A new Gallup poll suggests that two thirds of the people in United States are satisfied with the country’s healthcare system. Sixty-six percent say they are happy with the functioning of the healthcare system and how it’s benefiting them. Thirty-two percent on the other hand showed their discontentment with the system.
Further, the levels of satisfaction among those having health insurance were much higher. Seventy-two percent of those having insurance said they are quite satisfied with the way the healthcare system is working while 26 percent of them say they are not. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
A research released by Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) throws light on the overall readiness of healthcare industry to meet the Oct. 1 ICD-10 deadline, finding it “continues to be slow.” The MGMA research corroborates the findings of another recent survey conducted by QualiTest which showed providers were far from ready for the October deadline.
MGMA wrote, “The greatest concern is the lack of communication and critical coordination between physician practices and their essential trading partners (such as claims clearinghouses, electronic health record (EHR) vendors and practice management system vendors) regarding software updates and testing, which has not yet occurred. Only 4.8% of practices reported that they have made significant progress when rating their overall readiness for ICD-10 implementation.” [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
According to a study conducted by Aloft Group, an international brand strategy and marketing execution firm, less than half of U.S. healthcare providers are 25 percent or even lesser done on their ICD-10 implementation process.
The survey included over 200 healthcare providers – 75 percent of which were community hospitals. The study also revealed that 35.4 percent of the providers were 25 percent done with the conversion, while 15.3 percent haven’t even started the process yet. A year ago in 2013, 40.8 percent of those surveyed said they were 25 percent done, and 33.8 percent hadn’t gotten started. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
Digital tools can help deliver a better patient experience, with improved results, at lower costs. Although the digital health market is still evolving, the infographic below shows the wide range of activity thus far.
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.
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 →
Technology has changed the way health institutes and professionals are providing care to patients. Boom in internet enabled devices – mainly smartphones and tablets – has triggered a new digital revolution in the healthcare industry called ‘mHealth’ or mobile health. Not only is mHealth changing the very fabric of the way healthcare is delivered, it is well on its way to becoming an integrated part of our life. Other budding mobile health related areas such as mFitness, wearable technologies are emerging as promising trends that are going to captivate the way healthcare is perceived.
Check out this infographic based on a research by IFC Interactive that depicts the intersection of healthcare and mobile technology. It’s more than an infographic. It also highlights the guiding principles for healthcare companies who need to engage consumers and members in a mobile context. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
Mobile health or mHealth is going to make a steep climb in 2014
Many recent reports have suggested that mHealth will be increasing rapidly and the technological developments surrounding mHealth is expected to be extremely broad and swift. Corroborating this trend is the presence of large number of health related gadgets, wearable techs, remote monitoring devices, presentations etc that were/ are being and will be showcased all major tech shows and events.
The mHealth sector has already seen significant growth over the past few years but 2014 will be a game changer.
Many analysts and reports are suggesting that 2014 will be the official start of what is being called the mHealth revolution. It will also transform the world of medicine and implementation of mobile devices in the healthcare industry. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
Mobile health apps and technology garnered huge response at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014
It was clear right from the start of Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that there has been a considerable shift in the focus of technology trends, particularly in the areas of mobility. This shift has been there for quite some time but the CES 2014 took it to the next level of mainstreaming new growth markets such as mhealth, medical technology, and mobile health applications. Consumers showed great enthusiasm for wearable gadgets to be used for fitness and health monitoring, among other purposes. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →