Connecting patients and providers is the holy grail of clinical I.T. This section looks at enabling technologies, such as patient portals and personal health records that are designed for direct use by patients. In addition, patient-centric technologies, such as disease management applications, are covered.
CVS Health says it will undertake a concerted effort to improve consumer medication adherence, targeting a 5 percent to 15 percent increase by 2017, according to a new edition of the company's Insights reports.
While the use of health and fitness tracking devices has more than doubled in the last two years, a new nationwide survey conducted by Nashville, Tenn.-based technology consultancy TechnologyAdvice shows only 25.1 percent of adults are currently using either a fitness tracker or a smartphone app to monitor their health, weight, or exercise.
Under a new digital health improvement program, Walgreens will offer health wellness content and services from WebMD Health in its drug stores and on its website.
Medical home physician Joe Scherger was a medical email pioneer.
Wireless technology is transformative, but you need a plan.
As the ever-present goal of improved clinical care and reduced costs continues to loom, the healthcare industry has focused in on population health -- an approach that specifically aims to improve the health of entire human populations. A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2013 provides some good news and bad news regarding the success of such population health efforts. According to the study, overall population health in the United States has been improving yet improvements have not kept pace with population health advances in other wealthy countries and illness and chronic disability now account for nearly half of the health burden in the U.S. To improve population health efforts, healthcare organizations are beginning to turn to a variety of information technology applications. This supplement looks at the challenges and opportunities facing healthcare organizations that are seeking to leverage information technology to better their population health efforts. Read on to find out more.
One in six terminal cancer patients enroll in hospice only during their last three days of life, according to a new study from a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Their findings, published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, also reveal a profile of patients who may be most at risk of these late admissions.
The first statewide report in the nation to measure Choosing Wisely recommendations finds that patients in Washington may be exposed to care that they dont need and potential harm. The report offers county-by-county results in Washington State for nine different Choosing Wisely recommendations.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) today announced the selection of "PatientPowered.us," an open-source, mobile-friendly, online app, as the first place winner of the 2014 PCORI Matchmaking App Challenge.
American Family Care, which operates 55 clinics in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, is offering one year of identity protection services to nearly 2,500 patients after two laptops were stolen from an employees car in July.
After a little more than a year on the job, Matthew Quinn, director of healthcare initiatives at the Federal Communications Commission, has left his position to move to the private sector.
Those who purchase health insurance through the Affordable Care Acts state and federal exchanges will have more choices for coverage beginning in 2015, according to a Department of Health and Human Services report released Tuesday.
A survey of 62 accountable care organizations finds 100 percent of respondents have difficulty achieving data interoperability with disparate partners. And thats just the tip of the iceberg; the information technology barriers for ACOs remain formidable.
Walgreen Co.s director of health, benefits and wellbeing knew his company, like most in the U.S., was on an unsustainable path of increasing health care costs combined with employees who didnt focus on their wellbeing. But when the companys senior directors started thinking about moving employee health care offerings to a private exchange, he was adamantly against it.
Employers who moved to Aon Hewitts multi-carrier fully-insured private healthcare exchange experienced overall healthcare cost savings for the 2014 plan year providing some of the first data on the impact of post-Affordable Care Act private exchanges.