Health Information Technology
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says interoperability necessary to achieve optimal benefits with electronic health records.
Provider-level data on specific health outcomes, such as blood glucose and blood pressure control rates, is now available on Physician Compare.
'Quality indicators' and 'benchmarking' have become buzzwords in many practices, but are efforts truly benefiting patients?
Advances are outpacing arrival speed for this potentially lifesaving technology.
First time shoppers should ask about how EHR system will handle Meaningful Use 2 requirements if not already certified.
Patients perceive clinicians who make direct eye contact as being more empathetic.
Poor software performance may trigger many small physician practices to leave vendors.
Google launches California Life Company to research health and wellness, with Apple chairman as CEO.
The majority of low-income patients have access to the Internet and most express interest in receiving health information digitally.
Only 1-in-10 physicians surveyed met stage one meaningful use criteria necessary to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments in early 2012.
The U.S. has achieved the end-of-2013 goal of implementing EHRs in 50% of doctor offices and 80% of eligible hospitals.
An automated data collection system enables public health officials to categorize online vaccine information as negative or positive, and by location.
Overall, clinicians were less satisfied with the ability of EHRs to improve care and with ease of use in 2012 versus 2010.
Locales on Facebook in which a greater proportion of the population indicated an interest in television correlated with higher obesity prevalence.
Many messages sent via secure electronic message systems at primary care health clinics do not receive a response within 24 hours.
Transitioning telemedicine systems from resource limited settings to widespread use could improve health outcomes in patients with chronic conditions.
Medical identity theft and data security breaches are growing, with thousands of cases reported per year.
During the transition to electronic health records patient face time may suffer, despite other benefits.
When patients use their smartphone in the exam room use it as an opportunity to discuss health-promoting apps.
One day health-care providers will wonder how we could have possibly ever gotten by without EHRs.
Including a patient photograph on a verification screen in electronic health records could help prevent clinicians from placing incorrect orders.
I don't think it will be easy. I know it will be somewhat painful. But in the end, I hope that I will be able to provide my patients with better care using electronic health records.
Health-care technology has advanced in leaps and bounds during the past 20 years. Do you think it's helped or hindered your practice?
Having a very high index of suspicion for concussion is extremely important in protecting children and adolescents. Did you know there's an app for that?
Smart phones or tablets are being used to revolutionize clinical diagnosis and patient care, but they pose a number of risks and benefits.
Hospitals and clinics that do not meet EHR meaningful use requirements by 2015 will face escalating Medicare and Medicaid payment penalties.
Internal medicine residents who were given Apple iPads were more efficient at ordering tests and procedures for their patients, reporting about an hour saved each day.
Clinicians sometimes use their smart phones and tablet computers for personal matters — checking social networking websites, news and even airfare prices while on the job — in a phenomenon termed "distracted doctoring."
A recent white paper from AC Group, a Texas-based health IT research and consulting firm, suggests that the rushing to implement electronic health records (EHRs) may actually expose physicians to a greater risk for malpractice lawsuits as many introduce technically inadequate EHRs that are missing important components.
Assigning a clinician a number value based on the quantity of patients treated and services provided overlooks many important aspects of health care, including patient satisfaction.