Benefits of Digital Health Canada Health Infoway


Patient portals provide patients with a convenient way to access their personal health information which results in patients feeling more involved in their care and having more informed discussions with their health care provider. In one study, 94 per cent of portal users said they valued viewing their health information online Virtual visits provide patients with the convenience of connecting with their health care provider through secure, two-way digital communications without the need to travel to the doctor's office. A BC study found 79 per cent of patients who had a virtual visit said the quality of care was the same as an in-person visit. Telehomecare allows patients and clinicians to collaborate in monitoring health conditions, which can reduce the need for emergency visits and hospitalization. Electronic health records allow doctors to see patients' complete health information, saving time, reducing duplicate tests, and leading to better patient care decisions.

Are we over-sharing our personal health data?

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Increased use of electronic medical records can improve treatments and diagnoses for patients, but they're also vulnerable to large data breaches. Are we sharing too much of our personal health data? It's a question worth asking after massive breaches of our personal health data in recent years and reports that, even in low-tech settings like a hospital waiting room, privacy protocols are faulty. According to the health trade publicationHIPAA Journal,more hospitals and doctors' practices reported breaches in 2016 than in any other year since the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights, which collects data on leaks, started publishing breach summaries in 2009. Among the latest leaks: Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York City left patients' names, home addresses, medical and mental health diagnoses, addiction histories, HIV statuses and even sexual assault and domestic violence reports exposed online.

Apple acquires medical record startup Gliimpse as latest step to visualize personal health data


Apple wants to improve how medical records look and are shared. To do so, the iPhone maker has acquired Gliimpse, a personal health data startup, Fast Company reported Monday. Based in Silicon Valley, Gliimpse offers a platform for patients and medical professionals to manage health records. These virtual profiles can include documents, photos and journal entries, and can be saved as one transferable file. The company seeks to unify how medical data is received and visualized.

The Productivity Paradox in Health Information Technology

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"Health information technology connects doctors and patients to more complete and accurate health records ... This technology is critical to improving patient care, enabling coordination between providers and patients, reducing the risk of dangerous drug interactions, and helping patients access prevention and disease management services."-- Health information technology (HIT)--the application of information technologies to enable and enhance the delivery of healthcare services--has been a central point of focus for U.S. healthcare policy since 2007. Both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama outlined bold goals for HIT adoption as a key facet of each of their healthcare reform efforts, promising significant benefits for healthcare providers and patients alike.20 Clinical HIT systems, including electronic health records (EHRs), health information exchanges (HIEs), computerized provider order entry (CPOE), and telemedicine technologies, are seen as critical remedies to the complexity and inefficiency that have long plagued the U.S. healthcare industry.a

How data analytics is transforming the Health care industry


With the wild expansion of public health information, we can use data analytic technique to crawl and filter out varied types of public health info data. Thanks to the data analytic methods, medical workers are able to manage large amount of unstructured data and then explore the insights from these data. Note that there are multiple channels to collecting population health information. Officially, lots of medical data now comes from the hospital information system (HIS), which includes electronic medical record system (EMRS), laboratory information system (LIS), picture archiving & communication system,(PACS), radiology information system (RIS), clinical decision support system (CDSS), etc. Apart from these data sets, many other medical care appliances can also help to record the life symptom information, like ECG data, blood oxygenation, blood pressure, pulse, and body temperature. You can even get health information from some social media platforms or search engines.