The Era of Electronic Medical Records Twenty years ago the influential Institute of Medicine began prodding the medical community to embrace electronic medical records. EMRs would make healthcare better, safer, and more efficient, argued the IOM, if every person's complete medical history was stored on computers linked up across the country. Clinicians anywhere could view a patient's every blood test, hospital stay, and X-ray; smart software would guide diagnoses. [See the list of Most Connected Hospitals and the methodology behind it.] That is now changing—quickly. At last, the connectedness era is approaching. At their best, EMRs (also abbreviated EHR, for electronic health records) pull together all of a patient's information, from the results of the last routine checkup with her primary care doctor to CT scans from her emergency hospital admission because of a fall she took while vacationing 500 miles from home, in one place that is secure but remotely accessible not only to physicians but to the patient herself.
Empathize Like A Doctor, Design Like An Entrepreneur Co.Exist World changing ideas and innovation Every day it seems that we read about the launch of a new startup or technology application claiming to disrupt and reinvent the health care system. This flood of activity comes at a time when the health care industry is in dire need of entrepreneurial spirit, fresh perspectives and new skills. But to create products and services that have the potential to make a large impact, entrepreneurs and health care professionals need to work together. Defining Success For new products to impact health and health care outcomes, we must find a way for them to be adopted by physicians, patients, health care institutions, third-party payers, and regulatory agencies. The majority of health startups today appear to be disconnected from the health care systems they are trying to change. At Mayo Clinic, we work on inter-disciplinary product teams that include designers, strategists, health care professionals, technology partners, and most importantly patients. Design Like An Entrepreneur
Montana pilots personal health records program A pilot program in Montana will set up electronic personal health records for employees of the City of Billings and employees of Billings-based healthcare company, combining records of all providers into a single online repository. The project, an outgrowth of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Consumer Innovation Challenge, involves Employee Benefit Management Service (EBMS), health management system provider Dossia, the state's health information exchange HealthShare Montana, Billings physician hospital organization Rocky Mountain Health Network and HeW, a company connecting services among the other partners, according to Big Sky Business Journal. The ONC's challenge was to use grants of $200,000 to $300,000 to quickly--within six months--improve patients' access to their health records. Sign up for our FREE newsletter for more news like this sent to your inbox! Patients in the pilot may choose to share all or only some of their data.
Prepare For A Personalized, Preventative Health Care Revolution If you were to pick a major industry about to see an incredible amount of change, you might choose health care. Vinod Khosla, the venture capitalist, says technology could replace 80% of what doctors do within 10 years. And you can already see it happening. The burgeoning Quantified Self movement is using cheap sensors and apps to monitor health and moods. A new mini-report from trend-spotting shop, Sparks & Honey, gives a good summation of big picture developments, looking at the implications both for people and the health care industry. The key point is that health care is no longer a specialists’ domain. "Doctors are being disrupted in a very big way," says Sparks & Honey founder Terry Young. In the future, we might get an app and sensor along with our prescriptions, Young says. Personalized medicine is another big change. "The future of medicine is predictive, personalized, preventative and is moving from being episodic and reactive to continuous and proactive," it says.
'Sophisticated' EHR use by docs boosts preventive care rates for women Women whose healthcare providers use electronic health records are more likely to receive preventive care, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. What's more, more sophisticated use of such tools also led to an increase in preventive care. For the study, researchers examined provider responses to 16 questions within the 2007-08 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. The researchers, led by Namita Tundia of the University of Cincinnati, found that 29 percent of provider surveyed had no EHR system; 49 percent had a minimal system; close to 16 percent had a basic system; and just over 5 percent had a fully functional system. Correlating breast exam rates for those providers were as follows: 20 percent for providers with no EHR; Roughly 35 percent for providers with a minimal EHR; 37 percent for providers with a basic EHR; Nearly 45 percent for providers with a fully functional EHR.
How technology can empower patients, with 4 home tests on your iPhone TED Blog Eric Dishman is used to thinking about how technology can transform the world of health care. As an Intel Fellow and general manager of the company’s Health Strategy & Solutions Group, his job is all about finding innovative new approaches to healthcare. Eric Dishman: Take health care off the mainframe And he’s no stranger to talking about them. At TEDMED 2009, in the talk featured to the left, Dishman asked us to “Take health care off the mainframe,” boldly comparing the current American health care system to mainframe computers circa 1959. But just two weeks ago, at TED@Intel, Dishman tells the much more personal story of his battle with kidney disease. To say that his battle is with disease isn’t the full story. Eric Dishman: Health care should be a team sportbut also with a flawed healthcare system. Two decades ago, when he was a college student, Dishman had several fainting spells. The doctors were wrong — but not because they weren’t good doctors. Daniel Kraft: Medicine's future?
EMR Daily News — News of the day in Electronic Medical Records, EHR and HIT XPRIZE: Healthcare, Consumerized By Gioia MessingerGioia is Founder and CEO of LinkedObjects, a Global 100 Mentor at the Founder Institute, a Lecturer at U.C. San Diego's Rady School of Management, and a Judge for the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE. 'Consumerization' is happening in the healthcare market - an ongoing trend of turning patients into consumers. Patients are increasingly using their smartphones and tablets to access and manage healthcare information from anywhere at any time. The next step in the consumerization of healthcare will come in the form of devices and passive sensors used to diagnose and treat diseases and medical conditions. When capsule endoscopy was first invented, the goal was to try to completely remove the level of discomfort a patient experiences prior and during a traditional endoscopy exam while at the same time improve the efficacy of the test. Novel sensors and digital health products coming to market must follow these same principals.