The Impact of Meaningful Use on the Mobile App Market [Infographic]

The Impact of Meaningful Use on the Mobile App Market

The mobile app market is expected to grow 500 percent by the end of 2014, primarily due to the government’s Meaningful Use incentive program. Continue reading


Less Than 10 Percent Physicians ICD-10 Ready

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.

Also see: ICD-10 Implementation: Half Of U.S. Healthcare Providers 25% Or Less Done, Study 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

ICD-10 Implementation: Half Of U.S. Healthcare Providers 25% Or Less Done, Study

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. see: ONC Released 2014 Edition EHR Certification’s Transparency Criteria

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

Physicians’ EHRs Usage Increase, But ‘Digital Divide’ Remains: Study 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.

Also see: EHRs changing the way doctors deliver care

Here’s what the findings of the study outline: [@HealthITplus] 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

Why it’s Crucial for Healthcare Providers to Invest in mHealth recent HIMSS Analytics shows that 80 percent of physicians are already extending care and benefits to patients via mobile technology. Also, the Employee Benefit Research Institute reports that more than 25 percent of commercially insured patients use mobile apps to manage their health. One of the major reasons behind adoption of mHealth is the smartphone and mobile device penetration and the millions of wearable health devices shipped in 2012. Continue reading

Physicians Embrace Smartphones and Tablets, Become Digital Omnivores

Digital omnivores, a term now being largely used to describe people who are using smartphones, tablets and laptops seems to be fitting perfectly to describe health providers as well. Physicians across all specialties and clinical roles are embracing several devices in the consult room and beyond.

Healthcare Digital Omnivore PhysiciansEpocrates conducted a survey recently showing that mHealth and physician engagement with multiple devices is on the rise. According to the survey, 90% of the 1,063 healthcare professionals who were surveyed in the 2013 Mobile Trends Report reported that they use a smartphone daily, and nearly as many reporting tablet use on a regular basis.

The report stated, “Today’s digital omnivores express a preference for mobile screens across all professional tasks – an important behavioral shift that has potential to dramatically shape the way developers, content providers and marketers engage with clinicians as the three-screen workflow becomes the norm.” Continue reading

EHR and HIE Use on the Rise

According to a recent report, the adoption of EHR systems by healthcare organizations and their participation in EHR incentives have increased significantly since 2009. The report was released to Congress by the Office of National Coordination for Health IT.

The following were the benefits of Health IT highlighted in the report: to the report, health IT can:

  • Empower providers;
  • Increase transparency;
  • Boost the study of care and payment delivery systems; and
  • Drive improvements in care, efficiency and population health. Continue reading