Have you secured health insurance yet?
For those who are aware of the deadlines involved in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), you know that today is a very important day.
The open enrollment period ends today, March 31st.
Individual Americans who have not enrolled for health insurance through a health insurance exchange (H.I.E.) or directly from a medical provider by March 31, 2014 will be subject to a fine of $95 per adult and $47.50 per child (max of $285 per family) OR 1% of your taxable income, whichever is greater.(more…)
This is the first post in our patient portal vs. personal health record (PHR) series. This first post involves going over the history of how this dynamic relationship has come into fruition and quickly showing how the healthcare industry evolved into what it is today: a patient-centric system that is more and more pushing patients into controlling their own healthcare.
Is retail medicine the answer to healthcare costs?
As healthcare costs continue to rise, patients across the country decry the additional fees they are asked to pay in the form of deductibles and co-pays. Increasing health-related expenses, juxtaposed against what many see as a declining level of physician attention and services, has left numerous patients crying out for a solution.
Zweena is a powerful tool that allows you to securely store and access your medical records online via computer, smartphone or tablet.
However, this implies you have your medical records in the first place!
This post goes over the process of how to get your medical records so you can access, view and share medical information when and where you need to.
Follow the steps below to learn how to collect your medical records:(more…)
The age of mobile and interactive computing is here, and there is no turning back.
Consumers of all ages are more connected to one another now than they ever have been. Recent connectivity between individuals have grown. People came to expect the same level of digital functionality from the products and services they used.
From Georgia to Maine, the East Coast hasn’t seen this much snow since the late 1800′s.
New York City had just 11 school closings in the last 40 years yet struggled to keep all 132 schools open during recent heavy snow fall this winter. New Jersey dropped 40,000 tons of rock salt to keep drivers safe on the road. The Pennsylvania Turnpike had a 100 car pile up with 30 injuries, five of which were listed in critical condition. And last but not least, 21 people died so far from snow plows, heart attacks, and other injuries as a result of the snow storms.
And there are still more snow storms to come.(more…)
What is concierge medicine and who is using it these services?
Over the past decade, the trend in Primary Care Specialties has been for physicians to see an increasingly large panel of patients. This is due, in part, to decreasing reimbursements from Medicare and private insurance companies for primary care services. In many cases, physicians today see more patients for the same, or less, compensation than they received in the past.
What is structured or digitized health data?
This is one of the most common questions we hear at Zweena Health. Most healthcare consumers think that anything stored in a computer or digital fashion is considered ‘structured’ or ‘digitized’ health information, which quite honestly couldn’t be farther from the truth!
Owning Your Health Record is Now Easier then Ever
Your first step in taking control of your healthcare is to own your health data.
Data is power.
It empowers you to be your own healthcare advocate and do the following:
- Easily switch doctors or get a second opinion without the hassle of rerunning tests.
- Read your doctors notes after each doctor appointment and research the prognosis so you can ask your physician important questions, ultimately allowing you to make more informed decisions
- Take preventative action instead of emergency action, which is more costly both to your health outcome and wallet
According to a recent article by Medical Economics, HIPAA is making it difficult for physicians to allow patients to share medical information with family members for security reasons. If caught, providers could face fines of $50,000 without providing a current paper-based trail of the medical information.