Use of Digital Technologies on the rise

Owing to the meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, it’s imperative for physicians to adapt to the latest Digital Technologies. Achieving the triple aim of better patient care, improved health outcomes and reducing the overall costs through the use of digital technologies is the topmost priority. Doctors are looking at adopting mHealth technologies towards better care management.
Manhattan Research’s Taking the Pulse U.S. 2014 study indicates that 40% of physicians believe better health outcomes would be achieved if digital technologies are used to engage with the patients. The same doctors have also stated that they have started adopting digital technologies to communicate with their patients.
Another striking inference from the survey was that 47 percent of physicians who owned a smartphone used it to show patients images and videos, while 33 percent of doctors recommended the use mobile health applications by their patients.
As the healthcare industry progresses towards a value driven outcome based model, the use of technology in improving patients’ health at reduced costs is indispensable.

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