Physicians' overall comfort with computers and communication skills determine whether technology is a positive or negative influence during patient visits, according to a new report from the American Medical Association board of trustees. The five-page paper, "Exam Room Computing & Patient- Physician Interactions" is being presented for approval to the AMA House of Delegates meeting this week in Chicago.
Implementing shared decision-making isn't as easy as it sounds, according to a study by the RAND Corp. and Informed Medical Decisions Foundation. In an article published in Health Affairs , the authors follow a demonstration of shared decision-making at eight primary care sites that was funded and coordinated by the foundation.
Though many doctors fear that that a few bad online reviews could hurt their reputation, a study published recently in the Journal of Urology finds that most ratings are favorable--but based on reviews by just two or three patients.
University of Utah Health Care, Utah's only academic medical center, is posting patient satisfaction scores and comments about its 1,200 physicians online.
A survey of primary care providers in 10 countries finds health IT can help improve care, but a large percent of physicians in all countries complained about the time it took to receive information from specialists and hospitals.
Happtique, a mobile health app store and vetting service, is launching a pilot program of mRx, its electronic prescription pad that allows practitioners to prescribe apps to their patients.
Online appointment scheduling and access to test results once seemed innovative. Now they're mundane. So I created a list of five things I wish my patient portal would do, such as reminding me to schedule an annual physical and to follow up on action items after a visit to the doctor. But no list of demands for innovation would be complete without talking about mobile integration, right?
Want to improve satisfaction at your organization? Offer free Wi-Fi. That's one of the suggestions from a PwC Health Research Institute report released today.
Virtual consultations might be a more efficient use of specialists' time than face-to-face meetings without a decline in patient satisfaction, according to a new study.
Consumer Reports magazine is getting into the growing business of publishing public ratings of hospitals and private physicians--the latest move in the trend toward improving consumer information online amid growing public and political pressure for transparency. Meanwhile, it will likely be part of another trend, as well--that of hospitals and physicians criticizing hospital and physician ranking sites.