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.
According to an expert panel consisting of senior executives from top healthcare organizations at the mHealth Summit 2013 in Washington D.C., mobile technology may very well be the future of patient-centric care. However, there is a strong need for better evidences to take it to the next level of adoption and implementation.
Cleveland Clinic Chief Medical Information Officer David Levin said, “We imagine things that will actually change people’s behavior, but we’re often wrong. Harping that health IT is not usually designed with the patient in mind. “Good design takes into account human factors and what motivates people and [what integrates] into and IT ecosystem,” he said.
Consumerism is adding to success of mHealth so far and it’s going to significantly change the way people live. mHealth patients won’t accept not getting their health data and not using mobile health apps to keep track of and participate in their own healthcare. [twitter.com/HealthITplus] Continue reading
The global wireless market is growing at a huge pace and is currently valued at $23.8 billion. In coming years, the industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20.2%, mounting to create whopping $59.7 billion industry by 2018.
One of the main growth attributes include boost in applications in patient engagement, monitoring and diagnostics and a hefty government funding towards achieving this feat. The agenda is to reduce costs in order to combat increasing healthcare expenditure and ageing population. Other factors such as chronic disease management, population management, and technological advancements are also driving this rapid growth.
The rapid development in the field of wireless healthcare delivery by medical communities, increased mobile penetration, more robust connectivity and the need for patients to connect with providers in real-time are also major contributors towards the industry’s growth.
We have heard about Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) moving data from patient side to providers but the reverse action has rarely been attempted – until recently.
Not including patients in the Health Information Exchange table is understood but that defeats the whole purpose of patient engagement. HIEs are meant to aggregate all the information from multiple providers – leveraging various interfaces and then deliver the data back to consumers. Continue reading
EMRs play a crucial role when it comes to keeping patients happy and satisfied, a new study suggests.
According 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
Although it would not be completely correct to say that technology advancement in healthcare has been rapid and up-to-date, it would not be wrong to say that healthcare technology is changing the world we live in and healthcare as we know it. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have been helping thousands of doctors storing and keeping track of millions of patients across the world. With Meaningful Use approaching latter stages and further reformation of healthcare laws, technology is transforming patient care delivery throughout the nation.
EHRs not only store patient data digitally but also help in cracking down cases where a patient might have been using or has been supplied unsafe drugs or medical devices. In a highly evolved and interoperable EHR adoption environment, EHR prescriptions could go as far as detecting bioterrorism on food systems and even water supplies.
But health is not the only way how EHRs are helping healthcare providers and patients. Another systemic solution provided by EHRs is that their interoperability enables healthcare delivery and its provision, owing to the unprecedented advantages it gives to all stakeholders involved in any healthcare transaction. EHRs are capable of sending information to any other interoperable system instantly, enabling doctors to take better, faster decisions at point of care. EHRs carry all critical information related to a patient’s health history. That’s why having instant access to such information; doctors are in a position to deliver better care and are in a position to make error-free decisions. Continue reading