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Center for Body Computing uses Facebook, YouTube, Instagram for health
by+ Aditi Pai
Leslie Saxon, executive director of the Center for Body Computing at the University of Southern California, says there’s no better connected device on which to reach an audience than a mobile phone. And on that mobile phone, go to where the consumer is — social media. At the Partners Healthcare Connected Health Symposium in Boston, Saxon highlighted four key ways that her team is reaching out consumers and patients through social platforms such as Facebook, gaming, YouTube and Instagram so that she can reach them online where they already exist.
Unsolicited Data in EHRs Posing Workflow, Legal Challenges for Some Providers
With the growing use of health information exchange technology and personal mobile health devices, patients' health records are being inundated with information that might not have been requested by their provider.
While such data can help make patient records more comprehensive, unsolicited information also can cause disruptions to providers' workflows and affect the usability of their EHR systems. Further, providers could be held liable if patient harm or misdiagnosis occurs that could have been prevented by more thoroughly reviewing such data, according to experts.
Clicks count: How to make your hospital's website work for you
By 2016, more than half of traffic to hospital websites will be on mobile devices. So, it may be a good time to make sure your hospital's site is optimized for mobile.
This statistic is among those explored by independent digital agency Primacy, which analyzed the traffic and paid search activity of five hospitals in 2012 and illustrated the findings in an infographic.
Government Health IT
House proposes law to boost Medicare and Medicaid via telehealth
WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced a bill this week that would strengthen Medicare and enhance Medicaid through expanded telemedicine coverage.
The “Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2013,” introduced by Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) on Oct. 23, builds on existing payment innovations, according to a news release from Harper’s office. This proposal is the result of a months-long drafting process involving patients, providers, and other industry stakeholders, the bill sponsors say.
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