High Hopes for High-Tech Healthcare

Monday, January 12th, 2009
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

There’s much debate about whether an injection of health IT can heal the healthcare industry. However, few would dispute the nationwide need for broadband Internet access called for by HHS Secretary-designate Tom Daschle during his confirmation hearing last week — especially for providers serving rural populations. And with bad healthcare debt on the rise, strategists suggest that Web access to appointment scheduling, insurance forms and payment data can improve patient collections.

However, a recent survey by Oneupweb found that 63 percent of America’s top hospitals have little online presence. Oneupweb analyzed the online marketing initiatives of the 19 healthcare organizations recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the Best Hospitals Honor Roll.

Meanwhile, according to a story in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update, health-monitoring technology helps seniors live at home longer. Also gaining ground on the self-management front are personal health records (PHRs). This week’s featured download, PHRs for Healthcare Consumers, describes how more than 200 health plans, hospitals and health systems, healthcare providers, employers and healthcare IT vendors use PHRs to benefit their populations.

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