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Rural patients lack easy access to quality health care—but telemedicine is changing that

Recently we reported on the continuing growth of digital health technologies, which include wearables, remote monitoring, mobile health (mHealth) apps and tools, and telemedicine and telehealth. We noted that despite their promise, though, some technologies had not yet made the leap from enthusiasm to adoption by most medical practices.Read More

The interest in mobile health (mHealth) shows no signs of waning. That goes for both patients and doctors. A 2016 survey found that patients want more digital health tools from their doctors: 59 percent of all health-insured patients surveyed, and 70 percent of millennials, said they would choose a primary care doctor who offers a mobile app (allowing patients to make appointments, see bills, view health data, etc.) over one that does not.Read More

The alarm on your smartphone buzzes next to your bed. You get up, check your FitBit to see how many hours of sleep you logged, then pull up your calendar on your Apple watch. “Alexa, what’s today’s weather report?” you ask your Bluetooth speaker. As you’re using your daily meditation app, you get a FaceTime call from your daughter in college. All this technology is great, right? So easy, so useful, so … harmful?Read More

In the first half of 2016 alone, there were 263 health data breaches, reports Healthcare IT News. The number of individuals affected by a protected health information breach skyrocketed from less than 600,000 in 2010 to just under 112 million in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Protected health information (PHI) is a prime target for hackers and cyber criminals because in many cases it is easier to steal than credit card data or financial records. It’s also far more valuable, since health records contain all of a patient’s personal, medical, and financial data. Are you doing enough to protect yourself, your practice, and your patients?Read More