FCC broadband plan plays up smartphones, doc-hospital connectivity; Payment system helps practices cut down on bad debt;

> The FCC is promoting wider and faster connectivity between physicians and hospitals, as well as continued development of smartphone applications for doctors, as part of its National Broadband Plan. FierceMobileHealthcare

> Though some health insurers do offer the service and vendors do provide the technology, real-time claims adjudication remains a pipe dream in most circles, requiring tight integration of practice management systems and payer databases, as well as behavior changes among office staff and patients alike. A Minneapolis-based vendor called mPay Gateway is trying to alleviate this problem by applying processes common in many retail settings to healthcare. FierceHealthIT

> Mobile healthcare was a $1.5 billion industry in the U.S. last year, but the market is expected to triple in five years, reaching $4.6 billion by 2014, according to a new report. The growth could be even greater if pay-for-performance gains wider acceptance, says the report, from Overland Park, Kan.-based CSMG, the strategy division of consulting firm TMNG Global. FierceMobileHealthcare

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