Nearly three-quarters of physicians agree that self-tracking leads to better patient outcomes, according to a new report from healthcare market research and advisory firm Manhattan Research.
In 2013, 70 percent of physicians report that at least one of their patients is sharing health measurement data with them. The methods patients use to share their health measurements with healthcare professionals remain primarily low-tech, however. The most common forms used by patients are handwriting the data or giving the physician a printout of their information. This year’s study, titled “Taking the Pulse U.S,” surveyed 2,950 U.S. practicing physicians online in the first quarter of 2013 across more than 25 specialties.
“Self-tracking is already a part of the care paradigm and its prevalence is going to accelerate rapidly as digital connection, payment reform, and outcome-focused delivery make advances,” James Avallone, director of physician research at Manhattan Research, said in a statement. “We are seeing physician attitudes toward self-tracking aligning with policy, which is encouraging for all stakeholders involved.”
Officials from Carequality have stated that there are now more than 150,000 clinicians across 11,000 clinics and 500 hospitals live on its network. These participants are also able to share health data records with one another, regardless of technology vendor.
While stolen financial data still has a higher market value than stolen medical records, as financial data can be monetized faster, there are indications that there is ongoing development of a market for stolen medical data, according to an Intel Security McAfee Labs report.
A phishing scam at Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass. has potentially exposed the personal data of 13,000 patients, according to a privacy statement from the patient care organization and a report from MassLive.
In an update, DirectTrust reported significant growth in Direct exchange of health information and the number of trusted Direct addressed enabled to share personal health information (PHI) in the third quarter of 2016.
Eleven private insurers, including Aetna, Humana and Anthem, are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to consider the experience of commercial insurers when evaluating the impact of telemedicine coverage in Medicare.