Patients Still Unclear On Benefits Of Portals: Study

A study supported by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found that patients are embracing the concept of patient portals but the awareness among patients about the benefits of portals is rather low. There has been a rise in the usage of portals by patients to access and manage their health records but they are still unknown whether the portals actually improve outcomes, increase patient satisfaction or create efficiencies. T findings were published in a new research by the Annals of Internal Medicine. []

The researchers reviewed 46 different patient portals connected to EHRs. The results from the portals were not as commendable as they had expected. The evidences were mixed as to whether the tools improved outcomes and satisfaction. The researchers also found that the effect on utilization and efficiencies of portals also was “unclear” to patients. Any benefits associated with portal use may actually be attributable to increased case management, the authors said. Continue reading


How Could mHealth Improve Healthcare in Developing Countries [Infographic]

According to a recent survey by mHealth Alliance, the doctor to patient ratio is 1:250,000 in developing countries. But it’s also interesting to know that the same countries account for more than 80% of the 5 billion mobile subscribers worldwide.

If a person has a mobile phone, it means he has access to information. Access to mobile phone can mean better access to health information and improved well-being in these countries. One example of how mobile phones are making an impact in promoting health is with the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action partnership that “has developed free, adaptable messages informed by experts in maternal, newborn and child health” that are being used and downloaded by 161 organizations in 54 nations around the world. [] Continue reading

mHealth App Industry is Getting Huge, Estimated Around $21 Billion by 2018 [REPORT]

According to a report from eMarketer, mHealth and mFitness apps account for more than one-quarter of all app users on a regular basis. The report was released on October 1, 2013.

The business of mHealth market is booming tremendously. Thanks to hundreds of start-ups developing mHealth applications and pushing them to world’s major app stores. Due to an exponential growth, there’s much at stake to capitalize in this market.

The global mHealth market is estimated to be valued at $20.7 billion by 2018 from $6.6 billion in 2013 – an astonishing growth rate of over 300 percent over the next five years. Continue reading

Hospitals Are Set For Meaningful Use Stage 2 Now [REPORT]

More than 60 percent hospitals are prepared to take on Meaningful Use Stage 2, according to new HIMSS Analytics [] new report released on Sept 18 from HIMSS Analytics, Hospital Readiness to Meet Meaningful Use Stage 2, reveals that over 60 percent of eligible hospitals have acquired the requirements for meaningful use stage 2. The report assesses the preparedness of eligible hospitals and their electronic health records that are used to store all patient information.

The highlights of the report include:

  • At least 60 percent of hospitals in the sample have met the requirements for at least nine of the core metrics that define Stage 2 meaningful use; and
  • Some 70 percent of respondents across all metrics are actively moving toward meeting Stage 2 meaningful use requirements.

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Patients Turning to mHealth, Skipping Prescriptions to a recent survey by Digitas Health which included 2000 patients, 24% of patients want to go for an mHealth app rather than going for a pill. The patients who participated in the survey suffered from a variety for chronic diseases, with 60% of active mHealth users diagnosed with their condition more than 3 years ago. This also suggested that chronic disease patients are continuously looking for ways to manage their conditions. Continue reading

Patients are demanding Portals, Access, and Engagement [Infographic]

One of the emerging technologies in healthcare is to engage patients and allow to take part in their own well-being. Engaging patients in the healthcare process not only helps doctors and physicians in improving communication with the patients but also improves the overall healthcare experience of the patients. CareStream, a dental and medical imaging service providers surveyed over 1,000 patients in US with various backgrounds to corroborate the same. The firm partnered with IDR research in order to carry out the survey.

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Success in mHealth: When mHealth becomes just Health is dissatisfaction over the fact that mHealth is not/ has not been progressing with the pace at which it should progress in today’s technology driven world. The finger is pointed out towards hesitant policy makers. But nevertheless, the mHealth industry has made significant progress owing to the boom in smartphones and network. and a possible future is not difficult to imagine. Continue reading

U.S Health Literacy Facts (Infographic)

Health Literacy Facts

Health Literacy is an individual’s ability to understand and act on health information. Why is this important?

  •  Individuals with low health literacy have an average annual healthcare cost of $13,000
  • Cost goes up, quality goes down
  • The average reading level of health communications material is the 10th grade
  • The reading level of 30 million Americans is the 5th grade

Strategies for Improving Health Literacy

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  • Relevant content
  • Learning stimulation
  • Literacy demand
  • Graphics
  • Layout
  • Typography
  • Cultural appropriateness
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mHealth integration into main clinical workflow is inevitable, experts say

Smartphones have emerged as a powerful tool to enhance healthcare and create an ecosystem where mobility will drive the work. The rapid penetration and of smartphones, tablets and other web-enabled mobile devices have brought forth this revolutionary change in the healthcare industry. But still many health organizations are showing concern over adopting mHealth into their main workflow and integrate mHealth in their day to day work, according to the penultimate panel at the Information Management Network (IMN) Hospital Cloud Forum in New York City.

Executives at the forum also raised concerns over its usage in context of care. Chilmark Research Founder and CEO John Moore, posed to the panelists of “mHealth — Balancing the Benefits and the Risks.” “When is this going to come into healthcare? When are providers going to start using this in the context of care?” asked Moore. So what is it that is keeping healthcare providers from using data from patients and to act upon them? 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%. Source: