The Pros and Cons of Health IT

Health Information Technology (Health IT) makes up the whole of technology used by health care providers and practices. It includes software like the electronic health record (EHR), telehealth, and practice management software. Providers used Health IT endlessly within the industry. While the addition of this technology is constant throughout the United States, it comes with solid challenges as well. The …

Why E-Visits are as Important as Telehealth

Why E-Visits are as Important as Telehealth

Telehealth has taken the healthcare industry by storm in recent years. It has introduced a new way for patients and doctors to interact. Now with the use of technology, doctor-patient communication has a farther reach. E-visits and telehealth utilize tools like the patient portal to allow doctors to meet with patients and treat them, without being in the same room. …

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Does Increased Patient Engagement Mean Patients Will Need You Less?

Tools to increase patient engagement in the healthcare industry have taken practices by storm in recent years. The onset of patient portals and wearable technology have given patients the motivation they needed to stay in charge of their health. Improvement in health outcomes and patient accountability have been a result of the use of these tools. Because of this, organizations …

Physician Priorities in 2017 and Beyond

In October of 2016, there were 95 healthcare organizations that responded to a survey published by Healthcare IT News.  The survey was created in an effort to better understand concerns of providers in the coming year.  The answers revealed some surprising trends for 2017. The first set of information published was related to security issues.  In general, practices are concerned …

Telehealth Proves Effective for Mental Health Treatment

Though research has established the benefits of adding telehealth to your practice, many mental health providers are still hesitant.  Some clinicians state that though video is often used, they are still restricted from seeing visual cues that are apparent during in-person visits.  Others state that using telehealth is simply not appropriate for the illnesses they treat. Regardless of the naysayers, …

Is Telehealth Appropriate for Pain Management?

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at approximately 250 patients who were being treated for various chronic pain conditions by their primary care physician (PCP).  The results indicated that patients receiving telehealth monitoring, when compared to normal care, were twice as likely to report 30% less pain after 12 months.  The researchers involved …

Getting Reimbursed for Telehealth

In 2016, telehealth became the No. 1 regulatory concern for health boards across the nation.  Most of their attention was focused on practicing across state lines.  In other words, is the patient located in the state where the provider is licensed during the telehealth visit?  If not, that’s an issue.  While lawmakers and physicians are fighting it out, they are …