Navigation Links
Electronic and Internet health tools may decrease in-person physician visits
Date:11/5/2013

Will the growing use of health information technology (IT) and electronic-health (e-health) applications impact the future demand for physicians? Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Commonwealth Fund think so. Based on their analysis of recent trends in digital health care and a review of the scientific literature, the authors conclude that patients' future use of physician services will change dramatically as electronic health records and consumer e-health "apps" proliferate. The findings appear in the November issue of the journal Health Affairs.

"The results of our study are important because they provide a forward looking snapshot of how health IT will profoundly impact the American health care workforce over the next decade or two," said the study's lead author Jonathan Weiner, DrPH, professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School and director of the Center for Population Health Information Technology (CPHIT).

Today, in large part due to federal "meaningful use" subsidies, over 70 percent of office-based physicians are making use of electronic health records. Only a decade ago, the figure was about 10 percent. Also, consumers are increasingly using the Internet and mobile phones to manage their health. In the not-too-distant future, it is likely that the majority of patients' interactions with the health care system will be digitally mediated.

The impact of health IT on the care delivery environment will be far-reaching. Weiner and colleagues estimate that when electronic health records and other e-health systems are fully implemented in just 30 percent of community-based physicians' offices, U.S. doctors will be able to meet the demands of about 4-9 percent more patients than they can today due to increased efficiency. When supported by health IT, delegation of care to nurse practitioners and physician assistants could reduce the future U.S. demand for physicians by an additional 4-7 percent. Along the same lines, IT, such as "e-referral" systems, could help reduce the national demand for specialists by another 2-5 percent as specialist physicians are able to delegate care to generalists. Health-IT, such as telemedicine and secure patient/doctor digital communication, could help address regional doctor shortages by enabling 12 percent of care to be delivered remotely by doctors living in other locations. The forecasts could be much higher, if doctors and patients adopted comprehensive e-health and IT more widely. "When all of these likely effects are added together, it is clear that health IT will help resolve future physician shortages that many believe are around the corner," said Professor Weiner.

Although there is considerable room for further empirical research on health IT's impact on health care workforce market dynamics, the authors conclude that few trends will change the future face of American health care as widely as health IT and e-health. "It is essential that workforce planning analyses provide policymakers and stakeholders with evidence and ideas that support rational decision making and preparation for a future that is likely to be dramatically different from the past," said study co-author Dr. David Blumenthal MD, MPP, president of The Commonwealth Fund and the former National Coordinator for Health IT for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The authors reviewed health informatics and health services research literature through June 2013 using MEDLINE, the Cochrane Database and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's database on health IT.


'/>"/>

Contact: Natalie Wood-Wright
nwoodwri@jhsph.edu
410-614-6029
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Miller Recycling Took in 20 Tons of Electronics in 6 Hours at their Anual E-Waste Event
2. Buy Cool Gadgets From Chinese Electronics Wholesale Store, PriceAngels.com
3. Electronic Security Specialists Announces Wayne Leggett - New Vice President Security Sales Specialist
4. Graphene Electronics Market Growing at an Estimated CAGR of 55.54% from 2013 to 2023 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets
5. HealthPostures and Electronic Office Environments to Attend National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference and Business Opportunity Fair
6. Health Briefs TV to Air Segment on Electronic Health Records
7. Brightree and ResMed Announce Electronic Purchasing Agreement to Promote Streamlined Ordering Processes for HME Customers
8. The Luxury Review in New York City to Preview the 2014 McLaren Spider, an Unveiling Debut from LG Electronics and Exclusive Consumer Luxury Goods on October 3rd
9. UCLA engineers develop a stretchable, foldable transparent electronic display
10. Flexible Applications Based on Printed Electronics Technologies
11. Novus Medical Detox Institutes Electronic Health Records Software
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... PAINWeekEnd ... at 10 North Broadway Avenue, will be an educational and exciting program providing ... in the management of chronic pain. , Oklahoma is in a healthcare crisis. ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Austin, TX (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... fist-sized organs that pack a punch when it comes to maintaining good health. Every ... every 30 minutes, your kidneys filter every drop of your blood, eliminating waste, regulating ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , ... March 23, 2017 , ... The TouchPoint Solution, ... the world to manage stress and anxiety. , “Buzzies change the way we ... and co-founder of Buzzies. , Since its launch date in December 2016, The TouchPoint ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ?This conference will prominently feature 150+ Hospital and ... and Director, AMN Healthcare: Susan Salka , 43rd President of the United States ... Big Fight My Life In and Out of the Ring: Sugar Ray Leonard , ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... It’s that time of year again! Time to ... summer internships , which can be frustrating when they don’t even know how ... Group, a boutique public relations firm outside of Philadelphia, have offered these three tips ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... Ascendis Pharma A/S (Nasdaq: ASND), a biopharmaceutical ... significant unmet medical needs in rare diseases, today announced ... webcast on Monday, April 3 during ENDO 2017, the ... Orlando, Florida , to discuss new data regarding ... TransCon PTH and TransCon CNP). Ascendis is ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017  A new ... and accurate identification of individuals who carry ... for a rare yet potentially deadly side effect ... bipolar disorder.  The gene HLA-B*15:02 is ... such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017 ... from the TACTI-mel trial of IMP321 in combination with ... the first (1mg/kg) cohort experiencing a complete response. Recruitment ... cohort is expected to be fully recruited by Q317. ... the AIPAC breast cancer study are expected mid-year (recruitment ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: