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TheRecord - Local electronic health records system expanding

TheRecord - Local electronic health records system expanding | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

When Susan Barnard had a colonoscopy and was told a couple biopsies were being sent for testing, the worrying began.

Thankfully relief came just two days later when her family doctor called to tell her the results all came back clear.

“It certainly made my life a lot easier,” said the Hamilton woman.

Her friend who had the colon cancer screening test around the same time waited six weeks before hearing from the specialist about the results.

Barnard found out quickly thanks to ClinicalConnect, a secure online portal for health care providers to access a patient’s electronic health record.

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Consumerism is Driving Healthcare Organizations’ use of mHealth, the Cloud and other Technologies | Everest Group

Consumerism is Driving Healthcare Organizations’ use of mHealth, the Cloud and other Technologies | Everest Group | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Consumers and consumer convenience are driving the ways in which healthcare companies will support patients’ needs, and it’s all around the technologies most of us use today.
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Urban informatics, ubiquitous computing and social media for healthy cities | Australian Policy Online

Urban informatics, ubiquitous computing and social media for healthy cities | Australian Policy Online | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

This paper discusses the relationship between modern digital technology and the urban environment.The increasing ubiquity of digital technology, internet services and location-aware applications in our everyday lives allows for a seamless transitioning between the visible and the invisible infrastructure of cities: road systems, building complexes, information and communication technology, and people networks create a buzzing environment that is alive and exciting.

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Survey reveals docs' perceptions of EHRs as potential buyers, users | Healthcare IT News

Meaningful use remains the strongest driver to implement electronic health records for physicians, according to a new survey that finds both potential EHR buyers and current users valuing the technology, but with substantially different perceptions and expectations.

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Are State Funds available to help off-set the cost of EHRs?

EHR funding as part of the information technology incentive program can be availed through Medicare or Medicaid. The primary difference between Medicare and Medicaid is that the Medicare Incentive Program is federally run by CMS and the Medicaid Incentive Program for EHR funding is provided by State governments. Choosing between Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs requires you to consider some important points before taking a decision.

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The future of mHealth and the signs that’ll tell us we’ve made it

The future of mHealth and the signs that’ll tell us we’ve made it | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

I had an interesting interview earlier this week with a US journalist who's writing a piece on the "Future of mHealth". I gave him this take away: 

“mHealth will make Healthcare invisible, self service and sold like Coca-Cola – available everywhere, the Prince and the Pauper will be able to get the same product and will be asked to pay the same for it”

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Analysis: Social Media And Health Care

Analysis: Social Media And Health Care | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
There is a very interesting new report in the New England Journal of Medicine which talks about social media being used to help in health care during the most critical times one can think of - during man made and natural disasters.
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Tweeting Your Health Woes Could Help Fight Disease

That "viral" metaphor for social media just got a little more bona fide. According to a recent slate of independent studies, Twitter can accurately track the spread of a virus or disease -- and do it much faster than traditional surveillance methods.

 

From Iowa to Brazil, researchers are discovering there is a distinct association between complaints, worries and random rants on the social media site and the spread of medical issues as wide-ranging as the flu, dengue fever and pollen-induced allergies.

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What to consider when adding the Apple iPad to your medical practice

The variety of new technology coming into the market can sometime make one’s head spin. Physicians are especially vulnerable to the call of the latest, greatest gadget. The Apple iPad certainly fits the bill when it comes to the consumer – entertainment, apps, great design. But can that translate to the environment of the medical practice? A lot of experts seem to think so, although none of them are actually in the trenches of a real medical practice.

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Healthy Advice® Networks Partners With MediaForce PR to Deliver Public Service Announcements to Educate Consumers About Appropriate Use of Prescription Medications

Educating consumers about the dangers of prescription misuse including pain relievers.

 

Partnering with MediaForce PR, Healthy Advice Networks will deliver public service announcements for the government and non-profit organizations through their Waiting Room Networks. MediaForce PR has formed a relationship with Healthy Advice Networks on behalf of the government for their superior reputation, extensive reach, and stellar success impacting patient outcomes by delivering actionable information that changes behavior.

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Dermatologists may soon be scanning your freckles with iPhones

iOS is taking another step into the medical world with the handyscope case/app combo, which effectively turns the iPhone into a dermoscope for checking potential spots of skin cancer.

 

The handyscope case slides onto an iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4, lining the camera up with an LED-lit magnifier, allowing dermatologists to capture photos of patients’ moles, zoom in up to 20x and send the photos off for a second opinion.

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Hospitals Turning to IT Systems To Manage Medical Device Recalls

A surge in high-profile drug and medical device recalls in recent years has forced health care organizations to develop innovative data analysis systems to handle recalls and identify problematic devices early, Modern Healthcare reports.

 

Many health care providers are using electronic systems to help them track and manage recalls of medical devices.

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Seamless Connectivity–on Microsoft Health Tech Today - HealthBlog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

With the dawn of the Internet and the availability of high speed broadband connectivity, telemedicine became not only more affordable but far more practical. Codecs improved to the point that delivering high quality voice and video over the Net have become commodity technologies built into just about every PC.

 

But providing a telemedicine service is a bit more complicated than establishing a point to point audio-video connection between two parties. Ideally, you also need a communication and collaboration platform to organize and manage the connectivity.

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Healthcare Standards: Shared decision making requires shared responsibilities, not knowledge

Healthcare Standards: Shared decision making requires shared responsibilities, not knowledge | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 46% of adults cannot understand the Label on their prescription medications (see http://www.readfaster.com/education_stats.asp). The average reading level of adults in this country is commonly reported to be 8th grade.

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6 Major Disruptions Still To Come In Healthcare | Fast Company

6 Major Disruptions Still To Come In Healthcare | Fast Company | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

As the last of the large American industries to undergo forcible automation, healthcare is currently in a state of prolonged agony. The HealthTech NextGen 2011 Conference, held in San Francisco recently, highlighted this by calling attention to at least 6 disruptive changes that are still ahead in healthcare. These range from physician workflow to patient responsibility, to perhaps (yet another) overhaul of the entire system. Here are the coming trends to watch in the sector:

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Phone Messages Improve Care, Study Finds

Phone Messages Improve Care, Study Finds | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Text messages reminding health workers in Kenya how to treat children’s malaria increased the number of cases handled correctly, a new study has found.
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An app a day to keep the doctor away: smartphones that can protect your health

An app a day to keep the doctor away: smartphones that can protect your health | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Forget the bathroom scales. Those wishing to keep tabs on their health will soon be able to wear an "intelligent bracelet" to monitor their movement and food intake.

 

The band, packed with microchips that monitor the user's health levels and an accompanying smartphone app, is the latest product exploiting the public's obsession with measuring everything from how frequently they have sex to how far they take in a day.

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Tweeting physicians share social-media-must-knows for newbies | Articles

Tweeting physicians share social-media-must-knows for newbies | Articles | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Four experienced social media professionals offer advice to those entering the field.

 

Anyone entering a new career is sure to have lots of questions. New physicians are not exempt from this phenomenon.

 

In conjunction with the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, Dr. Bryan Vartabedian (Dr. V) of Texas Children's Hospital and three other physicians set out to answer those questions.

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CompTIA Releases Health IT White paper

Opportunities to increase participation by IT solution providers:

 

Providing additional re-training options that focus on health IT,


Integrating IT solution providers into the activities of Regional Extension Centers (RECs) and


Making data breach laws less burdensome for small IT solution providers.


Health IT continues to provide significant potential for increasing the quality of patient care in the U.S. However, trends indicate that small medical providers are hesitant to move forward for a variety of reasons, including concerns about health IT limiting resources and medical staff and the difficulty in achieving the “meaningful use” standard.


At the same time, small IT solution providers are facing difficulties in participating in the health IT transition.

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Medicine goes digital

Medicine goes digital | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

INNOVATION and medicine go together. The ancient Egyptians are thought to have performed surgery back in 2750BC, and the Romans developed medical tools such as forceps and surgical needles. In modern times medicine has been transformed by waves of discovery that have brought marvels like antibiotics, vaccines and heart stents.

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Five Free Simple Google Tools For Doctors

Five Free Simple Google Tools For Doctors | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Digital technology has done a lot to change healthcare over the past 20 years. And Google is the biggest influence on the web over the past 14 years of the internet. Their “Do No Evil” ‘philosophy’ has given us a whole stable of free and easy to use tools which can make all work easier and better.

 

Google's premier patient offering, Google Health was quietly buried. There have been no comparable Google tools for doctors. Their Raison d'être, the Google search has long been a much maligned tool for medical professionals. But there is lots more a doctor can do with free Google tools. Let’s
take a look at Five Free Simple Google Tools For Doctors.

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The Use Of Tablets In the World of EMRs ~ EMR, EHR & Health Care Technology

The Use Of Tablets In the World of EMRs ~ EMR, EHR & Health Care Technology | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

With a growing number of physicians adopting tablet PCs for their EMR implementations, EMR vendors and IT manufacturers are looking to build compatible native systems to facilitate user-friendly and efficient EMR execution.

 

From table desktops to thin clients and now the tablet, EMRs have been tried and tested on a variety of hardware, each bringing its own benefits and drawbacks. However, the striking surge in EMR adoption on tablet PCs has made providers sit up and take notice of this remarkably promising technology.

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EMR'S: PROVIDING INDIAN DOCTORS WITH AN EDGE: VOL 1

EMR'S: PROVIDING INDIAN DOCTORS WITH AN EDGE: VOL 1 | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Typically, a patient's record is just a folder with his details and probably a photograph on the front cover, coupled with sheets and sheets of data recording his previous visits. While some of this data, especially prescriptions may be recorded in a hospital, can you imagine the long hard search that one endures to locate them when required. Also, this search by no means guarantees a consolidated view of a patient's information which would equip the doctor with a complete overview of the patient's health history

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Gender Differences in Utilization of Healthcare IT: A Reflection of the Bigger Picture | The EHR Project

Gender Differences in Utilization of Healthcare IT: A Reflection of the Bigger Picture | The EHR Project | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more women research health topics on the Internet than men. This holds true across all age groups except those over 65, where Internet usage for healthcare searches was low among both genders. This does not surprise me, as a physician who recently left practice.

 

Women are more proactive in healthcare whether it be for themselves or for significant others. They are more likely to accompany their SO to a medical appointment than vice versa to serve as a patient advocate. They ask more questions as well as do more research on their own. This gender difference may be related to factors that make them ask for car directions more often (before GPS days).

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Improved Patient Care and Saved Time with Digital Pen and Paper Technology

Improved Patient Care and Saved Time with Digital Pen and Paper Technology | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Deployed across 57 wards and departments, a patient, carer or member of staff can fill in a patient experience form using the Digital Pen, dock it at a PC or laptop on the ward and every morning the data is uploaded, collated and then sent for real-time analysis and reporting. Patient experience has significantly improved in 45 of the 55 areas surveyed. In addition, the Trust has secured Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) funding valued at £913,000.

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