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Going mobile: How EHRs and mobile technology are shaping one physician’s practice

Going mobile: How EHRs and mobile technology are shaping one physician’s practice | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Two classes of physicians are slowly forming, those who use electronic medical records and digital mobile technology and those who stick with paper charts. You might call these the digital haves and the digital have-nots.  No one among my friends...

 

No one among my friends and colleagues has yet pooh-pooh'd the idea of mobile tech, but I admit that the mobile tech crowd is still fairly small in the world of electronic healthcare. The bottom line is that most doctors are still on paper charts.

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The “Medical” Category Dilemma for Apps | The Medical App Journal

The “Medical” Category Dilemma for Apps | The Medical App Journal | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

The change that smartphones and tablets have brought to the medical industry is one of the more exciting developments to occur in healthcare in recent years. What makes these devices exciting is the plethora of apps that they make available to clinicians. The ability to quickly reference information, watch procedures, evaluate the latest evidence, document care and look at diagnostic imaging studies are few of the features now readily available from a small device that fits in your pocket.
We live in a culture where we are encouraged to appraise and evaluate the evidence and medical literature that supports our practice, and rightly so. However, as we get bombarded with an ever-growing list of resources and references, this task becomes even more daunting. More than 25 years ago some clinicians felt that we had “too many medical journals“, and now that the National Library of Medicine’s PUBMed indexes over 5500 journals from Medline alone, with more than 21 million total citations, that sentiment may be even more prevalent among practicing clinicians. Now more than ever, it is important that we have vetted resources at our disposal that can help us sift through all the “intelligence” we receive in order to discern what is useful and what is not.

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Open Source eHealth Platform

Open-Source eHealth Platform “Paving the Future of the Social and Health Care Services” Ándago Ingeniería 2009 www.andag...
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E-Health Insider :: Health features in govt data plans

E-Health Insider :: Health features in govt data plans | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
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Wider online access to medical records is highlighted as one of the key elements of the government’s plans for greater data transparency in a newly-launched consultation on open data.

 

The consultation seeks views on how the government could set up an enhanced ‘right to data’, ensure the collection and publication of the most useful data, hold public sector providers to account for their data, and set standards to enforce the right to data.

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German hospital improves quality with radiology solution | Healthcare IT News

t. Marien-Hospital Borken will digitize its radiology operations with a new IT solution to improve efficiency and patient care, via a five-year agreement with medical technology company Sectra.

 

Sectra’s PACS will be implemented at the hospital to process and archive digital radiology images. The system will be integrated into the hospital’s existing RIS and IT infrastructure.

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Ehealth uptake will be gradual - Roxon

Ehealth uptake will be gradual - Roxon | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
FEDERAL Health Minister Nicola Roxon has hit back at critics of the "opt in" system for setting up individual electronic health records, saying people shouldn't have to make the switch before they are ready.

 

Every Australian has been assigned a 16-digit identification number, but they won't automatically get an e-health record when the system starts in mid-2012.

Instead, they'll have to choose to participate.

Doctors say that's a mistake, saying an opt-out system would be better.

"The opt-in system has resulted in incredibly complex rules for patients to give their doctors access to their personally controlled electronic health record," Australian Medical Association president Steve Hambleton said in a statement.

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Tattoo hope in patient monitoring

Tattoo hope in patient monitoring | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
An "electronic tattoo" could herald a revolution in medicine and even computer gaming, say US scientists.

 

They used the device, which is thinner than a human hair, to monitor the heart and brain, according to a study in the journal Science.

The sensor attaches to human skin just like a temporary tattoo and can move, wrinkle and stretch without breaking.

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WellPoint Taps IBM's Watson Supercomputer for Health Care App

WellPoint Taps IBM's Watson Supercomputer for Health Care App | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Today, WellPoint announced that it will use IBM's Watson supercomputer system to create a commercial application that could help diagnose medical conditions and authorize treatments.
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Wireless Video Baby Monitors: For or Against?

