Patients: Take back your health information. Here’s how.

KevinMD

Have you ever wondered why your personal health information essentially belongs to your health care provider or institution? I mean: why do they keep your information under lock and key, and you have to sign a release to get it? Tech Health IT Hospital-Based Medicine Primary CareAfter all, it’s your blood that they just pulled out and tested, it’s your body […]. Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com.

How telehealth is starting to reshape primary care delivery

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

At Columbia, South Carolina-based Prisma Health, "we’re on a journey pursuing aspects of digital health," said Dr. Mark Wess, the health system's vice president and chief health information executive. "The asynchronous virtual visit for primary care is one of those." He'll describe how the imperatives of value-based care encouraged some fundamentally new approaches to how it provides primary care services.

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Dr. Rob Lamberts, Direct Primary Care, and the Future of Healthcare – Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

I spoke recently with Dr. Rob Lamberts – @doc_rob on Twitter – about EHRs and direct primary care. Rob was an early adopter of electronic health records in his practice, after having been exposed to EHRs during his training. He was an avid user and proponent of the EHR, seeing it as a valuable tool for improving the quality of patient care. Health Care Law and Consulting.

K Health launches free primary care app, announces $12.5 new funding

Mobi Health News

Personalized health information company K Health has launched a free primary care app. Called K, the app’s AI references a history of diagnoses and treatments to deliver users an insight about how their condition would likely be treated, and can also connect users to a network of primary care providers

Dr. Rob Lamberts, Direct Primary Care, and the Future of Healthcare – Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

I spoke recently with Dr. Rob Lamberts – @doc_rob on Twitter – about EHRs and direct primary care. Rob was an early adopter of electronic health records in his practice, after having been exposed to EHRs during his training. He was an avid user and proponent of the EHR, seeing it as a valuable tool for improving the quality of patient care. Health Care Law and Consulting.

Dr. Rob Lamberts, Direct Primary Care, and the Future of Healthcare – Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

I spoke recently with Dr. Rob Lamberts – @doc_rob on Twitter – about EHRs and direct primary care. Rob was an early adopter of electronic health records in his practice, after having been exposed to EHRs during his training. He was an avid user and proponent of the EHR, seeing it as a valuable tool for improving the quality of patient care. Health Care Law and Consulting.

Dr. Rob Lamberts, Direct Primary Care, and the Future of Healthcare – Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

I spoke recently with Dr. Rob Lamberts – @doc_rob on Twitter – about EHRs and direct primary care. Rob was an early adopter of electronic health records in his practice, after having been exposed to EHRs during his training. He was an avid user and proponent of the EHR, seeing it as a valuable tool for improving the quality of patient care. Health Care Law and Consulting.

Healthcare Costs, Access to Data, and Partnering With Providers: Patients’ Top User Experience Factors

Health Populi

This report is a must-read for people involved with patient and consumer health engagement in the U.S. Regarding the most important health care issues U.S. Health Populi’s Hot Points: Both health care providers (hospitals, clinicians, allied professionals, et.

While U.S. leads in IT tools for patients, primary care doctors still struggle to coordinate care

FierceHealthIT

leads in aspects of health information technology, its primary care physicians still struggle to coordinate patient care and communicate with other health and social service providers, according to a new study. The study, published in Health Affairs, looks at how the United States’ primary care health system stacks up with 11 other high-income countries While the U.S.

The Future of Health Is “Now,” Deloitte Says; But Are Consumers Living and Loving It?

Health Populi

The pandemic has become a sort of forcing function on all aspects of daily living, include health care. Deloitte’s latest wave of health care consumer market research updates the COVID-19 impacts on the U.S. Health Consumers, Deloitte polled 4,522 U.S.

EHRs can advance good medicine: if doctors are aware of the risks

KevinMD

Nearly all hospitals and 80 percent of medical practices use electronic health records (EHRs), presumably to help improve access to health information and increase productivity. Tech Health IT Primary CareHistorically, the doctor-patient relationship has been at the heart of medical practice, with administrative tasks and record-keeping at the border. Today, that critical balance is at risk.

