]
The goal to improve the overall efficiency of healthcare systems has been key issue for countries across the globe. One of the most cost-effective ways to address the most challenging problems that persist in today’s healthcare systems is mobile technologies. mHealth is considered a viable solution that includes solutions to problems like exploding costs, providing care to seniors, access in impoverished areas, and the treatment of deadly disease.
mHealth is being used in various aspects of healthcare systems by countries across the globe. The figure below includes data from the World Health Organization on mHealth initiatives. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
During the HIMSS14 conference, Accenture released its report containing forecast for the global EHR market through the year 2015. According to the report, the worldwide EHR industry is expected to reach $22.3 billion by the end of 2015
By the end of next year, the global EHR market report hints at peaking over $22 billion, according to Accenture. Undoubtedly, U.S. is expected to grab an estimated $10.1 billion (or 47 percent) of the market. The survey was conducted in the following 10 countries:
According to a new market research report by Grand View Research Inc, the global mHealth (Mobile Health) market is expected to cross USD 49 billion (USD 49,119.2 million) by the year 2020. The most domineering – and currently the fastest growing – segment in the mHealth industry will be monitoring services, with market revenue of USD 1227.5 million in 2012. Monitoring services segment has been forecasted to grow an estimated CAGR of 49.7% from 2014 to 2020.
Due to the increase in per capita healthcare expenditures, medical services are unaffordable for a large percentage of the population. As a result, mHealth is expected to rapidly rise over the next six years. Smartphone penetration, steady and reliable internet connectivity, and uptake of 3G and 4G networks is also expected to fuel the increasing demand for telemedicine services.
Other factors such as aging population and growing incidences of diseases linked to changing lifestyles have intensified the need for affordable and accessible healthcare. Concerns among users, regarding the safety and privacy of information, along with the need for secure infrastructure, are the key challenges for market participants. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
A research released by Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) throws light on the overall readiness of healthcare industry to meet the Oct. 1 ICD-10 deadline, finding it “continues to be slow.” The MGMA research corroborates the findings of another recent survey conducted by QualiTest which showed providers were far from ready for the October deadline.
MGMA wrote, “The greatest concern is the lack of communication and critical coordination between physician practices and their essential trading partners (such as claims clearinghouses, electronic health record (EHR) vendors and practice management system vendors) regarding software updates and testing, which has not yet occurred. Only 4.8% of practices reported that they have made significant progress when rating their overall readiness for ICD-10 implementation.” [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
According to a study conducted by Aloft Group, an international brand strategy and marketing execution firm, less than half of U.S. healthcare providers are 25 percent or even lesser done on their ICD-10 implementation process.
The survey included over 200 healthcare providers – 75 percent of which were community hospitals. The study also revealed that 35.4 percent of the providers were 25 percent done with the conversion, while 15.3 percent haven’t even started the process yet. A year ago in 2013, 40.8 percent of those surveyed said they were 25 percent done, and 33.8 percent hadn’t gotten started. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →