Mobile health (mHealth) applications have the potential to transform healthcare by allowing doctors to diagnose patients with potentially life-threatening conditions outside of the traditional healthcare settings.
Stage 2 of Meaningful Use places a big emphasis on patient engagement – an ongoing and constructive dialogue between patients and practitioners. A big part of this communication is driven by technology, like patient portals, enabling patients to view test results and records online and directly email their doctors.
From the moment a physician walks in the front door of Miami Children's Hospital, he or she can use their own smartphone or tablet and connect to patient's electronic medical records. It's just one wireless solution that this 289-bed hospital in Miami-Dade County is using to innovate patient care and transform the hospital experience.
Many providers are breathing a sigh of relief as ICD-10, a federal mandate requiring doctors to adopt a new set of billing codes by this fall, has been delayed. Now the changeover has been pushed to at least a year later, Oct. 1, 2015. But what does this mean?