Given self-reported intent of 74 percent of clinicians to adopt tablets, smartphones and computers into their workflow by Q2 2015, the migration of tasks to mobile devices will likely continue to grow, says a new report.
The healthcare industry is already using shopping habits and financial records for predictive analysis. Now some are turning toward social media data and other public records, raising concern that practices will be overly intrusive and conducted without patients even knowing.
Any day now, the Supreme Court will issue its decision on the "contraception mandate" and could add more complexity to employer-based health insurance. Another dispute may spell even more trouble for health reform.
The ability for this next generation of doctors to eliminate suffering will be unprecedented, according to Rep. Mike Burgess (R-Tex.), vice-chair of the subcommittee on health within the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
With the continued shortage of qualified individuals to fill the health IT staffing gap in the outwardly expanding health IT revolution, some experts claim relief can be found in some less likely places.
That and a raft of questions about how government and industry should forge ahead are emerging as the grand vision for interoperable electronic health records systems are progressing too slowly for many stakeholders.