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


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 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

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.

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

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

Patient comes first in today’s healthcare landscape

Doctors in U.S. are stressing on the importance of putting patient first in today’s healthcare landscape. With healthcare making a shift from simply delivering patient care to a reform minded era, health providers are using telemedicine and mobile health to make those connections and carve out a better and more efficient business. a panel of telemedicine industry executives on May 6, 2013 at the American Telemedicine Association’s18th Annual International Meeting & Trade Show, industry experts stressed on user-friendly design. Their conclusion: Healthcare needs to design new methods of care delivery that appeal to the consumer. Continue reading

Innovations and Adoptions in TeleHealth/ mHealth

Today, we hear about various telehealth, telemedicine, and mHealth solutions in the marketplace – many with their own innovative approach to solving healthcare issues.  Yet many of these innovations are struggling to get the traction they hoped for. Many providers of telehealth or mHealth solutions are not getting the adoption or utilization they need to succeed, let alone survive.

This broad applicability actually makes it even more critical to read about these laws.

Why? Because your telehealth and mHealth solutions are not just competing against other similar solutions.

They are competing for awareness and adoption against a whole spectrum of healthcare innovations.

And so, understanding these laws will help you see why your telehealth / mHealth innovation might be losing ground against a completely unrelated healthcare solution.
Continue reading

Top 5 initiatives to make a successful ICD-10 transition

If you’re finally planning for the ICD-10 implementation, there are timelines and checklists to guide you. But sometimes you need to dig a little deeper to find advice that will help create a smoother ICD-10 transition.

1. Maximize your clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program

“Everything else unfolds from your clinical documentation improvement,” Tully says. Improve the documentation now that you’re using ICD-9 codes. “You have to be successful at ICD-9 before you’re successful at ICD-10.” Continue reading

Revelations from Future of Healthcare IT Study [INFOGRAPHIC]

In order to gain further insight into the future of healthcare IT and the trends driving the industry, Level 3 commissioned a nationwide study of 100 healthcare CIOs and IT executives. Conducted in late 2012 by independent research firm Corona Insights, the findings from the study paint an interesting picture of the priorities and challenges currently facing healthcare providers. Continue reading

Telehealth in growth mode worldwide

Projected to reach 1.8 million patients by 2017

As healthcare providers seek to reduce readmission rates and track disease progression, telehealth is projected to reach 1.8 million patients worldwide by 2017, according to The World Market for Telehealth – An Analysis of Demand Dynamics – 2012, a new report from global research firm INMedica, part of IMS research.

In 2012 it was estimated there were some 308,000 patients remotely monitored by their healthcare provider for congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, hypertension and mental health conditions worldwide, the majority of them post-acute patients who had been hospitalized and discharged, according to the report.
Continue reading