As the industry knows, healthcare is becoming increasingly consumer focused. Technology is becoming a bigger part of healthcare, but like any system, it has its drawbacks. EHR systems are being implemented by facilities but not without technology or personnel challenges. The Problem is Provider Resistance. While Electronic Healthcare Records software have its share of useful… Read more »

Imagine your child has type 1 diabetes.  As a parent, you constantly worry about your child’s insulin level.  Your little one goes off to school and you hope they remember to check their levels and stay healthy. Now imagine being able to track your child’s insulin with an app on your smartphone. These remote monitoring… Read more »

In the age of tablets and apps, more people are turning to electronic devices to manage their health. Apps are being adopted faster than they can be developed. According to recent data, consumers are expected to spend about $26 billion by 2017 on mobile health applications! Within five years about half of all mobile phone… Read more »

Protecting patient healthcare information has increasingly become an important issue for healthcare providers as security breaches have become more common. There are measures healthcare organizations can take to reduce the chances that their information will be compromised, according to IT experts. First of all, to secure protected information, it is important for organizations to foster… Read more »

As healthcare organizations move forward with the installation of electronic medical record systems, they face a big decision – whether to control the system in-house or to outsource their IT management. In making a decision about outsourcing, many elements need to be taken into consideration. There are five major reasons why healthcare providers go with… Read more »

As healthcare providers move to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements, they are looking at ways of providing patients with greater access to their health information. The main goal of Stage 2 is to use clinical decision support (CDS) and care coordination to improve the overall quality of care by providers. As such, Stage 2… Read more »

Cloud computing has become a mainstay of the business world because of the advantages it offers – the ability to store large amounts of information and deliver it on demand, allowing users powerful IT access without having to worry about IT maintenance. It is also making big inroads in healthcare and is predicted to have… Read more »

More physicians, and other healthcare professionals and facilities, today are using mobile devices to store, send and receive health information. As with other electronic devices, security is an ongoing concern. Healthcare providers need to be sure they are not unknowingly allowing unauthorized access to protected health information. To prevent this, there are a number of… Read more »

Meaningful Use Stage 1 is almost history, as the deadline for its implementation (October 1) is coming up quickly, and healthcare providers will now be moving on to Stage 2. Providers will have to get ready to shift gears because there are a lot of changes for Stage 2. Stage 1 focused more on the… Read more »

Information technology has brought productivity increases in many areas, and it has the potential to increase productivity in healthcare as well. One area where technology is likely to have a major productivity impact is with mobile applications. Recent surveys show that there is a significant trend of physicians using mobile applications in their practices. Although… Read more »