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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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Using Skype To Help Your Practice ~ EMR, EHR & Health Care Technology

Using Skype To Help Your Practice ~ EMR, EHR & Health Care Technology | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Skype is a software program that allows its users to make voice and video calls between computers (including tablets, smartphones with web access) and voice calls from computers to regular telephones that are not connected to the internet, anywhere in the world. Some of their services are free to use while some are available for a fee.

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Technolog - Social media: Communication hub for disasters?

When disaster strikes, emergency trackers and responders realize people are probably more likely to reach for their phones or computers to text, tweet and update their status on Facebook and look for ways to get and give help.

 

In a half-hour, live-streamed talk hosted by Facebook, representatives from the American Red Cross, National Weather Service and Department of Health and Human Services emphasized the importance of social media, especially after Tuesday's earthquake jammed phone lines and impending Hurricane Irene, which could become a Category 4 storm.

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Doctors & Documentation: How to get physicians on board with ICD-10 initiatives | Healthcare IT News

CD-10 implementation is a problem that affects how physicians will practice medicine. But just how to you persuade them that they need to get involved in the training and planning now?

 

The first thing you do is put a physician on the ICD-10 steering committee. That physician is going to be your champion who gets his or her peers to understand and support the changes needed.

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Children's Clinics integrates fingerprint technology with EHR | Healthcare IT News

Children's Clinics integrates fingerprint technology with EHR | Healthcare IT News | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Children's Clinics for Rehabilitative Services in Southern Arizona is using fingerprint biometrics to increase access to – and the security of – its new electronic health record system.

 

Officials said the new technology was the result of Children's Clinics recent transition to a NextGen ambulatory EHR after years of using paper charts.

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Startup Hopes to Make Sickness Social - Technology Review

Startup Hopes to Make Sickness Social - Technology Review | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Social networking data could give clues to outbreaks of disease.

 

f a close friend has a cold, chances are you might catch it. A startup called Sickweather hopes to tap into the social side of sickness with a social networking service that tracks illnesses within a user's circle of friends, and to forecast outbreaks.

 

The startup mines publicly available data from social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as from its users, to provide information on illness trends. Sickweather recently launched an early version of its site for closed beta testing, and plans to open to a broader audience in July.

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Google Plus & Healthcare

Google Plus & Healthcare | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Translated from German using Google Translate

 

In a survey of 6237 people, 50% (3,091 people) of respondents had concerns that the Facebook for the benefit of Google + leave, 21% (1303 persons) are still undecided, because they estimate can not yet whether Google will succeed +. 12% (733 people) it was not possible to join Google + and 11% (682 people) have rejected this network and 7% feel (482 people) and it is irreplaceable.

 

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How Can A Smartphone Help You In Your Practice?

Using a smartphone in your practice can help improve its efficiency and productivity in ways more tangible than perceived. These ergonomic, portable devices provide wireless web access and ingenious medical applications that offer limitless possibilities in the hands of a skilled user. For starters, doctors can carry a whole world of medical research, updated real-time information and databases in their pockets, allowing for complete point of care accessibility.

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Medicine 2.0 - A Conversation with Brian McGowan

Brian McGowan discusses his work on "Meaningful Use" of social media by physicians for CME.
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AEMC Gallery: Wireless Tracking

AEMC Gallery: Wireless Tracking | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Among the earliest hospitals to widely deploy deployment of wireless patient tracking, Albert Einstein Medical Center, in north Philadelphia, began installing its Real-Time Location Service system in 2003. Despite several missteps and setbacks in the last eight years (the hospital recently installed its fourth version of the technology), Albert Einstein has reaped undeniable benefits and clear investment returns while pioneering the application of wireless patient tracking.

 

Mobile Healthcare Today’s Onsite report on the AEMC wireless tracking system details the hospital’s experience, examines the challenges and obstacles the deployment has encountered and provides analysis and conclusions for ED physicians and hospital IT directors exploring similar roll-outs. The images in this gallery provide a look inside the Albert Einstein ED as the most recent version of the technology was being installed.

