NHS patients able to download GP records

[London, UK] NHS patients will reportedly be able to download their GP records from the NHS.UK website by September of this year, according to David Corbett, NHS Digital Programme Head.

Speaking during the NHS Digital & techUK industry briefing webinar today, Corbett revealed a number of initiatives which are expected to be delivered over the next two years, including the roll-out of NHS Wi-Fi to secondary care organisations starting from the summer of 2017.
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The 10 Best Health Technology Innovations at CES 2017

The biggest tech event of the year, CES brought stunning new health technologies to the stage in 2017 as well. Let me show you the most promising new gadgets, sensors and wearables in medicine!

CES & the latest trends in tech innovation

For geeks and gadget-lovers the year does not usually start with the 1st January, but a couple of days later, when CES opens in Las Vegas. It is even more exciting this year, since the exhibition Continue reading “The 10 Best Health Technology Innovations at CES 2017”

Electronic business transactions switchover could save healthcare $9 billion, report says

Providers now spend eight minutes on average, and up to 30 minutes on manual tasks like making phone calls, sending faxes and mailing correspondence.

Widespread adoption of electronic business transactions in healthcare continues to grow, but there’s still an opportunity for $9.4 billion in savings, according to new data released today in the 2016 CAQH Index.

Conducting resource-intensive manual transactions costs U.S. health plans and healthcare providers as much as $11 more per transaction, and on average $6 more than when they’re Continue reading “Electronic business transactions switchover could save healthcare $9 billion, report says”

Taking care of Interoperability

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about interoperability. This has been the main goal at MediPortal since the beginning.But, what’s interoperability? In the most rudimentary state, interoperability describes systems and devices that can exchange data, and interpret that shared data. It is at the very center of health IT’s promises. Let me give you an example, when machines can interpret data and perform automatic functions, such as integrating lab results from one facility into the EHR system of another Continue reading “Taking care of Interoperability”

Healthcare & Smart Technology

The rise of devices that helps us understand our health is imminent. If you own a smart phone, chances are that you are already aggregating health and fitness data. The good news is that using and understanding that data could improve your quality of life. Young children are more plugged in than ever, according to a new Asurion/Parents survey. And while moms are managing kids’ media use, they could be doing even more to protect them.

For example, EyeForcer (Developed by Dr. Vahid Sahiholnasab) is a new, revolutionary and lightweight wearable device that promotes safe and Continue reading “Healthcare & Smart Technology”

Health data? I have no idea what to do with that!

You may think your smart watch or activity tracker can help you keep tabs on your health, but don’t be alarmed if your doctor might have a different vision. Wearable producers such as Apple, Fitbit, and Pebble will ship more than 76 million of the devices by the end of the year, according to market research firm IDC. Some doctors and researchers, however, remain unimpressed, they question the value of the particular metrics tracked, as well as the validity of the deluge of data these gadgets produce.

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Improving individual health, community health, and population health.

In April 2015, Congress declared it, “…a national objective to achieve widespread exchange of health information through interoperable certified EHR technology nationwide by December 31, 2018.”

I was reading the health IT interoperability roadmap “where an individual’s health information is not limited to what is stored in electronic health records (EHRs), but includes information from many different sources (including technologies that individuals use)” and this is exactly was I was talking about in the Raleigh mHealth App Strategy Workshop Conference a few months ago. We are working to build a strong foundation of health IT in our health care system, equipping every person with a long-term, digital picture of their health over their lifespan.

We are working to better inform decision making to improve individual health, community health, and population health.

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mHealth, the future is now

Let’s get something clear, healthcare is one of the grand challenges of the 21 century, but now we are presented with an great opportunity, technology and mobile devices provide a chance to challenge (and improve) the way we think about healthcare. Today 90% of the world is covered with mobile phones, this means that we have an unprecedented chance to not just increase and improve communication between patients and providers, we can also improve on our data collection accelerating scientific research.

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