…will keep the doctors informed.
So maybe you haven’t been in the hospital ever or in years or even this year (we’re only a quarter-ish into the new year)… but now you just might see how an Apple might be just what the doctor ordered.
If you are already wearing that Apple Watch and happen to make it into the patient bed at Cedars-Sinai then you can synch all your info with the hospital issued iPad and your Apple Watch. That makes for a more complete record of your health and keeps the info where it can be accessed for other care providers or, in the worst of situations, where emergency responders can see it.
Back in early 2015, we heard of the hospitals piloting Apple’s HealthKit – and the big name electronic health record providers jumped in with them. John Hopkins (specifically for epilepsy) and Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans have worked with Epic, an electronic health record company, to integrate with the Apple Watch. Ochsner is making the use of the Apple product line to make their innovationOschner (iO) program a stellar role model for the rest of the electronic world of healthcare. I’m, personally, impressed with their program and how they seem to be making it a part of their strategic vision not just for the company but for their patients. Check out this post from last year on Oschner’s program!
Yet, in the field we are all aware of the regulations around electronic health records and those devices that work with them are one of the grey areas – one that we, in the healthcare technology field hopes will stay grey!
What have your experiences been with your Apple products and your healthcare providers?
Here is a great interview article with a patient at Cedars Sinai – and it speaks to the market that Apple is now wading into…
Working in IT (information technology) we are always conscious of printing. We try to avoid it. It is, in our world, similar to being caught using your finger to get some icing off the wedding or birthday cake when no one is looking. (yes, Tisha humor/opinion.)
So how do you get your information? Do you print off directions from MapQuest? or do you send them via text to your smart phone? Or even have that handy navigation system in your car? What about your grocery list? Is it on paper or do you have a handy app on your smart phone or iPad? Do you read paperbacks or use a Kindle/Nook/iPad?
A recent article in HIT Consultant noted the top 20 most insightful infographics of 2012. (infographics = pictures with words and/or information.)
courtesy HealthEd Academy
This particular one seems to give some good statistics on how patients are learning in our age of technology. Healthcare extender I take to mean a healthcare provider. It is interesting that the majority of information given to patients is printed. Yet, when I think about some of the meaningful use requirements, one is to provide patient education upon discharge. So they print the information. Even if they were to give you links to videos or websites they print them on paper. I haven’t seen anyone emailing info rather than printing though that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen.
The infographic does point out that the provider (extenders) are getting their information from technology (online) resources. I would say that the majority of those resources are available to the general public, also. Yet there is often so much information available that it is contradictory or confusing for us when we search. There are some information providers that we feel are true and correct resources such as WebMD.
So how do you get information from your healthcare provider? Do you do your own research? If yes, is it before or after you see the provider? or both?