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How Wearable Tech is Changing How We Manage Health Information


IDC Worldwide, Wearables Will Surpass 200 Million in 2019The folks at Pearson Online Learning and the University of Illinois at Chicago recently shared with MHW a fascinating new infographic.

“Technology is changing how we manage our lives and track important data,” a provided statement reads. “With increasing amounts of wearable technology available, patients are able to monitor and record their own health. This revolutionizes the doctor-patient relationship, providing innovative changes to the health care industry.”
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More People Willing to Share Private Health Information Online


More People Willing to Share Private Health Information OnlineRecent studies have revealed that more than 90% of people on social networks would be willing to discuss even serious health concerns with doctors over social media, especially if they were able to remain completely anonymous throughout the exchange. These findings highlight an exciting trend in the field of healthcare, namely, that people are actually opening up to the idea of using new technology and methods of communication to improve the healthcare industry.

The same number of people that would be willing to anonymously share their health information also said that they believed the information they shared would be useful to researchers, who are looking for meta data about a disease or to ascertain how effective certain treatments are.

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December’s Top 10 Online and Mobile Sites for Health Information


December's Top 10 Online and Mobile Sites for Health InformationeBizMBA Rank has just published its revised list of the most popular health sites for the month of December 2013.

As 2013 draws to a close and millions of Americans prepare to renew their commitment to health and wellness in the new year, here’s a look at some of the sites that will help you stay healthy in mind and body next year.

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Nation’s Largest Health Information Exchange Debuts Partnership with AT&T’s Clinical Message Exchange


The Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), the largest in the nation, has announced a partnership with AT&T’s Healthcare Community Online to provide a highly-secure, scalable and flexible clinical interface integration platform.

IHIE covers more than ten million patients, more than 19,000 physicians, and over 80 facilities, and currently has more than four billion pieces of clinical data in its repository — delivering three million highly-secure health transactions daily.  It works with hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and physician practices to ensure that health information is where it needs to be, when it needs to be there to help improve care coordination and patient outcomes.

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U.K. Report Praises U.S. Veteran Health Administration’s Telehealth Program, Asks Why Adoption Remains Slow Across U.S.


A new report out of the U.K is praising the telehealth program sponsored by the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) — which is the largest telehealth project in the world — while also asking the question of why telehealth hasn’t gained more momentum and adoption across the U.S. healthcare system.

The new report, published by the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS), touts the VHA’s telehealth program as a prime example of how telehealth services should be rolled out on such a large scale.  Patients enrolled in the program — most of whom have chronic conditions such as heart failure, COPD, hypertension, diabetes, and post-traumatic stress disorder — receive free telemonitoring equipment and attention from care coordinators who teach them how to manage their own care.

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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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Study: Consumers Want Better Access to mHealth Services, Personal Health Information


A new study recently published by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) — the folks behind the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — shows that consumers demand better access to mobile health services and access to their personal medical information.

The study, entitled “The New Role of Technology in Consumer Health and Wellness,” examines consumer perceptions and attitudes in using new age digital and mobile health tools and services.  In it, it was found that 36 percent of consumers say they’d be interested in sending health data to their doctor via a wireless device; 33 percent are interested in managing their health records online; and 32 percent would be willing to consult with their doctor via online video.

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