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The Persistent Rural/Urban Broadband Gap Is Bad for Health

Health Populi

Health Populi’s Hot Points: There’s a new social determinant of health in town, and it’s broadband connectivity. Without access to broadband, an individual can’t seek a job online, get banked, apply for health insurance, or access a health information portal, among many other daily tasks EveryWoman and EveryMan do to streamline life. The post The Persistent Rural/Urban Broadband Gap Is Bad for Health appeared first on HealthPopuli.com. In the U.S.,

World Health Day 2019: Let’s Celebrate Food, Climate, Insurance Coverage and Connectivity

Health Populi

Today, 7 April, is World Health Day. With that in mind, I devote this post to three key social determinants of health (SDOH) that are top-of-mind for me these days: food for health, climate change, and universal health coverage. UHC happens to be WHO’s focus for World Health Day 2019. [As As a bonus, I’ll add in a fourth SDOH in the Hot Points for good measure and health-making]. Why a World Health Day?

How to Make Healthcare More Intelligent and Trustworthy: Accenture’s Digital Health Tech Vision 2018

Health Populi

The proliferation and evolution of digital technologies in health care have the potential to do good or harm, depending on their application. Doing good and abstaining from doing harm can engender trust between patients, providers, and other stakeholders in health. AI enables enterprises to take in a lot of data and make sense of it, with the power of better informing decisions.

How The Rapid Shift To Telehealth Leaves Many Community Health Centers Behind During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Henry Kotula

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the landscape of ambulatory care with rapid shifts to telehealth. Community health centers (CHCs), which serve more than 28 million low-income and disproportionately uninsured patients in rural and underserved urban areas of the United States, have not fared as well since ambulatory visits have disappeared , resulting in furloughs, layoffs , and more than 1,900 temporary site closures throughout the country. [link].

Video: Farzad Mostashari on patient engagement, ‘physician ACOs’

Meaningful HIT News

As I alluded to earlier, I was leaving the press room one afternoon at HIMSS14, and there I see former national health IT coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari hanging around Gregg Masters and Dr. Pat Salber of Health Innovation Media. Mostashari, now a visiting fellow at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institute in Washington, discussed how the years of searching for a business model to coordinate care and engage patients is finally starting to pay off.

Controlling Prison Healthcare Costs with Telemedicine

GlobalMed

When you think of a typical telemedicine visit, you might picture a patient in a rural town communicating with a big-city specialist, or a primary care provider triaging with an emergency room department. Virtual care is now a regular aspect of the clinical landscape, from disaster recovery to behavioral and addiction treatment to military life. There are three, actually: safety, cost savings, and improved care. Improved Care.

Telemedicine vs. In-Person Visits: Which is Higher Quality?

GlobalMed

Someone will concede that it can save money, provide clinical evidence , bring care to the underserved and even drive revenue. In fact, 64 percent of primary care providers (PCPs) and 80 percent of specialists didn’t bother to ask the patient why they came in – and when they did, most of them interrupted the patient after a median of 11 seconds. Maybe the patient has already been to urgent care and completed a round of antibiotics – with no improvement.

Solving Provider Burnout with Virtual Healthcare

GlobalMed

The National Rural Health Association reports there are only 30 specialists per 100,000 people in rural communities, compared to 263 specialists per 100,000 urban residents. Because their time is limited at each location, they can’t easily reschedule patients who cancel appointments, which delays care and can drive patients to other doctors. They may also lose revenue to retail clinics and urgent care centers.

Bridging the Digital Divide: Expanding Internet and Rural Healthcare Access

GlobalMed

This presents virtual health providers with a conundrum. The crux of telemedicine is extending access to care. Yet patients without Internet access are also likely to lack specialist care and medical expertise in their community – making them the ones who need telemedicine the most. It’s not just outdated models of care delivery leaving rural communities behind; technology barriers are roadblocking better health as well. Rural Gaps in Care.

