The Role of Big Data in Health Care

Big Data Increasingly Drives Medical Best Practices

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

Technology Trends in Health Care

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How Cloud-Based Technology Can Improve Health Care

Cost of Health-Care IT

Cloud-based Technology Can Significantly Improve Health Care

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 and Speech-Recognition Software

Medical Transcription Overview

Human Medical Transcription Beats Machine Transcription

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

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Outsourcing Medical Transcription: Pros and Cons

Medical Transcription History

Outsourcing Medical Transcription is a Significant Decision

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

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