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.”.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
Many small to medium size medical practices are finding web-based EHR systems to be the perfect solution for their clinical needs.
In a cloud-based system, a practice’s data is stored on external servers and can be accessed via the web, requiring only a computer with an Internet connection.
Practices can prevent interruption of cash flow and get a faster return on investment with an implementation process much quicker than traditional client-server systems.
Practices realize tremendous savings from cloud-based EHR systems.
Web-based software provides superior accessibility and collaboration over client-server systems because users are able to securely log in to the system from anywhere they have Internet connection.
Are Web-Based EHR Systems Safe?Most physicians who are skeptical of cloud-based EHR systems cite security as a primary concern.
While uncertainty is understandable, web-based EHR systems can actually deliver greater security than client-server systems and paper records.