Electronic health records have great potential to help clinicians better manage patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma and obesity. Disease management tools include identification of at-risk patients, lab and results alerts, and condition-specific registries.
Richard Wait, the chairman of the department of surgery at Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Health, has used GIS technology to analyze tumors in the colon, rectum and liver.
The American Telemedicine Association has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to "lift unnecessary restrictions on health care delivery that prohibits millions of Americans from accessing quality medical care."
Unlike some other major industries, health care incorporates geospatial data only sparingly. But that could change quickly with population health a priority.
An estimated 22 percent of Medicare beneficiaries experience adverse events during their stays at skilled nursing facilities, according to a just released report from the HHS Office of Inspector General.
Health care Big Data might be the talk of the town, but many efforts are still in that talk stage of implementation. HDM this month is profiling real-world efforts to harness Big Data for some of the pressing challenges facing providers
Providers start the hard work of laying the technological and organizational foundations for health care "communities."
Readmissions penalties are giving hospitals the nudge they need; now they're starting to ask HIT vendors for help.
AMC Health, a telehealth services and technology provider, has released an Android-based mobile platform designed to provide untethered interactions between patients and providers.
The company is beta-testing the platform with clinical trial clients before releasing it to the hospital market. In beta tests, clinical trial patients will be given Samsung Galaxy devices to videoconference with clinicians. AMC Health plans to integrate the video and voice conferencing capabilities into its CareConsole Web portal for physicians.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has issued a report on findings of the current status of patient matching technology.
The report is based on an environmental scan, literature review, and input from stakeholders and federal agencies. In a blog posting, ONC lists the core findings:
* Any changes to patient data attributes in exchange transactions should be coordinated with organizations working on parallel efforts to standardize health care transactions.
A patient-centered medical home is the engine of an accountable care organization--and the core duties of the home are not as complex as may be envisioned. But changing behaviors of providers and patients is the tricky part.
Those are insights that a participating federally qualified health center shared during the ACO Symposium at HIMSS14. The core duties of a medical home, said Raymond Fusco, COO at Manatee County Rural Health Services in Florida, are to improve
Patient portals are often considered as much a patient loyalty strategy as a clinical tool. But what if all the providers in a community contributed all their patients data to the same portal? Bad for strategic advantage, but good for patient care.
Patients in tiny Batesville, Ind., can log into one portal to see their information not only from all local providers, but from larger hospitals in Cincinnati where they often go for more complex treatments
With all the talk about patient engagement and personal health records, theres precious little hard data on how well PHRs work to improve health. Parkview Health, Fort Wayne, Ind., is contributing some as part of an ONC Beacon Grant for the state of Indiana: looking at how patients with cardiovascular disease use a PHR and whether it contributes to lowered blood pressure, better weight control, improved blood test results, and compliance with the care plan.
Seven health organizations have become new partners of Optum Labs, a collaborative research and development facility that technology vendor Optum Health and Mayo Clinic formed in January 2013.
Welltok Inc., vendor of a Web-based health wellness platform called CafeWell that providers and payers can offer to consumers, is the latest organization to collaborate with IBM Corp. to enhance the health care cognitive computer capabilities of the Watson supercomputer.
Leanne Larson, global head of observational research at clinical research organization PAREXEL International, explains the expanded knowledge base that electronic health records data can bring to the drug development and market access processes: