Archive for the ‘Healthcare Technology’ Category

  • 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 »

  • 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 – The practicality in theory

    After having understood the Remote Health Management and its usefulness in today’s world, it’s time to look at the stream with some fresh perspectives. Overview The fast growth of the RHM market is definitely not surprising. Scientia states that as much as 86 percent of Medicare’s costs arise due to chronic conditions. Further, a major fraction of these costs go into hospital admission and other emergency procedures that several hospitals put patients through. These unnecessary costs could be very easily prevented if doctors could monitor the ...Read More »

  • Reaching Out to Rural Care – The U.S. Tele-health Policy

    A Tele-health policy is the “use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies supporting long-distance clinical health care, health education and health administration,” according to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Challenges Implementing the tele-health policy in a rural setting is a different story altogether. Here healthcare providers do face multiple challenges like lack of infrastructure, limited health care resources and geographic isolation. Chronic diseases and high mortality rate are common in many rural areas even today. “About 25% of U.S. residents live in rural areas while only 9% of physicians ...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 »