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How mobile tech can transform health care

Health care providers should be making use of new mobile technologies that can facilitate higher quality of care in every patient interaction. A look at what's available now.

 

A doctor's time is increasingly scarce and expensive. The only scalable, near-term solution is to enable physicians to be more efficient and manage more patients, while empowering them to improve the quality of care they can provide.

 

What if doctors used powerful mobile applications to remotely track their patients' treatment compliance and progress? What if they could provide patients with remote access to their expertise, or to other medical knowledge they trust? What if they kept in- person office visits to the time they're really required for longer, in-depth consultations?

 

There are already some incredible startups developing mobile products that facilitate more efficient (and more economical) delivery of care. While these products, some of which are still in the early stages of development, won't replace or automate a doctor's job, they are great precursors for fostering a more transparent doctor-patient relationship.

 

For example, through patient monitoring and self-tracking, smartphones may help doctors catch early signs of disease. Ginger.io has developed a mobile platform that collects active data (patient-reported) and passive data (who you interact with through your phone and how far you travel during the day), right from a smartphone. This data is available via a web dashboard to authorized doctors and other health care providers who can use it to efficiently manage hundreds of patients. By tracking personal behavioral data, doctors can better understand the health of their patients, provide improved diagnoses and care recommendations, and be alerted quickly to signs of pending health issues.

 
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How mobile tech can transform health care

Health care providers should be making use of new mobile technologies that can facilitate higher quality of care in every patient interaction. A look at what's available now.

 

A doctor's time is increasingly scarce and expensive. The only scalable, near-term solution is to enable physicians to be more efficient and manage more patients, while empowering them to improve the quality of care they can provide.

 

What if doctors used powerful mobile applications to remotely track their patients' treatment compliance and progress? What if they could provide patients with remote access to their expertise, or to other medical knowledge they trust? What if they kept in- person office visits to the time they're really required for longer, in-depth consultations?

 

There are already some incredible startups developing mobile products that facilitate more efficient (and more economical) delivery of care. While these products, some of which are still in the early stages of development, won't replace or automate a doctor's job, they are great precursors for fostering a more transparent doctor-patient relationship.

 

For example, through patient monitoring and self-tracking, smartphones may help doctors catch early signs of disease. Ginger.io has developed a mobile platform that collects active data (patient-reported) and passive data (who you interact with through your phone and how far you travel during the day), right from a smartphone. This data is available via a web dashboard to authorized doctors and other health care providers who can use it to efficiently manage hundreds of patients. By tracking personal behavioral data, doctors can better understand the health of their patients, provide improved diagnoses and care recommendations, and be alerted quickly to signs of pending health issues.

 
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The study suggests simplicity may be the key factor in EMR satisfaction.

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Meaningful use audits: Healthcare CMIO reveals details | EHRintelligence.com

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This is an interesting topic we should alll take an interest in. Given this is new ground, expect bumps along the way!

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Some insight on EHR audits.  This is new to everyone so expect issues to occur.

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An interesting blog post on something we all know, but sometimes do not connect with. Technology is not a substitute for a strong doctor/patient relationship.

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Slowing down Stage 3 MU is good news for everyone. Review of  MU Stage 1 and 2 is even better news.

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Having an EHR champion is vital to success. Nonetheless, you cannot ignore the project management aspect of the effort. How you approach and engage these two vital components of your implementation will be a big determinant in acheiving your EHR goals. 

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Keys to EHR Success

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The lessons learned by these small hospitals are applicable to smaller practices as well. The concept of adoption not implementation, as well as strong project management leadership are critical success factors!

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This is one of the many horror stories regarding CMS audits. What's been your experience?

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This is an excellent piece on the issues facing those who are considering changing their EMR. This is not a minor undertaking!

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This is excellent news for smaller practices and hospitals! Given the speed with which this technology is expected to be deployed, there may be welcome relief on the horizon. 

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