From new devices to new concepts to continuing concerns, healthcare has embraced mobility and digital health like never before, with an eye toward a future that connects provider and patient regardless of location.
Online telehealth platforms for mental health have been proven effective for many years, which is good news for mental health providers and accountable care organizations who are unfamiliar with such services.
Despite the potential of mobile technologies, a high percentage of respondents said patient engagement has been challenging, particularly in areas related to adoption of healthy behaviors and compliance with standard care recommendations and treatment protocols.
Mining individually-identifiable information could constitute a breach if the analysis falls outside HIPAA's scope. What's not clear: whether using patient data to improve products, as opposed to health outcomes, is allowed under the law.
The latest meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee was chock full of recommendations. Workgroups suggested changes spanning flexibility, interoperability, timelines and reducing the burden on providers and EHR vendors.
Device makers must submit information about each product that the public can search and download and, when the program is fully implemented, most devices will include a UDI in human- and machine-readable form.
Tapping into EHR data for public health surveillance could streamline reporting, facilitating more complete and timely data collection and the use of eCQMs showed promise for improving clinical data analysis and reporting, according to the agency.