We witnessed a plethora of mobile health enabled devices and wearable technology during the mHealth13 conference. We also found out that the focus towards mobile health is gaining more traction amongst healthcare providers as well as consumers. But one study conducted by Medscape, a networking and informative website for healthcare professionals, shows that while there are plenty of mobile health apps available for consumers, the execution of the applications may still need to be improved upon.
The study cracked down on the best and most usable mobile apps in the market. The study divided the apps into different categories such as diabetes, oncology, women’s health and prescription compliance. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
Since 2011, more than 4.6 million patients have received an electronic copy of their health information from their EHR, according to CMS.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a data stating that an increasing amount of healthcare providers are using electronic health records (EHR) to improve their patients’ care and provide more information to their patients regarding their health.
The data also reveals that more than 50 percent of eligible healthcare professionals and more than 80 percent of eligible hospitals in U.S. have received meaningful use incentives since the program’s inception. Using EHRs, physicians and care providers have been able to provide improved patient care to millions and also boosted their efficiencies and productivity.
Farzad Mostashari, MD and National Coordinator highlighting the benefits and achievements of the program said, “More patients than ever before are seeing the benefits of their providers using electronic health records to help better coordinate and manage their care. These data show that health care professionals are not only adopting electronic health records rapidly, they’re also using them to improve care.” Continue reading →
According to a recent report submitted to the Congress, an ever increasing amount of physicians are embracing (and agreeing to adopt) electronic health records (EHRs) into workplaces. Along with EHRs, physicians are also looking for newer, more sophisticated ways to interact and stay connected with their patients even when they are away from their workplaces.
Compared to only 48 percent in 2009, in 2012, more than 72 percent of physicians used electronic health records and the count seems to be growing rapidly. Physicians are going forward and demanding increased EHR functionality, with 80 percent having EHRs with computerized provider order entry for medication orders in 2012, compared to 65 percent in 2011, and 67 percent having EHRs with drug interaction checks, compared to 51 percent in 2011. Continue reading →
When it comes to delivering patient care through mobile technology and internet enabled services, hospitals and U.S. physicians are still in the digital dark ages. This lag between technology and healthcare providers is costing U.S. hospitals an estimated $8.3 billion annual hit in lost productivity and increased patient discharge times, according to a Ponemon Institute survey of 577 health care professionals.
The major concerns hospitals are facing is to stronghold patient privacy. Due to the mainstreaming of social media, patient health information security concerns are peaking and federal rules impose steep fines for violating patient privacy. Continue reading →
Electronic Health Records (EHR) alleviates redundancies across the healthcare workflow and provides access to complete patient history without having to sift through a huge pile of paperwork, saving time and workload to healthcare providers. Integrated through the continuum of care, health information exchange (HIE) is becoming more important as hospitals across the nation begin to attest to Meaningful Use of EHRs and prepare for Stage 2.
Here are the top takeaways on EHRs and how EHR could save big bucks for healthcare providers:
Outpatient facilities that adopt and use EHR over 15 years could have net savings of $142 billion.
Inpatient settings that adopt and use EHR over 15 years can experience net savings of $371 billion.
Physicians accumulate around 975 new pages of paper work each week.Nurses using EHR have seen reductions in documentation time up to 45%.
Mobile technology has heavily impacted – in a good way – the medical practices and hospital workflow. But a more interesting thing to notice would be the change in nature of that use is shifting and there is an uptrend in the number of healthcare professionals who rely on mobile apps.
According to a research conducted by IT trade group CompTIA, healthcare providers are going beyond business functions when it comes to using their smartphone. They are diversifying their range of activities through smartphone to include medication and management related activities, remote access to EMRs and helping patients manage insurance claims etc. Continue reading →
According to the fourth annual “Healthcare IT Insights and Opportunities” survey from IT trade association, a significant inroad has been made on the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) with six in ten healthcare providers having at least part of an EHR system in place. The survey included polls from 375 doctors, dentists and other care providers, and found a satisfaction rate averaging in the low 60s – indicating “acceptable performance,” but leaving much room for improvement with electronic health records, researchers say. The survey generally finds positive attitudes toward EHRs, especially compared with past polls.
The highpoints of providers with EHRs included better ease of use, improved interoperability with other systems, faster speeds, more vendor training and improved remote access and mobility features. Continue reading →
The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the results of its 2012 Health Information Technology (IT) Assessment survey that shows Virginia’s national leadership in telehealth initiatives. It also documents faster broadband speeds across the Commonwealth and an increase in adoption rates of electronic health records by Virginia physicians. The survey was completed in partnership with Broad Axe Technology Partners and in conjunction with the Secretaries of Health and Human Resources and Technology. Continue reading →
Health IT adoption by federally qualified health centers has led to significant improvements in the quality of care delivered, according to a study published in the journal BMC Health Services Research, Government Health IT reports.