Today’s EHR and HIT news includes updates from ADP Advanced MD on their new iPhone App and news from Greenway on becoming the first Ambulatory Health IT provider to join Healtheway and support eHealth Exchange. [Read more…]
Epocrates remains the dominant medical application on physicians’ mobile devices in 2013 according to the recently released Manhattan Research Taking the Pulse® U.S. 2013 annual study of physicians’ technology adoption and behavior.
Taking the Pulse U.S. is Manhattan Research’s annual market research study and syndicated advisory service focused on how U.S. physicians use the Internet, digital media, mobile devices and other technologies for professional purposes and patient interaction. The study, which is done annually, was taken in Q1 among more than 3,000 physicians. Relevant findings from the Taking the Pulse U.S. study include:
- Epocrates is the most popular medical application on both smartphone (70 percent) and tablet (50 percent) devices among U.S. physician app users
- Thirty-four percent of physicians using Epocrates on a smartphone launch the app [Read more…]
As the first EHR to work with the Mayo Clinic, drchrono has developed a way to take the digitized patient educational material provided by Mayo and to allow doctors to share the information with patients in an efficient and paperless way.
We’ve all had the experience of leaving the doctors office with a pamphlet filled with information we’re expected to read and understand. In many cases those pamphlets go directly into a health folder filled with information and medical bills for later reference.
One of the major benefits of this partnership between drchrono and the Mayo Clinic is that physicians can now distribute the information contained in those pamphlets electronically, to the devices their patients prefer to read on, making it much more likely that the material will be consumed.
With the distribution of patient educational material now a meaningful use component it’s even more important to provide information that patients will actually read or watch. According to Michael Nusimow, CEO of drchrono, “If you’re using an iPad, and you’re seeing this information displayed as a beautiful full color document or a hi-resolution video, from a trusted source like the Mayo Clinic, it’s a great visual experience. Since we’re all such visual creatures it can significantly increase patient compliance.”
The inclusion of Mayo Clinic educational material in the drchrono electronic health record [Read more…]
DoctorBase.com, a service allowing physicians to offer their patients secure, medically oriented smartphone access, has announced that they have surpassed three million patients and more than 9,000 healthcare providers on its platform. They also announced a free version of their product will be available to licensed providers in the U.S. starting today.
Created by former developers from Five9 and LiveJournal, working with a team of primary care doctors and specialists ranging from OB/GYN to Oncology, San Francisco-based DoctorBase believes that mHealth-as-a-Service is the solution to expensive, cumbersome patient portals that have failed to gain traction with either providers or patients.
“Mobile is changing everything,” said John Sung Kim, CEO of DoctorBase.com. “Now that health systems are starting to wake up to the benefits of cloud computing and the Internet, they’re so late to the party that it’s no longer about that paradigm – patients across all demographics now use smartphones as their primary connectivity device. That’s leaving both doctors and patients communicating with each other in non-HIPAA compliant, unsecured ways such as email and text for the simple sake of convenience.”
DoctorBase believes they are among the first of what they believe will be a new wave of mHealth companies – those offering mobile communications platform without the need for IT and with user experiences that require little training for medical staff while being accessible to “baby boomer patients.”
James Londyn, a medical doctor in Dallas said, “I just had a patient message me with a picture through DoctorBase. She was going to take her son to the ER and I quickly saw that it was not a medical emergency and was able to message her back quickly while she was on the go. We just saved the system $1,500 and this [Read more…]
The following is a guest post by Ashley Perry Rodrigue, Healthcare Ambassador for Lenovo.
The number one priority for physicians will always be patient care. With modern technology and legislation that requires digital records the definition of patient care has expanded beyond the traditional medical meaning and now also must include the protection of patient privacy.
Physician use of mobile devices is quickly evolving from a trend to a necessity: in 2012, 44 percent of doctors reported using tablets in the workplace daily. Mobile devices like tablets allow caregivers access to their applications whether they are in a patient room, their office or at home – and if optimized for input, can result in a positive user and patient experience.
However, tablets present a different set of security concerns than PCs, including easier opportunity for physical theft, data vulnerability, user access to uncontrolled apps, and more. Yet security is something that hospitals and health systems simply cannot sacrifice. If patient files are misplaced, misused or stolen, consequences can include job and reputation loss. The results of Ponemon Institute’s 2012 Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security found that almost every hospital surveyed suffered one data breach, and 45 percent suffered more than five over the past two years. Of those, breaches due to lost or stolen mobile devices such as tablets or phones accounted for 18 percent, up from 7 percent in 2011.
