Electronic health records have great potential to help clinicians better manage patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma and obesity. Disease management tools include identification of at-risk patients, lab and results alerts, and condition-specific registries.
The use of telemedicine to help manage chronic diseases such as congestive heart failure, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can yield clear benefits including fewer and shorter hospital stays, fewer emergency room visits, less severe illness, and even fewer deaths.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted approval to AliveCor for its smartphone-based atrial fibrillation detection algorithm.
Population health analytics vendor Healthentic has discovered employers pay more than $113,000 in medical expenses for "high-cost" people they cover compared to $2,751 for everyone else.
With Americas aging population and changing demographics set to outpace the number of available primary care providers, the Federal Communications Commission sees broadband technology as a saving grace for the nations increasingly overburdened healthcare system.
Integrating promotion of online patient portals into primary care visits appears to be the most effective way to increase portal usage, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University-led study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.
A new pilot study among low-income African-Americans in Detroit suggests they prefer being contacted by healthcare providers and researchers via text message on their mobile phones.
Health Data Management spoke with Carl "Chip" Lavie, M.D., medical director of cardiac rehabilitation and prevention at the New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System, about the importance of the new data and how best to include activity data in clinical records.
Despite its acceptance as standard of care for early stage breast cancer almost 25 years ago, barriers still exist that preclude patients from receiving breast conserving therapy (BCT)--with some still opting for a mastectomy, according to a large-scale retrospective analysis.
Geisinger Health System of Danville, Pa., has launched three new orthopedic programs in its ProvenCare line of best-practice derived treatment protocols: hip fracture, total hip, and total knee.
The ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus is an example of the way transitioning to ICD-10 can benefit the ability of public health officials to respond to global pandemics, according to an executive at 3M Health Information Systems.
Former Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman, now a founding partner of investment firm 7wire Ventures, has launched Livongo Health, which offers a suite of services to support management of chronic conditions, starting with diabetes.
Dell, storage and I/O technology vendor Terascala, and the Translational Genomics Research Institute are installing what the partners call state-of-the-art computing and programming specialized for human genome investigations at the National Cancer Institute.
The United States has fallen woefully behind China when it comes to genomic research, according to National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, M.D.
Lahey Health and vendor Dovetail Health have launched a medication management program targeting the 35,000 patients managed through Lahey's Medicare Shared Savings Accountable Care Organization.
Apples expected launch today of its long-awaited iWatch device could revolutionize the mobile healthcare market by capturing the hearts and minds of consumers However, two industry analysts say the success of this smartwatch with health/activity tracking capabilities hinges on more than just the ability of Apple to attract hordes of consumer users.