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Booz Allen Lists Top Nine Ways Information Technology is Transforming Health Care

As health care moves into a transformational era of efficiency, effectiveness and improved patient outcomes through health information technology (health IT), Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH) has examined the broad impact of this trend and today identified the top nine ways health IT is transforming health care.

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Smartphones join stethoscopes in the doctor’s first aid kit

Smartphones join stethoscopes in the doctor’s first aid kit | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Mobile apps can help patients monitor their own data to avoid costly medical interventions, as well as pooling information to improve rural health care...
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Patients want more engagement with doctors

Patients are looking for doctors who will check up on them and offer guidance between office visits says a new report, “A Fragile Nation in Poor Health,” a look at why patients don’t follow their doctors’ treatment plans and what solutions are available to the healthcare community.

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How can Mobile Technology help Healthcare

How can Mobile Technology help Healthcare | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

An estimated 70% of physicians in the United States have either a smartphone or a tablet PC such as an iPad. They are adopting EHRs and are more techno savvy than ever before. Mobile health provides ease of access and mobility to both physicians and patients and creates a coordinated care culture. Let’s look at some of the examples available today of Mobile Technology driving Healthcare.

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Study: Pharma Companies at Lower Than Expected Risk from Social Media Usage - PRNewser

Study: Pharma Companies at Lower Than Expected Risk from Social Media Usage - PRNewser | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

A study by Visible Technologies finds that only a tiny percentage of all posts across social media sites rise to the level of the Adverse Event Reporting (AER) government mandate. The AER requires that companies explain negative side effects from the use of a drug in a clinical trial. Only .3 percent of posts had an AER and some of those didn’t actually rise to the government threshold to mandate one.

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Doctors can help patients boost their weight loss

Doctors can help patients boost their weight loss | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
A new study finds that physicians, with the aid of medical assistants and meal plans, can help obese people drop 10 pounds over two years.

 

Right now, many doctors don't do weight management with patients. Some don't even talk about it, says the study's lead author, Thomas Wadden, director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine.

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APPOINTMENT MANAGERS FOR EFFICIENT TIME MANAGEMENT

APPOINTMENT MANAGERS FOR EFFICIENT TIME MANAGEMENT | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Managing time is a major issue for all professionals in today’s fast paced world. This is even more so for many doctors, especially those who work at multiple locations: Clinics, Hospitals and Medical centers. Workshops on effective time management are regularly organized at different financial and IT firms to help hard working professionals. Gyan is imparted on setting Alerts for Reminders, and To Dos for Task management and the importance of diaries, blackberries and calendar reminders is emphasized here.

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After EHR Frenzy: Health IT's Next Priorities

Although most healthcare organizations are now focused on getting their electronic health records (EHR) systems running properly, many are also setting their sights on the technology needed to meet ICD-10 compliance, support accountable care organizations (ACOs), and maintain systems that will reduce hospital readmissions, according to Glen Tullman, CEO of Allscripts.


Giving his assessment of the healthcare IT market during Allscripts' Nov. 3 third-quarter financials conference call, Tullman said technology has taken center stage as an important tool that can address challenges facing the healthcare sector.

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How might mobile technology improve your utilization of EHR? | pharmaphorum

How might mobile technology improve your utilization of EHR? | pharmaphorum | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Few areas of mobile health captivate and frustrate like the integration of electronic health records (EHRs). As mHealth rapidly evolves so, too, has EHR, making for a multidimensional moving playing field of competing and often incompatible technologies. Medical computing expert Scot Silverstein of Drexel University has criticized most medical records systems as being overly complicated, difficult to use, and prone to glitches, a perspective substantiated by IT behemoths such as IBM and Microsoft that have discovered highly lucrative revenue streams helping hospitals integrate and extract data from disparate and unwieldy software systems.

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Smartphone detects danger in a heartbeat - CNN.com

Smartphone detects danger in a heartbeat - CNN.com | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
A new medical invention which harnesses the power of smartphone technology could revolutionize the treatment of heart patients, according to researchers in Switzerland.
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Sickweather, Targeting the Right Patient & the Evolution of Healthcare Marketing | Turn Up Your Volume

Sickweather, Targeting the Right Patient & the Evolution of Healthcare Marketing | Turn Up Your Volume | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Can a tool like Sickweather help healthcare marketers? I think so -- any tool that helps marketers further profile the target will ultimately help hospitals drive more focused contribution into their desired service lines.

 

The latest in digital healthcare marketing is Sickweather, a tool that has the potential to benefit healthcare marketers in targeting the patients that are most likely to need what you’re selling.

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Medical News: Progress Made in Disease Tracking, CDC Says - in Hospital-Based Medicine, Surveillance from MedPage Today

Medical News: Progress Made in Disease Tracking, CDC Says - in Hospital-Based Medicine, Surveillance from MedPage Today | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
State health departments have made steady progress in implementing electronic systems to track and share data on the prevalence of diseases, but states use varying tracking systems that may not work t...
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Hospitals and Facebook Engagement — Found In Cache

This Engagement Quotient (or “EQ”) Chart details activity on more than 1,000 hospital and healthcare-related Facebook pages. It offers a measurement of fan interaction with those pages by culling data from Facebook, which is then used to calculate an EQ percentile.

