Patients want to use social media tools to manage health care –

Originally posted on My Lymphoma Journey:

Not surprising as so many of us shop, bank, and interact on the web.The most requested online services:

  • availability of appointments
  • appointment reminders
  • referral to specialists

There is a high level of trust in physicians in contrast to, and not surprisingly, drug companies.

Patients want to use social media tools to manage health care –

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Why do Most EMRs Cause Disappointments?

Originally posted on CureMD Blog:

Electronic medical records (EMR) seem to be the current trend in the healthcare industry today. You’ll find many physicians, allied health professionals and hospitals using some form of electronic recording of patient data. Despite the many advantages of a more uniform approach to medical care documentation and care coordination (patients seen by several specialists), there are some disadvantages to EMRs. The problems occur “behind the scenes,” outside of a patient’s surveillance.

One of the major benefits of EMRs is that it is quite easy for clinicians to pull a patient’s history from the relevant database. On the flipside is the ever-present possibility of invasion of privacy. Software developers in the EMR industry are continuously working to improve security by adding features like record encryption, biometric access control along other than basic username and password requirements. However, computer hackers may ultimately be able to penetrate EMRs despite such security…

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