Wireless Video Baby Monitors: For or Against? | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
MobiHealthNews reports this week that iHealth Labs (the company that launched the iOS connected BP monitors at CES - read here for my thoughts on the potential of these) will be joining Withings (a...
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The threat of technology to proper patient care

The threat of technology to proper patient care | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Electronic medical records (EMR), while providing exponentially more information and easier access to such information, have come at a price.
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How Technology Can Improve The Work Life Balance For A Physician ~ EMR, EHR & Health Care Technology

Doctors and healthcare professionals are not strangers to poor work life balance. A very strong culture surrounds this industry that perceives a doctor wishing to lead a healthy personal life as a sign of weakness.

 

It is not uncommon to see doctors resign to the demands of the job and the medical culture system, leading to unhealthy suppression of their personal goals and requirements. No doubt that for some medical professionals, the passion for work overrides the stress and the burning out, but for others, constantly trying to cope with the unwritten but powerful psychological contract of “if you cannot work 18 hours a day and seven days a week, you don’t belong here” can be very overwhelming.

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ePharmaSolutions Deploys Version 2.2 of Its Global 2-Way Text Messaging Solution for Clinical Trials

More than 30% of patients drop out of clinical research studies, costing the pharmaceutical industry hundreds of millions of dollars per year. The problem is compounded by the fact that 40% of patients who remain in the studies are non-compliant with the protocol visit schedule, resulting in additional costs and delays. These problems can be avoided if sponsors accelerate adoption of currently available texting solutions used to remind patients of their upcoming visits

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Medical Practices Planning Websites Need 8 Answers Ready

Medical Practices Planning Websites Need 8 Answers Ready | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

All Top Websites should concentrate on a few things; Appearance, Content, Functionality, Ease of Usability and Search Engine Optimization. Medical websites are no different. They are just more focused. So once the basics of design and technology are taken care of, Medical websites need much more than form to rise to the top. Before you jump into the online world for reputation management and brand enhancement, all medical professionals and practices need to ask themselves some questions first. To focus your medical website for the right audience, you need to have these 8 answers ready when you plan your digital excursions:

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Serving the "e-patient" with EHRs

You've probably seen them already -- patients that come in with a stack of Web site printouts on their condition, a long list of questions and a burning desire to manage their own care more closely.

 

These folks aren't necessarily trying to take their doctor's place, but they're committed to investigating their treatment options thoroughly and, at times, challenging conventional medical wisdom if something they read online suggests that they should. And if you want to work with these people, there's few better ways to do it than to leverage your EHR. I'll explain further, but first, some background.

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Virtual assistance is confirmed as an effective tool in monitoring HIV patients

Virtual assistance is confirmed as an effective tool in monitoring HIV patients | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

The Hospital Clínic of Barcelona presented today the results of the telemedicine program “Hospital VIHrtual”, coordinated by Dr. Felipe Garcia and Dr. Agata León, from the Hospital Clínic Service of Infectious Diseases directed by Dr. Josep M ª Gatell. The tool has been created by a team from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, led by Prof. Enrique J. Gómez and César Cáceres. Through a direct connection via a webcam, Dr. Garcia showed a virtual consultation and explained the benefits of the project, which does not replace the classic face to face visits but complements and enhances them.

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How Does Email Help You As A Doctor? ~ EMR, EHR & Health Care Technology

Doctors are busy people. Email is fast, easy to manage and allows for instant response. As emails can be read on PCs, tablets, smartphones and practically any device with web access in your clinic, home or while commuting, incorporating email communication in your daily practice will help you stay connected with patients and other healthcare professionals wherever you are.

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No More Clipboard Launches Simple, Secure Medical Record Mail Service cc:.Me

In support of a national consumer education effort on the value of health information technology announced today by the Department of Health and Human Services, personal health record (PHR) company NoMoreClipboard.com launched and demonstrated cc:Me,...

