Virtual Reality Companies for Improved Pain Management

Firsthand Technology for relief of pain

Present chronic pain treatment primarily includes narcotics, the effectiveness of which is reduced over time. According to a variety of studies that were enlisted by Firsthand, virtual reality decreases the period of thinking about pain by 48%, whereas narcotics just by 10%. It’ll decrease the unpleasantness of severe pain by 38%, while this number is just 16% in the instance of opioids. In addition, the fun element of virtual reality isn’t comparable to that of painkillers: 983% boost in a “better feeling” vs. 33% reduction of joy when using narcotics.
The company based in San Francisco has been a portion of pioneering teams of researchers who’ve established the industry of virtual reality pain control and assisted in building the first virtual reality pain alleviation app, SnowWorld. Firsthand Technologies provide practical and affordable virtual reality hardware kits and their corresponding software, Cool! and Glow! Its first one will follow you on a path through changing seasons or a beautiful landscape, whereas the second allows you to draw amazing light creatures using your hands. The kits are available for single patients, and additionally for hospitals.

AppliedVR for decrease of pain in hospital settings

The start-up that was born out of Lieberman Research Worldwide, a global market research company, provides VR solutions particularly for hospitals. They perform clinical research around the effectiveness and usability of how virtual reality assists patients all throughout their healing journey, to better acquire, design, as well as make validated therapeutic virtual reality content more accessible at scale within medical settings.
They’ll brand themselves as a “Netflix” channel of validated therapeutic content. Top hospitals in virtual reality ongoing trials and research, like the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center within LA, Children Hospital in Boston or UCLA partnered up with appliedVR to test the advantages of the technology for instance in decreasing labor pain.

Leading Management Solutions is a healthcare management solutions company providing assistance and resources to healthcare management. Contact us today at (407) 674-1916 or visit www.lmshealthpro.com. to learn more.

About the Author:

Kristen Brady is the founder and owner of Kaboom Social Media, your social media marketing and content specialists! Follow her on Twitter: @kb54927

Healthcare Marketing Trends for 2017 – Part 2

Originally published on March 5, 2017 at www.lmshealthpro.com.

By Kristen Brady

As you glare ahead and make your marketing plans for your healthcare practice, below are trends to take into consideration for 2017 (If you missed part 1, read it here):

Live video speaks louder than text

Now, Internet technology supports video delivery online, with more available choices than YouTube. Furthermore, video will have a more solid audience appeal (around 4 to 1) than text. Contemporary marketing for healthcare may share stories by way of video content, as well as live streaming video on blogs, websites, and social media platforms. The benefits include educational impact, immediacy and timeliness. Marketing budgets and plans are increasing and shifting in the category of video.

Programmatic video buying more cost-effective

Advanced software draws on real-time data and produces more effectiveness from media budgets. Programmatic media buying will purchase digital video ads and will present video advertisements to qualified customers at the precisely the right time. Inside the next 2 year’s programmatic video is going to account for most digital video spending.

Telemedicine monetization

Advancements in telemedicine are mainly due to consumer and technology expectations. However, telemedicine services are having a breakthrough as medical practices are becoming aware of the means and ways of charging for those services. Medical practices are starting to recognize consumer demand for email, text, and likewise connectivity conveniences. Furthermore, options in monetized telemedicine—like doctor-patient consultations online—contribute to brand differentiation, profitability and office efficiency.

Patients as informed buyers/consumers

The marketing fight for new patients will be played out before the initial appointment call. Patients conduct research information on health and medical, provider selection criteria, treatment options and many other considerations. Patient’s today have more “skin in the game” than before, and their research will guide their choices about treatment and their choice of hospital and/or provider. Informed patient/consumers today are willing to post online doctor ratings, and to make (or to withhold) provider suggestions.

A patient’s time is as valuable as the physician’s time

Within a patient-centric world, convenience now is the new competition currency. Patients need prompt and convenient appointment times. There isn’t any patience for waiting weeks or days for appointments. Very little understanding about needing to “wait inside the waiting room.” Change drove a new consumer reality. Now, patients demand and expect retail-consumer experiences.
For more details contact Leading Management Solutions at (407) 674-1916.

