Blog | December 20, 2012 | EHR, Meaningful Use, Mobile, Patient Portals, Technology, HIPAA
The year 2012 marked some important developments in healthcare technology, fueled largely by federal laws such as the Affordable Care Act, as well as economic necessity. From cloud-based computing to patient portals, here’s what, technology-wise, made a big bang in physician practices nationwide.
1. Patient portals: It should be no surprise that portals top our list of healthcare tools. With new patient-engagement requirements tucked into the second stage of CMS’ meaningful use requirements, as well as a crackdown on practices violating HIPAA, which spurred practices to look for more secure alternatives for physician-patient communication, portal use soared in 2012. Of the nearly 1,400 physicians, practice administrators, and healthcare workers who participated in our annual Technology Survey, Sponsored by AT&T, 29 percent said they owned a portal. That’s not a lot — until you consider that just 20 percent said they owned a portal in the 2011 survey. “Portals starting to get traction and attention especially in light of Stage 2 MU requirements,” MGMA healthcare consultant Rosemarie Nelson told Physicians Practice.
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