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Health apps often score badly

A health app has nine features. If apps score well on these features, they provide reliable information about conditions and how to deal with them. In that case, doctors and other professionals can recommend them to their patients, while the costs can be included in the Dutch Health Insurance Act. However, a recent study in…

New Zealand links integrated care to sustainability

Our goal is sustainable healthcare and integrated care is the means to realise it. With words to that extent, Jonathan Coleman opened the fourth world congress on integrated care. Coleman is both a doctor and the New Zealand Minister of Public Health. The congress took place in Wellington from the 23rd until the 25th of…

Symptom checker apps are often unreliable

Recent years have seen the emergence of health apps, which make a diagnosis based on symptoms and health complaints that patients have entered into the app. These apps are called symptom checkers. However, research carried out by the Harvard Medical School shows the majority of English-language symptom checkers are unreliable. How do symptom checkers work?…

Online-psychiatrist: faster, better and cheaper

The foundation Transparant Next  provides GPs in Leiden and surroundings with online psychiatric consultations. Many GPs use this option. The online consultation is immediate and referrals are avoided. The foundation has been founded by Transparant and local mental health services in collaboration with GPs. Vital Health Software has designed the software. Below follows a description…

Dutch primary care is 60 years old: hurray!

In 1956 Frans Huygen reinvented the general practitioner. In Medisch Contact he pleaded for the preservation of what he considered the core values of his profession: generalist, easily accessible and family-oriented. He also wanted the work of the GP to be rooted in science. What has happened during those sixty years? And what are the…

Healthcare purchasing in Scotland

In the Netherlands, the focus lies on the annual contracting of healthcare providers. This causes uncertainty among healthcare providers and their financers. In addition, annual renegotiations between healthcare providers and purchasers mean organisational costs are high. The Scottish system is also based on a strict divide between healthcare providers and healthcare purchasers. In Scotland, the…

Health IT improves with financial rewards healthcare professionals

In recent years, American hospitals have significantly improved their IT systems. Their average score in the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) increased from 2.8 in 2009 to 4.4 at the end of 2015. This enormous improvement in American Health IT can be ascribed to the Meaningful Use programme created by the American government. This…