How a large health system and a small hospital are planning for patient portals and other Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements, and the challenges they face -- like making sure docs see test results before patients do online.
The theme, Completing the Journey, includes investigations of how much cash to keep on hand, tips for keeping coders productive, preparing for revenue cycle changes, and a look at the long road to population health management.
Social media and mobile health technologies facilitate communication more effectively than even before, but all the information and all the images, as useful as they are, might provoke mental health issues down the road.
While Karl Rove maintains that the ACA's future is unsettled, healthcare experts are predicting slow but consistent progress. Does the Obama administration have time enough to guarantee the law long-term?
This Week in Government Health IT ... PHI in the cloud, skyrocketing EHR incentive payments, Johns Hopkins on how the ACA promises to improve population health, a Pioneer ACO helping patients manage diseases at home, and more.
Farzad Mostashari, MD, talks with Healthcare IT News Editor Bernie Monegain about meaningful use, the progress toward a digital healthcare system, his disappointments (they're hard to find, he says, but he does find "a glimmer" of one) and what keeps him up at night.
Parties and candidates will inevitably stoke the health reform debate fires between now and November but the one aspect they all seem to agree on, at least publicly, is the raft of benefits health IT brings. But the survival of HIT's bipartisan nature will ultimately be a matter of federal funding -- and not all health-centric technologies are equal.
This Week in Government Health IT ... VC skyrockets in PHRs but speculation about Microsoft's HealthVault continues, Perry backs Gingrich, a look at Newt's long history with HIT, Vermont plans single-payer system, tips for HIEs, and ONCs new video contest.