NueMD is conducting a survey of medical practices, billing companies, and business associates about HIPAA compliance.
In recent news, Doctor on Demand, a company focused on telemedicine visits, closed $21 million in Series A funding. I’m not an oracle, but this is certainly a pivotal moment for healthcare. The company is aggressively promoting its flat fee of $40 per 15 minute video visit, without any waiting time and accessible 24/7 in most parts of the U.S. The service will likely thrive on minor illnesses like colds and rashes, but what is this telling us as physicians?
Over the last year or so, the direct primary care model has begun to show its strength. Increasingly, PCPs are showing an interest in boosting their relationships with health insurance companies and working directly with patients, collecting a monthly fee per patient rather than struggling to collect reimbursement checks. While DPC does come with some challenges, pioneering doctors are increasingly demonstrating that the model is manageable, research suggests.
In a country where people can view information about their entertainment options, investments, and latest shipment in real time, we can no longer consider a 15-minute appointment once per year sufficient for monitoring our health.
With the adoption of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a few months ago, the U.S. healthcare system is now serving the needs of more patients. The hopes for this changing of the guard is that we will finally see an improvement in overall health outcomes in our country.
Let's face it, physicians are already in the background of patient care. Nurses, medical assistants, case managers, social workers, and cafeteria employees probably all see the patient more than the doctor does. In fact, most work is done prior to or after the patient encounter, especially in hospitals. With exception of a quick subjective summary from the patient and the physical exam, nearly all of the physician progress note can be completed without even seeing a patient. The remaining information is already readily available within the electronic records. So why not push it one step further?
Capterra, an online directory of business software and vendors, recently released a list of the Top 20 Most Popular Mental Health Software, and NueMD is on top.
With Meaningful Use continuing to drive the adoption of healthcare information technology, it’s no surprise that one of the major developments in this year’s HIT market is a marked increase in patient portal adoption.
Generally speaking, technology is improving the lives of patients everywhere. However, it has not come without a price, and sometimes that fact seems to be overlooked. The MPI Group found some alarming data in a study conducted in late 2013.
According to an infographic recently published by researchers at the University of Berkeley, data science holds great promise for the healthcare industry.