As with the first month of every year there are simply subjects that get talked about in mass: trends for the year ahead and money earned from the year behind are usually two safe bets. Here, it’s about the money. [cont...]
Digital platforms are continuing to make an impact on the healthcare industry. The rise of electronic health records, telemedicine technologies and big data analytics indicates that technological innovation could engender big changes in the industry in the future. Even smartphone apps are moving into the healthcare arena, with a number of apps dedicated to personal fitness and nutrition. [cont...]
Coverage of the lack of skilled talent in health IT has permeated the space for a couple years, and some might suggest that there’s trouble finding enough talent for the available positions currently offered or those coming open. Drivers for talent include the Affordable Care Act, meaningful use and ICD-10. So, as has been often discussed and widely predicted, health IT professionals are needed now more than ever. [cont...]
Alongside many other industries, the healthcare sector continues to make strides into the digital world. A number of new technologies, such as electronic health records, patient portals and even smartphone apps have made a positive impact on the medical industry, with doctors and patients alike reaping the benefits of these new platforms. [cont...]
The Robert Graham Center, an affiliate of the American Academy of Family Physicians, has published a new report that suggests that 20 percent of Americans have "no usual source of healthcare" and more are choosing a facility – like urgent care or a hospital -- versus a doctor. The number of Americans reporting that they have a personal relationship with a “usual source” – read: known physician -- of care has declined steadily throughout the past 15 years. [cont...]
In recent years, healthcare has learned a harsh truth: it will be just as affected by customer-satisfaction as any other industry. Health systems have responded by sprinting toward what seems to be a conversion from hospital to hospitality. Some are investing enormous amounts of money into providing luxurious accommodations with plenty of amenities, seemingly prioritizing customer service over any other aspect of operation. [cont...]
Like any piece of new technology, the primary purpose of electronic health records is to make the jobs of doctors, nurses and clinicians easier. The cloud capability of EHR services and the capacity for easier data sharing, not to mention built-in treatment-related notifications that many programs include, have the potential to improve effectiveness of doctors and nurses. [cont...]
Modern Healthcare has released the results of its annual compensation survey, the 22nd iteration, and according to the results, there is good news on the money front for many providers and specialists. Twenty physician specialties received pay hikes in 2014 and only three specialties saw their average pay decline from 2013 to 2014, the site’s Steven Ross Johnson reports.