Archive for the ‘Health information technology’ Category

  • Adding Value to Savings in Healthcare Cost

    Galloping healthcare costs and growing deficit have been two major issues that kept the U.S Administration always on high alert. Critics have been holding it responsible for spending money for fighting complications instead of paying attention to coordination. They argue that for the sake of saving costs it has been wasting billions for reaching out to doctors to adopt digital health records.   On the Right Path, says the Government However, according to the official Administration, pioneer Accountable Care Organizations have started taking steps to improve Medicare patients’ health and lowering costs through improved care coordination. “The Affordable Care Act has saved money ...Read More »

  • Sharing of Healthcare Information – Issues

    Today, modern medicine largely depends on sharing and communicating information for providing improved care. Exchange of information requires healthcare professionals agree on a standard of communication for verification of medical data in clinical environments. However, it remains a great challenge today. Exchange of Health Information Health information exchange has been growing steadily in the U.S. over the last few years thanks to the Meaningful Use program. In the earlier years, success rate of medical data exchange program used to be low. Major hurdles were shortage of funds and reluctance of healthcare providers in sharing data with competitors.  With the arrival of Meaningful ...Read More »

  • Moving into Oblivion – The 4G Network

    Smart phones, tablet computers and personal digital assistants have pushed the entry of mobile applications into the healthcare technology market. An era of experiments and inventions that followed brought in a series of new generation wireless technologies viz. 3G, 4G etc. Today almost all smartphones have some kind of “G” connectivity, including the new iPhone. According to a report by Research2Guidance, a global mobile research group, medical app market is worth about $718 million and is expected to double by the end of this year.  But popularity of 4G networks seems to be fading. What ails 4G  Carriers have not ...Read More »

  • Remote Health Management – The Final Nail

    In the previous article we highlighted some of the critical issues being addressed by the Remote Health Management mechanism with respect to the condition in the US. We would look further along those lines and some of the welcoming trends at the market place. The CHF Story The case of congestive heart failure (CHF) is a classic case that views many health defaulters in America. An average of about 5.3 million citizens suffer from severe CHF in the country. 380,000 among these were found to be above 65 years of age. It is estimated that the total cost required to combat ...Read More »

  • Remote Health Management – the US Story

    After having dwelled into the global picture of the Remote Health Management market, it’s time to get into the medical aspect of things as it holds critical status. Let’s take a look at the United States of America. As of today, as many as 135 million Americans are suffering from severe chronic conditions/ illnesses. If statistics are to be believed – no matter how overrated – then this number is definitely prone to increase at an exponential rate. In the view of the same, hospitals are under constant pressure to come up with new Read More »

  • Remote Health Management – Data Transfer and Competition Forces

    The previous article touched upon the highlights of a study that holds the role of RHM in a positive frame alongside initiating some of the fallouts. This piece would dwell deep into some of the evident challenges. Data Transfer We talked about reimbursement issues but these are not the only ones that limit complete penetration of the system. More often than ever, RHM devices require transmission of huge amounts of data from patients to the health monitoring service center which in turn transfers the information to the office of the respective physician. The entire transmission process would require constant broadband access, ...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 »

  • Remote Health Management – an Introduction

    Hospitals in a world of Videoconferencing Remote Health Management - As the name suggests, is an umbrella term given to any health management system that employs devices which enable doctors and physicians to keep an eye on their patients without having to rely on hospitals as the medium. In other words, this is a remote health management system. The market for remote health management has been rapidly growing especially since the beginning of the twenty first century. Let’s try to understand the concept in depth before we dig through the nuances of this methodology. Concept Overview Remote health management as the ...Read More »

  • Do hospitals sometimes get rewarded for not doing things right? It is a question that has baffled critics many times and continues to do so. They do “get rewarded for doing things badly,” says a recent blog on the Kaiser Health news portal. The assumption is when a discharged patient comes back, hospital benefits because it can fill an empty bed and bill for more care! That could be an over-exaggeration but the federal government says that Medicare pays $17.4 billion a year for unnecessary return visits. Massive Budgets, Heartening Results? [caption id="attachment_3060" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Improving Healthcare"]Read More »

  •   Public hospitals, community health centers and faith-based organizations across the U.S. are known for their traditional safety-net setup. After passing of the PPACA, these entities have started playing a more crucial role in the U. S. healthcare system.   Why their services are so crucial In a recent survey conducted by the Commonwealth Fund and Modern Healthcare, it was found that safety-net providers serve the critical need of patients who remain uninsured and provide culturally competent care and translation services.  Majority of respondents to the survey said that Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) would improve financial protection for these groups. ...Read More »