Google Doubles Its Health-Related Search Content to Over 900 Conditions

Earlier this year, Google introduced structured, curated, and verified health information information into its Knowledge Graph smart search algorithm.

Initially, the feature was available for 400 conditions – but now Google has increased that number to over 900 conditions.

“We’re making sure to include neglected tropical diseases, a set of infections that affect over 1.5 billion people including 500 million children in poorer regions. We think it’s important for people to have facts on these diseases, such as Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, and Leishmaniasis. Today the feature is still only in U.S. English, but we plan to expand it to more languages and regions,” said Prem Ramaswami, Product Manager in the blog post announcement.

“We’re making sure to include Leishmaniasis of neglected tropical diseases, a set of infections that affect over 1.5 billion people including 500 million children in poorer regions. We think it’s important for people to have facts on these diseases, such as Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, and Leishmaniasis. Today the feature is still only in U.S. English, but we plan to expand it to more languages and regions,. noted”.

In the initial announcement, Google has partnered with the Mayo Clinic verify in-depth information for health and medical conditions.

Google has worked closely with a team of doctors to curate and validate this information including positive, helpful feedback from users and medical professionals, and Dokeep working to bring useful health information to your fingertips, whether in the Google app or on desktop,” said Ramaswami.

According to Google, 1 in 20 Google searches are for health-related information.

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Google Doubles Its Health-Related Search Content to Over 900 Conditions

How Does Your EHR Vendor Solve Challenging Situations?

Is your EHR vendor still solving your problems? This is a hard one to evaluate since meaningful use and EHR certification has hijacked the EHR development process.

An EHR vendor that’s doing the minimum necessary is just barely meeting the EHR certification and meaningful use requirements and never really responds to customer requests.

Does the salesperson have something new to sell you? If they do, it’s quite possible your EHR vendor has started focusing on some new product and not the EHR anymore.

Sadly, I think many EHR users know that their EHR vendor has stopped innovating their product.

Ask yourself the question, how does my EHR vendor approach solving challenging situations? If you talk to a lot of EHR vendors like I do, you can pretty quickly tell how an EHR vendor approaches problems.

The best EHR vendors dive deeply into the problem and not only solve the problem, but try to think of a better way to optimize everything surrounding the problem.

Source: EMR & EHR

How Does Your EHR Vendor Solve Challenging Situations?

How EHR implementation impacts revenue streams and patient care

A new study by Weill Cornell Medical College backs up previous reports that healthcare providers who adopt EHR early enjoy more financial gain than those who don’t.

“Early adopters of EHRs and participants in EHR incentive programs proved to have more financial capacity, better organization and better resources for supporting EHR implementation,” explains Health IT Outcomes’ Katie White.

The downside is that healthcare providers who have adopted EHR programs and subsequently participated in Medicaid incentive programs may be in a position to provide better care to their patients.

“If a digital divide develops, patients of doctors who keep paper – not electronic – records will have less reliable documentation and weaker communication between their healthcare providers. Those patients will not benefit from any quality improvements created by EHRs that are supported by the programs,” according to a statement from Weill Cornell.

“The expectation is that physicians and hospitals should be electronic,” Joshua Vest, assistant professor of healthcare policy and research at Weill Cornell said in a statement.

“How would everybody feel if only half of the banks were electronic nowadays? Without additional support to move forward there is the potential to stall out among those who don’t have the resources or capability to adopt EHRs.”.

Source: FCM

How EHR implementation impacts revenue streams and patient care

How Prepared Is Your Health System To Compete?

The point is that healthcare has changed except for those institutions which believe that they are healthcare.

Versus your health system, where your patient is making their third call to schedule an appointment, an appointment where the next available opening is three months from now.

By the time your health system is ready to see the patient for an initial appointment, the patient with the heart disease is 12 weeks removed from having received their stent.

“We know the delivery of healthcare has changed from the being fixated on the delivery of acute care to being able to respond in real time to delivering ambulatory services. To adapt to that change, we made some changes.”

Your customers – you can substitute the word patient if it makes you feel more comfortable – want healthcare services now, and they are prepared to try new ways to obtain those services.

If your health system was prepared, if your health system is prepared, it would not be questioning whether it should be amending its 2018 business strategy, it would already be hard at work figuring out how to offer these services.

People, your patients, have redefined what having access to healthcare means to them.

Source: HEALTHSYSTEMCIO.COM

How Prepared Is Your Health System To Compete?

How health IT enables safer medical travel and tourism

IT helps deliver safe medical care and a pleasant trip to facilities overseas. For more than 20 years, IT innovations have improved patient care worldwide. Now, these innovations are helping medical travelers, too.

How so?

  1. First, there are electronic media records. With an EMR system, it’s easy to gather patient clinical notes, diagnostic scans, medical administrator records, and discharge summaries in digital form. By automating and streamlining clinical workflow, IT cuts the time and effort needed to maintain information and create the data trail needed for medical audits and QA procedures.
  2. Then, there are smartphones. Our familiar hand-held computers are becoming an important enabler in the cloud-based healthcare infrastructure. An EMR system deployed in the cloud can make a smartphone a virtual healthcare wallet. Patients can access their medical records from a smartphone and share the information with overseas healthcare providers.
  3. Finally, data mining and analytics. Data mining and analytics technologies combine, prepare and search massive data stores gathered from many sources. Combined with analytics software, a cloud-based EMR system provides easy access to the knowledge and insight that overseas doctors can use to identify medical problems. And, patients can learn about cost-effective treatment for specific diseases and conditions without leaving home.

These innovations work with participants in the medical travel industry to deliver value to patients and business opportunities to entrepreneurs.

Source: The Healthcare IT Guy

How health IT enables safer medical travel and tourism

Cloud, Mobile and Data

It’s no surprise that healthcare is changing. The industry has been pushing for the digitization of patient health records for about 20 years, and as this comes to fruition, there is now an even greater opportunity for physicians to operate more efficiently. The convergence of three: cloud, mobile and data that is revolutionizing healthcare.

Cloud: Cloud systems are a cluster of resources – hardware, software and support – hosted and delivered from a remote location, with data warehoused outside the local user’s computers. most cloud-based systems store their data on massively scaled, redundant and hyper-secure systems that use high-grade SSL encryption, which are also used by major financial institutions and commercial vendors that also have a responsibility to safeguard client privacy.

Mobile: Even in its short time on the scene, the way in which mobile is being consumed has changed. Technologies now exist that allow physicians to document patient records via tablets, meaning they are no longer bound to a stationary desktop or paper file. A recent study from ABI Research noted that patients will begin using mobile health applications more regularly to share information with their medical providers.

Data: While cloud and mobile technologies have a great impact on the daily operations of the healthcare industry, an opportunity to truly revolutionize healthcare lies with the data. With the help of cloud and mobile, physicians can more easily access structured data that can be used to benefit specific patients and over time will likely even transcend one-to-one interactions to improve population health.

Any practice can implement these technologies into their own workflow, and as more do so, the industry becomes more connected and better equipped to help patients in the long-term.

Source: Modernizing Medicine

Cloud, Mobile and Data