Hospitals Want To Boost Mobile Health Usage Among Nurses

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Hospitals are providing their nurses with enterprise-level smartphones and tools to replace outdated or unsecure technology in an effort to increase mHealth related usage, according to a new report by Spyglass Consulting.

What are Enterprise-Level Communications

Enterprise-level communications include smartphones and tools that allow nurses to:

  • Securely store patient records in an EMR
  • Securely transmit messages
  • Enterprise-level systems can also be integrated with various exchanges and devices responsible for monitoring patients and alert nurses to take prompt action if the vitals reach abnormal values [@HealthITplus]

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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. Thttps://i2.wp.com/www.rawstory.com/rs/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/confused-woman-computer.jpghe findings were published in a new research by the Annals of Internal Medicine. [twitter.com/HealthITplus]

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

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

Raising Awareness about Digitization of Medical Records

The healthcare industry has witnessed tremendous adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) amongst healthcare providers after the implementation of HITECH Act four years ago. However, the acceptance of EHRs amongst patients has been sparse, with only 32% patients interested in getting their medical records digitized at all, as per a recent survey by Xerox.

http://cdn.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.2779806.1300980143!/httpImage/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/display_600/image.JPGThe EHR survey, with a sample size of more than 2,000 adults, found that physicians have not communicated the shift to digital records adequately, according to more than two-third of the patients and approximately 83%have serious privacy concerns regarding the safety of their medical records. The poll also established that merely 29% patients have been informed that their medical records would be digitized. [twitter.com/HealthITplus] Continue reading

The Missing Link Between Meaningful Use And Health IT Innovation

Deadlines can never bring forth innovation. When everything is under the MU pressure, the need to meet Federal Mandates overshadows everything else. This results in loopholes, and in many cases, leads to bad engineering. [twitter.com/healthitplus]

https://i2.wp.com/www.medicaldatamanagementgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Picture-13.pngMany a times, EMRs are produced to meet the MU requirements but doesn’t meet the needs of the consumers. As a result, MU is failing to create the environment it is attempting to create through the stringent regulations and deadlines.

Yes, Meaningful Use has supported innovation in ways such as:

  • The Blue Button Plus supports a new, higher level of patient access to their data,and is built from components and requirements already present in Stage 2.
  • The Query Health initiative has done innovative work that supports not only its stated focus (health research) but also automation of quality measurement using HL7′s HQMF.

But eventually the Meaningful Use will stress on EMR developers to come up to the MU standards but not innovation. So, maybe we will see a gradual rise in applications that provide a different set of functionalities to EMRs.

Readers, what innovations would you like to see?

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It’s Time for Consumers to Get Serious about Their EMRs

A new survey shows that many consumers are willing to switch doctors in order to get access to medical data

https://i1.wp.com/ak3.picdn.net/shutterstock/videos/4498373/preview/stock-footage-female-doctor-talking-to-patient-using-tablet-computer.jpgA recent survey shows that a large number of US consumers (41 percent) are willing to switch doctors in order to get complete access to their medical records. And patient education and increased patient engagement is to blame for this. Doctors, although are not showing the same enthusiasm.

The survey covered over 9000 people in nine countries. Few key findings of the report are:

  • Only About one-third (36 percent) of consumers have access to their EMR
  • Amongst those who have, more than 57 percent have taken ownership of their medical records by self-tracking personal health information, including health history such as physical activity and health indicators such as blood pressure, weight etc. Continue reading

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

82% U.S. Doctors believe patients should update their Electronic Health Records

According to a new survey done by Accenture, 82% percent of U.S doctors want https://i1.wp.com/pw-cdn.poweryourpractice.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/what-patients-like-about-EHRs.jpgtheir patients to actively participate in their own healthcare through updating it in their electronic health records (EHRs). Accenture conducted the survey across eight countries: Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States, interacting with 3700 doctors. The results found in these countries remained consistent. Continue reading

Some Stage 1 Meaningful Use Changes Effective Now

Meaningful_Use_StagesThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued guidance on changes in the Stage 1 electronic health records meaningful use program, some of them which are optional, that went into effect in fiscal year and calendar year 2013:

Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE)

Change: Addition of an alternative measure based on the total number of medication orders created during the EHR reporting period

Timing: 2013 and onward

Change: Revised the description of who can enter orders into the EHR and have it count as CPOE

Timing: 2013 and onward (regardless of what stage of meaningful use the provider is attesting to) Continue reading