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Doctors/Surgeons. Who Says Chief Information Officers Can't Lose By Choosing Epic? - Forbes. Zamzee brings QS data to doctors to help them motivate and monitor overweight/inactive kids » MedCity News. Hello Doctor Is An Easy Way To Save Medical Files | TechCrunch. Hello Doctor wants to rescue patients and caregivers from the nightmare of having to wrangle piles of medical paperwork.

The free app, which won a fall 2013 DEMO God award, just launched on iPhone to complement its existing iPad version. Copies of medical files are often difficult to replace if misplaced, especially if a patient’s healthcare providers operate in different networks. Hello Doctor hopes to give users an easy way to avoid that problem. Its founder and CEO Maayan Cohen was inspired to create the app while caring for her partner after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

His treatment and recovery took two years and involved scores of surgeries, chemotherapy, lab tests, and appointments. “The access to the medical records in real-time from mobile is crucial in an emergency,” she added. “If I had the diagnosis in reach on my iPhone it would have saved us an entire night in the ER on one of the emergency visits we had.” Hello Doctor targets two kinds of users. Who Owns Your Genetic Data? Hint: It’s Probably Not You » Techonomy. (Image via Shutterstock) As we move closer to an era when a sequence of every human genome is the norm, an important question looms: who will own this data? It seems intuitive to many of us that each person owns his or her genetic data and therefore should control access. But the reality is more complex. Consider any number of analogies: cell phone data, credit card data, email information. The concept of data ownership is so contentious in part because of its nature.

Throw in the morass of regulations surrounding medical data, and you get an idea of why ownership of genetic data is such a complex issue. Depending on circumstance, genomic information may or may not be considered protected health information under the U.S. With that basic protection up in the air, the federal government and many states have passed or are considering legislation that would settle the ownership question, or at least prevent discrimination based on the data. Right now, few of us have personal genomic data.

How a virtual health insurance card could help doctors reduce bad debt — Tech News and Analysis. In an era of e-tickets, bitcoins and app-based banking, it seems pretty antiquated that we still have to fumble through our wallets for an insurance card each time we go to the doctor’s office. But a Philadelphia-based startup has a plan for making those flimsy pieces of cardboard digital — and the upside isn’t just the potential for going paper-free. With the rise of high-deductible plans, patients are increasingly on the hook for more of their medical expenses than they’ve ever been before. For patients, that means a bigger need for tools that provide more transparency about health care costs. And for doctors, particularly independent physicians, said Medlio co-founder and CEO David Brooks, that means a growing problem with collecting payment.

According to a 2007 report from McKinsey, hospitals and providers usually only collect about 50 percent of the postinsurance balance (or the amount owed by the patient beyond what insurance covers or what they pay at the time of treatment). Bring the Doctor with You | Almost one in six doctor visits will be virtual this year - Computerworld. With an aging Baby Boomer population and broadband bandwidth improved a hundredfold from a decade ago, telemedicine is exploding as a convenient and less costly alternative to the traditional visit to the doctors' office.

This year in the U.S. and Canada, 75 million of 600 million appointments with general practitioners will involve electronic visits, or eVisits, according to new research from Deloitte. The overall cost of in-person primary physician visits worldwide is $175 billion, according to Deloitte. Globally, the number of eVisits will climb to 100 million this year, potentially saving over $5 billion when compared to the cost of in-person doctor visits.

The eVisit projection represents growth of 400% from 2012 levels, Deloitte's study showed. UPMC, an $11 billion health care provider and insurer, with 21 hospitals, and more than 400 outpatient sites, said its AnywhereCare service has an 80% satisfaction rating. "The new model provides a faster turnaround. NationWide | The Family Doctors.