The Current State Of mHealth Apps And Where It’s Heading Now

We witnessed a plethora of mobile health enabled devices and wearable technology during the mHealth13 conference. We also found out that the focus towards https://i0.wp.com/media3.policymic.com/MGY2MGI3ZDUzNSMvYjRtZHkwajhvTmhVc2VzdFdnbGdVTGk3T1gwPS84NDB4NTMwL3NtYXJ0L2ZpbHRlcnM6cXVhbGl0eSg3NSk6c3RyaXBfaWNjKDEpL2h0dHAlM0ElMkYlMkZzMy5hbWF6b25hd3MuY29tJTJGcG1idWNrZXQlMkZzaXRlJTJGYXJ0aWNsZXMlMkYzMTA1MCUyRm9yaWdpbmFsLmpwZw%3D%3D.jpgmobile 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.

Also see: Patient-Centered Care Biggest Agent Driving Mobile Adoption – Excerpts From mHealth Summit 2013

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

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EHRs and Meaningful Use Transforming Patient Care

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

Physicians Continue say Yes to EHR Adoption

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.

https://i2.wp.com/healthcareittoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/meaningful-use-101.gifCompared 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

Old technology costs Hospitals $8.3 billion…..annually

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 Vs Traditional Paper Records

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%.

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The uptrend in use of Mobile Tech among Providers

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 http://timewellness.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/dripad.jpg?w=600professionals 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

Demand for simpler, easier to use EHRs

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

CIT’s Annual 2012 Health IT Survey Shows Virginia is a National Leader in Telehealth

Third Annual Online Virginia Health IT Assessment Also Shows State-wide Boost in Adoption of Electronic Health Records, Faster Broadband Speeds.

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 Improves Quality at Federally Qualified Centers: Study

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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.

Study Details

The researchers involved in the study were from;

  • Columbia University;
  • Southern Illinois University; and
  • The University of Alabama.

For the study, researchers examined 776 federally qualified health centers using data from the Commonwealth Fund’s 2009 National Survey of Federally Qualified Health Centers. Continue reading