 

Leading Management Solutions helps medical practice leaders identify ways to improve operations to increase revenue, employee engagement, and patient satisfaction. Learn more about us at www.lmshealthpro.com.

About the Author:

Kristen Brady is the founder and owner of Kaboom Social Media, your social media marketing and content specialists! Follow her on Twitter: @kb54927

Enhance Patient Satisfaction Using these EHR Strategies

Originally published on December 22, 2016 at www.lmshealthpro.com.  By Kristen Brady

 

As of the year 2014, 83 percent of physicians were utilizing EHRs, and reaping the benefits of their reduced long-range costs, more effective storage, better informational accessibility, improved security and loss prevention, and enhanced accuracy and readability.

 

In spite of all the positives, however, EHR still can get in the way of patient satisfaction. As a matter of fact, the main physician complaint concerning EHRs is that they’ll worsen patient service by reducing face-time with patients, as well as interfering with doctors’ capability of seeing more patients. Plus, of the admittedly smaller proportion of doctors who are not using EHR, 40 percent state that it is because they interfere with doctor/patient relationships.

 

Nowadays, you cannot afford sub-par patient satisfaction ratings; therefore, below  are four methods of keeping EHR from dragging down a patients’ happiness with care.

Concentrate on training

 

It is never too late to spend the time training doctors on EHR. Lean on a vendor — allow them to come in and display tips and hints for more effective use, and request that they assist you in connecting with other doctors who use the same version of EHR. Observe these other doctors in practice, talk about daily solutions, and bring this knowledge back to your practice. Keep in mind: Training does not end just because a software was installed.

Implement human solutions

 

Health IT isn’t the be-all, end-all. A human touch never can be completely replaced by technological options. ‘One of patients’ largest let-downs would be as their physicians keep glancing between their screens and them,’ wrote one physician. ‘Therefore, if we’re actually serious about bettering patient satisfaction and health care experience, how can we allow this situation to go on?’ Utilizing scribes to record every patient encounter, recording all details in real time, will restore the connection between patient and doctor. Rather than looking distracted or staring at a screen, scribes are able to do all of the administrative work, allowing doctors to get the most details out of all encounters and boost patient satisfaction all at the same time.

 

Pursue interoperability

 

Be certain the EHR software will interact with additional EHRs within your community in order for data-sharing to be seamless; this will have two important effects. Firstly, interoperability leads to transparency in clinical data, provider performance and prices, all of which are assisting in driving the Department of Health & Human Services’ movement towards reimbursement for effectiveness and quality of care. Secondly, it’ll mean that patient records are easily added to and transferred between additional providers.

Alleviate the administrative burden

 

One recent study showed that interns ‘currently spend only about 10% of the day being involved in direct patient care in the hospital and nearly 50 percent of the time on computers.’ Scribes may input commonly utilized codes, and produce the encounter/operative note, removing a ton of work on the back end. Doctors ought to be spending time seeing their patients — which will increase access to care (therefore boosting patient satisfaction) and possible revenue — and then signing off papers they know are correct and complete. There isn’t any sense in applying all of that time in medical training to administrative activities over patient care.

 

Leading Management Solutions helps medical practice leaders identify ways to improve operations to increase revenue, employee engagement, and patient satisfaction. Learn more about us at www.lmshealthpro.com.

 

About the Author:

 

Kristen Brady is the founder and owner of Kaboom Social Media, your social media marketing and content specialists! Follow her on Twitter: @kb54927

Enhance Patient Satisfaction Using these EHR Strategies

Originally published on December 22, 2016 at www.lmshealthpro.com.  By Kristen Brady

 

As of the year 2014, 83 percent of physicians were utilizing EHRs, and reaping the benefits of their reduced long-range costs, more effective storage, better informational accessibility, improved security and loss prevention, and enhanced accuracy and readability.

