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Doctors’ Tech Toolbox : Infographic


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63% of doctors are using mobile devices that aren’t connected to their practice.

79% prefer the iPad and 75% have purchased an Apple device.

Another 38% plan to purchase an iPad in the coming year.

86% of physicians want to use their mobile devices to access EMRs.

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Posted by on July 30, 2011 in medical

 

Prescribing Abortion Pill via Teleconsult Shows 99% Success Rate


 

Women prescribed the “abortion pill” after a videoconference with a doctor appear to fare as well as those who have a face-to-face visit, a new study finds.

The findings, researchers say, suggest that using technology to expand access to the abortion pill can be safe and effective — albeit controversial.

The study found that of 449 female patients of Iowa Planned Parenthood clinics, those who were given the abortion pill after a “telemedicine” consult had a successful abortion 99% of the time.(comapred to 97% success rate in conventional consultations)

Probably because patients who rely on teleconsults take the onus of following the doctors’ orders to a T

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in medical

 

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How To Classify Health IT-Related Medical Errors


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The analysis identifies 19 types of health IT-related medical errors based on a literature review and the authors’ knowledge. It also lists eight categories of situations that could lead to such errors and provides examples of preventive measures to reduce the likelihood of the mistakes.

According to the researchers, health IT problems that could lead to medical errors include:

  • Hardware or software flaws;
  • The inability of a software system to accurately measure certain functions (Modern Healthcare, 7/25);
  • A lack of interoperability between two health IT systems; and
  • Slow transitions between paper and electronic health records (InformationWeek, 7/26).

 

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in medical

 

Top 10 Health & Medical Information Websites – May 2011


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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in medical

 

Physicians Of All Ages Love Working On A Tablet PC


Martinaeau says a QuantiaMD survey shows
older physicians (those practicing 31 years or longer) are almost as likely as those just out of medical school to own a tablet computer or plan to
purchase one.

The survey shows:

  • 19 percent of physicians practicing 31 years or more use a tablet in their work.
  • 25 percent of physicians practicing 31 years or more say it’s extremely likely they will get one in the future.
  • 20 percent of physicians practicing less than 10 years use a tablet.
  • 38 percent of physicians practicing less than 10 years say it’s extremely likely they will get one in the future.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in medical

 

A Guide to iPad EMR Apps


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Apple’s iPad is making rounds in healthcare. Its ergonomic design, long battery life, and beautiful user interface (UI) gives other tablets a run for their money. Several reports indicate that the iPad is growing in popularity among physicians. As a result, more and more electronic medical record (EMR) vendors are releasing iPad-specific versions of their EMRs. Some offer native iPad EMRs; others offer web-browser access through the iPad. However, there is no perfect iPad EMR solution. Each type of deployment has it benefits and drawbacks. In this guide we review the three main iPad EMR options:

  • Web-based EMRs. These systems are used through a web browser, and can therefore be accessed using the iPad’s Safari browser. They are great for many reasons.
  • Remote access EMRs. Most client/server, on-premise EMRs can be accessed from a remote system, including iPads, through utilities like Citrix. This isn’t ideal, but it works.
  • Native iPad EMRs. These are probably what you want most – a slick app developed just for the iPad – but the options are very limited so far. You might have to wait.

 

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2011 in medical

 

A Guide to iPad EMR Apps |


Apple’s iPad is making rounds in healthcare. Its ergonomic design, long battery life, and beautiful user interface (UI) gives other tablets a run for their money. Several reports indicate that the iPad is growing in popularity among physicians. As a result, more and more electronic medical record (EMR) vendors are releasing iPad-specific versions of their EMRs. Some offer native iPad EMRs; others offer web-browser access through the iPad. However, there is no perfect iPad EMR solution. Each type of deployment has it benefits and drawbacks. In this guide we review the three main iPad EMR options:

  • Web-based EMRs. These systems are used through a web browser, and can therefore be accessed using the iPad’s Safari browser. They are great for many reasons.
  • Remote access EMRs. Most client/server, on-premise EMRs can be accessed from a remote system, including iPads, through utilities like Citrix. This isn’t ideal, but it works.
  • Native iPad EMRs. These are probably what you want most – a slick app developed just for the iPad – but the options are very limited so far. You might have to wait.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2011 in medical