Mobile Health Technology

A mobile healthcare technology blog, sponsored by AccelaMOBILE and run by White Plume Technologies.

21
Dec
0

Does Healthcare IT need a ‘Disruptor’? – Day 5

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CONCLUDING REMARKS While IT departments historically have had a strong influence on what devices are or are not used in the clinical or hospital setting, a new sense of BYOD is changing IT in the healthcare setting. The consumerization of IT is the “blending of personal and business use of technology devices and applications.” When it comes to healthcare, younger physicians are bringing their tech savvy ways to clinics and hospitals, and their devices, too. Even... Continue reading
20
Dec
0

Does Healthcare IT need a ‘Disruptor’? – Day 4

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POTENTIAL DISRUPTORS OF THE FUTURE? Single Patient Identifier:  HIPAA required every healthcare provider in the US be assigned an NPI (National Provider Identifier): a CMS issued 10-digit number used by all health plans in an effort to streamline HIPAA standard transactions and coordination of benefits transactions. What if, in this age of disparate systems, every patient was issued a single patient identifier: one number that would follow that patient for life, no matter the condition, provider,... Continue reading
Tagged in: CMS Meaningful Use
19
Dec
0

Does Healthcare IT need a ‘Disruptor’? – Day 3

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CURRENT DISRUPTORS The move to EHR Recent incentives, financial and otherwise, have pushed many healthcare providers to use an EHR system. While beneficial in theory—coordination of care, drug alerts, and other aspects really are beneficial when used correctly—EHRs interrupt and change longstanding workflows and add a technical element to a once paper driven process: all of this combined can make for a very large disruption. With an EHR, healthcare providers must learn new technology, spend more... Continue reading
Tagged in: EHR EMR
18
Dec
0

Does Healthcare IT need a ‘Disruptor’? – Day 2

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RECENT DISRUPTORS IN HEALTHCARE IT Before moving on to current and possible future healthcare IT disruptors, let’s first review a few disruptors of the past 5 – 7 years, all combining to create the avalanche of smart phone/mobile device adoption. Touch Screens The ability to touch a screen to make a phone call, view documents, and access the internet drastically changed how people interact with mobile technology. Touch screens provided an intuitive user design and eliminated... Continue reading
17
Dec
0

Does Healthcare IT need a ‘Disruptor’? – Day 1

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INTRODUCTION  Healthcare was a major topic in the 2012 Presidential race and most Americans, political party aside, agree healthcare in the US is currently stuck in the ‘dark ages’ and needs reform. Not only is our healthcare system antiquated, but the US ranks surprisingly low when it comes to healthcare measures. In one study, the US ranked last or next-to-last on all five dimensions of a high performance health system: measuring quality care, access, efficiency, equity... Continue reading
10
Dec
0

Attention Healthcare Providers: Discount on Kindle Fire Today Only!

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On this “Green Monday,” Amazon is offering $50 off its popular Kindle Fire 8.9” HD tablet. A device favored by many for reading books and other publications, the Kindle Fire is also a useful device for physicians using AccelaMOBILE to complete the charge capture process. Its lower price point (compared to iOS and some Droid devices) as well as its versatility has made it a solid choice for healthcare providers. Visit Amazon today to take advantage... Continue reading
07
Nov
1

Mobile Computing: Essential for Meaningful Use or Essential for Healthcare?

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A recent post by Neil Versel, “Mobile will be essential to meeting MU Stage 2, improving care coordination” discusses how mobile factors into transitions of care and patient engagement.  Stage 2 MU Issues With CMS’s Final Rule of Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU), “Eligible Professionals” have a new core objective to use secure electronic messaging to communicate with patients on relevant health information.  Stage 2 also enforces patient access objectives with a requirement for online access to health records... Continue reading
Tagged in: CMS Meaningful Use
02
Nov
0

Enhancing iPads for the Healthcare Setting

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iPad. iPhone. iPod Touch. Apple has successfully taken the healthcare industry by storm. According to a 2011 Manhattan Research study, 75% of U.S. physicians owned an Apple mobile device. Studies by Vitera Healthcare Solutions and Bulletin Healthcare also found similar findings: iPhone and iPad are the most commonly used mobile devices by healthcare professionals. Even with iOS’ sleek, powerful and friendly user interface, there is always room for improvement, especially when it comes to healthcare. Below are some... Continue reading
Tagged in: Apple iPad iPhone
26
Oct
3

iPad Mini: Healthcare Providers Rejoice!

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Just weeks after the introduction of the iPhone 5, Apple brought excitement to the tech world yet again with the unveiling of iPad mini this week. An identical twin—well, almost—to the popular iPad, the iPad mini is simply smaller, measuring 7.9 inches diagonally. It also comes with a lower price point: $329. These two factors alone make it an attractive choice for the healthcare market. Its smaller size means it will easily fit in any standard lab coat pocket... Continue reading
08
Oct
1

Present State of mHealth

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What is mHealth anyway?  The term ‘mHealth’ describes many different aspects of global healthcare. So, in reality, what is mHealth and what does it mean for physicians and patients? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines mHealth as, “the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve health outcomes, healthcare services, and health research.” Thus, mHealth encompasses anything from a calorie counter on your iPhone to a fetal monitor for pregnant women in rural... Continue reading