In a Massachusetts ACO-like arrangement average savings in outpatient settings was $73 per patient, including significant cost reductions in office visits, minor procedures, and the emergency department, among others.
Patients clamoring to get in on their charts are a growing demographic. A recent study, in fact, stated that it was "extremely likely" that respondents would access medical imaging were it made available online.
On the heels of CMS data exposing a range of charges for inpatient services, information the agency released on Monday about outpatient services shows that hospitals' initial charges are many times the amount Medicare pays.
As the province makes its EHR available to some eight million people, health officials said an education campaign will focus on informing the public about the health record and awareness of their rights.
A grant program is trying to help doctors, clinics and hospitals in rural California link to HIEs, so patients being referred for specialized care in urban areas can have their medical history follow them.
The National Institute of Mental Health is going to shift its research framework away from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, in pursuit of a classification system that relies on biological evidence as much as symptoms.
John Loonsk, MD explains why Big Data and related tools might take longer than it presently appears to gain traction, be put into strategic use and ultimately fulfill its potential role in research and population health.
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.