Healthcare Technology Archive

Meaningful Use Leads to Growth of E-Prescribing Adoption by Physicians

According to a new report by Surescripts®, federal incentives to support healthcare IT have contributed to the growth of the nation’s use of electronic prescriptions by 72% in the previous year. Surescripts has released “The National Progress Report on E-Prescribing and Interoperable Healthcare”, which tracks the status of e-prescribing adoption and use in the United

Internet Gives Way to Increases in Prescription Drug Abuse

A new Health Affairs report reveals that the rise in availability and use of the Internet is a major contributor to the trend of prescription drug abuse in the country. The study shows that a 10% increase in the use of high-speed internet leads to a 1% growth in prescription drug abuse through admissions in

Continua Guidelines for Connected Healthcare Technology

Continua Health Alliance, an international non-profit organization, announces the public release of its 2010 Design Guidelines for healthcare networks. Releasing the guidelines to its members is a huge milestone achieved by the alliance that will create an end-to-end personally connected healthcare network for consumers. The industry standards and specifications selected by the alliance to ensure

Usability as the Essence of EHR Adoption Program

We all know that EHR adoption is encouraged in the healthcare industry and the incentives that the government is willing to give help speed up the conversion process. However, adopting an EHR is just the beginning of the process. The conversion process isn’t complete until all healthcare providers implement it in their practices and keep

Setting Pace for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use

Achieving Meaningful Use of EHR technology and receiving federal incentive bonuses is a significant motivator for a nationwide transition to a 21sth century IT infrastructure for healthcare. So far an estimated 50,000 providers have signed up to participate in the EHR Incentive Program. The transition to a full blown nationwide IT infrastructure will occur in

Top Smartphone Apps for HIT Users

The healthcare IT industry is developing and expanding by leaps and bounds. Every year we see new technological advancements that are capable of greatly improving healthcare. Many universities now even offer HIT degrees that create professionals in analyzing medical data, medical billing and health information management.  Many new technological developments, including Smartphone apps, are designed to

Care Connectivity Consortium to Demonstrate Feasibility of Cross-Country Data Exchange

A new Care Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has been formed to consider the feasibility of cross-country health information exchange and to implement “interoperability tools” by the end of next year. The consortium includes five large integrated delivery systems, all of which are pioneers of EHR technology, including Geisinger Health System, Danville, Group Health Cooperative (GHC), Intermountain

Networking Solution to Link Healthcare Providers

A physician’s social network has been launched by Doximity, a new health technology company, which can connect healthcare providers via their iPhones, Android devices or computers and enable them to work together in order to provide better healthcare to patients. Aimed at alleviating the communication barriers between healthcare providers, which are the base causes of

Growing Market for Telehealth Technology

Remote patient monitoring, also known as telehealth, is the new growing trend in the healthcare industry. The demand for technology is on the rise and a major shift in healthcare delivery methods—from a hospital centric approach to a patient centric approach—is occurring by the advent of low-energy Bluetooth, near-field communication (NFC), secure data management and

Social Networking Sites Fail to Protect PHI of Diabetes Patients

The Journal of American Medical Informatics Association recently published a study on the quality and privacy of information provided by various social networking sites for diabetes patients.  Researchers found that there was a wide variation in the information content as well as the measures taken to protect patient privacy. As such, only half of these