The adoption of IT in the healthcare industry is speeding up, driven in part by cloud computing, according to Asia-based healthcare IT solutions provider iSOFT Health Asia. iSOFT Health Asia general manager Dr Timothy Nam said the healthcare industry has been slower than other sectors in adopting IT solutions. “Having to manage, as well as maintain, healthcare’s legacy systems and upkeep its traditional best practices, many called the health sector extremely backward. In fact, quite [...]
Medical facilities are joining the digital revolution. Thanks to a technology-based requirement of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, physicians’ offices and hospitals will use electronic health records. The Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was enacted as part of 2009’s recovery act and encourages health care facilities to adopt an electronic health record system to improve efficiency and patient privacy. Patient information will be logged directly into computers, rather than kept [...]
Accenture and Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) Holdings have launched a national EHR system. The first phase of the national EHR implementation will provide a single health record for healthcare professionals across the continuum. As patients visit primary care clinics, acute and community hospitals, clinicians will be able to access a single patient record to obtain current medical information. The EHR captures patient demographics, diagnosis, medications, tests, procedures and discharge summaries, according to Accenture, a [...]
An inaugural summit on the use of mobile communications to support healthcare opens in Cape Town on Monday. This emerging field is often called “mHealth” and the four-day summit is organized by the mHealth Alliance, founded by the United Nations Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Vodafone Foundation. It is sponsored by the cellphone industry body serving the world’s more than five billion mobile subscribers, the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GMSA). For mobile [...]
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