Did You Know That “HIPPA” Is Actually Spelled “HIPAA?” Here’s What HIPAA Is

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Know the difference between HIPAA and HIPPA and learn all about the US law that protects patients’ medical information. Whenever you’re doing an online search about HIPAA compliance, it’s easy to make a typo and confuse “HIPAA” with “HIPPA.” Phonetically speaking, it’s also an easy mistake to make. Given the similarities, you may be asking yourself,  “What exactly is the difference between HIPAA and HIPPA?” “HIPAA” is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. This is …

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The Benefits of Outsourcing your MVP Development

Approaching your healthcare application development project with the plan of developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is almost always recommended. One might think that the idea of developing a product with less functionality might be a shortcut or involve less work, but from a planning perspective, it is exactly the opposite. One must envision all the functionality that the product would offer over the coming years, then decide what gets included in the MVP, including the first phase …

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Bridge Patient Portal Client Westmed Wins eHealthcare Leadership Award for Best Patient Access & Convenience

Westmed Medical Group, a client of patient engagement software vendor Bridge Patient Portal, has been recognized by eHealthcare Leadership Awards for their healthcare patient portal and mobile app in the category of Best Patient Access & Convenience in a Medical Practice/Outpatient Facility. Bridge Patient Portal, a patient health portal and patient engagement software vendor, is announcing that their client Westmed Medical Group, a large New York-based multi-specialty group medical practice, has been presented with an eHealthcare Leadership Award …

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How do top healthcare mobile apps measure up? – You might be surprised.

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Patient apps still lagging in features, functionality, and usability. Mobile technologies are a greater and greater part of the everyday life of patients. They rely on mobile apps for transportation, banking, shopping, and even ordering groceries or a coffee. However, healthcare providers have only started to offer patient apps to deliver convenient access to digital services. While the number of providers offering mobile applications has grown significantly over the last few years, patient adoption continues to lag. The …

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Annual Check-up: mHealth Apps are Still in Critical Condition – Part V: Summary Report of Health System App Development Progress

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In Parts I, II, III and IV of this series, we evaluated the current state of health system app development and found that it is still very far behind where it should be.   Health System apps being released are still sub-par In Part I, we outlined the findings of the 2015 studies done by Accenture and IMS on the state of digital health: mhealth apps lacked relevant features for patients. They were also found to be behind …

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Annual Check-up: mHealth Apps are Still in Critical Condition – Part IV: Core Features Are Still Missing from mHealth Apps for Hospitals and Health Systems

After reviewing the branded mHealth apps listed in Part I of this series, we were surprised to find that, two years after Accenture released its report on Digital Health and the features requested in an app for hospitals, mHealth app features still fail to deliver on the core functionalities patients are coming to expect in an app. These features include: Access to electronic medical records Appointment scheduling and changes Prescription refills Those apps that do provide these features only …

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Annual Check-up: mHealth Apps are Still in Critical Condition – Part III: Misleading Functionality Descriptions in App Stores

In Part II of this series, Limited Functionality for mHealth App Features, we described the different types of functionalities implemented in the mHealth apps assessed and found that significant shortcomings still exist in the mHealth app development market. After downloading the apps and analyzing them, it became clear that the functionalities promoted in the app descriptions – whether in iOS or Google Play – are treated equally whether the feature is delivered in the app, linked out to a …

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Why Most Healthcare Apps Fail (But Yours Doesn’t Have to)

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Only 11% of healthcare apps offer at least 1 of the 3 functionalities patients want most. Pick up the cell phone of any of your friends or family members — or even your own — and you have nearly a 60% chance of finding at least one healthcare app. Mobile device apps have taken consumer-driven economics to an entirely new level, giving a new level of autonomy to individual consumers. In the wellness space, mHealth applications have grown …

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Why Medical App Development May Be Your Hospital’s Best Decision of 2017

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Mobile applications have never been more popular than now. As every industry becomes more fast-paced and tech-dependent, each is advancing to provide services at the highest level of efficiency — and healthcare is a perfect example. Currently, there are over 165,000 apps related to mhealth in the Apple App Store. If you’re not thinking about healthcare application development, you should be. Finding the right company to manage your medical app development can open doors, increase the efficiency of …

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Annual Check-up: mHealth Apps are Still in Critical Condition – Part II: Limited Functionality for mHealth App Features

For background on the mHealth app study, and the utilization of apps in hospitals and health systems , please be sure to read Part I of this series: Healthcare App Development Market is Not Meeting Patient Needs. Why Hasn’t Hospital App Development Been Able to Overcome this Major Hurdle? Perhaps one of the most important findings from our research is that similar functionalities can vary greatly from one health system to the next; hospital app development is not …

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