12 Ways Telehealth is Saving Small Hospitals

GlobalMed

As community hubs of healthcare, they are tasked with delivering expert medical care across emergency departments, outpatient practices, surgical suites, labs, radiology departments, intensive care units and more. Meet accountable care and risk contracts. Improve community and population health. In addition to ending the employment of hundreds of local residents, from nurses to cafeteria staff, the closure will force patients to travel further for basic care.

Integrated EHR enables shift to virtual post-discharge follow-up

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

"Timely availability of clinical information during health care transitions, in a setting with robust telemedicine access, can shift the method of care delivery without adversely affecting patient health outcomes," wrote the researchers.

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Stopping Referral Leakage with Telemedicine

GlobalMed

Some providers have begun to realize that virtual health can drive revenue and reimbursement. But there’s one virtual care benefit that doesn’t get the spotlight quite as much: stopping referral and patient leakage. By dissolving typical referral challenges, telemedicine can prevent financial loss – like when patients walk out the door to another health system and take with them potential reimbursement. 10 primary care referrals: $150/visit =$1,500.

Solving the Disconnections in Connected Care

GlobalMed

However, when the patient visits your clinic for a follow-up appointment, you’re unable to conference her gynecologist at this time – because the clinic uses a different virtual health solution. But it doesn’t work with the system used by the patient’s primary care provider, even though the provider is in-network. So each office’s staff wind up manually exchanging information and waiting for a response, then following up with the patient – with results lost along the way.

Quarterly Thought Conference – Telehealth Tech Panel Discussion

South Central Telehealth Resource Center

Panel participants: • Teague Johnson with UAMS Institute for Digital Health and Innovation. Josh Scales with Tennessee Primary Care Association Health Information Technology. A panel of telehealth tech experts will discuss a variety of topics, including: • Selecting a vendor or service provider. Network considerations. Environmental considerations. • IT considerations based on clinical need. Lessons learned.

7 Ways School-Based Telemedicine Helps Kids

GlobalMed

Virtual health solutions are becoming standard in both the traditional nurse’s office and school-based health centers (SBHCs) and they’re treating a rising number of children. Virtual care can connect students to pediatricians, specialists and their parents in the same visit, which solves two issues rampant in children’s health: inconvenience and access to care. Access to care is an even bigger problem. School-Based Health Centers and Telemedicine.

New HL7 FHIR Accelerator Project Aims to Improve Interoperability of Social Determinants of Health Data

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Health Level Seven International (HL7), the global authority for interoperability in health information technology, and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the only medical society devoted solely to primary care, are pleased to announce that the Gravity Project is now part of the HL7 FHIR Accelerator Program.

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Providing After-Hours Healthcare with Telemedicine

GlobalMed

It’s time to make a decision: do you go to the urgent care clinic a few blocks away? Or do you wait until Monday when you can call your primary care provider (PCP) and then wait a few more days for an appointment? If you’re like many patients, you probably head to urgent care – hoping for a quick diagnosis and potentially some medication that could have you in better shape for an important Monday meeting. The Reliance on Fast Food Care. It’s Friday evening.

New Generations, Digital Expectations

GlobalMed

Yet providers – from small town private practices to major health systems to specialty groups – often fail to offer even rudimentary digital conveniences. Many Millennials also have aging Baby Boomer parents with accelerating health issues. It’s also clear that more and more young patients will similarly evaluate their prospective providers on their ability to provide remote care. Learn how we can help you easily and affordably set up your virtual health practice.

6 Ways to Drive Higher Medicaid Reimbursement with Telemedicine

GlobalMed

It’s no wonder many healthcare professionals view Medicaid care plans as a cycle of lost income, missed treatment and wasted time. When providers avoid treating Medicaid patients on a large scale, the medical industry is effectively assigning care based on income and social class. Fortunately, there’s a solution that can benefit both provider revenue and population health: telemedicine. Medicaid is the largest payer for mental health services in the United States.

