Archive of: May, 2014

  • Physicians engage patients and recommend follow-up care through practice portals

    by Gary Hamilton

    Can patient portal technology improve practice workflow? The conventional wisdom is that it will, eventually. But can it do so now, and for what types of healthcare? Can it increase the rate at which caregivers monitor and treat patients with chronic diseases? Can it relieve some of the burden on existing primary care doctors, whose numbers shrink with each passing year? Researchers are studying those very question and the results appear promising.

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  • Bringing Healthcare Up To Speed

    by Gary Hamilton

    The Internet has changed our lives. We can order books online and download them or have them delivered, rather than driving to a local bookstore. We can reserve movies from the Web and pick them up at our local Redbox, rather than browsing a movie rental store. We can order a pizza from a smartphone, and even pay the driver’s tip with the touch of a finger. Our bank accounts are accessible online, and, if we choose to, we can pay bills from our computer, rather than receiving paper bills and mailing paper checks.

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