Telemedicine, Accenture, and Influenza App – Around Healthcare Scene


When The EMR *Is* The Problem

Anne Zieger talks about a recent experience at the doctor’s office that took more time than it needed to because of an EMR. While EMRs are meant to increase efficiency and workflow, it isn’t always the case. How can these problems be addressed?

New Telemedicine Starts Bode Well For EMRs

Jennifer Dennard interviewed Sande Olson, a senior health consultant at Olson & Associates about the future of telemedicine technology. She discusses how it has changed recently, a possible trick down effect from the ACA, and integration of telemedicine into EMRs.

Hospital EMR and EHR

What Hospitals Can Learn From Hospitals

Airports are crowded, filled with germs, and just frustrating sometimes. However, there are a few things, technology-wise, that airports do well with, and hospitals should pay attention to. This post talks about three different things hospitals can learn from airports, including having kiosks and big screen displays.

Accenture: Five Questions Hospital Boards Should Ask Before EMR Buys

A study done by Accenture found that about four percent of hospitals will be making an EMR purchase in the next year. Partly because of this, Accenture has compiled a list of questions that should be asked before purchasing an EMR.  They suggest having these questions answered by an independent analysis of EMR vendors.

Smart Phone Healthcare 

CDC Release Influenza App

The CDC has released another app. This time, it focuses on the flu. Because this year’s flu season has run rampant throughout the United States, this app can be very helpful, particularly for physicians. It contains information concerning where outbreaks are happening, the vaccine, and tips on how to stay healthy.

About the author

Katie Clark

Katie Clark

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

1 Comment

  • EMR efficiencies…not.
    Maybe when/if a doc gets good a clicking around their EHR things might get back to the same speed they were before.
    Why do people think that by simply computerizing will make things more efficient? Oh wait, we forgot to mention we are piling more work on the doc with an EHR.

    Telemedicine – it does/will have it’s place, but I’ll bet we’ll see it more as a nurse Q&A than a doc Q&A. Especially if there is not way to get reimbursed.

    CDC Flu “app”.
    Lets make sure we don’t confuse app with mobile website or information.
    An app actually does something, all this “app” does is provide information in smart phone format.
    Quite frankly there is nothing there that is useful. Interesting maybe, useful no…at least nothing I haven’t heard 10 times on the news.

    A map of flu breakouts, ok, might be helpful or interesting but probably won’t prevent me from going on that business trip.

    I’m already a germ-a-phobe, though I’ve not gotten to the point of wearing a mask.

    Does the app nag you to get your flu shot?

    I suppose this could be good for docs to use, but can’t they just have the CDC site pulled up on their computer along with their EHR (we are striving for more efficiency, right)? I think it is goofy that a doc might have to refer to the EHR on their computer THEN pull out the smart phone to send a text/check the weather/confirm a tee time, no no, I mean get the latest update on the flu.

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