A new Gallup poll suggests that two thirds of the people in United States are satisfied with the country’s healthcare system. Sixty-six percent say they are happy with the functioning of the healthcare system and how it’s benefiting them. Thirty-two percent on the other hand showed their discontentment with the system.
Further, the levels of satisfaction among those having health insurance were much higher. Seventy-two percent of those having insurance said they are quite satisfied with the way the healthcare system is working while 26 percent of them say they are not. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
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.
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 →
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.
During 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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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 Intelligencereports. The new requirements were released on Tuesday.
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.
In 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.
Mobile health apps and technology garnered huge response at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014
It was clear right from the start of Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that there has been a considerable shift in the focus of technology trends, particularly in the areas of mobility. This shift has been there for quite some time but the CES 2014 took it to the next level of mainstreaming new growth markets such as mhealth, medical technology, and mobile health applications. Consumers showed great enthusiasm for wearable gadgets to be used for fitness and health monitoring, among other purposes. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
There have been a lot of technological innovations and enhancements surrounding the mobile health (mHealth). Mobile health is considered the future of patient-centric care. One of the main factors contributing towards the growth of mobile health is consumerism. Today, consumers are becoming more tech savvy using their mobiles for a variety of stuff, every day. Smartphones and apps for healthcare are changing the way people are living and using apps to participate in healthcare.
The e-patient movement is the next big thing in the healthcare industry. Consumers are using multiple devices such as smartphones, tablets, wearable and connected gadgets such as watches, sensors etc. and are seeking new ways to integrate digital health into their day-to-day activities. Mobile sensors are taking more place within the industry. InMedica predicts that the American telehealth market will grow by 600 percent between 2012 and 2017. This would represent an increase from the current 227,000 telehealth patients to reach up to 1.3m patients in 2017. They think this is mostly related to the reimbursement changes in the US. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
According to a new Research and Markets’ report entitled: North American Healthcare IT Market Report 2013-2017, the health IT market of North America is going to grow at a compound rate of 7.4 percent to reach $31.3 billion by 2017 from $21.9 billion in 2012. The main factors driving this growth include higher demand for clinical information technology, and administrative solutions and services.
The report segments the market on the basis of applications, delivery modes, and components. Based on application, the North American healthcare information technology is segmented into provider (clinical information technology and non-clinical information technology) and payer, while the market by delivery mode is further categorized as on-premises, Web-based, and cloud-based. The healthcare information technology by component is made up of hardware, software and services. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
Majority of hospitals and providers moving towards transparency in price
2014 is poised to be a great year for the healthcare industry. Not only is the Affordable Care Act getting fleshed out but there are numerous upcoming trends facing the healthcare industry. In 2014, hospitals and care health institutes will witness a shift that is more retail-focused. Price transparency and cost savings will become the biggest focus areas, reveals the latest PwC Health Research Institute’s Top Health Industry Issues for 2014.
Kelly Barnes, PwC’s U.S. health industries leader commented on the release of the report, “While health insurance exchange implementation is driving headlines today–in reality the next 12 months will be marked by how well the industry addresses a range of core business challenges.” Barnes adds, “Businesses must address rapid innovation and competition from non-traditional players, but above all they must respond to empowered consumers as customer-centric transformation sweeps healthcare.” [twitter.com/HealthITplus] Continue reading →
A survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) – Social media “likes” healthcare – reveals that half of the health industry executives are focusing on ways to harness the power of social media into measurable business outcomes. Due to the Affordable Care Act, many providers have made the shifted toward scalability in the healthcare industry.
According to the survey, one of the major concerns among C-suite health executives was to find innovative ways to integrate social media and to use it to deliver better care and enhance patient engagement while complying to new provisions in the Affordable Care Act, such as Medicare’s Value Based Purchasing and accountable care.