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 …
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.
If your healthcare organization doesn’t have a mobile-friendly website yet, it may be time to rethink your web presence, especially considering Google’s recent announcement. The search engine giant is adjusting its algorithm for ranking mobile search results – and starting on April 21st, mobile-friendly websites will rank better in mobile search. Websites that aren’t designed for mobile will lose search rank and become harder to find.
Email marketing is a practical and inexpensive way for hospitals and medical practices to reach their target audience by providing a direct line of communication to both existing patients and potential customers. For an email to be truly effective, however, it is important to make sure that people will actually read what you send.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.