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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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Who Uses Web-Based Health Tools?

A recent study on web-based health plan decision tools authored by Song Chen, Pinar Karaca-Mandic, and Regina Levin appears in the most recent issue of Health Services Research. We are well into the digital age, but it seems that health care is lagging on this front. Plenty of docs still use handwritten prescriptions and patient charts, resisting the learning curve and expense of electronic medical records despite the advantages they would confer. So, Chen et al. ask, what about patients?

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More hospital procedures mean better patient safety - FierceHealthcare

More hospital procedures mean better patient safety - FierceHealthcare | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
Contrary to some research, hospitals with larger volumes of procedures have better patient safety. A new study the journal Health Services Research found that hospital volume is inversely related to Read more...
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See and hear inside your body with Cisco's HealthPresence | SmartPlanet

See and hear inside your body with Cisco's HealthPresence | SmartPlanet | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
View video: Cisco Systems is bringing its popular TelePresence technology to the health care industry.
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Social Media and Health Care: Why Add Another Task to a Busy Physician’s Day?

Social Media and Health Care: Why Add Another Task to a Busy Physician’s Day? | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
The goal of health 2.0 is to empower patients to improve their health and their health care. Below are some potential uses of social media that have the potential to improve public and individuals’ health:

 

Public health:

 

Broadcast important public health information
Broadcast public health advisories: emergency responses, disease outbreak management and response
Answer general medical questions and be a resource to the community for general topics
Health care advocacy in the legal and political arenas
Help patients find necessary resources, including free clinic services, healthfairs, and dental screenings

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What Is Telemedicine?

The term "telehealth", "e-health" and "telemedicine" are often used interchangeably, the difference being that telemedicine involves using information technology primarily for the delivery of clinical services while telehealth and e-health also include the provision of non-clinical healthcare services like tele-education and tele-training for continuing medical education, practice management, research and administration.

 

Telemedicine is practiced when medical services like health consultations, diagnoses, procedures, patient report analysis, monitoring and so on, are electronically provided by practitioners to patients based in remote locations using telemedicine technology and equipment.

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Azumio app turns iPhone into a stress gauge

Azumio app turns iPhone into a stress gauge | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Armed with a new app called Stress Check on my iPhone, I could verify that the stress I was feeling was real--when I woke up my level was 1 percent, but on the bus it topped 100. And while a number of apps require an external attachment to take health measurements, Stress Check required just me and my phone.


Released a couple of weeks ago, Stress Check is one of several apps from Palo Alto, Calif. start-up Azumio, which recently received $2.5 million in series A funding. The company's first health-oriented app, Instant Heart Rate (also available for Android), has generated 8 million downloads since its release in January. The company has more apps in the pipeline.

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How to market your hospital under HIPAA |

How to market your hospital under HIPAA | | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
6 things you should know about HIPAA....

 

The HIPAA Privacy Rule provided regulations for the use and disclosure of an individual's health information. Essentially, the rule defines how hospitals can use individually-identifiable health information or PHI (Personal Health Information).

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allAfrica.com: Uganda: End of Paper Medical Forms in Sight With New Software

allAfrica.com: Uganda: End of Paper Medical Forms in Sight With New Software | healthcare technology | Scoop.it
WILSON Kutegeka's health information management system software that stores and networks patients' medical records is another master piece from a young Ugandan breaking into the world of science innovation.

 

Kutegaka's software called ClinicMaster captures clinical notes, prescription, diagnosis, lab tests and results and appointment schedules and reproduces them on each visit by the patient.

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Patient check-in moves to the iPad | Healthcare IT News

Patient check-in moves to the iPad | Healthcare IT News | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Just three weeks after its iPad-native EHR made news for gaining ONC-ATCB-certification, drchrono has launched an iOS app to replace paper-based patient check-in.

 

Company execs say the OnPatient app can be downloaded to the iPad for free and integrated into a medical practice as a standalone application – the patient check-in software also integrates with with the drchrono's iPad EHR.

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