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Healthcare Technology

Interoperability More than Machines Talking Together

Despite the continual chorus of voices singing to the rafters about the need for interoperability capabilities in healthcare – and while there has been quite some progress in that direction recently – it appears that those efforts have remained largely focused on finding and transmitting information, but not on usability. This is according to new research published by Health Affairs. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Study: Patient scheduling technology may reduce practice inefficiencies

In what’s likely a pretty self-serving study, ZocDoc found that the average wait time for new patients using an online medical scheduling system was almost eight days to schedule an appointment compared to the national 24-day average. Additionally, this specific research seems to indicate that 11 percent of new patient appointments are booked on the same calendar day, and nearly 40 percent are booked within the next three calendar days. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Why blockchain could be a game changer for healthcare

Ask any number of healthcare professionals what the term “blockchain” means and the answers will likely vary by the number of persons asked, but, nevertheless, the concept is coming to healthcare. And not just in small trickles, but flowing so quickly it can’t be ignored.

First, let’s take a look at what blockchain is so that we’re all singing from the same song sheet. According to Investopedia, a “blockchain is a digitized, decentralized, public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions.  [cont...]

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Scott Rupp

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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The importance of password security in your medical practice

Personal banking. Paying the electric bill. Online shopping. These activities and many more are conducted online. Today, everyone has passwords to access their private business and life matters. Unfortunately, with one slip-up, important identifying information can be revealed to everyone, anywhere online. [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

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An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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Could you work with an EHR virtual assistant?

It seems like everything is conducted virtually today: dating, job seeking, shopping and even ordering dinner. And in healthcare, electronic health records have streamlined many processes making it easier for physicians to organize patient information and access health data wherever and whenever it's needed. [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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The Bring Your Own Device movement struggles to gain traction in healthcare

The healthcare communication company Spok Inc. has released the results of its fifth annual bring your own device (BYOD) survey. The survey and its accompanying data are actually quite good, and the information generated from the report is insightful. But, like electronic health record installation news, BYOD coverage, while still important, doesn’t seem as cutting edge a topic or as divisive as it might have in 2013 or 2014. [cont...]

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Scott Rupp

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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American Hospital Association: Digital innovation is on the menu

The fall season each year always seem to bring with it a host of new studies, surveys and research. Perhaps there’s no coincidence here or possibly, as someone who has worked with the media for more than a decade, the season is simply a good time to catch industry leaders and voices once they come back from their summer vacation. Nonetheless, we’ve once again found ourselves with no dearth of great information to examine, the following included. [cont...]

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Scott Rupp

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Physicians spend too much time with EHR software

Physicians can have extremely heavy workloads, especially if employed at a busy practice. The last thing many want to do in the evening is catch up on paperwork, even though this is an inevitable part of the profession. However, a recent study looked into practice management and discovered that family physicians in particular are spending far too long handling electronic health record systems to track their workdays. [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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Medicare Has a Telehealth Awareness Problem

Uh oh, we’ve got a problem here, if a new survey by HealthMine is correct, and there doesn’t seem be reason to suggest that the information here is not true. So let’s get to it, and you be the judge. The results are these: apparently 57 percent of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older don’t know whether their health plan offers telehealth. [cont...]

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Scott Rupp

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Smartphone apps for those living with Parkinson's disease

Digital platforms are now used for an array of healthcare purposes. Electronic medical records software, for example, enables physicians to better manage patient health information, while medical billing software helps administrators with the financial side of the process. Meanwhile, technologies such as pedometers, patient portals and smartphone or tablet apps empower patients to take greater control over the management of their own health. Apps, in particular, now address a range of concerns, from healthy eating to exercise. [cont...]

Kevin McCarthy's picture

Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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