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  • Six Ways Technology Is Changing Health Care System As We Know It

    October 27, 2016

    Several leaps have been made in our health care industry over the last two decades and technology is considered to be the driving force behind most of these improvements.

    A careful examination will reveal how different digital innovations is ushering in an era of democratization of medical care in which patients have more control over their health care. The enormous growth of our communication technology has also made it easier to combat the kind of epidemic situation that seems insurmountable few centuries ago.

    You can read more about it here.

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  • MACRA 101: Advancing Care Information

    October 20, 2016

    The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), initiated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), consolidates parts of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value-Based Payment Modifier and the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program into a single program for eligible professionals. These proposed changes do not apply to hospitals or critical access hospitals. MIPS consists of four components:

    • Quality reporting
    • Resource use
    • Clinical practice improvement
    • Meaningful use of certified EHR technology

     

    You can read more about it here.

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  • Report: 2016 Shaping Up to Be Biggest Year Yet for Digital Health Funding

    October 13, 2016
    • A total of $6.4 billion has been invested in digital health ventures through the first three quarters of 2016 and $2.37 billion was invested in the third quarter alone, according to the StartUp Health Insights Digital Health Funding Rankings report.
    • The patient/consumer experience subsector has received the bulk of these investments at $2.53 billion. The wellness subsector has received $918 million in investments and the personalized health subsector has received $634 million.
    • San Francisco has been the most active with more than 79 investment deals totaling $1.2 billion. New York City was second with 46 deals totaling $868 million and Boston was third with 17 deals totaling $704 million.

     

    You can read more about it here.

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  • AMA: Physicians Are ‘Enthusiastic’ About mHealth

    October 5, 2016

    A new survey finds that physicians see potential in digital health tools and platforms, but the technology will have to address certain issues before doctors truly embrace it.

    Physicians are “enthusiastic” for the adoption of digital health tools and platforms, according to a new study by the American Medical Association. But for most technologies, that enthusiasm hasn’t yet translated into actual use.

    Some 85 percent of the 1,300 physicians surveyed in July say “digital health solutions are advantageous to patient care,” the survey reported. And they’re optimistic that mHealth and telehealth tools can improve practice efficiencies, the safety of their patients and their ability to diagnose the patients and treat them, as well as boosting patient engagement and reducing burnout.

    You can read more about it here.

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  • Patient-Centered mHealth Design Drives Stronger Engagement

    September 28, 2016

    Using iterative design assessments, developers can create patient-centered mHealth more suitable for boosting patient engagement.

    In order to develop and test a patient-centered mHealth tool, researchers should employ an iterative design process to allow stakeholders to assess usability, according to a study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth.

    The study, led by Courtney R. Lyles, PhD, looked at the development of a patient-facing tablet application geared toward improving patient-provider communication. Patients would use the tablet in the waiting room to report the health issues they wanted to discuss during their primary care appointments.

    You can read more about it here.

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