The use of electronic health records is linked to significantly higher quality care, according to a new study by Lisa Kern and her team, from the Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative in the US.
Between the lines of the proposed rules is CMS' recognition that meaningful use will take 4 years, right alongside mention that much of the existing EHR technology does not support certain MU2 core and menu objectives, while goals in patient engagement, care coordination, public health reporting, and medication reconciliation through HIE remains -- and then there's the foreshadowing of stage 4.
In part 4 of his ongoing series, Roger Foster presents 3 tactics for leveraging big data to cut the administrative inefficiencies estimated to cost the U.S. healthcare industry as much as $150 billion every year.
Hospital-acquired infections are a wasteful but preventable expense. Technologies that could help are available, and the U.S. government should incentivize cash-strapped hospitals to adopt them much they way it has with EHRs.
Development of state health insurance exchanges "is not for sissies," as the full enormity of the task is not realized until states do it -- neither, then, are the politics around it, and the fight is happening in the state legislatures' trenches.
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.
Robert Rowley, former CMIO of Practice Fusion, analyzes meaningful use data and finds the sheer number of EHR vendors unsustainable. That's one among the reasons the market is ripe for mergers and acquisitions activity.
The health information exchange model is metamorphosing from its initial phase of Direct secure messaging and patient look-up toward a new age of value-added services that one HIE director believes "will have a profound effect on healthcare," quality across America.
Frequently, healthcare entities focus on how the EHR will work, rather than what frontline clinicians will do with it, which creates growing user frustration, extended adoption times and increased costs. But with proper planning, an effective paper to pixel transition is possible.
The agencies are harnessing health technologies to improve doctor-patient interaction by reaching patients – and their health problems – right where they reside. Here’s how they plan to transform that from buzzword into better care.