 

In spite of all the positives, however, EHR still can get in the way of patient satisfaction. As a matter of fact, the main physician complaint concerning EHRs is that they’ll worsen patient service by reducing face-time with patients, as well as interfering with doctors’ capability of seeing more patients. Plus, of the admittedly smaller proportion of doctors who are not using EHR, 40 percent state that it is because they interfere with doctor/patient relationships.

 

Nowadays, you cannot afford sub-par patient satisfaction ratings; therefore, below  are four methods of keeping EHR from dragging down a patients’ happiness with care.

Concentrate on training

 

It is never too late to spend the time training doctors on EHR. Lean on a vendor — allow them to come in and display tips and hints for more effective use, and request that they assist you in connecting with other doctors who use the same version of EHR. Observe these other doctors in practice, talk about daily solutions, and bring this knowledge back to your practice. Keep in mind: Training does not end just because a software was installed.

Implement human solutions

 

Health IT isn’t the be-all, end-all. A human touch never can be completely replaced by technological options. ‘One of patients’ largest let-downs would be as their physicians keep glancing between their screens and them,’ wrote one physician. ‘Therefore, if we’re actually serious about bettering patient satisfaction and health care experience, how can we allow this situation to go on?’ Utilizing scribes to record every patient encounter, recording all details in real time, will restore the connection between patient and doctor. Rather than looking distracted or staring at a screen, scribes are able to do all of the administrative work, allowing doctors to get the most details out of all encounters and boost patient satisfaction all at the same time.

 

Pursue interoperability

 

Be certain the EHR software will interact with additional EHRs within your community in order for data-sharing to be seamless; this will have two important effects. Firstly, interoperability leads to transparency in clinical data, provider performance and prices, all of which are assisting in driving the Department of Health & Human Services’ movement towards reimbursement for effectiveness and quality of care. Secondly, it’ll mean that patient records are easily added to and transferred between additional providers.

Alleviate the administrative burden

 

One recent study showed that interns ‘currently spend only about 10% of the day being involved in direct patient care in the hospital and nearly 50 percent of the time on computers.’ Scribes may input commonly utilized codes, and produce the encounter/operative note, removing a ton of work on the back end. Doctors ought to be spending time seeing their patients — which will increase access to care (therefore boosting patient satisfaction) and possible revenue — and then signing off papers they know are correct and complete. There isn’t any sense in applying all of that time in medical training to administrative activities over patient care.

 

Leading Management Solutions helps medical practice leaders identify ways to improve operations to increase revenue, employee engagement, and patient satisfaction. Learn more about us at www.lmshealthpro.com.

 

About the Author:

Kristen Brady is the founder and owner of Kaboom Social Media, your social media marketing and content specialists! Follow her on Twitter: @kb54927

the Perfect CRM Vendor for your Healthcare Organization

30Originally published on November 30, 2016 at www.lmshealthpro.com.  By Kristen Brady

:-     The healthcare niche has come a long way from decades ago. Lots of aspects of the healthcare market, including consumerism have shot through the roof resulting in higher competition. Today, patients have a variety to choose from and high insurance health plans to service. As such, and to get the much-needed attention, healthcare services need to devise new ways of communication and rules of engagement for their prospects.

And since the work involved is too complex to be perfectly run by an individual (even an expert in the system), CRM systems have been designed to collect information and data, offering insight to imperative and meaningful exchanges with the patients. After all, necessity is the mother of invention. But while this piece of technology is important

Beyond EHR: How to Use Technology to Improve Patient Care

Originally published on June 20, 2016 at www.lmshealthpro.com.  By Kristen Brady

The use of technology in the medical profession has grown substantially over the past decade, yet many private practice physicians are not using the technology as extensively as they should. Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) required doctors throughout the country to begin implementing electronic health records (EHR), many private practices have not moved beyond recording patient treatments and test results in an electronic format. There are many new technologies available that provide patients with improved care. In addition, technology offers private practice doctors, nurses and administrators time-saving techniques that may allow more time working with patients and less time dealing with paperwork.