At the same time, the Department of Health & Human Services is expanding its information security provisions. In January 2013, HIPAA introduced the “final omnibus rule,” a new, tiered penalty structure [Read more…]
DoctorCom has announced Answering Service 2.0, an easy-to-learn HIPAA compliant answering service. The system extends to the mobile devices of healthcare professionals by way of secure iPhone, iPad and Android apps.
“We took our original DoctorCom Answering Service, which currently serves small practices throughout the US, and upgraded it to meet the needs of the largest healthcare organizations,” said Dr. Michael Eiffert, Founder and CEO of DoctorCom. “Our ‘Answering Service 2.0’ dramatically reduces costs and streamlines communication, because it is part of our fully-integrated, customizable, HIPAA-compliant communication [Read more…]
Imprivata has announced the general availability of Imprivata Cortext™, the healthcare industry’s first free HIPAA compliant text messaging solution for Apple iPhone and Android smartphones as well as Web-based chat for nurses without smartphone access. Eighty-two hospitals have already enrolled in Cortext, including Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Memorial Healthcare and Sonoma Valley Hospital.
Imprivata Cortext is an iPhone, Android and Web-based application that uses its own secure cloud based architecture to send text and picture messages between care providers. The Cortext application uses a number of encryption technologies, both at rest and over the wire, to ensure information is sent and stored securely while delivering care providers a user experience that is as simple as their device’s native texting application. [Read more…]
There are a lot of ways to keep tabs on your health with the myriad of amazing health gadgets out there today. Technology has progressed to the point where it may actually be possible to live longer with the help of these advancements. Some of these gadgets will take a little while to get used to, while others will be so specialized that you may benefit from a class in their use. No matter how advanced or basic your health equipment is, it’s important to know how to use it properly.
These simple, yet effective, devices are an amazing thing to have around. It is hard to express just how motivating it can be to see how many steps you’ve taken during a day. You may look and see that you’ve barely done anything all day, which could motivate you to move around a bit more. You may also look and see that you’ve done more than you thought you had, which is definitely a confidence booster. Either way, it’s important to have a way to quantify the work you do throughout the day. This way, you can ensure that you’re meeting your activity goals and stay on track with your healthy lifestyle.
A portable automated external defibrillator is a very important thing to have around as you age. No matter what you do, your heart may need a little help from time to time as you get on in years. This may sound uncomfortable to think about, but it’s one of those uncomfortable things that you really should spend some time getting comfortable with. After all, it’s important to make educated decisions on your health based off of common-sense logic. Having an AED around could end up saving your life one of these days. Even the potential for this is enough to make the expense of one of these devices more than worth it.
Smartphone and Health Apps
Smartphones have become more and more commonplace over the years. Now, they are almost as ubiquitous [Read more…]
Developed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, the BodyGuardian System uses sophisticated algorithms to support remote monitoring for individuals with cardiac arrhythmias. The BodyGuardian System will allow physicians to monitor key biometrics outside of the clinical setting, while patients go about their daily lives. A small body sensor attached to the patient’s chest collects important data, including the patient’s ECG, heart rate, respiration rate, and activity level. Patient data can then be transmitted to physicians via mobile phone technology. Remote patient monitoring can create a constant connection between patients and their care teams.
The FDA clearance allows Preventice to market and sell BodyGuardian to hospitals and clinics for use in detecting and monitoring non-lethal cardiac arrhythmias for ambulatory patients. Although not yet commercially available, the BodyGuardian RMS will be prescribed by a physician or other qualified health care professional when diagnostic and post-procedure monitoring is needed. The company anticipates commercial availability of the BodyGuardian RMS by the end of 2012. [Read more…]
Epocrates has announced a plan to offer free subscriptions for its premium mobile product to all U.S. medical students. The next generation of physicians is now heading back to school with an essential tool — Epocrates® Essentials drug, disease and diagnosis reference — at no cost.
“With more Americans potentially entering the healthcare system, future physicians will need access to top-notch training and the latest innovations. At Epocrates, we feel it is our responsibility to provide our nation’s medical students with a key resource that will help advance their education, and ultimately, their ability to deliver efficient, quality care,” said Andy Hurd, Epocrates’ president and chief executive officer.
Many top medical schools, such as Yale School of Medicine and Drexel University College [Read more…]