Survey: 20 Percent of ACOs Use Telemedicine

The technology being used by accountable care organizations is fairly limited, according to a new survey of 69 ACOs recently conducted by the eHealth Initiative. While 75 percent used EHRs and 62 percent offered a patient portal, only 20 percent used some kind of telemedicine and 30 percent use electronic forms to capture patient data. Continue reading

Survey: Use of Insurers’ Mobile Apps Linked to Consumer Satisfaction

Individuals who used mobile applications to connect with their health plans are more satisfied with their plans than those who have not used such technology, according to a J.D. Power survey released on Monday, MobiHealthNews reports. Continue reading

Survey: Many Providers Charging Patients for Access to Their EHRs

Many providers are charging patients for access to their electronic health records, with the price varying by provider, according to a survey published by the American Health Information Management Association, Modern Healthcare reports. Continue reading

Survey: Most Hospital Clinicians Use Smartphones, Tablets

More than two-thirds of clinicians at U.S. hospitals use smartphones or tablet computers to access data, according to a HIMSS Analytics survey, MobiHealthNews reports (Pai, MobiHealthNews, 12/9).

The survey, which was conducted from October to November, Continue reading

Survey: Physicians Dissatisfied With Federal Reporting Programs

Physicians are highly dissatisfied with three federal quality reporting programs, according to a new survey by the Medical Group Management Association, Health Data Management reports (Goedert, Health Data Management, 10/28). Continue reading

Survey: Big Business May Shift Retirees, Part-Timers To Insurance Exchanges

Corporate America is taking a hard look at moving retirees and part-time workers into health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, suggests a survey by the National Business Group on Health. Continue reading

Most Employees Don’t Know Difference between FSA, HSA: Survey

Most employees don’t know the basic difference between health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts, according to a new survey.

Nearly 75% of those responding to a Fidelity Investments survey said HSAs were pretty much the same thing as FSAs or were unsure of how FSAs and HSAs differ. Continue reading

Thousands Dying from Hospital Acquired Infections

Hospitals failing to prevent deadly infections

My mother was a pretty easygoing gal, but Heaven help you if you ever violated her most cherished rule — always clean up after yourself.

Well, it looks like plenty of hospitals today could use Continue reading

Majority of Patients Want Online Access to Doctors

Nearly three-quarters of people want to be able to get lab results, request appointments, pay medical bills, and communicate with their doctor’s office through secure portals, finds Intuit Health study.

These findings come from Intuit Health’s second-annual Health Care Check-Up Survey,  Continue reading