Real-Time Locating Systems

Hospitals have used real-time location systems (RTLS) to track mobile equipment for some time but it has recently begun to see use in private practice as well. Locator badges can be attached to staff ID badges, mobile equipment and even patient charts in an effort to improve the patient experience. The information from patient charts can be used to determine wait times and bottlenecks in the practice in order to improve times patients must wait to see a doctor. Equipment that must be moved from room-to-room in the practice can easily be tracked with the click of a mouse. The system can be used to monitor the amount of time staff spends on a certain task or identify areas where too much time is spent on administrative tasks rather than patient service.

Advanced Entertainment Systems

When patients must wait in an examination room for a physician to arrive, they rarely want to spend the time flipping through outdated magazines. Advanced entertainment systems are available that can occupy the patient as they wait and take their mind off any procedures that are impending. One of the best aspects of advanced entertainment systems is the availability of education videos that can be delivered directly to an exam room with details about any procedure that the patient may need to undergo. This is especially helpful for delivering instructions on after-treatment care although written instructions should still be provided.

Computerized Physician Order Entry

Although it is part of the EHR, computerized physician order entry actually adds another layer to the patient experience. Doctors are able to issue prescription and lab tests digitally. This eliminates errors associated with handwritten orders. Because the electronic records can be cross referenced, any orders that appear extreme or prescriptions that may interact with other medications. There have been studies that indicate computerized physician order entry can reduce medication errors by as much as 55 percent.

Mobile Apps

Over 75 percent of millennials feel that their doctor should offer them a mobile app to manage their care. There are many private practice apps available that will allow doctors to interact with their patients through their smartphone. Patients can schedule and confirm appointments, make payments and receive secure messages no matter where they are. There are even apps that allow patients to send photos of medical conditions like rashes or swollen joints, allowing healthcare practitioners the ability to determine if they need to be seen immediately or there are over-the-counter options available to resolve the problem.

Patient Portals

Patient portals are secure websites that allow patients to access their EHR from their home computer, smartphone or tablet. Portals work similar to apps in that patients can schedule, reschedule or confirm appointments, make payments and refill prescriptions without the need for a phone call. Patient portals are linked to the EHR so that patients can access test results, examination findings or other information they may need as part of their health record. In some cases, patients who have been referred to specialists may obtain copies of x-rays, MRI results or tests so they have them available the specialist’s appointment. Patient portals have shown to be particularly beneficial to patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes. Because patients can interact with the physician in real-time, management of chronic illnesses is much more effective especially when combined with a behavior change program.

Cloud-Based Technology

In a recent survey, 58 percent of patients said that technology improves their experience with their doctor. At least five percent said that if their physician offered digital communication technology, they would be more likely to reach out to them and 46% would feel more at-ease asking questions. In addition, 43 percent said they would feel less rushed when asking questions if they could use digital technology. The use of telemedicine has also shown better patient experience. Doctors and patients can use two-way video, secure electronic communications and smartphones to discuss health-related issues. Doctors are also using telemedicine to monitor vital signs and to reach patients in rural settings who may have difficulty visiting the office. Because telemedicine allows for interaction between doctors and patients more quickly than an office visit, diagnosis and treatment can begin more quickly as well. For patients with chronic or long-term illnesses, the availability of home monitoring reduces the number of office visits and allows the patient to be more proactive in their care.

Hands Free Technology

There are many options for hands-free technology that allow physicians and nurses to record patient information without entering it through a keyboard, mouse or writing it down to be entered later. The patient and doctor can interact as the information is being entered. This also saves time that can be spent with the patient without overlapping other patient times. Doctors using hands-free devices have reported as much as a 70 percent increase in patient care.

