“SMART Health is a low-cost high-quality healthcare delivery system that uses smartphone-based technologies, providing the healthcare worker with personalized clinical decision support to guide the Systematic Medical Appraisal Referral and Treatment...”
“Not long ago, the respected MedCity News anticipated several healthcare industry trends, including growth among established provider services available in non-medical venues. “The number of U.S. retail clinics is expected ...”
The bottom-line concern for hospital and healthcare providers—especially primary care physicians—is that competition is no just the facility or practice down the street. Retail healthcare services are not only well established, but they are growing in number and in capabilities.
The American public is increasingly discovering your competition in nearby, neighborhood locations where they do their routine shopping.
“Increasing women’s use of mobile technology can have a broader impact on the economy as a whole by opening access to information, resources for banking and basic services like healthcare,” says women’s advocate Cherie Blair, speaking at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative. “For women living on less than $2 per day, mobile phones can provide essential access to tools that improve the success of their businesses, their lives and the lives of their families.”
We expect to see traditional health insurance companies get more involved in the delivery of healthcare," explains Sukanya Soderland, a partner in Oliver Wyman's Health & Life Sciences practice group and a member of the center. "And some of the newer models of healthcare delivery such as accountable care organizations force doctors and hospitals to take on part of the financial risk of caring for patients, moving them closer to the role of insurer.
Adhering to protocols can signify, and often result in, high quality care in certain situations. Using adherence to protocols as an example—in this case the appropriate prescribing of antibiotics—our data shows that retail clinics can actually outperform many primary care practices.
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“Telemedicine, also called telehealth, should be part of every company’s cost containment strategy,” said Marks. “Companies have saved tens of thousands of dollars using the service with reduced time out, more productive employees and a healthier workplace overall. Furthermore, employees have saved thousands of dollars from their own out-of-pocket expenses.”
Last week US Representatives Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced to Congress the “Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2013,” a bill that seeks to modify Medicare and Medicaid to more fully cover telemedicine, including remote patient monitoring.
“Pittsburgh is a good example of a big healthcare city leveraging changes like the Affordable Care Act to embrace telemedicine and connected care.”
Highmark, which has offered a telemedicine benefit to a limited number of large national companies since 2012, is making it available to all customers who buy individual coverage under Obamacare starting in 2014.
And UPMC, the largest hospital network in the region, will offer the service to anyone in the state through its website starting next week.
Who wants to get off the couch when they're sick if a doctor is just a mouse click away?
Our members report to us that when they are using a Teladoc consultation, they avoid unnecessary trips to urgent care centers, which are more expensive to the consumer and the insurer,” said Jason Gorevic, CEO of Teladoc Inc., a Dallas-based company with which Highmark contracts to provide the telemedicine service to its members.
Teladoc has more than six million members signed up across the country and predicts it will have more than seven million by January.
Role of mHealth in rural health in India and opportunities for collaboration. View full report. pdf. Rapid adoption of mobile telephony in rural India and absence of other information and communication technology media have ...
Four years ago, I began developing and piloting a system based on the simple concept of using mobile smartphones to facilitate telemedicine in developing
I designed the system to address three main issues of healthcare:
Lack of access: Many people can’t get to doctors due to their sickness, long waiting lists to get a scheduled appointment, or transportation difficultiesLack of ability to pay: Many people can’t afford to see a doctorLack of doctors: For many people, there are no doctors nearby
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Finally, is there a role for technology? If mobile phones are giving farmers access to markets, how can they be used to increase access to healthcare? Unite for Sight lists "decentralising delivery" as one of the "techniques for effective supply chains". The NGO writes: "Of the 1 billion people living in extreme poverty, 75% do not live in cities. The decentralisation of healthcare away from traditional healthcare hubs can improve delivery and improve access by eliminating barriers of time and transportation often required to seek care ... One particular example has been the development of telemedicine."