New, User-Friendly e-PRO Models Increase Efficiency and Organization of Clinical Trials

Although much of the medical field has made the transition from paper to electronic health records, the available models for electronic patient reported outcomes (PROs) have not been as effective or efficient as paper in capturing patient data. Most of the original electronic PROs were designed for more complicated trials, which meant that those with less volume and complexity were conducted on paper because it was less expensive and time consuming. All of that may change now, as …

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7 Innovative Healthcare Devices Seen at CES 2015

The Consumer Electronics Show has returned to Las Vegas, and groundbreaking technology in healthcare is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the convention. With 3600 exhibitors and an estimated 160,000 attendees, CES gathers the best ideas in tech every year, and in 2015, fitness and health-related gadgets are some of the most talked-about products at the show. This year, top new products include a number of portable and easy-to-use devices that collect information from patients …

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Can New Smartphone “Virtual Assistants” Reduce Chronic Disease Death Toll?

Chronic illnesses are among the most common, costly, and avoidable of all health problems today. Half of all adults in the U.S. suffer from at least one chronic condition and nearly 1.7 million people die from their illness each year. Non-adherence to restorative health regimens is one of the greatest barriers to improving chronic health issues in the U.S. Timothy Bickmore, PhD, and Thomas Morrow, MD, believe it’s time for pharmacies to consider using modern devices to optimize …

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Why Physicians are Slow to Take the Digital Leap of Faith

2015 is fast approaching and bringing with it new federal regulations that will force many healthcare practices to go digital. Some providers are struggling to find their footing before stepping into the digital arena, where they will face high upfront costs and the risk of penalties, often compounded by personal fears about what the digital transition may hold in store for the future. Upfront Costs Many providers’ most pressing concern is the cost of implementing new systems. Starting …

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Healthcare Community Sees Long-Term Value of ICD-10

ICD-10 is the 10th iteration of the International Classification of Diseases issued by the World Health Organization. It is set to be adopted by healthcare professionals by Oct. 1, 2015 after a year-long delay. As the compliance date approaches, more medical professionals are anticipating the far-reaching benefits of a common global code, such as easier and improved analysis of causes of illness and death, management of public health trends and threats, and effectiveness of treatments.   ICD-10 allows …

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More Patients Demanding Email Communication with Their Providers, Studies Show

New evidence is showing that more than ever, patients expect access to both their physicians and medical history. According to Health Data Management, over the last ten years, the number of patients that email directly with their physicians has tripled, and another study by Catalyst Health Research showed that 93% of respondents said they would prefer to have access to email communication with their physicians, and that a quarter of those respondents would choose a physician who offered …

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How Microsoft is Changing Healthcare for Patients and Physicians

Microsoft recently launched the ‘Band,’ a $199 fitness tracker bracelet that monitors personal biometrics 24-hours a day. It also launched the Microsoft Health app and Microsoft Health Service, a platform that centralizes consumers’ data from a variety of health devices and apps stored in the cloud. Perhaps most importantly, data from these products and other medical devices can be shared with medical providers through Microsoft’s HealthVault, an integrative platform built primarily for healthcare organizations. What is the ‘Band’? …

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Five Reasons Every Physician Needs CRM Software

Running a medical practice means finding an efficient way to manage complicated processes and records while maintaining communication with patients. A note to the skeptics: CRM software does just as much for your practice as it does for your patients. CRM software helps medical professionals and physicians meet patients’ evolving needs while facilitating better communication and streamlining all the different processes associated with running a medical practice. Here are some examples: 1. Maximum Organization through Electronic Patient Records The …

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How to Survive a Meaningful Use Audit

As tedious as they may seem, Meaningful Use Audits are here to help physicians. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have given out tens of billions of dollars in Meaningful Use incentive payments in just the past few years as an effort to encourage providers to adopt EHRs and other cutting-edge technologies that improve care and reduce the costs associated with health care for patients. The most important part of preparing and surviving these audits is …

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Webinar video: Meaningful Use and the Rise of Patient Portals (from HITECH Answers)

Patient portals are playing a progressively larger role in attaining Meaningful Use in 2014 and 2015.  This webinar from HITECH Answers features Jim Tate, a noted Meaningful Use expert and presenter, while he discusses the importance of having a quality, robust portal that works for your patients and your practice. What questions do you have about patient portals?  Let us know in the comments, or read more here.   Ryan Nelson

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