A new application called Medical History was designed by retired nurse Karen Warner to allow users to record health data such as medications and allergies. The app for iPhones and iPads was inspired by Warner's work with caregivers and her own experience caring for her parents. "There's just numerous doctors and to try and keep track of them all is just virtually impossible," she said.
A survey by eHealth Initiative and AHIMA reveals that many health groups remain unaware of the benefits of the ICD-10 codes required by Oct. 1, 2014, with 26% of respondents saying they don't have specific objectives for using the codes other than to process claims. The survey also notes that about 59% of provider practices believe the move to ICD-10 will lead to a substantial revenue decline, while 1 in 4 hospitals aren't sure of the project's costs.
An Affordable Care Act provision allows a three-month grace period for families who buy subsidized plans from health insurance exchanges but fail to make premium payments. Physicians may not be aware insurers only have to pay for care for the first month. Leah Newkirk of the California Academy of Family Physicians said rural physicians and those who see disadvantaged patients will especially be affected by the policy.
A Manhattan Research survey found that 75% of U.S. physicians have purchased Apple iPads, iPods or iPhones. Also, 30% of surveyed doctors said they use iPads to access electronic health records and radiology images and to communicate with patients.
More pet owners are tapping into technology to help trace their lost or stolen pets. Microchips, social-networking sites and GPS-equipped iPhone applications are just some of the technology-based methods leveraged by pet owners and animal advocates to help find missing pets.