The number of tools to track patient health data has exploded in recent years, and the race to access that information is heating up as well. “Data is the new money,” says Harry Wang, director of health and mobile product research at Parks Associates.
In an unprecedented move Tuesday, Geisinger Health System President and CEO David T. Feinberg, MD, announced the health system is launching a refund program for patients not met with 'kindness and compassion.'
Geisinger Health System made waves this past week by announcing it will offer refunds for 'dissatisfied' surgery patients. Chanin Wendling, Geisinger's director of eHealth, talks about the technology underpinning the project and the population health strategy behind it.
The lack of effective patient data matching is an ongoing obstacle to seamless information exchange between organizations, according to a new study released this week by The Sequoia Project and the Care Connectivity Consortium.
The healthcare system is too focused on technology-based checklists and protocols requiring data entry by physicians, leaving less time for patients and getting in the way of productive doctor-patient relationships.
The problem is severe pricing failure and it’s fixable. Pricing failure is when there isn’t a correlation between cost and value/quality. In healthcare, it’s frequently the opposite. In the healthcare world, black is white and up is down. Fortunately, #5 in the list of 7 Organizations That Will Turn Healthcare Upside Down In 2016 demonstrated the way to fix this.
Physicians are increasingly dissatisfied with their electronic health records. A recent poll found that just 34 percent of physicians said they were happy with their system. Our columnist asks: Should we be alarmed? Or should we even care?
As Mr. Kim’s “courageous, innovative tech entrepreneurs” of fortune, who “come into healthcare at significant risk to their finances and careers,” should very well know, APIs are indeed gaining popularity in other industries. Retailers expose APIs to coupons, specials and catalogs to increase their profits from Internet commerce, and even financial institutions are beginning to nurture tech startups helping to boost bank profitability through limited sets of simple APIs. What all these APIs have in common is that they make money for the corporation that exposes the APIs, and that the Federal government had nothing to do with their creation. APIs did not come about because “walled gardens in other sectors of business annoy consumers” and they will not magically appear in health care because said walled garden’s “business practices hurt patients.”
Patients are not hurt by lack of APIs. Patients are not suffering because their EHR refuses to talk to their toothbrush. Patients are not harmed by a shortage of doctor ratings or by the inability of pharmaceutical companies to identify fat people. Patients are hurt by lack of access to doctors, by lack of medicine, by lack of food, shelter, work, education, fair wages and opportunity for a better life.
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