Connecting patients and providers is the holy grail of clinical I.T. This section looks at enabling technologies, such as patient portals and personal health records that are designed for direct use by patients. In addition, patient-centric technologies, such as disease management applications, are covered.
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Better, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup, have partnered on a mobile app designed to customize a patient's information-gathering experience.
Despite an explosion in consumer use of mobile health and fitness applications, doctors continue to be hesitant to recommend mHealth apps to their patients.
Research from the University of Florida found stark differences in the quality of Web-based health information provided by search engines for different health issues.
A multi-institution study has found evidence that two biomarkers are predictive of acute kidney injury (AKI), or renal failure, yet the test that detects them is still in the approval process in the U.S.
Many providers have implemented or are considering the use of patient portals to assist in meeting meaningful use patient engagement criteria. Quest Diagnostics, which sells the Care360 suite of provider software, gives tips to physician practices for successful use of portals.
Behavioral health technology developer Polaris Health Directions, Langhorne, Penn., has received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the second phase of a project the company says is set to dramatically impact addictions outcomes.
National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo wants to see changes made to the Health IT Policy Committee's current "somewhat siloed" workgroup structure. In a meeting last week of the HIT Policy Committee, DeSalvo called for fewer workgroups but expansion of their scopes so that they are more "strategic and forward-thinking" with the restructuring slated to begin in May for a couple of the workgroups and the rest of the transition continuing this summer.
Medicare has publicly posted 2012 Part B payment information on more than 880,000 physicians and other billable professionals in all 50 states. The government says the data makes possible analyses to compare 6,000 types of services and procedures along with payments received by individual providers. The American Medical Association counters that the data has significant shortcomings regarding the accuracy and value of services rendered by physicians, and gives nine examples.
Anthem Blue Cross and MemorialCare Medical Foundation, the physician division of the Fountain Valley, Calif.-based MemorialCare Health System, are collaborating to offer Anthem's Enhanced Personal Care program in Orange County and the greater Long Beach region to customers of Anthem's Preferred Provider Organization.
Clinicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, are conducting a pilot program in which notes they write about patients' mental health treatment is shared with those patients
I got a letter from my health insurer last week. It looked like junk to me at first, but my wife opened it up and left it at my place on the dining room table, so I eventually got around to reading it.
Using text reminders instead of pre-recorded phone calls is proving beneficial for Vanderbilt Medical Group clinicians in Nashville, Tenn.
A large-scale study of patients who underwent colonoscopies shows that adenoma detection rates closely tracked the future risk of colorectal cancer, and that for each 1 percent increase in adenoma detection rate, there was a 3 percent decrease in colorectal cancer risk.
The public will get a chance to comment on a proposed risk-based regulatory framework for health information technology developed by the Food and Drug Administration in coordination with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and Federal Communications Commission.
Those who were hoping for a new regulatory framework for health information technology products were disappointed by an April 3 draft report released by the federal government. The report, developed by the Food and Drug Administration in coordination with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Federal Communications Commission, unequivocally supports a risk-based regulatory framework for health IT products that is subject to FDAs current regulatory framework.