Farzad Mostashari, the national health IT coordinator, said Wednesday that agencies in the Health and Human Services Department will work closely to craft a surveillance and action plan to keep patients safer through health IT, and it will be done sooner than called for by the Institute of Medicine.
Tapping into the wealth of data stored in electronic health records (EHRs) could advance medical research and improve clinical outcomes for patients with cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, according to a new report from the National Research Council (NRC). With that possibility in mind, the NRC is calling for a new data network, one that integrates the molecular makeup of diseases with clinical data from patients' digitized medical records.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 directs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to create a national voluntary program for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) by January 2012. CMS released the final guidelines for creating an ACO in late October 2011, and now healthcare executives are tasked with assessing whether to move their organization towards a shared savings program. Following are the frequently asked questions about ACOs.
Emergency departments in the Memphis, Tenn., area realized an annual cost savings of nearly $2 million as a result of sharing electronic health information through the MidSouth eHealth Alliance, according to a Vanderbilt University study that was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
U.S. National Healthcare Expenditures (NHE) are $2.7 trillion in 20111 and are forecasted to grow 34% in five years. This multi-trillion dollar economy will shift its reimbursement paradigm to ICD-10 in under 24 months.
ICD-10 will introduce opportunities and risks to hospitals and health plans that may be equivalent to the $148.2 billion to $500 billion in losses to the U.S. economy in the mortgage crisis. This is because ICD-10 introduces favorable and unfavorable reimbursement results.
The National Institute of Standards (NIST), in conjunction with public and private sector stakeholders, has called on the healthcare community to help evaluate electronic health records (EHRs), examine the human factors that are crucial to their design, and assist with guidance on the development of usability engineering practices.
The paper covers the concept and history of ACOs, current status of government and private initiatives, and the substantial changes in the final rule following significant provider concerns. The authors also consider whether ACOs will save money, increase care quality, raise prices for private insurers, and spread rapidly.
A survey of more than 340 hospitals finds almost 80 percent have joined or plan to join a HIE.
32% percent of respondent hospitals already are part of an HIE while 47% plan to join such an initiative. The primary driver toward HIE is meeting electronic health records meaningful use criteria, cited by 48% of respondents. Other reasons include connecting to the community (21%), connecting to impatient/ambulatory environments (15%), connecting to the state (12%) and driving toward accountable care organizations (2%).
Each state seems to be in a different stage of implementing Health Insurance Exchanges (HIXs), which are the centerpiece of the private health insurance market reforms section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Even in a time of political uncertainty and opposition, many states are forging ahead and applying for federal grants. Almost $500 million has been awarded to date. Many requests for proposals (RFPs) continue to be announced, most recently by New York and Maryland.
The nation's biggest retailer is planning to offer a wide range of medical care in U.S. stores.
The move would also capitalize on growing demand for primary care in 2014, when the federal health law fully kicks in and millions more Americans are expected to have government or private health insuran
Health information technology has been touted as crucial to better health care, but a new report says an entirely new agency is needed to investigate this largely unregulated sector, which can also injure or kill patients if it’s not operating properly. In pushing for a new oversight body, the respected Institute of Medicine, an independent research and advisory organization, is explicitly advising that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not be tasked with the job at this time — a recommendation that is bound to be controversial.
Whether you embrace it or not, leveraging social media in healthcare is here to stay. This article is not to debate the benefit of social media (website, blog, eNewsletter, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) in healthcare, but rather to discuss the importance of IT involvement.
IT should be involved on several fronts, but one in particular is in the area of “measuring” the benefits, or Return on Investment (ROI) of social media in healthcare.
HL7 v3 is an umbrella framework for publishing multiple different specifications. It’s not exactly clear quite what defines v3, but it seems that at least operationally it means, models derived by constraint from the RIM, whether not those models are provided through messaging, documents such as CDA, or services as published in assooiation with the OMG.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), representing hospital CIOs, is trying to position its members as leaders in IT implementation and knowledge sharing at the state level by incorporating more social media into a redesigned website.
At its annual Fall CIO Forum last week in San Antonio, CHIME unveiled an updated CHIME CIO State Network, StateNet, now with social networking as a focal point.
Doctors and teachers in Miami-Dade County are using Microsoft Amalga, Dynamics and HealthVault for a HIE that combines electronic health and academic records for students in Florida's Miami-Dade County.