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:
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 Intelligencereports. The new requirements were released on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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 →
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.
Between 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%.
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 →
In 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.
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.
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 →
According to a new Research and Markets’ report entitled: North American Healthcare IT Market Report 2013-2017, the health IT market of North America is going to grow at a compound rate of 7.4 percent to reach $31.3 billion by 2017 from $21.9 billion in 2012. The main factors driving this growth include higher demand for clinical information technology, and administrative solutions and services.
The report segments the market on the basis of applications, delivery modes, and components. Based on application, the North American healthcare information technology is segmented into provider (clinical information technology and non-clinical information technology) and payer, while the market by delivery mode is further categorized as on-premises, Web-based, and cloud-based. The healthcare information technology by component is made up of hardware, software and services. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
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.
A new survey shows that many consumers are willing to switch doctors in order to get access to medical data
A 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 →
The 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 →