Hospitals Want To Boost Mobile Health Usage Among Nurses

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Hospitals are providing their nurses with enterprise-level smartphones and tools to replace outdated or unsecure technology in an effort to increase mHealth related usage, according to a new report by Spyglass Consulting.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]

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Global EHR Market Estimated To Reach $22.3B by End of 2015, Report

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:

  • Australia;
  • Brazil;
  • Canada;
  • France;
  • Germany;
  • Japan;
  • The Nordics;
  • Spain;
  • The United Kingdom; and
  • The U.S. ———-> Read more [@HealthITplus]

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ONC Released 2014 Edition EHR Certification’s Transparency Criteria

The Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT released two new transparency requirements included in the 2014 electronic health record certification criteria in the EHR Intelligence reports. The new requirements were released on Tuesday.

Background

As per 2009 federal economic stimulus package, Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments were available for healthcare providers who would demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic heath record (HER) systems.

Also see: Delivering Better Patient Experience With Digital Tools – Infographic

In its 2014 Edition EHR Certification Criteria, ONC outlined the requirements that EHR systems must meet in order for providers to be able to qualify for incentive payments. Continue reading

Patient-Doctor Communication Shows Positive Health Effects: Study

In a recent study conducted by Dutch scientists, electronic communication between doctors and patients has turned out to yield more positive health effects. The various mediums of electronic communication reviewed in the study included email, messages, patient-facing EHR etc. Scientists concluded that using effective communication between patient and doctor significantly affects care outcomes, health behavior, and patient satisfaction. In the paper, recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, researchers looked particularly at studies focused on chronically ill patients.

Also see: Why EMRs Are Crucial To Patient Satisfaction

Authors Catharina Carolina de Jong, Wynand JG Ros, and Guus Schrijvers wrote, “Asynchronous communication is used by patients and it helps to increase the effects on health behavior and health outcomes, at least for some. Patients seem to be interested in using email and understand how to use it. They use email for questions about biomedical concerns, medication, and test results, as well as to inform the providers about non-urgent health issues. They tend to prefer email to telephone for this communication.” [@HealthITplus] Continue reading

Large Practices Lead The Trend In EHR Adoption, Study Finds

According to a study report by Commonwealth Fund, adoption of electronic health record systems (EHRs) has increased significantly from 2009 to 2012. The study also finds that larger organizations have reported higher adoption rate than smaller settings. Also, there has been a considerable lag in interoperability between providers’ systems and patients.

https://i1.wp.com/pw-cdn.poweryourpractice.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/what-patients-like-about-EHRs.jpgBetween 2009 and 2012, the EHR adoption rate jumped from 46% to 69%, as did their use of certain health IT functions such as electronic prescription transmissions to pharmacies, 34% to 66%; and electronic lab ordering, 38% to 54%.

Also see: Patients Still Not Fully Informed About EHRs

But the report also highlighted that only half of physicians in solo practices were using EHRs in 2012 vs. 90% of docs in groups of 20 or more. Also in 2012, just 1 in 3 primary-care physicians could swap clinical summaries with a physician colleague and only 35% could share lab results outside their practices. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading

Physicians’ EHRs Usage Increase, But ‘Digital Divide’ Remains: Study

https://i2.wp.com/www.practicefusion.com/ehrbloggers/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/iStock_000010227504XSmall.jpgIn the past four years, the adoption of electronic health records by primary care physicians has risen significantly. Physicians like the idea of staying connected with their patients. From the other end, patients also want to access their health records and to participate in their own health process. Even through the idea seems appealing to both patients and healthcare providers, a ‘Digital Divide’ still seems to linger between large and small physician practices, according to a new study by the Commonwealth Fund.

Also see: EHRs changing the way doctors deliver care

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Upcoming 2014 mHealth Events

There have been a lot of technological innovations and enhancements surrounding the mobile health (mHealth). Mobile health is considered the future of patient-centric care. One of the main factors contributing towards the growth of mobile health is consumerism. Today, consumers are becoming more tech savvy using their mobiles for a variety of stuff, every day. Smartphones and apps for healthcare are changing the way people are living and using apps to participate in healthcare.

mHealth Summit

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The e-patient movement is the next big thing in the healthcare industry. Consumers are using multiple devices such as smartphones, tablets, wearable and connected gadgets such as watches, sensors etc. and are seeking new ways to integrate digital health into their day-to-day activities. Mobile sensors are taking more place within the industry. InMedica predicts that the American telehealth market will grow by 600 percent between 2012 and 2017. This would represent an increase from the current 227,000 telehealth patients to reach up to 1.3m patients in 2017. They think this is mostly related to the reimbursement changes in the US. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading

Raising Awareness about Digitization of Medical Records

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.

http://cdn.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.2779806.1300980143!/httpImage/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/display_600/image.JPGThe 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

HealthIT Transition, How it Happened [Infographic]

In 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, a part of the Recovery Act, created the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs to promote the adoption of EHRs in support of the ultimate goals of improving the quality of patient care and reducing health costs. Through this program, eligible hospitals and doctors earn incentives by demonstrating “meaningful use” of certified technology, which means that health care providers use EHRs in ways that improve care and lower costs. Examples of “meaningful use” include electronic prescribing of medications and ensuring patients have access to their digital records.

 The following infographic created by the ONC illustrates the progress made in the nation’s transition to health IT since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009. [twitter.com/healthitplus]

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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