Mobile Healthcare: Beyond Devices
When one mentions “mobile healthcare,” most people tend to think of the mobile computers, tablets, and smartphones that enable clinicians to access and record information on the move and at the point of care. While these devices have been and will continue to be instrumental in the mobilization of care, it’s important to remember that several new innovations will ultimately take this concept to the next level.
By Ken Congdon, editor in chief, Health IT Outcomes
Healthcare Is Wi-Fi Ready
Healthcare professionals from medical facilities of all types and sizes are leveraging mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers, at an alarming rate.
Motorola Acquisition Gives Google Another Play In Healthcare
Many believed the demise of Google Health all but ended Google's prominence in the healthcare industry. However, the company may have given itself new life in the healthcare technology sector with its acquisition of Motorola Mobility earlier this month.
4 Reasons Why Now Is The Time For Telehealth
Over the past two years, I’ve written several articles about the potential impact telehealth technologies can have on the U.S. healthcare system. However, a few obstacles (e.g. reimbursement issues, physician collaboration requirements, etc.) have prevented telehealth from achieving widespread adoption.
HIT Must 'Go Rural'
What’s the answer to accommodating rural patient growth and improving the overall quality of rural patient care? Well, it all begins with multidisciplinary teamwork in rural primary care and greater provider collaboration between rural and urban care systems. Instrumental in these and other initiatives will be health IT.
4G mHealth: Possibilities & Pipe Dreams
In the world of mobile technology, 4G (fourth generation) cellular is the latest and greatest thing. It seems like every other television commercial boasts the multimedia and data rich transmission capabilities that 4G bandwidth can provide consumers.
Overcoming The Telehealth Reimbursement Hurdle
Six weeks ago, I wrote a column titled Telehealth’s Untapped Potential, which outlined that while telehealth technologies offer some compelling benefits to the healthcare community, they aren’t being adopted en masse due to reimbursement, liability, and HIPAA concerns.
Telehealth’s Untapped Potential
The U.S. healthcare system has undoubtedly gained heightened awareness of IT over the past few years. For example, government mandates are driving providers to adopt EHRs to improve operational efficiency and allow patient data to be easily shared among providers.
The Baby Boomer Impact On Health IT
There are approximately 78 million Baby Boomers currently living in the United States. This generation — born between 1946 and 1964 — has amassed more than $7 trillion in collective wealth, controls over 80% of the nation’s personal financial assets, and accounts for 50% of its discretionary spending power. However, the inevitable is now happening. The Baby Boomers are getting old. By Ken Congdon, editor in chief, Health IT Outcomes
Healthcare Going Mobile
Evidence has been emerging recently that illustrates the growing interest of wireless and mobile technologies in the healthcare sector. One example is data from mobile service provider Good Technology that shows healthcare as one of the top three industries leveraging Apple’s iPad tablet (the financial and technology industries are the other two).