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Half of doctors to use medical apps in 2012

Half of doctors to use medical apps in 2012 | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

More than 50 percent of physicians use a smartphone for work purposes, according to a new study by IT industry association CompTIA. CompTIA’s “Third Annual Healthcare IT Insights and Opportunities” study consisted of online surveys of 350 doctors, dentists and other healthcare providers or administrators, along with executives at 400 IT firms that work in healthcare IT. The association conducted the surveys over the summer.

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NIH undergraduate design challenge focuses on technology solutions in health care

A competition for undergraduate students to foster the design and development of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic devices, and technologies to aid underserved populations and the disabled is being sponsored by the National Institute of...
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6 golden rules of EMR implementation | Healthcare IT News

A few months ago, we chronicled the 7 most deadly sins of EMR implementation. From ignoring nurses to declining help, these offenses can be hard to make right.

But, in an effort to help big and small practices alike avoid the most common EMR faux pas, we followed up with Rosemarie Nelson, principal of the MGMA Consulting Group, and asked for her opinion on the best practices for implementing an EMR system.

Here are Nelson’s six golden rules of EMR implementation:

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Social Networking for Physicians – Tips and Options

Social Networking for Physicians – Tips and Options | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

With millions of patients seeking medical help and information on social media and the Internet, it has become imperative for physicians to connect with existing and potential patients as well as the medical community across the globe using social media and other means of electronic communication.

 

A study by the online physician learning collaborative QuantiaMD in August 2011 indicates that nearly all physicians in the United States are social media users. However, the study also reveals that most physicians engage in social networking for personal purposes only, appearing rather reluctant to adopt it for enhancing professional interactivity and building a web presence for their medical brands.

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5 Things Twitter Tells Us About Our Health

5 Things Twitter Tells Us About Our Health | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Twitter: the ultimate source for random celebrity musings, detailed minutiae about your friends' lives and -- of course -- play-by-plays of the big game.

 

And increasingly, scientists are using Twitter to gauge public health, as well as our perceptions of it.

From what we think about getting the flu shot to discussions about heart health, check out our round-up of the research on how Twitter is helping us gauge what we do (and don't) know about our health.

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Website Features Which Increase The Patient Satisfaction Index

Website Features Which Increase The Patient Satisfaction Index | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

A large part of managing a patient over a long period of time is communicating with the patient. All old (follow up) cases in medical practices have niche requirements and expectations from their doctors. A satisfied patient is a doctor’s most powerful marketing asset. Healthcare professionals should strive to provide all old (follow up) cases with special features to improve quality of service, which in turn will increase the Patient Satisfaction Index.

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Social media starts the patient dialogue with doctors and nurses

A patient apologized to me for asking so many questions. There is no need to apologize, I said to the patient; it’s wonderful that you have so many questions concerning your health care. I mentioned to her that she is an “empowered and engaged patient,” and that is a good thing.

 

It’s no secret that health consumers are turning to the internet for health information.

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Three Approaches to mHealth: Open Government at HHS

There are more wireless devices being used in the U.S. than there are people (CTIA, 2011)! Over 50% of U.S. adults are using wireless devices, such as cell phones, to access the internet, with 78% of wireless device users searching online for health information ( Pew Internet and American Life Project, 2010).

 

Over the next few months, we will be highlighting HHS mobile health (mHealth) activities, initiatives and programs in a series of blogs. Following the September 2011 blog by Todd Park that highlighted the HHS Text4Health Task Force recommendations, this blog examines three different approaches to mHealth programs using cell phones, providing examples of HHS programs for each approach.

 

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allAfrica.com: Kenya: Cancer Heathcare Providers Suffer As Much As Patients

allAfrica.com: Kenya: Cancer Heathcare Providers Suffer As Much As Patients | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

There is a commonly held misconception that healthcare workers see so much pain and death in the course of their careers that they become numb and insensitive, devoid of any emotions

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What to watch for in mobile web apps - O'Reilly Radar

What to watch for in mobile web apps - O'Reilly Radar | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Mobile web apps are mostly defined by their "if onlys" — if only they had the feel of native apps, if only they could fully interact with devices, etc.

James Pearce, (@jamespearce), senior director of developer relations at Sencha, has a more optimistic take on mobile web apps. In the following interview, Pearce discusses promising web app technologies, and he explains why device APIs could make the web a lot more interesting. Pearce also weighs in on developers' current concerns, such as backward web app compatibility and testing across devices

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CORRECTING and REPLACING Numera Extends Mobile Health Coaching Platform with iPhone Application

CORRECTING and REPLACING Numera Extends Mobile Health Coaching Platform with iPhone Application | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

NUMERA EXTENDS MOBILE HEALTH COACHING PLATFORM WITH IPHONE APPLICATION

Gateway allows Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch to act as a communication hub between wireless health devices and electronic health records

With a focus on providing low cost, easy-to-use mobile health coaching solutions, Numera has released an iOS gateway application enabling consumers to use an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to upload health data to their electronic health record. The app provides a mobile version of the Numera|Net gateway to securely share vital health information from a variety of wireless health and wellness products via the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, adding to the PC and Home Hub gateways Numera currently offers. The app is available now in the Apple app store as a free download.

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InformationWeek Mobile Edition

As part of Medicare's safety and value-based purchasing initiatives, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently starting publishing additional information about hospitals' relative safety performance on its HospitalCompare website. The agency's initiative is encountering fierce opposition from hospital groups as well as the Joint Commission, the organization that accredits hospitals.

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