Nextech Blog

Tech Trends in Healthcare: Wearables

Nathan Brown on 08/28/2015

In the second quarter of 2015, wearables tech company Fitbit saw its sales revenue more than triple to $400 million, up from $113 million in the same quarter last year.  This upward trend in the wearables market isn’t just being seen by Fitbit, either.  While they definitely seem to be leading the pack, many other tech companies have introduced their own wearable devices in recent years, usually in the form of wristbands that track a wearer’s stats/behavior for things such as heart rate, step counts, calorie intake/burn, and even sleeping habits—Apple Watch, the Nike+ FuelBand (though this device discontinued last year as part of a new fitness-wearable joint venture between Nike and Apple), MiBand, and Jawbone, to name just a few.

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Topics: Healthcare IT, Patient Engagement, Technology Trends

Healthcare data security: A growing issue in 2015

Nathan Brown on 08/26/2015

This has already been a wild year when it comes to data breaches, beginning with the hack of insurance giant Anthem back in February that compromised the personal data of 80 million clients. A month later, 11 million customers had their medical and financial details compromised in a cyberattack on Premera Blue Cross

Since then, things have only gotten worse.

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Topics: Healthcare IT, Security

White House asks for provider feedback in Precision Medicine Initiative

Drew Laing on 08/25/2015

white_houseOriginally discussed in President Obama’s State of the Union speech back in January, the White House is now looking for the help of those in the medical industry to ensure the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) is a success.

In the official blog of the Executive Branch, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist in the Office of Science and Technology Policy DJ Patil and PMI Project Manager Stephanie Devaney asked for the feedback of both the public and private sectors.

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Topics: Healthcare IT, Security, Interoperability

Why your practice management software should rewire your workflow

Brian Gennusa on 08/21/2015

Within any medical practice, it is necessary to make electronic health records a part of all network systems, including practice management softwareBy enabling interoperability between different metric-tracking software platforms, office managers let physicians focus on their patients, rather than the process. 

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Topics: Practice Management

Mobile use growing among ambulatory physicians

Drew Laing on 08/19/2015

The world is more mobile than ever before and it now appears a greater number of physicians are doing the same in throughout the workday According to a new survey conducted by Black Book Market Research, 52 of ambulatory practice physicians currently access patient records or reference data from a mobile device. But the use of mobile devices doesn't stop there for ambulatory physicians.

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Topics: Specialty Solutions, Healthcare IT, Mobility, patient data

3 easy tips to improve your practice's revenue

Brian Gennusa on 08/18/2015

How does your medical practice deal with its revenue cycle management? Working with the flow of money into and out of a practice is as important as providing proper care to patients. Without the funds, after all, a practice ceases to function. Thankfully, there are a lot of ways that organizations can improve their relationship with their revenue. Many groups take too long to collect, allow too many write-offs, or use technology that is unoptimized for collections. Some have a very high claim rate denial or fail to follow up on denied claims. Finding out how a given practice can improve its financial situation requires knowing exactly how it is failing to capitalize on available opportunities.

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Topics: Healthcare IT, Revenue Management

Avoid EHR dissatisfaction by choosing a specialty specific solution

Drew Laing on 08/13/2015

Due to the intricate nature of specialty physician practices, dissatisfaction among these doctors is often rooted in the implementation of a solution that’s not fit for their specialty or practice.

With 77 percent of specialty physicians attesting to this issue, it’s no surprise that  a recent survey conducted by AmericanEHR Partners and the American Medical Association (AMA) discovered EHR satisfaction is trending in a negative direction. Compared with a report in 2010, satisfaction among physicians has decreased from 61 percent to just 34 percent satisfaction in 2015.

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Topics: Specialty Solutions, EHR, Satisfaction

4 Easy Tips for Schedule Optimization

Nathan Brown on 08/10/2015

Trying to organize your schedule of patient appointments can be a lot like driving with a cup of hot coffee between your thighs—it can be a refreshing pick-me-up when the cup is filled to a proper level. If the cup is too full, however, you’ll more than likely just get burned (not to mention you’ll have to spend the day with coffee stained pants).  Okay, on second thought, that might not have been the best simile for this particular situation. 

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Topics: Healthcare IT, Practice Management, scheduling, optimization

PC maintenance checklist: How to prevent unnecessary computer lag

Nathan Brown on 08/07/2015

We’ve had a lot of discussions on this blog about how to keep your practice’s computers safe and secure. While performing regular cybersecurity tasks (such as keeping your antivirus software up-to-date) is undoubtedly important, there are also some other routine PC maintenance tasks that you should be performing in order to keep your practice’s computer running smoothly and efficiently.

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Topics: Healthcare IT, computer, maintenance, efficiency

Meaningful Use compliance: How to ensure your EMR is prepared for Stage 2 and beyond

Drew Laing on 08/05/2015

When Meaningful Use began for eligible professionals (EP’s) back in 2011, the physicians who chose to participate in the government program rushed to implement electronic medical record solutions in order to meet Stage 1 requirements and receive the maximum incentive payments. 

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Topics: Healthcare IT, Compliance, Meaningful Use