Archive for the ‘Electronic healthcare management’ Category

  • Growing Expectations from Transcription Companies

    Several healthcare organizations today look for a medical transcription system that is able to meet their future needs. Cost savings, cost restructuring, improvement in quality, and access to talent are some of the major requirements hospitals demand which “makes the outsourcer a change agent.”   A large number of Medical Transcription Service Organizations (MTSOs) have gone on consolidation mode because of “mergers and acquisitions, greater emphasis on adoption of EHRs and spread of health information exchanges across the nation,” says an article that appeared in the fortherecordmag.com.  The article, quoting Bob Thomas, a HIM consultant for transcription and computer-assisted coding says ...Read More »

  • After the quick skim through of the practical aspects of Remote Health Management, let’s broaden our understanding and incorporate the bigger picture. A study conducted by Philips states that the RHM industry performed better in while comparing patients with the help of networked monitoring devices and services and ones that receive just phone consultation from their nurses. Highlights of the Study The study resulted in the conclusion that telemedicine and telehealth management recipients spent about 26 percent time lesser in hospitals in comparison to those who received only phone consultations. [caption id="attachment_3203" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Healthcare Transformation"]Read More »

  • Technology holds the key to the long term sustainability of the existing healthcare system in the United Kingdom. Remote patient monitoring (RPM) system developers have already swooped down on the UKhealthcare market. Tele-health and RPM are forerunners to the oncoming patient portals.  It certainly holds the promise for massive cost savings for the healthcare industry in the UK.   Riding the wave – Hospitals in UK Cambridge Healthcare is already working with NHS Midlands and East to develop and promote an e-Health portal for patients and healthcare professionals.  Integrated with the NHS IT infrastructure, the portal will provide the platform for several Read More »

  • Of late hospitals are found retaining information only to the extent it is required to meet legal requirements, writes Lisa A Erarno editor, Cranston, Rhode Island, in her article in For-the-record-magazine quoting experts in the field. “Record retention challenges extend beyond the hospital walls, particularly as health information exchanges become more commonplace, according to Kelly McLendon, president of Health Information Xperts. “Inconsistent state-specific retention time frames pose challenges particularly when data are sent out over state lines, he adds.  That is something which medical transcription companies should also take note of.   Retention – Certain Key Issues For how long paper records are ...Read More »

  • Patient engagement is becoming increasingly critical to the U.S.healthcare reform process. Patients are the ultimate consumers of healthcare and patient engagement envisages exceptional healthcare for themselves and their families.   According to Gary Kolbeck, General Manager of LedgeNet Healthcare, a patient engagement strategy should contain use of technology, extend patient communications across the continuum of care, motivate patient involvement, educate patients about their role in managing their healthcare and should be capable of reaching all patients. Communication is at the core of the patient-doctor relationship and it offers a critical lens for assessing the extent to which patients are engaged as partners ...Read More »

  • The aspect of healthcare data is being closely watched as the advancements are continuous in nature within the arena of healthcare technology. Medical dictations, patient health records, diagnosis and prescriptions constitute some of the critical documentary health entitlements. Health data exchange is the transmission of healthcare-related data in an electronic form among facilities, health information organizations and government agencies according to the U.S. National standards. It is a key component of health information technology (HIT). A Health Information Exchange takes place electronically using data standards (not discussed here) and messaging standards such as Continue of Care Record (CCR) and Continuity ...Read More »

  • Of late, awareness among people about mobile technology and the advantages it can bring about has picked up great momentum. Physicians who agree that mobile health practices are a better way for improved patient care are on the rise. Patients believe that with mobile technology they can have better control over their own healthcare.   Physicians and clinicians look for smart functionality. They would like to view patient images on their tablets or smartphones although HIPAA regulations do not permit the same. Four out of five practicing physicians use smartphones, tablets, various mobile devices and numerous applications in their medical practice according ...Read More »

  • The ICD is the international standard diagnostic classification of diseases which has originated in the 1850s.  ICD-10 was endorsed by the Forty-third World Health Assembly in May 1990. Besides enabling the storage and retrieval of diagnostic purposes, it provides the basis for mortality and morbidity statistics by Member States of WHO. The Plan ICD-10 has more than 155,000 codes and accommodates a large number of diagnosis and procedures compared to the existing ICD 9 standards. All healthcare providers and health insurers will be required to use these codes starting from October 1, 2013. Additional codes provided is aimed at implementing the electronic ...Read More »

  • The iPad has taken the overall PC industry by surprise. Last year, Apple could show a comfortable growth rate for its notebook and desktop Macs. Analysts go on lowering the overall PC sales figures except for Apple and a few other companies. Despite all limitations it suffers from, sales of iPad is estimated around 64 million this year, according to estimates by Gartner a research firm. Critics say it has a swollen iPod touch. A keyboard is required if there are several notes for typing. The 9.7inch screen is another disadvantage. Then how did Apple make it big leaving others ...Read More »

  • In the past, physicians had to go through a cabinet stuffed with thousands of folders and files to view the personal information and medical data of a specific patient. Indeed, this represented the scenario that most physicians had to go through to gain access to a specific piece of information within his/her records.   With a rapid technology advancement witnessed throughout the past couple of decades, the medical record systems have gone through a paradigm shift. The advancement of healthcare management software applications and high-tech databases has enabled physicians to store endless amounts of information. The transformation of patient databases into Read More »