Back in February, we posted an article on the two sides of patient-physician email communications. On one side there were the efficiencies that were possible. On the other side, there was concern that subtle clues could lead to mis-diagnosis. A comment from Yu noted that adding a nurse could help improve the quality of communications. Recently,…

MedPage Today ran an article describing the results of a recently published study on the use of patient education, skin exam tutorials and electronic reminders. The results were impressive, in that patients “were more than twice as likely to perform skin self-examination and were almost three times more likely to report confidence in their ability…

    Recently published results from the Portsmouth Hospitals in UK, where they found that automated text and voice reminders reduced no-shows by a whopping 60%: AboutMyArea – Portsmouth The reminders program began in 2008 and immediately resulted in fewer how shows – 38%. In 2012, a spokesperson at the Portsmouth Hospital Trust said: “Now…

The debate on the use of e-mail communication between doctors and patients has been receiving a lot of attention lately. A recent WSJ article takes a look at the discussion from both sides of the fence. Dr. Kvedar, founder and director of the Center for Connected Health in Boston,  proposes that use of e-mail in…

“Finance Minister Jim Flaherty abruptly announced last month that Ottawa will guarantee health-care funding increases of six per cent until the 2016-17 fiscal year. After that, the annual increase will be tied to the nominal GDP, the monetary value of all goods and services produced within the country annually, including inflation. Funding increases of at…

The market is inundated with mobile healthcare applications; there is an entire section dedicated to health care for professionals in the iPhone app store. For innovators looking to improve doctor/patient relations or patient adherence to treatment, there are a number of health portals, monitoring apps (i.e., for diabetes management), and other health information tools available…

Recently, the U.K.’s centralized electronic health record program was acknowledged to have failed in its entirety and was scrapped.  Introduced in 2005, the £12 billion (about $20 billion CAD) program was created to move the U.K. health care system toward a single, centrally-mandated EHR. In what has been called the largest civilian IT project ever,…

Earlier this year, eHealth Ontario announced ConnectingGTA, a pilot project to securely connect 700 service providers in the Greater Toronto Area. Connecting clinic, test lab and other systems reduces costs and improves services by creating a powerful network effect within Ontario healthcare. Patients and providers will benefit from ConnectingGTA, from better coordinated health care, more timely…

The Wall Street Journal’s Technology Innovation Award (may require a subscription) winners were announced yesterday. In the Healthcare IT category, judges picked Novartis’ SMS for Life application, which uses text messaging to track malaria supplies in remote clinics in Africa as the winner. The service is already used in Tanzania and is in pilot testing in…

“GENBAND, a leading developer of IP infrastructure and application solutions, today announced that the Cliniconex Stock Trader Alert application, which was developed as part of GENBAND’s GENFuzion™ Developer Challenge, has been selected by Orange Business Services – Trading Solutions, the leader in voice and electronic trading infrastructure and services for trading communities.” “We look forward…

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