Read Accenture’s Connected Health Pulse Survey summary report and learn how patients are willing to embrace eHealth self-service options, but they are not willing to sacrifice personal interactions with doctors.
Telehealth is increasingly intertwined with mobile health. Use of mobile devices is on the rise by healthcare consumers and providers alike.
Demand for mobile access to healthcare increases as the healthcare ecosystem shifts towards a model where care comes to the patient rather than the patient going to where care can be delivered.
Supply of mobile healthcare solutions is skyrocketing, with over 13,000 medical and healthcare apps available already, and traditional software-based telehealth solutions adding mobile access to their platforms.
A key part of the mobile healthcare world is the doctor.
Telehealth and Mobile apps
55% of physicians are using mobile apps
But don’t let the stat fool you into thinking that it’s all clinical. While doctors will use clinical apps such as Epocrates, they are just like other people in that they are common users of apps like Facebook, ESPN, and the Weather Channel.
It’s actually even more critical that doctors are using these devices for socialization, entertainment, and non-clinical information. It means they are comfortable with the devices.
Utilization is a key driver of telehealth adoption.
So if users are at least comfortable with the technology you that enables their telehealth activities, you have a higher chance of the solution being utilized.
Of course, it follows that a bad app on an easy-to-use device is not going to last very long and could easily be replaced if a substitute is available.
So if you’re going to have one of the few apps that the doctor relies on in their daily routine, you must make it user-friendly and clinically sound.
EHR usability is suddenly front and center, now that usability testing is part of the EHR certification criteria for meaningful use Stage 2. We talked with diverse industry insiders for their take on what is critical to user-centric design and what the usability factors might mean to healthcare and to the healthcare IT market. Here is a sampling of some of the topics on their minds.
In this ten minute TEDx talk, Hugo Campos explains his frustration with the fact that his pacemaker is designed to let his doctor read his biometric status, but to stop the patient from doing the same.
Describing what’s needed for telehealth as the “eHarmony for eHealth” is certainly one way of getting people talking, and that's exactly what the RACGP's eHealth manager Judy Evans did after the recent Australian Telehealth Conference.
Chris Ryan, principal telehealth consultant at Attend Anywhere and part of the steering commitee of the conference, said the description summed up one of the challenges facing wider use of telehealth as simply a normal part of healthcare delivery in Australia.
“One challenge for telehealth, as with eHarmony, is that connecting the right people is the hard part,” Mr Ryan said. “There's no point in just having a list of all the people wanting romantic partners and then all of the romantic partners available and expect that that is going to work. The role of eHarmony is to be more sophisticated and supportive in the matching process. That's really what the challenge is for telehealth.”
A hospital in Tanzania’s Sengerema District increased its efficiency thanks to a digital hospital management system. Patients are helped quicker and know better what to pay and early results also show improved financial administration.
VideoIf you want to see the future of the U.S. healthcare system, I can't think of a better place than New York. While those of us in the Bay Area and Seattle would like it to be our locales, at this stage of the game, it's not even close.
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An Ottawa area pilot project that facilitates electronic consultations between family physicians and specialists has proved so popular among doctors and administrators that its architects are finding ways to make it permanent. These consultations occur before an actual referral to a specialist is considered by the family doctor.
Federal regulators need to make sure that easier billing doesn’t lead to Medicare fraud by billing for services never provided. (RT @arscomm: Technology often has unintended consequences. Can we minimize them/get the benefits?
It sounds futuristic, but telemedicine — the use of telecommunications technologies to diagnose and treat patients — has been hotly anticipated at least since 1993, when the American Telemedicine Assn.
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