 

“This addition to the NoMoreClipboard.com PHR is truly revolutionary,” said Michael Mirro, MD, cardiologist and chairman of the IT committee of the American College of Cardiology. “With cc:Me, our practice can generate a CCD from our EHR and post it directly to the patient’s cc:Me web address – enhancing the patient/provider partnership and satisfying meaningful use requirements.We see this as a solution that will foster healthcare IT adoption and improve patient care.”

 

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Wasatch Pediatrics Combines Phreesia Automated Patient Checkin and Greenway EHR to Streamline Workflow

Wasatch Pediatrics has implemented Phreesia’s automated patient check-in solution to save staff time and increase point-of-care collections.

 

Phreesia has recently announced a best-in-class joint solution with Greenway Medical Technologies, provider of the integrated electronic health record (EHR), practice management and interoperability healthcare solution PrimeSUITE®. The integration between the two systems will maximize efficiencies in medical practices and reduce the need for manual data transfer.

 

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Acumen nEHR™ | The Only EHR Designed Specifically For Nephrology » Meaningful Use: Are We There Yet?

Acumen nEHR™ | The Only EHR Designed Specifically For Nephrology » Meaningful Use: Are We There Yet? | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
The CMS EHR Incentive Program, aka Meaningful Use, is a frequent topic in this blog. The program comes in a couple of flavors. In our experience, the Medicare flavor is the one most nephrologists will choose to pursue.

 

In summary, the program is certainly out of the gate. There are a multitude of certified EHRs on the market today. By my count, however, only about 15% of the eligible physicians in the country have registered for the program through the end of July and a very small fraction of those have attested to date.

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HHS, AT&T, Diabetes Association Team Up for Mobile Health Project

HHS, AT&T, Diabetes Association Team Up for Mobile Health Project | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Today, HHS, AT&T and the American Association of Diabetes Educators announced a plan to use mobile phones to provide training in diabetes self-management to an underserved minority community in Dallas.
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Tablets: Soon-to-Be the Device of Choice for Future Doctors of America?

Tablets: Soon-to-Be the Device of Choice for Future Doctors of America? | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
The future of mHealth could be a little less of a mystery as Harvard and Yale, two of the most prestigious schools in the country, add mHealth technologies to...
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New North Social Media Breakfast | Blog | Categories | Healthcare-social-media

New North Social Media Breakfast | Blog | Categories | Healthcare-social-media | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

For those of you who think the words social media and doctors should never be used in the same sentence as one another because it sounds about as appealing and private as a co-ed locker room, let me explain how doctors can and are currently using social media to enhance their careers and provide additional benefits to patients. Although you’re not crazy for feeling a bit skeptical of the use of social media by doctors, as there are certain precautions that must be taken so as not to infringe on doctor-patient confidentiality rights. With that in mind, here are 9 ways that doctors can appropriately use social media to help their careers and their patients.

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What ‘Patient-Centered’ Should Mean: Confessions Of An Extremist

What ‘Patient-Centered’ Should Mean: Confessions Of An Extremist | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

“Patient-centeredness” is a dimension of health care quality in its own right, not just because of its connection with other desired aims, like safety and effectiveness. Its proper incorporation into new health care designs will involve some radical, unfamiliar, and disruptive shifts in control and power, out of the hands of those who give care and into the hands of those who receive it. Such a consumerist view of the quality of care, itself, has important differences from the more classical, professionally dominated definitions of “quality.” New designs, like the so-called medical home, should incorporate that change.

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Medicine goes wireless: A paradigm shift « General « MyBroadband Tech and IT News

Medicine goes wireless: A paradigm shift « General « MyBroadband Tech and IT News | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
We are at a crossroads in medicine where the increasing pressure of skyrocketing healthcare is motivating technological innovation and invention.

 

Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and other recurring conditions top the list of health threats that impact the greatest number of people and contribute to high healthcare expenses worldwide.

The cost of treating chronic conditions accounts for an estimated two-thirds of global healthcare spending.

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How to create a clinical data warehouse

Creating a clinical data warehouse can be difficult. Read this tip and learn how to assess strategy, team, readiness, impact, direction and execution.
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