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8 Websites Which Inappropriately Collect Health Data of Visitors are..


The complaint named sites, including:

  • AOL;
  • Everyday Health;
  • Google;
  • HealthCentral;
  • Microsoft (Gruenwald, “Tech Daily Dose,” National Journal, 11/23);
  • QualityHealth;
  • Sermo; and
  • WebMD (New York Times, 11/23).

The groups said the sites act inappropriately by collecting consumers’ health concerns by taking note of sites they visit and searches they make. Some marketers then build a site of a community of people with similar health concerns and collect information without disclosing what they have done, according to the groups (Reuters/Chicago Breaking Business, 11/23).

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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

More than 1/3rd GPs Rely Solely on Electronic Records


Thirty-seven percent of primary care physicians kept their medical records solely in an electronic format last year, compared with 24% of PCPs who did so in 2007, according to survey from the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

via ihealthbeat.org

Among Consumer Reports subscribers who responded to the survey, 61% said they had gone online to read about their medical condition. Nearly half of surveyed physicians reported that online research helps very little or not at all, while only 8% of PCPs said they thought online research was very helpful.

See http://www.consumerreports.org/health/doctors-hospitals/doctors/physician-sur…

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Doctors Leaning Towards Assisted e-Detailing with Smartphones/ Tablets


Drawing on responses from 5,490 doctors, the 2011 Digital MD Marketing research shows that:

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67% of PCPs and 61% of specialists now have a smartphone (64% of doctors overall)

27% of PCPs and specialists alike have tablet computers (such as iPads) – about 5 times the level in the general population

Reference applications, such as Epocrates and WebMD, are the most popular mobile medical “apps” – while apps from pharmaceutical manufacturers receive minimal use.

79% of PCPs and 74% of specialists prefer in-person dialogue with reps; physicians ages 55 and over skewed higher on this answer by 12 percentage points, compared to those under 40

The new Digital MD Marketing research also shows that 61% of PCPs and 50% of specialists still maintain an open-door policy when it comes to sales rep visits – as compared to those doctors who insist that sales reps make appointments or who do not see reps at all.

hat-tip John Mack

Also, latest tweets from Jonathan richman , of Dode of Digital fame , show that he has some different views on this

 

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

How Social media sites help patients make healthcare decisions | Study


image via pharmamkting.blogspot.com

This came out from National Research Corp.’s Ticker survey, which bills itself as the largest, most up-to-date poll on consumer healthcare opinions and behaviors. The survey corroborates other surveys ( Pew Internet) which similarly find how internet sources like social media influence patient behaviour, especially in chronic diseases.

The survey found that 94 percent of respondents have used Facebook to gather information on their healthcare, 32 percent used YouTube, 18 percent used Twitter and MySpace and 2 percent used FourSquare, a location-based website.

Key findings of the NRC survey:

  • When asked about social media’s influence, one in four respondents said it was “very likely” or “likely” to impact their future healthcare decisions.
  • When asked for their level of trust in social media, 32 percent said “very high” or “high,” and only 7.5 percent said “very low.”
  • Respondents still backed hospital websites are the premiere source of online healthcare information with one in two preferring heath provider websites to any source. Fourteen percent preferred an integrated approach of hospital websites and social media combined. Three percent preferred only social media.

So why are doctors still shying away from leading this healthcare revolution?

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

The 10 Most Innovative Companies in Health Care : Links


Heres a list of 10 most innovative companies in healthcare, working to provide simple but very effective technology solutions in healthcare.

1 / Epocrates >>

For creating software that gives doctors and nurses instant information on drug-to-drug interactions, treatment recommendations, and more on their mobile devices or laptops.

2 / SynCardia Systems >>

For giving mobility to artificial-heart recipients. Syncardia makes the world’s only FDA-approved completely artificial heart. During a ten-year study for the FDA, 79 percent of patients successfully lived on the man-made heart until receiving a human heart transplant.

3 / Voxiva >>

For developing mobile apps that coach users through everything from smoking cessation to diabetes management. The company recently worked with the U.S. government to launch Text4Baby, a mobile education program for pregnant women, and its work in poor countries like Rwanda has been a lifeline.

4 / Cleveland Clinic

For rethinking the entire hospital experience, from the buildings to the hospital gown, with an eye to delivering a better patient experience. Ombudsman complaints dropped over 40% last year (versus 2009), patient satisfaction scores have gone up, and medical outcomes have been better across the board.

5 / SafePoint

For providing a solution for one of the most intractable global health care issues: reused syringes, which render most injections in India, Pakistan, and Africa–and a growing number in the U.S.–unsafe and sometimes fatal. Inventor Marc Koska’s low-cost syringe can’t be reused–one use, it locks in place. Now, after eight years in the marketplace, Koska has licensing agreements with 14 countries and SafePoint’s global awareness campaigns have reached over 500 million people.

6 / Envoy Medical

For creating the first FDA-approved surgically implanted hearing system to address hearing loss caused by aging, noise and viral infections. Placed under the skin behind the ear, the Envoy device comprises a sound processor, sensor, and driver that convert vibrations in the ear into electrical signals that are processed so they’re perceived as sound.

7 / GE

For promising to revolutionize diagnosis with the Vscan, a mobile, pocket-size ultrasound machine the size of an iPod, connected to short wand. It works just like the bulky conventional ultrasound machine, providing an instant visual image (in color or black and white) inside the body, beyond a patient’s vital signs.

8 / PharmaSecure

For coming up with cost-effective protection against counterfeit drugs, which are especially prevalent in developing nations. Each individual drug package is stamped with a unique code and phone number. Consumers submit the code via text message, and PharmaSecure confirms the drug’s authenticity. The service launched last year and is currently being used in India, where the government has moved to mandate the technology.

9 / Neurovigil

For building a database of brainwave activity to help researchers recognize disease patterns in people affected by neural or nervous system maladies. The company’s iBrain headband, worn at night, uses wireless electrodes to capture brainwaves. NeuroVigil’s software interprets the data to produce a map of activity during sleep that’s richer than anything previously available.

10 / Second Sight Medical Products

For its ground-breaking retinal-implant technology, which recently hit the European market. FDA approval is pending.

 

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Another iPad EHR / Platform : Dr Chrono


Your iPad updates all medical records in real-time and allows you to take control of it in the palm of your hard. With constant improvements and regularly feature additions, Drchrono will fill your every EHR need.

View X-Rays, EKGs, Lab Results on iPad. from drchrono on Vimeo.

Drchrono streamlines everything from your daily patient appointments to medical billing and e-prescriptions. Modernize your EHR and bring an iPad into the exam room.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

3 Advantages of Using Web-Based EMR Software


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1) Security is one of the most important benefits of web-based EMR software.  This software meets the requirements of the HIPAA while also offering more security than many small clinics can provide themselves.Data protection is vital in today’s society and the vendor of the software system is responsible for ensuring data is protected at all levels from hardware malfunctions to software issues.  All data is backed-up by a sophisticated software program as well.

2) Hassle-free: Provided server maintenance is also a huge benefit to web-based software.  The provider of the software program takes care of server maintenance so that you can focus on what you do best, take care of your patients.You also do not have to worry about installing the program or upgrading your system yourself.  This and their associated tasks are handled by the vendor of the web-based EMR software program.

3) The initial investment for web-based EMR software is much lower compared to other systems.  This is because you do not have to purchase hardware, servers, or software that can be very expensive.  The initial investment is very low and the monthly fee incurred to utilize the system can be written off as a monthly operating cost.

 

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Uncategorized