Health and health technology focused news has really picked up in recent weeks and it can be a challenge to stay on top of what’s happening in the sector. At Practice Fusion, we want to keep you informed, so here are a few recent news highlights:
- On April 28, Randall Stross wrote in The New York Times that prescriptions are one of the few areas where handwriting is still predominantly used which can result in dangerous medical errors yet only 30 percent of hospitals currently use ePrescribing technology.
- Also related to health technology, according to a recent report, Minnesota (60.9 percent), Wisconsin (59.9 percent) and North Dakota (57.9 percent) are currently leading in EHR adoption rates.
- In general health news, Amanda Gardner at Health.com shared the findings of a study that suggests that even doing household chores can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The study was originally posted in the medical journal, Neurology.
- The Wall Street Journal looked how much is spent on medical care for preventable chronic diseases and although the numbers are high, they are less than some might expect. The article looks specifically at the California Public Employees Retirement System health program, which spent a total of $1.6 billion in 2008 on providing care for current workers, according to a recently study.
- CNN.com reported that more than 114,000 people in the United States are awaiting organ donations, 79 people on an average day receive a transplant while 18 die. Facebook is trying to help save some of those lives by allowing users “share donor status” on their profile page, check out the article to learn more.
Please feel free to share any stories you’ve come across in the comments sections, we’d love to read the health related news that you find interesting as well!
By: Stephanie Schlegel, Media Relations Specialist
Stephanie is passionate about Silicon Valley start-ups and companies that make a difference in the world. Before joining Practice Fusion, she focused on technology, social media and science accounts at Allison & Partners representing innovative companies including Inkling, Formspring and Posit Science.