New contract signings that health information technology vendors announced during the week of August 24.
As more evidence demonstrates that timely care coordination improves outcomes and reduces costs, visionary vendors and clinicians are finding a fertile field for technology that provides real-time or near-real time communication capabilities.
The Camden Group, a healthcare business consultancy, has created a mobile app to enable providers to capture cycle times for clinical and non-clinical processes.
Analysis of the performance of Medicare accountable care organizations in 2014 suggests progress in the Pioneer ACO and Shared Savings Programs during the third performance year, but many organizations still struggle to actually share in the savings. And, quality scores increased modestly.
While many primary care providers dislike the challenges associated with moving to electronic health records, they generally accept the promise of health IT to improve the quality of care for their patients.
Competition among providers and separately among vendors is not leading to wholesale information blocking and the lack of electronic health record sharing, according to the Health IT Policy Committees interoperability task force. The committee, which advises federal officials, bases its conclusion on feedback gathered in two separate virtual hearings held earlier this month with stakeholders.
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center have developed electronic health record-based trigger algorithms that identify patients at risk for delays in diagnostic evaluation of colon and prostate cancer.
Getting patients diagnosed correctly and treated appropriately depends on providers gathering both quantitative data, which is typically structured, and qualitative data, which is typically unstructured. When comparing both types of data, its more challenging to manage and derive value from unstructured data.
Three federal agencies are asking industry stakeholders to come together in September to figure out the best ways to promote semantic interoperability of laboratory data.
The White House is looking for input from the healthcare industry to identify new information technology activities that can help make President Obamas $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative a reality.
Five Pacific Northwest clients of electronic health records vendor Cerner have joined the CommonWell Health Alliance that offers health information exchange. The new clients demonstrate growth of the alliance while at the same time showing some of its continuing weaknesses.
Researchers at Rice University have developed a big data technique that could have a significant impact on healthcare through clustering and the ability to reveal information in complex sets of data like electronic health records.
The excitement generated by the massive changes in healthcare reimbursement and delivery has created a flood of new technology to address gaps in the industry. Some long-time observers say theyre reminded of the late 1990s, when anything related to the Internet was greeted with awe and investor dollars. Today's health information technology climate is just as fraught with potential and uncertainty.
Depending on who you talk to these days, physician satisfaction with their electronic health record systems is either dramatically increasing or decreasing. Results of two new surveys released this month point in opposite directions, fueling debate about whether widespread EHR adoption is in fact having a positive impact on doctors practices.
Healogics, an organization of wound care physicians treating patients in nearly 800 hospital outpatient clinics, can take data from 150,000 patients and predict pretty well which ones will fail to heal appropriately or have to undergo an amputation within the next 16 weeks.