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.
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.
Hospital and physician software vendor Epic Systems Corp. is integrating Apples HealthKit into its EHR systems, which serve more than 170 million patients per year. Specifically, Epic customers will be able to use HealthKit through Epics MyChart app, which the company says is the most popular U.S. patient portal.
Last week Apple unveiled its Apple Watch and HealthKit app to much fanfare. But how these new technologies will fit into or transform the healthcare landscape remains to be seen. Catch up on HDMs coverage and analysis of the event to see how these products could impact the healthcare industry.
Transparency of patient experience data drives improved provider performance and enables more patient-centered care.
About 115,000 people who signed up for Obamacare and may not be legal residents of the U.S. will lose their insurance coverage at the end of the month, the government said Monday.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has launched a new toolkit for organizations that want to use Blue Button technology to help consumers get access to their digital health information.
Only three in 10 individuals had online access to their medical records last year, according to results of a national survey reported in a new data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Integrating promotion of online patient portals into primary care visits appears to be the most effective way to increase portal usage, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University-led study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.
A new pilot study among low-income African-Americans in Detroit suggests they prefer being contacted by healthcare providers and researchers via text message on their mobile phones.
Australia-based dorsaVi, a developer of wearable medical devices, has launched sales of its ViMove platform in the U.S., following 510(k) clearance by the Food and Drug Administration for measuring, recording, and reporting on movement and muscle activity of the lower back and lumbar spine.
Apple Computer is trying to be sensitive to how consumer health data in apps using its HealthKit software development platform will be used, as evidenced by the vendors rules which include significant protections for consumers.
Today marks the start of National Health IT Week, Sept. 15-19, with events and activities in Washington, D.C. and around the country designed to bring attention to the value of health information technology.