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Making the Most of the Patient Portal

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Guest Post by Melissa Salm from Bisk Education with the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine. The advancement of health information technology has tremendous implications for the future of healthcare. Patient portals in particular, when integrated with electronic health record (EHR) systems, have the potential to improve the care experience, but only if patients actually use the software. Using a portal, patients can schedule appointments, access their medical records, pay bills, request prescription refills and securely communicate with their providers online. The availability of features such as these leads to higher patient satisfaction and increased engagement. In a […]


Will Telecommunications Save Rural Hospitals?

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Nearly 25 percent of Americans live in rural areas, yet only 10 percent of physicians practice medicine in those parts of the country. With a growing number of doctors choosing to work in bigger cities where salaries tend to be higher, rural hospitals are often forced to look for creative and cost-effective solutions to survive. Implementing new technologies has proven to be one of the best ways to meet these challenges, enabling hospitals to improve quality of care while managing costs. Telemedicine and robotic surgery systems are two technologies that are proving key to preserving the rural hospitals that care […]


5 Usability Mistakes You Made with Your Website

Creating a website that’s truly user-friendly is no easy feat. It’s a meticulous process, but the results are well worth it if you want users to have the best possible experience. Here are a few common mistakes we’ve seen on new clients’ sites, and our tips on how to avoid these usability faux pas. 1. All elements are the same style. It’s important to have font style variation to distinguish the elements from each other and show their importance on the page . however, some web designers don’t differentiate these elements, and information becomes harder to read. Simple changes will […]


How EHRs Can Improve End-Of-Life Care Documentation

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End-of-life care documentation protects a patient’s right to decide the best course of treatment in the event of a life-threatening condition where the patient is unable to verbally communicate his or her wishes. It ensures that one’s personal health care decisions can be known to family members and respected by providers. Considering how little time providers can afford to lose when dealing with life-threatening situations, the efficiency with which they are able to retrieve documentation is critical to preserving this right. The conversation about how the medium of documentation – either paper or digital – affects the quality of end-of-life […]


How to Make ICD-10 Training Fun

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The transition to ICD-10 is looming over the healthcare industry. The pressure to train before the October 1, 2015 rollout is forcing many medical practices to pay for expensive courses and computer programs to prepare staff. The stress associated with ICD-10’s new coding standards is understandable. Learning to code is like learning a foreign language, and it can be overwhelming for staff to think that they have to start from zero again. The good news for healthcare administrators is that there are fun ways to train effectively for ICD-10 that don’t require large expenses or outside training programs. Here are […]


Will HealthKit Help Apple Dominate the Healthcare Field?

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While the health industry is growing steadily, healthcare providers are also looking for ways to decrease spending by empowering patients to take better care of themselves. Apple’s new product, HealthKit, was designed with this purpose in mind, and is making waves as a user-friendly way to not only cut back on expenses, but also increase patient engagement. New-Orleans based Ochsner Medical Center, Duke University Hospital and Stanford Healthcare, as well as 13 other major U.S. hospitals, have been running trials using HealthKit, which allows third-party devices and monitors to track and organize patients’ medical information in real time. Duke is […]


Is Microsoft's HoloLens a Game Changer for Medicine?

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Medicine isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of holograms, but it looks like that may change soon. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that it is developing futuristic holographic goggles called HoloLens. Meant to compete with the likes of Google Glass in the emerging markets associated with 3D and collaborative technology, the HoloLens has the potential to revolutionize the healthcare industry by allowing doctors to use holograms to simulate or explain complex medical procedures. To create holograms, the HoloLens uses a mini computer equipped with lenses, projectors, motion sensors and speakers. The resulting holograms are realistic […]