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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Hospital Outsourcing: How Is It Stacking Up?

https://i1.wp.com/triplehelixblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/medical-tourism-1.jpegAccording to Becker’s Hospital Review, hospitals have increasingly been reducing costs to combat Medicare cuts and healthcare reform. [twitter.com/HealthITplus]

The trend of hospital outsourcing is on the rise but experts believe this trend will not persist in the long-run. Adam Higman, Vice President, at Soyring Consulting comments, “The driver is the cuts in reimbursement. [Hospitals] know they have to be more efficient and have to save money. That’s helping drive [outsourcing] decisions.”

Hospitals have been assessing options in outsourcing their various functions such as IT and clinical services. The article: Healthcare IT Outsourcing Demands Are On The Rise, states that the healthcare IT outsourcing segment is witnessing continued growth and is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.6 percent, to reach $50.4 billion by 2018 from $35 billion in 2013. Continue reading

Why EMRs Are Crucial To Patient Satisfaction

EMRs play a crucial role when it comes to keeping patients happy and satisfied, a new study suggests.

https://healthitplus.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/5c9b5-ehrl.jpgAccording to a study conducted by Aeffect and 88 Brand Partners, more and more patients are logging in to check their medical records and like it. Data suggests that about 24 percent of patients log into their EMR to receive test results, order medication refills and to book appointments with their physician. Also, 78 percent of those patients reported being more satisfied with their doctors in comparison to 68 percent of those who had not used EMRs.

The growing portion of provider’s reimbursement is driven by patient satisfaction, which is why it becoming a top priority for healthcare providers. But for a lot of hospitals, the issue still persists. Their patient satisfaction survey results make up 30 percent of their quality score in Medicare’s “value-based purchasing” program, part of the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading

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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3 ways remote care benefits doctors, patients

The healthcare continuum has been undergoing a lot of changes recently owing to the advancement in technology. The steady stream of new devices in the healthcare market has also led us to believe that technology will bring all the improvements we’ll ever need in healthcare. The reality is much more complicated than that.https://i1.wp.com/ecareinc.biz/images%5CPatient2_sm.jpg

The basic fundamental objective that drives any market is the identification of gaps in the way its services and solutions are delivered and how to fill the gaps. The same is with healthcare. More often, there is a need to figure out the various underlying issues in the delivery of healthcare and figuring out ways to fill those voids.

Kevin Quinn, senior vice president of sales and account management, AMC Health, says, “Technology is a tool that should be used to enhance the experience of both patients and clinicians.” In other words, technology must be used to alleviate the gaps in between patients and their wellbeing process. Continue reading

EHRs and Meaningful Use Transforming Patient Care

Since 2011, more than 4.6 million patients have received an electronic copy of their health information from their EHR, according to CMS.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a data stating that an increasing amount of healthcare providers are using electronic health records (EHR) to improve their patients’ care and provide more information to their patients regarding their health.

The data also reveals that more than 50 percent of eligible healthcare professionals and more than 80 percent of eligible hospitals in U.S. have received meaningful use incentives since the program’s inception. Using EHRs, physicians and care providers have been able to provide improved patient care to millions and also boosted their efficiencies and productivity.

Farzad Mostashari, MD and National Coordinator highlighting the benefits and achievements of the program said, “More patients than ever before are seeing the benefits of their providers using electronic health records to help better coordinate and manage their care. These data show that health care professionals are not only adopting electronic health records rapidly, they’re also using them to improve care.” Continue reading