The fax machine may no longer be thought of as cutting-edge technology, particularly in the healthcare space, but its utility and security have never been greater, which keeps faxing at the forefront of communications throughout the healthcare space.
Perhaps no company is more important to the present and future of faxing than etherFAX, a firm that helps to “manage all business-critical fax communications and eliminate the need for fax boards, media gateways and other telephony infrastructure.”
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The first 2 to 5 days after a patient has undergone cancer surgery are the most critical. While nurses check their patients’ vital signs with frequency to determine how recovery is progressing, checking vitals manually is not only time-consuming, but the schedule can be inconsistent.
It is for this reason that Oxehealth will be completing a study to expand their camera-based health monitoring technology. Their current video technology checks three of the five vital signs, which has proven to be effective for monitoring patients with kidney problems, in the neonatal intensive care, and for many other patients who require frequent vital sign monitoring.
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Mobile health technologies have actually been around for well over a decade, but the healthcare industry has been rapidly adopting these technologies in the last few years. With the combination of wearable technology, mobile apps, and the role that smartphones and tablets now play in day-to-day life, mHealth is growing by leaps and bounds.
Since the mHealth industry as a whole is still fairly new, consumer adoption is still somewhat low. But according to a fascinating new report from Blouin News, the mHealth market is clearly growing faster in some countries than others. As a whole, Europe is leading the way in mobile health technology. In a recent study published by Research2Guidance, Denmark was revealed as having the highest mobile health adoption rate, followed by Finland, Spain, and the Netherlands.
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The following is a guest contributed post from Bonnie Cassidy, senior director of health information management (HIM) innovation for Nuance.
I used to tell my daughter the scary story that my dad used to tell my family about the “Boy Who Cried Wolf.” It is the story of a young man who liked to stir up drama with false rumors about a hungry wolf, so much so that when the townspeople were in actual danger, they didn’t believe him. While most of the health information technology (HIT) world was at the HIMSS15 convention last week, the Senate unanimously voted, 92-8, to repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that adjusts Medicare payments to physicians and effectively put an end to a flawed formula for Medicare payments, as well as any ICD-10 implementation delays. For more than 20 years, and with three official delays, the industry has been crying wolf, but it now appears that the transition to ICD-10 will indeed occur on October 1, 2015.
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You don’t have to be a CSI regular to know that blood tells a multitude of tales.
In everyday lives, blood testing is the key component of scanning for diseases and medical conditions. This one human substance reveals all, and forms the foundation of every intervention from the routine physical to probes for the causes of ailments.
One common test is the “CBC” — or Complete Blood Count — which measures the levels of platelets, white blood cells, and red blood cells. The presence of a disease or degenerative condition is routinely diagnosed from this most common of physician requested procedure.
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The HealthConnect app by PilotFish Healthcare Integration, Inc. is designed to improve patient and physician communication—as well as provide remote monitoring, analytics tools, and features aimed at improving overall health. The app can be used with a smart device (Apple’s HealthKit or Google’s Android) via USB, WiFi or Bluetooth.
The data gathered by the app is instantly transmitted to the EHR or preferred database, so that patient health can be monitored remotely. The goal is to increase patient accountability, and help both patients and physicians identify areas of opportunity sooner rather than later.
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Last week during HIMSS15, Kaiser Permanente — one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans — came to Chicago to showcase how the respected organization continues to provide world-class but affordable health care services to the growing communities it serves.
During the convention, mobileStorm CEO Jared Reitzin caught up with Brian Gardner, the Executive Director of the Mobility Center of Excellence at Kaiser Permanente, for an exclusive chat about Kaiser Permanente and the future of healthcare technologies in this mHealthWatch.com exclusive.
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