The Top 3 Mistakes Hospitals Make with Provider Capacity Management

GlobalMed

Consider your local health network, which might run multiple clinics, medical centers and hospitals. At just one of those hospitals, patients and staff will flow through emergency rooms, surgical suites, outpatient offices and intensive care units. By creating virtual health programs with the right provider agnostic technology and the right infrastructure, they can protect their brand and finances and ensure an exceptional patient-provider experience.

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GlobalMed Expands Its Footprint in Africa

GlobalMed

Our solutions are secure, scalable and easy to use , and they can fit into any type of care setting – from disaster sites to airplanes to remote villages. The project is funded by ITU, a United Nations agency in Switzerland that’s collaborating with Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health, the Ministry of ICT and POTRAZ, Zimbabwe’s telecommunication regulatory agency. As with our other deployments, the Zimbabwe pilot will bring care to the underserved.

How to switch from phone to video telehealth on a limited budget

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Institute for Family Health based in New Paltz, New York, is one of the largest federally qualified health center networks in New York State. Additionally, many are low-income and lack access to care, with 43% on Medicaid and 15% uninsured.

Microsoft unveils Azure IoT Connector for FHIR, to help with RPM security

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Microsoft is previewing its new Azure IoT Connector for FHIR, an API feature that enables healthcare organizations to scale secure connectivity for an array of devices streaming protected health information. As health systems ramp up telehealth and, especially, remote patient monitoring programs, they're looking for technologies to help them manage multiple connected devices as they extend care delivery into patients' homes.

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COVID-19’s Consumer Health Care Behaviors: Telehealth, Trauma, and Trust, via PwC

Health Populi

A new report from PwC looks at peoples’ changes in health behaviors in the first two months of the pandemic, asking whether these changes will stick “after” the pandemic fades. Before the pandemic, the top obstacles to healthy living were mental health concerns, feeling isolated, too much time spent using technology, and a limited choice of healthy food options. This will be part of the new normal for health care in America — and justifiably so.

4 Ways Telemedicine is Transforming Specialty Care

GlobalMed

Because specialists offer more advanced care than primary care doctors, they’re almost guaranteed to play a critical role in any patient’s life at some point – from addressing heart trouble to a melanoma scare to kidney issues. But specialty care is riddled with challenges, from the inability to find a provider to long waiting times for appointments. Disconnected Care. Breaking the Barriers to Specialty Care.

How Telehealth Can Improve Access to Specialty Healthcare

InTouch Health

Additionally, the patient’s primary care provider may have trouble sharing information with the specialty provider, which can delay access to care and worsen patient outcomes. InTouch Health recently partnered with Sharp Healthcare in San Diego, California to improve access to specialty healthcare using a state-of-the-art telehealth program. Learn more below about the success of this program and how telehealth is changing specialty care for the better.

Physicians and Technology: Avoiding Burnout

Advanced Medical Reviews

It is intended to streamline workflow, reduce administrative burden and improve patient care, but when poorly designed, technology may increase stress for physicians. Such burnout has been directly linked to negative consequences like lower patient satisfaction and care quality, higher medical error rates, malpractice risk, and physician and staff turnover. What are the primary reasons for this physician burnout?

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New HIE hook-up, telemedicine transform care at LA clinic

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

For decades, Chinatown Service Center of Los Angeles, a federally qualified health center community clinic, relied on the ubiquitous faxing of patients’ medical records from local hospitals and physician offices, as well as patients bringing their most recent doctor visits’ paperwork outside of CSC to their appointments. The goal was – and still is – preventing costly duplicate healthcare expenses and taking better, more informed care of patients.

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The Future of Healthcare: Telehealth. Here’s Why You Need to Consider Telemedicine in 2019

Continue Education Journal

The biggest change is evident in rural communities, where access to health services is often severely incompetent. With telemedicine, patients are able to seek services from providers in larger communities without having to coordinate travel plans or using the distance as a valid excuse to not seek treatment or care. There is an increased reimbursement for remote care services offered by the U.S. To join the Online Care Group, click here.