A new project at the Veterans Affairs Department significantly expands the market, which is already proving valuable elsewhere. But one expert suggests looking to ROI before deploying any RTLS or mHealth solutions.
Millions of American consumers flocked to internet retail in the 2000s, as cloud services grew and web design blossomed. By the time the ACA was passed, a first generation of online HIXs had laid the IT groundwork.
Now that many large and urban providers have adopted EHRs, IT vendors offer niche products for increasing quality metrics, streamlining workflow and bringing care to the home at the Canada-U.S. eHealth Innovation Summit.
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced Friday that it has awarded a $20.75 million Health Care Innovation Challenge grant to a collaborative partnership that includes VHA Inc., the national health care network; TransforMED, a not-for-profit subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians; and, Phytel, Inc., a technology company that leads the field in automated, provider-led population health improvement solutions. The grant will fund a three-year national project involving health care systems, hospitals, and provider practices throughout 16 communities. The goal of the project is to expand the concept of the Patient-Centered Medical Home to the Patient-Centered Medical Neighborhood and connect acute-care hospitals with primary care, specialty and subspecialty practices to drive better quality and superior patient experience at a more affordable cost.
As federal and public health entities, such as the CDC and NCI, add social media to their toolboxes, they are seeking ways to move beyond typical marketing functions and into core aspects of healthcare. Government can be difficult to move, and social media will be no exception, though some insiders are saying the time is nigh.
MedAllies' CEO John Blair and CMO Holly Miller explain how the Direct protocol is laying the foundation for more efficient and safer transitions of care, beginning to transform the Hudson Valley into something of a patient-centered medical community.