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How Healthcare Clouds Could Save US Cities

Mary Jander, Managing Editor, Future Cities
Thursday, February 21, 2013 16:00 EST

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arv
arv  
3/22/2013 8:42:41 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Having a e-record helps keeps track
The cloud services has a huge potential in Healthcare sector.

The place where I work, has small medical setups, wherein I can go check my weight, BMI, Cholestrol index, Blood Pressure regularly. It all gets stored under my name/account.  It displays the curves wonderfully and helps keep track my all the vital reports.  Having such a system for everybody and that too accessible from every corner of the country can be helpful.

 

Lesthertod
Lesthertod  
2/24/2013 4:22:38 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Coopetence
Thank you Mary for a great article.

 

Here in Mexico, we tend to just look out for ourselves and forget about everything else, in corporate world is a "must". I think it's wrong, but it's just the way it is.

Going on the same line of the post, many Hospitals have their own medical records, and the insurance companies have got their own as well. So if you need to visit any hospital it is truly a disaster to have the latest version and studies you've got.
 Many patients complain about how this bureaucracy may endanger them (specially in the E.R.).

This is where the Coopetence should take place. If every clinic, insurance and hospital share their medical records (of course we should see some security issues and such, but that's for another day) then there shouldn't be any trouble filling endless papers for each doctor. Yes, they may be direct competence business, but for the "clients" and what's more important their life, you could always ease up a bit their worries. And then as a business you should focus on having a better service and many other things, instead of hoarding information that might be vital.

I think there are a few insurance companies and clinic laboratories that are doing this, they send the lab results to anyone that the patient requests, and sometimes they even do that automatically because of the history of the patient.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/22/2013 6:11:39 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: healthcare
Clearly, Kaiser is setting an example here. I think it is worth doing a bit more research to see how the other big healthcare corporations stack up to this standard. Stand by for more on this topic.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
2/22/2013 5:01:59 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: healthcare
Hi James, Its aweseome isnt it? I mean i was seeing a specialist but every time i would go it would cot me $30 just to see him and another $6 for parking, and if he put me on meds it would cost an additional $5 or $30 extra. but all he would do is go over my labs and feel my arms and legs. nothing more nothing less. So i now email him after my labs and ask him if I need to go on any meds or go into see him. Saves me at least $36 that I can use on my son or household.

I have the droid app as well. Aweseome time saver.

James@SanDiego
James@SanDiego  
2/22/2013 4:33:08 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: healthcare
Hi Dave, I also have Kaiser Permanete through my work and their web interface is ideal.  Lab results, x-rays, medical visits, perscriptions are all availabe without going to the Dr.'s office.  This is a great time saver and even to make an appointment.  I have the Kaiser app on my android and what a handy little time saver it is.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
2/22/2013 2:35:07 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: healthcare
I really see this all starting with Hospitals then going to the clinics. if a small clinic has the resources to get all there records online thats just one step. But the systems should be compatible with one another (hospital and clinics). Everyone within the system can have an email address set up with it, everyone who has access can use the system to contact their providers and get results and advice and the like. Everyone wins and it brings down the cost of care.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/22/2013 2:03:49 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: healthcare
Actually, my doctor is no small office, but a practice attached to the region's largest hospital. I think they need to get with it!

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
2/22/2013 1:44:55 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: healthcare
@Mary, thats the great thing about Kaiser, I think that other Hospital Chains are going the same route. But small independant health care providers (small clinics) probably dont have the resources to get all of there records on line, much less in the cloud. Look for all the big hospital chains to get these health records and other services out before the small clinics and lesser funded hospitals do.

Mary it just saves me time and money when it comes to getting my results and or waiting for a call back that may not come. its really great.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/22/2013 1:01:46 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: healthcare
Wow, Davedgreat2000. I am totally envious. My doctor has electronic records but none of this is offered. I wonder whether a lot of other physicians are only going so far with automating records, then stopping before they get to some of these great features, like mobile-accessible test results.

Given that my doctor's office must use live humans (ie highly paid nurse practitioners) to return calls about tests, I think money would be saved by taking the extra steps toward apps like the ones you mention.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
2/22/2013 12:45:51 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
healthcare
My healthcare provider through work is Kaiser, they have online medical records. however, i'm not sure if they are using the cloud. All i can say is that i love the way i can now communicate with my doctors, the lab etc. via email and the web. i love how easy it is to make an appointment, see my lab results and to just ask questions. its amazing. i can also do this from my smart phone using an app. Its great and i'm sure saving money on doctors visits because now i just ask my doctor to tell me what to do based on my lab tests.

Its great all around.

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