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.
The Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen), a National Institutes of Health-funded resource dedicated to analyzing data from thousands of clinical genetics tests each year, has announced the launch of a new patient portal.
Patient portals have a lot of room for improvement as evidenced by the fact that providers do not have a high level of enthusiasm for their organizations current offerings from vendors.
Electronic health record systems are not the only information technologies being leveraged in the fight against the Ebola outbreak. A coalition of IT vendors has been established to distribute free information and timely updates on Ebola through mobile and web-based apps to healthcare professionals and consumers worldwide.
In a $600 million cash transaction, Optum, the IT and business services unit of UnitedHealth Group, is buying health management vendor Alere Health, which provides services to more than 200 regional and local health plans, 89 Fortune 500 employers and 29 states, covering about 22 million people in the U.S.
The Commonwealth Fund and policy research organization NORC at the University of Chicago are collaborating on a nationwide database and interactive map highlighting costs and year-to-year price changes in health insurance plans offered under the Affordable Care Act.
Pittsburghs UPMC and the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program have launched the online destination ReThinkConcussions.com as part of an initiative to raise awareness about scientifically proven treatments currently available for this complex but unseen injury.
Healthcare delivery system CHE Trinity Health and health and wellness platform vendor Sharecare are partnering to provide consumers and patients with a personalized, localized engagement platform across the 20 states that CHE serves.
While health analytics can help improve quality outcomes, increase patient satisfaction and reduce costs, allowing healthcare organizations to draw specific actionable conclusions, they must embrace predictive analytics to realize the promise of personalized care.
Once the domain of retired physicians and entrepreneurs, the growth of urgent care centersa market that reached nearly $14 billion in 2013is projected to increase over the next five years, driven by hospitals seeking to relieve crowded and costly ERs and to recoup lost revenues.
Health Care Service Corporation, which operates Blues plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, is offering members and all other consumers a free mobile app to track physical activity and aid in stress management and mental wellness.
In HDMs Executive Session feature in the October issue, Elizabeth Gartner spoke with Joe Scherger, a medical home pioneer, who has launched a practice based on electronic communication between physicians and patients.
A new study from Bostons Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) offers some early insights into the effects of increasing numbers of emailed communications on doctors, suggesting that reimbursement models and physician workflow may need to adjust to accommodate message management.
Employers that are considering incorporating wearable fitness devices into their wellness programs are facing important decisions about the cost of those devices, and must also be prepared to allay employees concerns about data security.
Terry Fouts, M.D., chief medical officer of Emeryville, Calif.-based analytics vendor MedeAnalytics, talks with Health Data Management about the current state of analytics, including the integration of data from outside the clinical domain.
Americas patient privacy law, the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, has been anything but static. Regulators have pushed to keep it current and to draft forward-looking rules. This fall is no different.