Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that our sister site mHealthWatch has been monitoring this past week.
There is no known medical condition that enables an individual to predict the future. While such an ability would be extremely useful for myriad reasons, we have, instead, learned to hone and leverage our analytic skills to deduce what might occur, relying on the data we cull and parse to help forecast the future. So, when it comes to predicting the year ahead, we should consider the one we just had.
Location based applications in healthcare are growing like wildfire. In fact, Global Location Based Services (LBS) in the healthcare industry are expected to grow by 31.23 percent from 2015-2019. “LBS is an information service that uses real-time geographical data from a location-enabled device to provide security services and information,” notes a report summary from ReportsnReports.
Medical professionals are smarting at the imposition of “meaningful use penalties” now kicking into gear. A program of the U.S. government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the meaningful use provision was approved with the 2009 economic stimulus package. It called for health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records to qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.
Registration has opened for the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) seal of approval for online medical services. ATA is welcoming limited registrations for organizations desiring the association’s imprimatur. The accreditation program is designed to recognize organizations that provide safe and high quality online patient healthcare services that benefit of both consumers and payers. More than 50 organizations have already registered to begin the application process for accreditation.
A new three-year study may provide an answer to the question of whether telemedicine consultations in emergency departments are more effective than those handled by telephone. UC Davis pediatrician James Marcin was awarded $1.2 million recently by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to conduct the research.
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