51 digital health metrics in 2013

By Aditi Pai
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nursing studiesSurvey: 83 percent of doctors would use mobile EHR apps but don’t have access

Black Book Rankings says that 89 percent of primary care and internal medicine physicians use smartphones to communicate with other hospital staff and a little more than half use their mobile to look up medical reference information. Only about 8 percent use a mobile device for ePrescribing, accessing records, ordering tests or viewing results, Black Book states. That said, 83 percent said they would use mobile EHR apps to update charts, check labs and order medications if their current EHR vendor made those features available for mobile. More>>

Survey: Mobile, cloud computing are source of most healthcare security worries

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A study from the Ponemon Institute found that cloud based storage and mobile applications are the typical sources for safety concerns in clinical settings. The study, which surveyed 781 IT and data security practitioners, found that 33 percent of respondents said that they need to access protected health information (PHI) to do their work and yet few understood how to keep data secure. For example, 15 percent of those surveyed knew about HIPAA’s security requirements, but 33 percent of respondents indicated that they work for a HIPAA covered entity. More>>

Quarter of nurses have a work smartphone

Despite 75 percent owning personal smartphones, only a quarter of nurses at acute care hospitals have a smartphone available to support their nursing work, according to a survey by Voalte, which markets a smartphone-based secure hospital communication system, and American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association. More>>

Survey: Drug info is physicians’ top use for mobile

A Wolters Kluwer survey of 300 practicing physicians found 55 percent use both smartphones and tablets in their daily practice and of those, 72 percent primarily use smartphones for accessing drug information. More>>

Survey: 45 percent of smartphone users want online physician appointment booking

A large percentage of Americans want access to health services from their smartphone, but more want it through their laptop or desktop, according to a published survey conducted by Harris Interactive and HealthDay. Some 43 percent of respondents were interested in asking doctors questions, another 45 percent were interested in booking appointments, while 42 percent were interested in checking the effects and side effects of a medicine. More>>

Study: wireless devices improve blood pressure tracking, adherence

A study conducted by the Center for Connected Health found patients using wireless devices recorded on average three measurements every five days and patients using modem-based devices on average recorded one measurement every five days. When uploading data, patients with wireless-enabled devices uploaded their information on average twice every five days and those with modem-enabled devices uploaded once every 100 days. More>>

Older heart patients like remote monitoring, prefer in-person visits

Despite high levels of satisfaction with wireless monitoring technology, older patients with implanted cardiac devices still greatly prefer in-person physician visits to remote consultations, according to a study from Portugal. The report, published in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health, found that 53 percent of patients with pacemakers, defibrillators and other implanted, wireless devices that regulate or measure heart rhythm said they would rather have in-office follow-up with their doctors, while just 27 percent stated a preference for remote monitoring. More>>

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