Many healthcare organizations have struggled to adopt and use social media properly, citing valid concerns over privacy and the patient-provider relationship. Yet there is hope in California, as a live-tweeted surgery shows that organizations such as UCLA Health System are figuring it out 140 characters at a time.
Once MemorialCare's hospitalists started drilling down into their own data, they realized their group was an outlier in terms of keeping patients in the hospital longer and ordering more tests than peers in other hospitals.
Although HIPAA allows patients to view and amend their medical records, most never have and don’t realize that they can. Doctors have concerns regarding this, but a recent year-long pilot showed that patients value access to their notes. Thus, the age-old question remains, should patients read their doctors' notes?
An informatics research team finds that although the technology exists to build a robust national learning health system, a multitude of business, political and social roadblocks stand in the way.