Less Than 10 Percent Physicians ICD-10 Ready

A research released by Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) throws light on the overall readiness of healthcare industry to meet the Oct. 1 ICD-10 deadline, finding it “continues to be slow.” The MGMA research corroborates the findings of another recent survey conducted by QualiTest which showed providers were far from ready for the October deadline.

Also see: ICD-10 Implementation: Half Of U.S. Healthcare Providers 25% Or Less Done, Study

http://livinginthelanghe.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/clueless-doctor.jpgMGMA wrote, “The greatest concern is the lack of communication and critical coordination between physician practices and their essential trading partners (such as claims clearinghouses, electronic health record (EHR) vendors and practice management system vendors) regarding software updates and testing, which has not yet occurred. Only 4.8% of practices reported that they have made significant progress when rating their overall readiness for ICD-10 implementation.” [@HealthITplus] Continue reading

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mHealth at Mobile World Congress 2014

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mHealth at MWC14

Mobile World Congress is th​e world’s biggest mobile ​industry meeting and has started here in Barcelona (the ‘Mobile World Capital’) and continues until the 27th February 2014. This year the meeting coincides with the world’s biggest Healthcare IT meeting (HIMSS in Orlando Florida) and if you click here you can also follow live mHealth Insights from that industry meeting courtesy of our super smart US partner Dr Chris Bickford MD.

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ICD-10 Implementation: Half Of U.S. Healthcare Providers 25% Or Less Done, Study

According to a study conducted by Aloft Group, an international brand strategy and marketing execution firm, less than half of U.S. healthcare providers are 25 percent or even lesser done on their ICD-10 implementation process.

https://i1.wp.com/www.code-usa.com/files/Images/ICD-10_fish.jpgAlso see: ONC Released 2014 Edition EHR Certification’s Transparency Criteria

The survey included over 200 healthcare providers – 75 percent of which were community hospitals. The study also revealed that 35.4 percent of the providers were 25 percent done with the conversion, while 15.3 percent haven’t even started the process yet. A year ago in 2013, 40.8 percent of those surveyed said they were 25 percent done, and 33.8 percent hadn’t gotten started. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading

Interoperability a ‘Top Priority’ for 2014, Says Health IT Chief DeSalvo

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said at the fourth annual Health Care Innovation Day on Thursday that interoperability will be the “top priority for 2014,” as far as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is concerned.

https://i0.wp.com/www.healthcareitnews.com/sites/default/files/companion_images/karen_desalvo_onc_1.jpgDuring the occasion, DeSalvo also pointed out five other ONC priorities in order to augment patient care experience, improve population health and reduce costs:

  • Increasing health IT adoption
  • Establishing standards to enable interoperability
  • Providing incentives to help facilitate interoperability
  • Ensuring the privacy and security of personal health information
  • Providing health IT governance and structure

“Interoperability will enable the promise of health information technology in the clinical interface for the health systems and the population and community at large to come to fruition,” DeSalvo stated. [@HealthITplus]

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ONC Released 2014 Edition EHR Certification’s Transparency Criteria

The Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT released two new transparency requirements included in the 2014 electronic health record certification criteria in the EHR Intelligence reports. The new requirements were released on Tuesday.

Background

As per 2009 federal economic stimulus package, Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments were available for healthcare providers who would demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic heath record (HER) systems.

Also see: Delivering Better Patient Experience With Digital Tools – Infographic

In its 2014 Edition EHR Certification Criteria, ONC outlined the requirements that EHR systems must meet in order for providers to be able to qualify for incentive payments. Continue reading

An Apple (iWatch) A Day Keeps The Doctors Away

Just when you thought Apple was working on a bigger iPad and iPhone, its top executives met with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to discuss on “mobile medical applications.” The story was also covered last week in the Friday edition of the New York Times. Much of the speculations are around developing applications for the iWatch, which is expected to be launched by end of this year.

Also see: The Current State Of mHealth Apps And Where It’s Heading Now

https://i0.wp.com/resources1.news.com.au/images/2011/10/05/1226158/729949-apple.jpgThe meeting included top of the line executives from Apple including Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams, Vice President of Software Technology Bud Tribble and Michael O’Reilly (who recently joined Apple from the medical monitoring company Masimo). From thr FDA’s panel, Jeff Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and Bakul Patel, who helped draft the FDA’s guidance on mobile medical applications, had attended the meeting, reports Times. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading

Delivering Better Patient Experience With Digital Tools – Infographic

Digital tools can help deliver a better patient experience, with improved results, at lower costs. Although the digital health market is still evolving, the infographic below shows the wide range of activity thus far.

https://i1.wp.com/www.strategy-business.com/media/image/32622897_ex1b.pngThis post was originally published on Strategy-Business.com

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Patient-Doctor Communication Shows Positive Health Effects: Study

In a recent study conducted by Dutch scientists, electronic communication between doctors and patients has turned out to yield more positive health effects. The various mediums of electronic communication reviewed in the study included email, messages, patient-facing EHR etc. Scientists concluded that using effective communication between patient and doctor significantly affects care outcomes, health behavior, and patient satisfaction. In the paper, recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, researchers looked particularly at studies focused on chronically ill patients.

Also see: Why EMRs Are Crucial To Patient Satisfaction

Authors Catharina Carolina de Jong, Wynand JG Ros, and Guus Schrijvers wrote, “Asynchronous communication is used by patients and it helps to increase the effects on health behavior and health outcomes, at least for some. Patients seem to be interested in using email and understand how to use it. They use email for questions about biomedical concerns, medication, and test results, as well as to inform the providers about non-urgent health issues. They tend to prefer email to telephone for this communication.” [@HealthITplus] Continue reading

Large Practices Lead The Trend In EHR Adoption, Study Finds

According to a study report by Commonwealth Fund, adoption of electronic health record systems (EHRs) has increased significantly from 2009 to 2012. The study also finds that larger organizations have reported higher adoption rate than smaller settings. Also, there has been a considerable lag in interoperability between providers’ systems and patients.

https://i1.wp.com/pw-cdn.poweryourpractice.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/what-patients-like-about-EHRs.jpgBetween 2009 and 2012, the EHR adoption rate jumped from 46% to 69%, as did their use of certain health IT functions such as electronic prescription transmissions to pharmacies, 34% to 66%; and electronic lab ordering, 38% to 54%.

Also see: Patients Still Not Fully Informed About EHRs

But the report also highlighted that only half of physicians in solo practices were using EHRs in 2012 vs. 90% of docs in groups of 20 or more. Also in 2012, just 1 in 3 primary-care physicians could swap clinical summaries with a physician colleague and only 35% could share lab results outside their practices. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading

Physicians’ EHRs Usage Increase, But ‘Digital Divide’ Remains: Study

https://i2.wp.com/www.practicefusion.com/ehrbloggers/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/iStock_000010227504XSmall.jpgIn the past four years, the adoption of electronic health records by primary care physicians has risen significantly. Physicians like the idea of staying connected with their patients. From the other end, patients also want to access their health records and to participate in their own health process. Even through the idea seems appealing to both patients and healthcare providers, a ‘Digital Divide’ still seems to linger between large and small physician practices, according to a new study by the Commonwealth Fund.

Also see: EHRs changing the way doctors deliver care

Here’s what the findings of the study outline: [@HealthITplus] Continue reading