Effort launched to create virtual clipboard for patient intake
by: Joseph Conn
The thorny issue of how to automate the patient intake process came up for discussion and, hopefully, eventually a solution, thanks to a Monday meeting of roughly 40 representatives from payers, providers, health information technology vendors, health IT business associations and the federal government's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. “The goal is to make the first experience (going) into your GP, specialist or hospital as simple as buying a cup of coffee at Starbucks,” said Devin Jopp, president and CEO of the not-for-profit Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, Reston, Va. His group, along with its sister not-for-profit Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation, convened the meeting to “create an industry blueprint around how to automate the patient intake process,” he said. Read More
Kaiser: Members who use app are more adherent, satisfied, and loyal
by: Jonah Comstock
Kaiser Permanente now has 70 percent of its 9 million members as active users of its online and mobile offerings, according to Christine Paige, senior vice president of marketing and digital services at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. Paige spoke about some of the lessons Kaiser has learned about the role it has to play in a customer’s life as a healthcare provider and payer.“One thing we’ve learned is that we’re not going to be in the health and wellness app business,” Paige said. “There’s a lot of people who do great work there, some who don’t do great work, but many who do, doing fitness apps and monitoring etc. And that’s really important and for some people it’s very, very powerful, it helps them get motivated to get done what they need to get done with their health. But for us, our sweet spot is in making access to the clinical part, the medical part much much easier. And that’s a complement to what people do in their own life.” Read More
More online appointment scheduling needed: Accenture
by: Darius Tahir
The healthcare system needs to offer more online appointment scheduling to best serve patients, argues a report (PDF) from consultancy Accenture. The average time for a patient to complete an appointment on the phone at present is 8.1 minutes. They experience transfers 63% of the time, Accenture's research shows. Both metrics are below other industries' standards, the report notes. An in-house scheduling tool can keep patients in-system, while integrating with the other parts of the patient experience, reducing check-in time and other hassles of the healthcare system, it contends. Read More
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Pipeline RX takes telemedicine to hospital pharmacies
by: Dan Verel
As telemedicine gains further traction in healthcare, it’s taking on increasingly diverse forms, and a San Francisco-based startup is looking to tap into what it sees as a potentially huge space: hospital pharmacies. Pipeline RX, started four years by CEO Brian Roberts, has taken the approach and combined it with an outsourcing model from the staffing industry to make the drug delivery system in hospitals more efficient by filling labor shortages with remote pharmacists. The idea, Roberts said, was inspired by teleradiolgoy, which takes medical images like CT scans and transmits them electronically to experts who can analyze and share ideas from thousands of miles away Read More
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