Patients Still Not Fully Informed About EHRs

Survey reveals only 32 percent even want their health records to go digital.

A recent poll has shown that over two-third of the patients have complained that their providers have not adequately informed them about electronic health records. The survey also clearly shows that majority of Americans are also concerned about the security of their health records.

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The survey, conducted by Xerox suggests that providers should focus on educating their patients about the benefits and various implications of digitized health records instead of just stressing on adopting EHRs and collecting federal incentive payments.

The survey included more than 2000 U.S. adults and found that just over 29 percent of them were informed by their providers that their medical records were going to be digitized. Despite a rise than the previous years, the survey still shows that most Americans (83 percent) have big concerns about EHRs – largely centered on privacy and security. Continue reading

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Clinical Mobility Market Growing Strong

Data centres and IT organizations facing new demands owing to the uptrend in mobility, according to new report.

According to a new report by IDC Health Insights, the clinical mobility spending in United States is expected to rise from USD 2.9 billion in 2011 to USD 5.4 billion in 2016; an annual growth rate of 12.7 percent.

The report called “Business Strategy: U.S. Clinical Mobility 2011-2016 – Forecast and Analysis” contains a report on the nation’s spending forecasts for clinical mobility. The spending also included hardware (mobile devices and data centre infrastructures), various technological services and software & applications related to clinical mobility.

But the growth in clinical mobility must also stack in line with the demands of the overall Healthcare IT and need to respond to the healthcare reforms. Thankfully, implementation of meaningful use technologies such as EHRs, eRx, CPOE, HIE etc will augment the use of mobile devices and mobile point-of-care solutions to enhance clinical workflow and patient care.

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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