The use of telehealth remote monitoring as part of a eHealth larger feedback loop for diabetics led to vastly improved A1c levels compared with patients who did not use the technology, according to research published this week in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
While electronic health records and other health information technology holds the potential to improve the delivery of care, the increased reliance on such tools is turning providers into "data druggies," according to Philip Allen Green, M.D., a Walla Walla, Washington-based emergency physician.
As the healthcare industry pulls in buckets of information from electronic health records, wearables and health apps, "more data, more problems" is becoming a new refrain.
The current lack of interoperability between medical devices and other healthcare IT tools represents both a safety dilemma and an ethical issue, according to leaders with the Center for Medical Interoperability.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has shed further light on why it wants electronic health records to be part of drug trials, acknowledging that it may spur the use of electronic source data and speed up the drug approval process.
While big data, electronic health records and patient engagement tools are seen as the big solutions to improving healthcare, there are more modest goals clinicians eye to provide better care, says Gurpreet Dhaliwal, a staff physician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.
A new campaign by Louisiana has the goal of educating residents in the state about health information technology.
Four health providers are partnering with CVS Health to allow communication between electronic health records and the pharmacy.
While providers are under a great deal of stress to meet adoption requirements for Meaningful Use, the industry must stay the course, said panelists at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday.
With an eye on solving issues for sharing veteran health data between government agencies, the Department of Veterans Affairs is planning to launch a new interface--the Enterprise Health Management Platform.