For several years now, virtual medicine has been starting to meet the primary care needs of remote, rural, and underserved communities.
But now it may also be an efficient alternative to in person treatment of basic medical problems.
Several companies are hosting online doctor visits where physicians and patients interact by phone or the Web.
The appointment proceeds similarly to how a face-to-face visit works: the patient describes symptoms and the doctor creates a prescription.
The big difference is that there’s no wait time, no travel involved, and visits can be completed within 15 minutes.
But are such visits getting everything done that an in-person experience needs to? Continue reading “Are Virtual Visits More Efficient?”
As academics, industrial designers, futurists, and researchers will tell you, science-fiction has played more than a passing role in informing real life technology. Continue reading “Five 23rd Century Health Technologies We Already Have (And Two We Never Will)”
Advances in medical technology over the past 5 years have been impressive. But even more impressive: the widespread adoption of a scant few of those technologies.
While we could list dozens of future healthcare game-changers, the picks below are five we think actually stand a chance of being adopted soon, dramatically changing the way medicine is practiced: Continue reading “5 Technologies That Will Change Medicine in the Next 5 Years”
There are so many nursing apps – many useful, many simply with their intentions in the right place – that it would almost be useful to have an app to recommend the latest nursing apps.
Believe it or not, there’s an app for that…Actually, it’s a web page – www.gostudentnursing.com – and its recommendations are pretty handy for nursing students, new nurses, and sometimes even seasoned veterans.
But with so many apps and apps of apps for nursing, we thought it would be a good idea to weigh-in ourselves on what we think are the most useful handheld nursing utilities.
Here’re our thoughts, in four key categories: Continue reading “Top Nursing Apps for 2013 – In Four Key Categories”
One U.S. medical center recently estimated it received about 50,000 faxes a month for consults and referrals, and sent about 10,000 faxes in the same period.
While this may seem absurd to any non-medical professional in an age of email, smartphones, networked tablets, and social media, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has prevented doctors from exchanging information without “reasonable safeguards” (including via email and Facebook) since 1996.
Getting around the red tape
For doctors looking to share life-improving patient information with other medical professionals, a HIPAA-compliant, physician-only network launched a year ago by Doximity (created by a group of former Epocrates execs) called iRounds has convinced approximately 7% of all the doctors in America to create and use roughly 35,000 secure accounts to quickly share patient information
After a detailed verification process (which includes a credit check and a comparison of supplied credentials to the American Medical Association’s database) a multi-step sign-in similar to what your bank uses online lets physicians securely and legally exchange patient records, test results, and other data with specialists. In doing so, such physicians could be paving the way for a new standard, where a more efficient consultation process could make a huge difference for time-critical analysis. Continue reading “Could a Facebook-Style App Help Doctors Help Patients?”
It’s relatively easy to implement something if you’re Belgium…not so much if you’re China. At least, that seems to be the case when launching any sort of new state-wide system: especially to replace anything that’s been running for decades or more.
In the case of efforts to adopt electronic health records (or EHRs), U.S. states, hospitals, and individuals have made progress in the last decade, but not as quickly as some other countries, whether those countries are similarly large with similarly-entrenched health records systems, or not.
Continue reading “8 Countries Doing Electronic Health Records Right”