Self-Check-In Kiosks

Patients have reported satisfaction with self-check-in kiosks at doctor’s offices that allow them to check in for an appointment and pay co-pays using a credit card. Kiosks take just over a minute and a half to check in a patient while manual check-ins take as much as three minutes. Doctors who have implemented such kiosks have reported a 96 percent increase in patient satisfaction. However, it is important to keep manual check-in available for patients who are not comfortable using the kiosk or who must pay cash for their co-payments.

Paperwork Reduction

With patient health records stored online, paperwork can be significantly reduced. However, many doctors are still requiring patients to complete paper forms that must be then entered into the computer system by an office employee or nurse. Patients must complete medical histories that include details about prescriptions, surgeries and medical issues they have faced in the past. They must provide insurance information and inform the doctor of family histories that could affect their own treatment. Technology now allows doctors to create online forms that the patient can complete from the comfort of their own home before they ever visit the doctor’s office. This allows the patient to take their time, gather information that pertains to their health and respond more thoroughly than through a paper checklist they attempt to complete while sitting in the waiting room. Patients can also update any information routinely by accessing forms through the patient portal so that the office always has the most current information as well as any changes to the patient’s health.

Although electronic health records are becoming standard in all private practices due to the Affordable Care Act, there are many other technologies available for private practices that are designed to improve patient experience. Many of the options are relatively inexpensive while others can be included with other forms of technology, such as patient record programs or cloud-based technology. By improving the technology in a private practice, physicians will find better patient satisfaction, the ability to spend more time with patients in a one-on-one situation and less stress for their staff as procedures are streamlined at the administrative level.

Leading Management Solutions helps medical practice leaders identify ways to improve operations to increase revenue, employee engagement, and patient satisfaction. Learn more about us at www.lmshealthpro.com.

 

About the Author:

Kristen Brady is the founder and owner of Kaboom Social Media, your social media marketing and content specialists! Follow her on Twitter: @kb54927

Beyond EHR: How to Use Technology to Improve Patient Care

Originally published on June 20, 2016 at www.lmshealthpro.com.  By Kristen Brady

The use of technology in the medical profession has grown substantially over the past decade, yet many private practice physicians are not using the technology as extensively as they should. Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) required doctors throughout the country to begin implementing electronic health records (EHR), many private practices have not moved beyond recording patient treatments and test results in an electronic format. There are many new technologies available that provide patients with improved care. In addition, technology offers private practice doctors, nurses and administrators time-saving techniques that may allow more time working with patients and less time dealing with paperwork.

Real-Time Locating Systems

Hospitals have used real-time location systems (RTLS) to track mobile equipment for some time but it has recently begun to see use in private practice as well. Locator badges can be attached to staff ID badges, mobile equipment and even patient charts in an effort to improve the patient experience. The information from patient charts can be used to determine wait times and bottlenecks in the practice in order to improve times patients must wait to see a doctor. Equipment that must be moved from room-to-room in the practice can easily be tracked with the click of a mouse. The system can be used to monitor the amount of time staff spends on a certain task or identify areas where too much time is spent on administrative tasks rather than patient service.

Advanced Entertainment Systems

When patients must wait in an examination room for a physician to arrive, they rarely want to spend the time flipping through outdated magazines. Advanced entertainment systems are available that can occupy the patient as they wait and take their mind off any procedures that are impending. One of the best aspects of advanced entertainment systems is the availability of education videos that can be delivered directly to an exam room with details about any procedure that the patient may need to undergo. This is especially helpful for delivering instructions on after-treatment care although written instructions should still be provided.

Computerized Physician Order Entry

Although it is part of the EHR, computerized physician order entry actually adds another layer to the patient experience. Doctors are able to issue prescription and lab tests digitally. This eliminates errors associated with handwritten orders. Because the electronic records can be cross referenced, any orders that appear extreme or prescriptions that may interact with other medications. There have been studies that indicate computerized physician order entry can reduce medication errors by as much as 55 percent.

