Don’t Breach HIPAA While Messaging & Texting Patients

Secure messaging, video conferencing and social media are all useful communication tools for physicians in light of the accelerating digitization of the healthcare industry. Social media outlets, in particular, are a seductive alternative to traditional communication channels, such as email and telephone, as they allow users to be connected at a moment’s notice. Ryan Nelson

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Five Digital Services Your Practice Can’t Afford to Pass On

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Patients want to be equipped with the tools to be active in their own health, and research shows that they are becoming increasingly comfortable using digital services to do so. Unfortunately, most healthcare organizations are lagging on the uptake. A recent study conducted by Technology Advice Research found that over 60 percent of patients say digital services play an important role when choosing a physician, yet less than one third of patients say that their physician offers those …

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Patient Communities and the Transformation of Health Care

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It’s no secret that the internet has given patients more access to information that empowers them to take control of their own health. Patient engagement is growing steadily due to informed health care consumers creating strong networks of online communities that are redefining physicians’ roles as caregivers. Amanda Guerrero

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Matching Unused Medication With Patients In Need

50 million Americans cannot afford to pay for the medication that has been prescribed to them. Meanwhile, $5 billion worth of prescription drugs are incinerated or thrown away each year – and another $2 billion worth sit on doctors’ shelves until they expire. SIRUM, a nonprofit operating out of Stanford is ready to change that. Sylvia Gindick

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Why E-Prescribing Is On The Rise


Over four billion prescriptions are written annually in the U.S., but most of those prescriptions are no longer written on paper. By April 2014, 70 percent of physicians were prescribing electronically. The number of providers e-prescribing has boomed in recent years due to a host of incentives and a variety of perceived benefits, including cost savings and the reduced risk of human error. Sylvia Gindick

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Apple’s New ResearchKit: A Gamechanger for Medical Research?

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Millions of people carry iPhones, and starting this April they will have the means to track personal diagnostics while participating in large-scale medical studies. This will be possible thanks to Apple’s ResearchKit, a tool developers can use to create mobile healthcare applications capable of collecting mass data for medical research. An expansion of Apple’s Health app and HealthKit, this new open-source platform enables the frequent collection of precise, objective and quantifiable data from a greater population than ever …

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Cyber Criminality in Healthcare: The High Value and Easy Access of Medical Information

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How much data do you need to identify a person? According to a new MIT study, bare metadata can paint a surprisingly personal portrait of each of us. When researchers analyzed the anonymous credit card transactions of 1.1 million people, they found that it was possible to identify the unique purchasing patterns of more than 90 percent of subjects with only four pieces of data, such as timing or location. This is information that many individuals willingly expose …

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Avoid Penalties: Choose the Right EHR for Meaningful Use

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Since the program’s inception, Meaningful Use has drawn criticism from all sectors of the healthcare industry, but it has also cemented itself as a critical component for achieving the triple aims of healthcare: providing safer care, improving population health and lowering care costs overall. The program has undergone many changes over the years, and it can be said that it is still a work in progress; but one thing that is for sure is that Meaningful Use is …

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Four Healthcare Apps You Should Be Building

Sixty-six percent of Americans say they would use a mobile application to manage health-related issues; yet, only 33 percent of physicians actively recommend mobile healthcare apps to their patients. This is oftentimes attributed to physicians’ lack of confidence in third-party applications, as it is impossible to guarantee that recommended apps will function the way physicians want them to. The solution? Build your own health app. Ryan Nelson

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Making the Most of the Patient Portal

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The advancement of health information technology has tremendous implications for the future of healthcare. Patient portal software 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. Guest Contributor

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