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Electronic Medical Records Not Living Up to Expectations

Electronic Medical Records Not Living Up to ExpectationsWhile there are many advantages to electronic medical records, they still have a long way to go when it comes to account care organization (ACO) needs. In fact, their shortcomings are leading many physician-led ACO’s to turn to third-party vendors to close the gap.

These findings were gathered by KLAS Research, which interviewed 46 physician-led ACO’s. An astounding 68% utilized a third-party vendor, opposed to an EMR vendor. Their primary reasons for turning to third-party vendors were related to reporting, care management, connectivity, and risk stratification.

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Massive mHealth Growth in Focus at HIMSS 2013

Today in New Orleans at the HIMSS conference, progress in the field of mobile health was apparent everywhere you turned.

One of the biggest successes on display this year is CareCloud, a provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health records, and medical billing software and services.

Ahead of the convention’s start, CareCloud validated the vitality of its industry by pointing to its own unprecedented growth.

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Thousands of Medical Records Hacked, Says Wisconsin Health Organization

It’s news that will do little to quell worries about the security of electronic health records.

An announcement from Milwaukee-based Froedtert Health reveals a security breach that could have put sensitive information relating to 43,000 patients at risk.

“On December 14, 2012,” a notice from the health system reads, “we learned that a computer virus may have allowed an unauthorized person to access a Froedtert Health employee’s work computer account… We found no evidence that any unauthorized person accessed any personal information or medical records.  As a precaution, we felt it was important to tell you this occurred.”

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Kaiser Permanente Launches Mobile App for Access to Electronic Medical Records

Kaiser Permanente, who already boasts the largest deployment of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) in the world, today announced the launch of a new Android application to allow more than 9 million Kaiser patients to access their medical information on the go.

In addition to its Android app, the healthcare provider is also launching a newly mobile-optimized version of its website located at kp.org to allow anyone with a mobile device to still access their medical information when and where they need it.  Kaiser said it plans to launch a companion app for iOS in the coming months as well.  Through mobile access to their personal health information, Kaiser members now have secure access to lab results, diagnostic information, direct email communication with doctors, and the ability to order prescription refills among other things.

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Survey: Heavy Healthcare Investment in Tablet Devices Expected for 2012

According to new survey data out from market research firm the NPD Group, 75 percent of the small to medium healthcare practices polled are looking to buy tablet devices in 2012.

This is despite a somewhat contradictory report published recently by the West Wireless Health Institute that said less than one percent of hospitals have fully functioning tablet systems in place as we enter 2012, citing lack of development in EMR apps and others that don’t give physicians the same experience they’re used.

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Survey: Half of Physicians to Use Mobile Apps in 2012, 38 Percent Already Using EHR Systems

New research out from CompTIA takes a deep look at adoption of mobile technologies among physicians and healthcare providers — with a focus on smartphone & tablet usage, EMR/EHR implementation, and usage of mobile medical apps.

According to the research one-quarter of healthcare providers surveyed report currently using tablets within their practice, with another 21 percent expect to do so within 12 months.  More than half of healthcare professionals surveyed currently use a smartphone for work purposes.  in addition, about 38 percent of physicians with a mobile device capable of supporting applications use medical-related apps on a daily basis.  Over the next 12 months, however, physicians expect to increase usage of medical apps to the point where 50 percent are using them daily, according to the research.

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Mobile EMR Provider Practice Fusion Outlines Future Mobile Apps At Health 2.0

At the Health 2.0 conference yesterday in San Francisco, Practice Fusion — who bills itself the “the fastest growing Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system in the U.S. — outlined its mobile roadmap and debuted a prototype of its upcoming native mobile app for iOS.

The company currently has iPhone and Android applications in private beta testing, with each providing a free, lightweight and secure way for medical professionals to stay connected to vital patient data on the go and in real-time.  “Doctors love mobile technology — an estimated 80 percent of physicians have smartphones,” said Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion.  “This prototype is the next step we promised our mobile-hungry medical community.  Soon, our doctors will access their free EMR accounts anytime, anywhere securely with a free iPhone app.”

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