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Healthcare portal applications: What's working?

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Do you agree with Scott Withrow that adoption of healthcare portal applications will continue to increase? How much potential do you think these applications have to reduce costs and improve processes? Share your comments about the growing adoption of healthcare portal applications, as discussed in the March 2 Healthcare IT e-newsletter.

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Biometrics

by NDY In reply to Healthcare portal applica ...

Good overview ... yet where do Biometrics fit? ... what categories/options of Security and ID will query a Biometrics database? Will it start with 1:1 match and then proceed to 1:M matches transparantly to the end-user and when so alarm the security officer of a potential breach? ... A triad of biometrics is arising in the market Fingerprint/Face/Iris ... despite all efforts we need to define necessary components of standards: live/warm/uncoerced ... first two are easy to incorporate the third will require additional integration of physiological parameters.
I am not the smarter guy on the block so for all pundits and visionaries what do you see becom,ing reality in the next 4 to 5 years?

Thanks.

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Hard to follow

by Prefbid II In reply to Healthcare portal applica ...

Scott's list is very intensive and it is a little hard to figure out what some of the applications actually do or how they are being used. I think the length of his list is a testament to the size of the projects that are all being included within the realm of portal technology.

I know we are doing many of the things on the list. Common sense alone drives us to do that. I'm part of a national lab and our "customers" for this technology is mainly the doctors and hospitals that we support. There is a lot of information that we have to supply the doctors in order for them to order the right tests and also so that we deliver the test results in a secure and rapid manner. The smaller the doctor office, the more likely that the portal technology directly benefits our relationship. Large doctor groups and hospitals have more direct links to us. Their size makes it impractical to rely on portal technology. However, since 60% of our business comes from the smaller offices, then I think it bodes well for the expansion of the technology. It just may be a little counter-intuitive to realize that the driving force behind the adoption of this technology is actually the small user rather than the large ones.

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Not a technical issue...

by gordon.rudd In reply to Healthcare portal applica ...

In his piece ?Healthcare portal applications: What's working?? Scott has done an excellent job of identifying and categorizing the pieces of the puzzle. The fallacy of using ROI as a scorecard measure for the health care industry is that there is no ROI for the use of any technology not directly used in treatment. All non-treatment oriented technology is a cost that the health care industry does not have an economic model for in large part due to the myriad of factors that led to the development of the CMS.

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