Should the amount of time a patient spends exe rcising be a vital sign? Thanks to efforts of Exercise is Medicine, a program overseen by the American College of Sports Medicine, a growing number of clinicians seem to think so, according to an artic le in the Wall Street Journal.
While shared medical appointments offer patients with like conditions the ability to support and learn from one another in person, emerging social media platforms can offer similar benefits from a distance. What's more, medical practices that embrace this trend can achieve better patient engagement while delivering a strong marketing message, according to an article from Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News.
Evidence continues to mount that telemedicine is effective in reducing hospitalization rates and emergency department visits while also improving health outcomes for chronic disease patients, according to a review of research led by former American Telemedicine Association President Rashid Bashshur, the executive director of eHealth at the University of Michigan Health System.
Several recent studies addressed the link between mobile health and individuals with chronic conditions, such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, clinically diagnosed obesity, osteoporosis and stroke.
Health IT must be available, affordable and sustainable in underserved communities to improve the health of people with higher rates of poverty and chronic disease, write two officials from Morehouse School of Medicine in a recent post to Health IT Buzz blog.
Data from a health information exchange can more accurately identify patients who visit hospital emergency departments frequently than a single site's records, according to research published at Health Affairs.
A new national survey released by the Pew Research Center has found that only four percent of U.S. adults with chronic conditions use a mobile app to track their health. The nationwide survey of...
A new survey from the Pew Research Center and the California HealthCare Foundation finds that while people with chronic conditions are now more likely than ever before to seek health information online, seeking information from a physician remains the most preferred mode for such patients.
Ten research projects aimed at using health IT to improve care in ambulatory settings for patients with complex healthcare needs demonstrated improvements in care coordination, data sharing and patient engagement. Called the Improving Management of Individuals With Complex Healthcare Needs Through Health IT initiative, it's one of five grant programs from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) focused on using health IT to improve care.
The New York City Public Health Department, in partnership with the City University of New York School of Public Health, is launching a pilot project to aggregate electronic health record data into a surveillance tool to improve public health. The project, known as the NYC Macroscope, will be the first U.S. program to use EHRs in this manner.