Will Telecommunications Save Rural Hospitals?

robotic surgery in rural hospitals

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 …

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How EHRs Can Improve End-Of-Life Care Documentation

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 …

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How to Make ICD-10 Training Fun

ICD-10 training

The transition to ICD-10 is looming over the healthcare industry. The pressure to train before the October 1, 2015 roll-out 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. Marie Westerhof Marie is the Director …

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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. Marie Westerhof Marie is the Director of Marketing at Medical Web Experts, and has been working in healthcare marketing and web …

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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. …

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New Technology Gives the Blind a Second Chance at Sight

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Electronic glasses might sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but they’re very real – and they are helping legally blind individuals to see. In the case of Canadian Kathy Bleitz, the glasses allowed her to see her newborn baby. Bleitz has been legally blind since the age of 11. The amazing new technology, called eSight, works like a headset. The lens frames are complete with a high-definition camera that projects video footage onto diode screens …

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Google Teams Up with Mayo Clinic to Provide Instant Answers for Health Searches

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Whether you are looking for an at-home flu remedy or the cause behind a specific symptom, googling anything related to your health can be dangerous. With so much information out there, it’s hard to know what is accurate and what isn’t. Well, fret no longer. Google is pairing up with Mayo Clinic, one of the world’s most respected non-profit medical research facilities, to bring internet users more accurate information when it comes to medical conditions. Through the use …

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Why Patient Engagement is Taking So Long

Healthcare IT today is bigger than ever. Modern software is intended to increase efficiency, organization and communication with patients – but only recently have patients become the focus of health information technology. Why is patient engagement taking center stage in eHealth so late in the game? When the first iPhone was released in 2007, activity on social media pages like Facebook and Twitter exploded, as people began using the internet to organize their lives, interact with their networks …

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Approaches to Improving Communication in Hospitals

Poor communication can cause U.S hospitals to waste approximately $12 billion annually, or about 2 percent of revenues, according to a recent study by Accenture. In order to decrease financial losses and increase patient satisfaction, hospitals must improve both face-to-face communication and ICT technology integration. Understanding which areas would benefit from the use of technology (such as patient flow between units) and which would be better-scaffolded by improved face-to-face interactions (the patient-physician relationship, for instance) will allow hospital …

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Mobile Health Technology Begets an Interesting New Responsibility for Physicians

Mobile health devices have created easy access to a wealth of information about our own bodies – people can monitor what they eat, track how much they have exercised, measure their blood pressure or find easy answers to questions about illness, diet or fitness. But easy access to information can also mean too much access in the sense that, sometimes, mobile health technologies can lead to self-diagnosis and, consequently, misdiagnosis. At times, the information these devices give us …

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