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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?

25 Percent of Americans Trust Apps as Much as Doctors

Posted on January 4, 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.

A survey done by Royal Philips Electronics revealed that about one-quarter of Americans trust mHealth apps as much as they would trust their doctor. 

This survey also showed that about 27 percent of those surveyed use mobile apps instead of going to the doctor. Even more interesting, is that 1 in 10 of those surveyed felt that “if it were not for web-based health information, ‘they might already be dead or severely incapacitated.”

I thought this was a very interesting study. The sample size was 1,003 people, with 503 men and 500 men over the age of 18, so I feel like it’s pretty legitimate. At first, I thought it was kind of strange that people trust mHealth apps as much as their doctors, but then I realized…I’m probably in that 25 percent as well. To be honest, I think I sometimes trust the Internet and mHealth apps more than our doctors.

Concerning the study, Dr. Eric Silfen, the Chief Medical Officers of Philips Healthcare, had some interesting thoughts:

We are in the early stages of the web-enabled, mHealth, mobile app world of healthcare delivery. Near-future apps will focus on tying together health information technologies, connecting with doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals and patients, all within a social context that facilitates shared medical decision-making. This evolution will harken the new vital signs of the clinical times with technologies that help prevent medical errors, lower the financial and social cost of care, sustain a higher quality of medical practice and support an evidence-based standard for medicine in general. Ultimately, the technological undercurrents of the post-PC world – the power of many, designer gadgets, cloud ecosystems, and mobile app computing -will hasten the personalization and partnerships that will transform sustainable medical care to the highest quality.

I think in the future, even more people will be trusting their mHealth apps just as much (or even more!) than their doctors. There are so many apps and technologies that are coming out, on what seems like a daily basis, and they are only going to get better. Sometimes, a doctor appointment can be rushed and a patient can leave feeling discouraged about the information they got — having access to so much health information, as well as gadgets that can diagnose illness, might become more popular. Definitely an interesting study though, and encouraging for mHealth app creators.