Big Data Increasingly Drives Medical Best Practices
Big data is transforming the world of health care. Contributing to the revolution are the need to facilitate the flow of vast amounts of information, growing patient demand for improved coordinated care, new health-care laws and regulations, and the move toward quality-driven reimbursement, requiring doctors to demonstrate outcomes and justify treatments.
Assisting medical providers in ensuring meticulous documentation and recordkeeping are electronic health records (EHRs). Most health-care facilities are already using some form of electronic recording of patient information. Big data management comes into play as patient records are increasingly shared among physicians, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and other allied health professionals. This collaboration of services is critical not only for proper patient care but also for data analysis and recognizing emerging trends in health care. Continue reading
Medicine and Technology
- Health-Care Providers Must Continuously and Strategically Adapt to Health-Care Technology Trends
The intersection of medicine with technology necessitates changes in the way health care is delivered. From more stringent laws regarding medical documentation and health information management, to increasing patient demand for coordinated care and records access, to massive amounts of data to manage, the health-care industry has entered a new era. Fortunately, technologies such as electronic health records (EHRs), cloud-based platforms, and other digital tools are here to help.
Cloud-Based Electronic Health Records
The introduction of electronic health records (EHRs) has helped catapult the health-care industry into the new millennium and meet emerging demands. Thanks to EHRs, medical facilities are able to improve clinical documentation, meet coding and compliancy laws, manage large volumes of data, collaborate with allied health professionals, demonstrate a foundation for quality-based reimbursement, and enhance patient care. Continue reading
Cost of Health-Care IT
Cloud-based Technology Can Significantly Improve Health Care
The cost of health-care IT is on the rise with forecasts predicting expenditures up to $31.3 billion by 2017. While organizations across the industry spectrum have embraced cloud-based technology and its ability to scale, grow, and serve customers better, most health-care institutions lag behind, continuing to rely on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) frameworks. Not only are TCO platforms associated with crippling operating expenses and lower revenue, but they create inefficiencies that weaken the health-care system.
From TCO to Cloud Technology
While multiple factors can be blamed for pushing up the price of health delivery, the cost of health-care IT can no longer be ignored. Even the newest government incentive programs such as HI-TECH Act, enabling hospitals to maintain electronic health records, are cited as too expensive with failure to deliver results. Moreover, data exchange in the health system is said to be mournfully behind that of other service sectors. Continue reading
Medical Transcription Overview
Human Medical Transcription Beats Machine Transcription
Health-care facilities are increasingly evaluated by not only the quality of their patient care but also by the state of their data management. Medical reports and patient information need to be documented, transcribed, and stored electronically for easy access upon demand. Medical transcriptionists (MTs) are entrusted with the task of transcribing reports and procedures in a flawless fashion. Responsibilities of an MT include:
- Document typing
- Spelling correction
- Dictation correction
- Knowledge of medical terminology
- Knowledge of medical shorthand/slang
- Compliance with legal policies and procedures
- Compliance with patient confidentiality laws
Medical Transcription History
Outsourcing Medical Transcription is a Significant Decision
Medical record keeping has long been a canon of the health-care profession. For decades, transcription of doctor’s handwritten notes or verbally dictated reports has been the responsibility of medical stenographers. With advancements in technology, the transcription system evolved from typewriters to computers and from cassettes and floppy disks to digital recordings. In the new millennium, the face of medical transcription has changed forever.
The latest trends in transcription, voice automation, and natural language processing have given rise to speech recognition (SR) and continuous speech recognition (CSR) software. Still in their nascent forms, numerous obstacles hamper the use of SR technology. As a result, medical transcription services are by no means obsolete, and health-care facilities must determine the most accurate and efficient means of managing their data. Continue reading
From Herbal Medicine to Food for Health
Food is Medicine
Favorite home herbal medicines ingested or applied preventing and curing illnesses have been around since Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden of Eden. There was no sickness in the Garden. They learned which seeds, vegetation, and herbs to use for medicinal purposes when family members got sick.
Home brews became common in every society through the ages. Traditions made famous by mothers, spiritualists, anthropologists, ethnographers, and pharmacologists are now subjects for scientific study, academics, and marketers.
My wife tells me to put a hot tea bag on a sty. Everybody, including her children with graduate degrees and enviable jobs, must have chicken soup if they are ever to recover from colds and flu. Eat a banana to stop diarrhea. Maggots and willow bark ameliorate inflammations. From China to Egypt, stretching back tens of thousands of years, herbal medicines abound. Continue reading