The Impact of Meaningful Use on the Mobile App Market [Infographic]

The Impact of Meaningful Use on the Mobile App Market

The mobile app market is expected to grow 500 percent by the end of 2014, primarily due to the government’s Meaningful Use incentive program. 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

Patients Still Unclear On Benefits Of Portals: Study

A study supported by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found that patients are embracing the concept of patient portals but the awareness among patients about the benefits of portals is rather low. There has been a rise in the usage of portals by patients to access and manage their health records but they are still unknown whether the portals actually improve outcomes, increase patient satisfaction or create efficiencies. Thttps://i2.wp.com/www.rawstory.com/rs/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/confused-woman-computer.jpghe findings were published in a new research by the Annals of Internal Medicine. [twitter.com/HealthITplus]

The researchers reviewed 46 different patient portals connected to EHRs. The results from the portals were not as commendable as they had expected. The evidences were mixed as to whether the tools improved outcomes and satisfaction. The researchers also found that the effect on utilization and efficiencies of portals also was “unclear” to patients. Any benefits associated with portal use may actually be attributable to increased case management, the authors said. Continue reading

Role Of Social Media In Healthcare [Infographic]

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.

The following were few key findings from the survey: [twitter.com/HealthITplus] Continue reading

HealthIT Transition, How it Happened [Infographic]

In 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, a part of the Recovery Act, created the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs to promote the adoption of EHRs in support of the ultimate goals of improving the quality of patient care and reducing health costs. Through this program, eligible hospitals and doctors earn incentives by demonstrating “meaningful use” of certified technology, which means that health care providers use EHRs in ways that improve care and lower costs. Examples of “meaningful use” include electronic prescribing of medications and ensuring patients have access to their digital records.

 The following infographic created by the ONC illustrates the progress made in the nation’s transition to health IT since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009. [twitter.com/healthitplus]

Patient Portals Business Set To Gain Huge Returns

Healthcare providers are aggressively adopting portal technology as market becomes more disruptive day-by-day

A new study suggests that by 2017, the U.S. patient portal business is expected to reach $898.4 million from a mere $279 million in 2012 – representing a staggering 221 percent growth.

https://i2.wp.com/www.healthfusion.com/images/new/BrowsingIpad_LookingOverSholder.jpgA new analysis “U.S. Patient Portal Market for Hospitals and Physicians: Overview and Outlook, 2012–2017” by Frost and Sullivan suggests that there will be an exponential growth witnessed in the patient portal segment, largely driven by regulatory factors such as the need to meet stage 2 meaningful use requirements. Other factors would include the growing move to clinical integration, Accountable care, and increasing consumer demand for health information technology.

According the study, around 50 percent of U.S. hospitals and 40 percent of U.S. physicians have some kind of patient portal technology which they use in conjunction with their electronic health record system. Continue reading

Hospitals Are Set For Meaningful Use Stage 2 Now [REPORT]

More than 60 percent hospitals are prepared to take on Meaningful Use Stage 2, according to new HIMSS Analytics [twitter.com/HealthITplus]

https://i0.wp.com/www.ehealthdc.org/wp-content/uploads/1_Meaningful-Use_Arrow.jpgA new report released on Sept 18 from HIMSS Analytics, Hospital Readiness to Meet Meaningful Use Stage 2, reveals that over 60 percent of eligible hospitals have acquired the requirements for meaningful use stage 2. The report assesses the preparedness of eligible hospitals and their electronic health records that are used to store all patient information.

The highlights of the report include:

  • At least 60 percent of hospitals in the sample have met the requirements for at least nine of the core metrics that define Stage 2 meaningful use; and
  • Some 70 percent of respondents across all metrics are actively moving toward meeting Stage 2 meaningful use requirements.

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KMG HealthIT+ August 2013 Issue is out

Read the latest healthcare related stories from last month in HealthIT+ August 2013 Issue.

  1. Physicians Continue to say Yes to EHR Adoption
  2. Patients Turning to mHealth instead of Prescriptions
  3. EHRs and Meaningful Use Transforming Patient Care
  4. Clinical Mobility Market Growing Strong

Read more: http://bit.ly/13XwOrW

 

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Physicians Continue say Yes to EHR Adoption

According to a recent report submitted to the Congress, an ever increasing amount of physicians are embracing (and agreeing to adopt) electronic health records (EHRs) into workplaces. Along with EHRs, physicians are also looking for newer, more sophisticated ways to interact and stay connected with their patients even when they are away from their workplaces.

https://i2.wp.com/healthcareittoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/meaningful-use-101.gifCompared to only 48 percent in 2009, in 2012, more than 72 percent of physicians used electronic health records and the count seems to be growing rapidly. Physicians are going forward and demanding increased EHR functionality, with 80 percent having EHRs with computerized provider order entry for medication orders in 2012, compared to 65 percent in 2011, and 67 percent having EHRs with drug interaction checks, compared to 51 percent in 2011. Continue reading