Mobile Apps

Over 75 percent of millennials feel that their doctor should offer them a mobile app to manage their care. There are many private practice apps available that will allow doctors to interact with their patients through their smartphone. Patients can schedule and confirm appointments, make payments and receive secure messages no matter where they are. There are even apps that allow patients to send photos of medical conditions like rashes or swollen joints, allowing healthcare practitioners the ability to determine if they need to be seen immediately or there are over-the-counter options available to resolve the problem.

Patient Portals

Patient portals are secure websites that allow patients to access their EHR from their home computer, smartphone or tablet. Portals work similar to apps in that patients can schedule, reschedule or confirm appointments, make payments and refill prescriptions without the need for a phone call. Patient portals are linked to the EHR so that patients can access test results, examination findings or other information they may need as part of their health record. In some cases, patients who have been referred to specialists may obtain copies of x-rays, MRI results or tests so they have them available the specialist’s appointment. Patient portals have shown to be particularly beneficial to patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes. Because patients can interact with the physician in real-time, management of chronic illnesses is much more effective especially when combined with a behavior change program.

Cloud-Based Technology

In a recent survey, 58 percent of patients said that technology improves their experience with their doctor. At least five percent said that if their physician offered digital communication technology, they would be more likely to reach out to them and 46% would feel more at-ease asking questions. In addition, 43 percent said they would feel less rushed when asking questions if they could use digital technology. The use of telemedicine has also shown better patient experience. Doctors and patients can use two-way video, secure electronic communications and smartphones to discuss health-related issues. Doctors are also using telemedicine to monitor vital signs and to reach patients in rural settings who may have difficulty visiting the office. Because telemedicine allows for interaction between doctors and patients more quickly than an office visit, diagnosis and treatment can begin more quickly as well. For patients with chronic or long-term illnesses, the availability of home monitoring reduces the number of office visits and allows the patient to be more proactive in their care.

Hands Free Technology

There are many options for hands-free technology that allow physicians and nurses to record patient information without entering it through a keyboard, mouse or writing it down to be entered later. The patient and doctor can interact as the information is being entered. This also saves time that can be spent with the patient without overlapping other patient times. Doctors using hands-free devices have reported as much as a 70 percent increase in patient care.

Self-Check-In Kiosks

Patients have reported satisfaction with self-check-in kiosks at doctor’s offices that allow them to check in for an appointment and pay co-pays using a credit card. Kiosks take just over a minute and a half to check in a patient while manual check-ins take as much as three minutes. Doctors who have implemented such kiosks have reported a 96 percent increase in patient satisfaction. However, it is important to keep manual check-in available for patients who are not comfortable using the kiosk or who must pay cash for their co-payments.

Paperwork Reduction

With patient health records stored online, paperwork can be significantly reduced. However, many doctors are still requiring patients to complete paper forms that must be then entered into the computer system by an office employee or nurse. Patients must complete medical histories that include details about prescriptions, surgeries and medical issues they have faced in the past. They must provide insurance information and inform the doctor of family histories that could affect their own treatment. Technology now allows doctors to create online forms that the patient can complete from the comfort of their own home before they ever visit the doctor’s office. This allows the patient to take their time, gather information that pertains to their health and respond more thoroughly than through a paper checklist they attempt to complete while sitting in the waiting room. Patients can also update any information routinely by accessing forms through the patient portal so that the office always has the most current information as well as any changes to the patient’s health.

Although electronic health records are becoming standard in all private practices due to the Affordable Care Act, there are many other technologies available for private practices that are designed to improve patient experience. Many of the options are relatively inexpensive while others can be included with other forms of technology, such as patient record programs or cloud-based technology. By improving the technology in a private practice, physicians will find better patient satisfaction, the ability to spend more time with patients in a one-on-one situation and less stress for their staff as procedures are streamlined at the administrative level.

Leading Management Solutions helps medical practice leaders identify ways to improve operations to increase revenue, employee engagement, and patient satisfaction. Learn more about us at www.lmshealthpro.com.

 

About the Author:

Kristen Brady is the founder and owner of Kaboom Social Media, your social media marketing and content specialists! Follow her on Twitter: @kb54927