While patient portals offer convenience and a change to engage in their healthcare for patients, usage remains relatively low.
Capturing sexual orientation/gender identity information will assist in providing more patient-centered treatment/care, encourage staff to provide more culturally-sensitive services to all patients, including those that are LGBTQ, and reduce health disparities through monitoring of the quality of treatment/care to LGBTQ patients.
While robots are not yet mainstream in healthcare, strides are being made in implementing the technology.
In order to confirm the effectiveness of efforts underway to combat the opioid epidemic, the data that tracks the population in medication-assisted treatment, along with success or failure in the treatment programs, is of vital importance.
The opioid crisis has generated much data to monitor the problem and analyze its scope and trends. Statistics can describe the demographics of the opioid addict, describe the source and type of drug abuse, and aggregate data to assess the extent of the opioid crisis.
In August, the US Health Resources and Services Administration Health Center Program released the 2017 National Health Center Data, which included data on the adoption of health information technology and capabilities.