Why EMRs Are Crucial To Patient Satisfaction

EMRs play a crucial role when it comes to keeping patients happy and satisfied, a new study suggests.

https://healthitplus.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/5c9b5-ehrl.jpgAccording to a study conducted by Aeffect and 88 Brand Partners, more and more patients are logging in to check their medical records and like it. Data suggests that about 24 percent of patients log into their EMR to receive test results, order medication refills and to book appointments with their physician. Also, 78 percent of those patients reported being more satisfied with their doctors in comparison to 68 percent of those who had not used EMRs.

The growing portion of provider’s reimbursement is driven by patient satisfaction, which is why it becoming a top priority for healthcare providers. But for a lot of hospitals, the issue still persists. Their patient satisfaction survey results make up 30 percent of their quality score in Medicare’s “value-based purchasing” program, part of the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading

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Health IT Spending to Cross $34.5 Billion in 2014

The current regulatory trends are driving the North American healthcare IT industry to cross USD 34.5 billion in 2014, a new study by Technology Business Research Inc (TBR) suggests. The growth in industry is expected to open up many opportunities for new vendors.

TBR reported that the money will be strewn across industry applications, business applications, productivity applications, business intelligence and analytics, database and technology, and systems management. The report also stated that vendors who are currently holding a good position have high chances of securing their dominance over the market.

Health IT Spending in 2014

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5 Health IT impact points on Consolidation

Providers can focus more on patients when technology becomes more invisible…..and seamless

https://i1.wp.com/www.column5.com/sites/default/files/images/generic/Column5-BPC.pngA majority of health it professionals are trying to keep up with the latest technological advancements in the healthcare industry. They seem to be more stressing on implementing and maintaining health systems than keeping track of larger healthcare trends driving the industry e.g. the pace at which hospital practices are being purchased and sold.

The fact however is that health IT is a major factor in the decision-making of healthcare administrators, affecting the overall consolidation process.

Greg Chittim, Director of Analytics and Performance at Arcadia Solutions, has listen down five major areas where IT concerns factor into the drive toward, and the success of, consolidation. Continue reading

3 ways remote care benefits doctors, patients

The healthcare continuum has been undergoing a lot of changes recently owing to the advancement in technology. The steady stream of new devices in the healthcare market has also led us to believe that technology will bring all the improvements we’ll ever need in healthcare. The reality is much more complicated than that.https://i1.wp.com/ecareinc.biz/images%5CPatient2_sm.jpg

The basic fundamental objective that drives any market is the identification of gaps in the way its services and solutions are delivered and how to fill the gaps. The same is with healthcare. More often, there is a need to figure out the various underlying issues in the delivery of healthcare and figuring out ways to fill those voids.

Kevin Quinn, senior vice president of sales and account management, AMC Health, says, “Technology is a tool that should be used to enhance the experience of both patients and clinicians.” In other words, technology must be used to alleviate the gaps in between patients and their wellbeing process. Continue reading

Strong growth ahead for Healthcare IT market

A whopping $32 billion was spent on electronic health records (EHRs) by President Obama’s administration.

The digitization of healthcare workflow including the ability to capture, store, analyze and exchange medical information has changed the entire the entire healthcare ecosystem. And the key to leverage and keep improving these technologies lies in the growth of healthcare IT. Healthcare IT has the potential to generate valuable information to improve workflow, safety, and efficiency within healthcare organizations. Healthcare IT provides benefits such as improved patient care, increased engagement of patient in healthcare, improved population-based knowledge, development of new tools for medicine, and augmented administrative efficiency. Continue reading

Mobile-enabled healthcare a top trend

There are more market research reports, survey results and industry metrics related to mobile and digital health floating around these days than in years past: Our recently published State of the Indhttps://i1.wp.com/www.biztechafrica.com/media/images/stories/_thumbs/mehealth_jpg_410x270_upscale_q85.jpgustry Q4/2012 Year in Review report included a summary of 16 different metric-loaded reports that published during the last three months of the year alone. That means results from one or more digital health surveys published each week leading up to the end of 2012.

While far from perfect, these market numbers help shape our perception of what’s really going on in the market at large. Rightly or wrongly, even small surveys can have this effect. Continue reading