Provider usage of mobile devices to access health information rose 45% from June to February, with iPhones and iPads being the most preferred platforms, a Bulletin Healthcare analysis found. The review, based on the reading patterns of some 550,000 providers, also found that mobile device usage is highest among physician assistants and emergency physicians and lowest among oncologists and clinical pathologists.
People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes can monitor and update their symptoms and share laboratory results with medical practitioners using Diabetes 24/7, an online tool from the American Diabetes Association. "Diabetes 24/7 allows users to upload and input critical health parameters and provides tools that are essential to proper diabetes care and treatment," said Dwight Holing, the association's secretary and treasurer.
An assessment in Health Affairs of 1.2 million Veterans Affairs health system enrollees between 2000 and 2009 found up to a 9% discrepancy on diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure measurements between white and black veterans. The lead researcher said the reasons for the disparities are unknown and additional studies are needed.
Thirteen states have kicked off their Medicaid EHR incentive efforts, with Missouri and Alabama being the latest to do so. But data from the CMS show progress has been slow, with some of the states having unknown launch dates and only six states having made incentive payments to eligible providers since the program opened in January.
The National Council of La Raza teamed up with Humana to conduct a trial that involves education on type 2 diabetes management for older Hispanic patients in San Antonio. The groups plan to develop best practices that could help other older Hispanics manage the disease.