Finding the right technology for patient segments, "beer and pretzel" communication and explanation of consent forms from trusted clinicians are three engagement strategies that worked for some Beacon Communities.
With a Congressional directive to develop a regulatory framework for the fast evolving mHealth field, the federal agencies are asking industry for input on balancing safety and innovation while avoiding overlap.
Even if the nonprofit that manages Vermont's HIE retires in 2015 when its state funding sunsets, the investment will have provided a fairly successful return in bringing the state's delivery system into the digital age.
Vermont's HIE, managed by the nonprofit Vermont Information Technology Leaders, is seen as an enabler for the coordination and quality assurance the state will require of providers, as it moves to a largely single payer system in 2017.
Aligning advanced payment models, standardizing HIE-related polices across states and finding ways to bring MU-ineligible providers into HIE programs are some of the Information Exchange Workgroup's recommendations for advancing HIE.
The ONC Health IT Policy Committee's Consumer Empowerment Workgroup met for the first time Tuesday, outlining some of the policy questions that need to be addressed in the areas of care plans and shared decision making.
Humetrix expands its mobile health information hub to arm Apple and Android devices with access to various Blue Button accounts and, in so doing, moves patients closer to the center of their own health records.
HIE research aims to help with technical and business skills for query-based exchange, push notification and subscription services, provider directories, master data management and consumer engagement.
HHS is taking stakeholder comment on new rules for insurance rate filing and data submissions. According to the insurance industry, the agency has greatly underestimated the IT and labor costs for compliance and has even built in a layer of duplication.
I'm in DC for IHE meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, and giving a session at the 2012 mHealthSummit Wednesday afternoon on Trends on Mobile Interoperability and Standards. I scheduled my travel to attend the IHE educational session held on Monday, but decided to take advantage of by mHealthSummit badge to take look at the conference instead.
Among the two-thirds of respondents who indicated that they have mHealth policies in place, two primary impact areas are pharmacy management and the continuum of care, according to HIMSS survey of mobile technology use.