As pressure to reduce readmissions builds, some hospitals are building strong lines of communication with discharged patients to keep them from returning. Can a friendly weekly phone call from a disease manager close the revolving door at the ED?
Get the Consumer Health IT Summit recap. See what’s new with “Blue Button,” ONC’s Pledge Program, Meaningful Use Stage 2 and how #VDTnow challenges EHR vendors. Last week, ONC kicked off National Health IT Week with the Consumer Health IT Summit, a celebration of progress in consumer engagement through health IT, and an opportunity to catalyze yet more action among stakeholders such as patients, providers, payers, IT developers, consumer advocacy organizations, and electronic health record (EHR) vendors in the near future.
Learn why 'wait and see' isn't such a good idea. Although it may seem strange to some, there are still many who are still skeptical about the role digital and social media technologies play in health. This is partly because of our focus on the latest and greatest technologies. After all, with some predicting that Web behemoths like Facebook and Googlecould be gone in the next five years, taking a pragmatic, wait-and-see approach to digital may seem like the best approach.
If you’ve ever had one, the feeling is unmistakable. Hot flashes are characterized by an sudden and intense feeling of heat that starts from your chest and moves upward to your shoulders, neck, and face. The skin temperature in some women can rise 10 degrees (F) during a hot flash!
The hot flash is often followed by a flushing & reddening, and can trigger mild to intense perspiration. As the perspiration evaporates, you may also experience a chill and feel weak or faint.
The next generation of doctors' surgeries could feature:
* Patient check in – already an effective solution providing the ability to self-check in for appointments * Medical Triage – many small items can be taken independently and combined into a self-service solution such as blood pressure, weight and height * Physician communication portal – this solution could be used to communicate and document the purpose of the patient visit and input questions. * Patient checkout –already an effective solution providing the ability to checkout, submit insurance and pay for service. * Pharmacy - a self-service solution to scan a prescription into the pharmacy or a separate medication dispensary overseen by a qualified pharmacist. * Directory/Wayfinding – this is already a successful self-service solution to help guide and direct patient flow to appropriate areas in the hospital. * Nutritional planning kiosk - nutrition is a huge piece of healthcare and can impact positively or negatively patient health. Healthcare facilities could incorporate nutritional planning kiosks into wellness programs with recipes, cholesterol checks, weight loss and shopping lists. * Weigh-in – with two-thirds of the adult population being overweight, a weight loss self-service kiosk could provide extended options for weight management and goal obtainment * Patient communication portal – Patient satisfaction is evaluated in healthcare but performance is hard to document retroactively. A patient communication kiosk could provide opportunities for surveys and real-time feedback on staff.
ACT launches consumer eHealth portal. Posted on September 18th, 2012 by Catherine Obuch. The ACT has launched a pilot scheme to provide Canberra residents with a portal to access their health information online, which will be ...
Affordability of broadband and encouraging its use by people with low incomes is a major issue for the National Broadband Network, say researchers from Swinburne University who have been researching the…...
There has been growing interest in telecare during the last decade, as a way of enabling individuals with care and support needs to remain independent for longer, and reduce the cost of their personal care.
However, policymakers have lacked any quantitative social science evidence on who telecare users are.
This research analyses data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) to explore the characteristics of personal alarm and alerting device users in the old population.
The research also includes projections of potential telecare users in the older population, estimating as many four million people could be potential users of telecare.
Philosys, a company based in New York City, received European CE Mark approval for its Gmate SMART glucose meter, an iPhone/iPad attachment that is the world’s smallest glucometer. The meter uses the iOS device via the headset jack as the interface to display results and track readings. It would seem that the same glucometer should also be compatible with other smartphones as long as an appropriate app is developed.
Philosys is currently looking to partner with cell phone firms to help distribute the Gmate SMART and hopes to have it’s device available to European customers by the end of the year.
Medibank Health Solutions is gearing up to extend its online consultation service – Anywhere Healthcare – to enable patients in New South Wales to connect with selected medical specialists over a video link provided at their GP’s office.
Envisioning the Future of Health Technology. Posted on September 17, 2012 by Info-Matters. This entry was posted in Health, Most Popular, Technology and tagged heath, mhealth, Technology, telemedicine.
Dublin, Ireland. September 14, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Research and Markets has announced the addition of Frost & Sullivan's new report on the North American Telehealth industry to its offering. The report is entitled, ...
Refugees may be reticent to talk to their doctor about depression, anxiety, experiences of violence and settlement needs, but a York University researcher hopes to change that using some of the latest technology – the iPad.
The new education program, called 'Real Cases, Real Time', has been developed by HammondCare and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) with a grant of $715,000 from the Commonwealth under the Teaching and Research Aged Care Services (TRACS) initiative. It uses video-conferencing technology to link multiple remote sites to a clinical training centre in real time, to deliver two streams of education - one for registered healthcare professionals and the other for care support workers.
The federal government has released details of its plans for the national $8 million In-Home Telemonitoring for Veterans Trial, and gone to market to find a technology and services supplier for the project. First announced in late 2011, the stated purpose of the trial is to see whether in-home monitoring and videoconferencing can improve the health outcomes and achieve quality of care for Veterans alongside pre-existing health services. According to newly released tender documents, the first trial site will commence later this year at Coffs Harbour in order to “test the clinical model, the technology, training requirements, service delivery and to ascertain any issues and/or required changes, before expanding to other sites by mid 2013.”
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