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Healthspot Kiosk, Hospital Consolidation, and Trustworthy Apps — Around Healthcare Scene

Posted on January 13, 2013 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

EMR and EHR

Healthspot Full Patient Visit Kiosk at CES

A full-patient visit can be conducted in a kiosk, thanks to Healthspot. This kiosk, which is being featured at the CES and Digital Health Summit, provides medical tools and an online connection to an actual doctor. There are many possibilities with this, such as being used in an emergency room or pharmacy. While there are still some issues that need to be adjusted and worked out, this won’t be the last we hear from Healthspot.

Apps Will Drive Healthcare Cloud Expansion

While only 4 percent of the healthcare community used cloud technology in 2011, that number is expected to grow in the coming years. What once was something people feared because of security concerns, cloud technology might become more mainstream with the increased expansion of mobile health apps. It may not “explode” in 2013, but it is sure to grow. 

Hospital EMR and EHR

Hospital Consolidation

Perhaps one of the biggest trends in healthcare right now is hospital consolidation. This happens when hospitals join together to buy practices. This can be a good thing, as it can result in savings and getting goods for lower prices. However, there are also many issues associated with it, such as if a doctor is bought out by a hospital that uses an EHR that the doctor dislikes. There are many unanswered questions about hospital consolidation, but it is definitely on the rise.

Using EMRs To Track Providers

Clinicians are often the targets of discussions concerned EMR use. However,  they can also use it to analyze the performance of providers. There are several variables that can be used and measured with an EMR to do this, and Melissa Outlaw from SEERHealth discusses those. Many of them are highlighted in this blog post.

Meaningful Health IT

California HealthCare Foundation CEO Smith stepping down

President and founder of the California Healthcare Foundation is leaving the company this year. Mark D. Smith, who has been an advocate for health IT over the years, has been very influential in his career. He will continue working at the University of California. This post highlights many of his accomplishments and displays how far his influence has spanned over the years.

Smart Phone Healthcare

25 Percent of Americans Trust Apps as Much as Doctors

A study conducted by Royal Philips Electronics revealed some interesting facts. Among the results, the study found that about one-quarter of Americans trust health apps just as much as their doctor. mHealth and mobile apps are getting pretty good, but should they be trusted as much as (or in some cases, more than) a regular physician?

The Shifting EHR Decision Makers

Posted on October 2, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

As each day goes by, a shift is happening in healthcare. It’s a shift that’s easy to see and many, including myself, have noted before. The shift is hospitals acquiring ambulatory practices. It’s happening at such a rapid pace and before we know it, a small percentage of doctors are actually working for themselves. This change is going to have a dramatic impact on EHR.

One of the biggest elements of this change is who is making the EHR decision. Previously, a large portion of ambulatory EHR decision making had been done by the doctors who owned the medical practice. As doctors have started working for hospitals, the decision making process has shifted to IT executives (To be fair, many IT executives are also doctors, but often not practicing).

This change in EHR decision making is having a dramatic impact on the health IT world and will continue to have an even greater one going forward.

I and others have noted that we believe that the movement of doctors working directly for hospitals is cyclical. As one person said today at AHIMA, “doctors are the most independent people I’ve ever met.” Independence and working for a big company don’t mix very well. So, I’m sure we’ll see many doctors go back to their independent practices. In fact, one guy I mentioned this to at AHIMA said, “It’s already happening, but it’s going to take a different form.”

He’s right about this. Doctors leaving their new found masters (hospitals), aren’t likely going to be able to go back to the traditional practices they did before being acquired. I’m not sure of all the ambulatory medicine models that we’ll see, but I think those entrepreneurial doctors who want to be on their own are likely going to have to be creative in their approaches to practicing medicine. Otherwise, they won’t survive in this rapidly evolving world of ACOs.