Medical treatment based on an individuals genetics is the future of medicine, according to government, academic and industry panelists participating at a July 23 roundtable held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Caremark has entered into new clinical affiliations with four major healthcare providers. Critical prescription and visit information will be provided to the providers through the integration of secured electronic health record systems.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is warning against relying too heavily on clinical decision support (CDS) pop-up alerts when meeting meaningful use Stage 2 objectives.
The American Medical Association appreciates a proposed rule easing some requirements of the electronic health records meaningful use program, but the rule offers too little relief and comes too late.
A recent survey of more than 18,500 physicians finds that 22 percent of them are opting out of or disregarding altogether the meaningful use electronic health records program.
Strong leadership, reliable healthcare coordination, and first-rate information technology are key for academic medical centers seeking to establish successful accountable care organizations.
Matthew Wayne, M.D., chief medical officer of the CommuniCare Family of Companies, a Cincinnati-based long-term and post-acute care provider, is not waiting to catch the biggest wave of data interchange in long-term and post-acute care--that wave is still out there on the horizon. In the meantime, Wayne expects a cloud-based EHR, currently live in almost 30 of the company's 44 facilities, to be 100 percent implemented by this fall.
Digital health funding reached $2.3 billion in the first half of 2014--an unprecedented level of venture capital exceeding the 2013 total--according to Rock Health, which funds and supports early stage healthcare companies.
Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee continue to challenge the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technologys statutory authority to regulate HIT.
Health information technology, such as electronic health records, has the potential to dramatically improve patient safety. Nevertheless, a majority of healthcare organizations are not using EHRs to help track adverse events, and ones that are have their own health ITrelated safety risks.
Duke Medicine is marrying its EHR data with a geographic information system to give its clinicians the ability to pull information on certain conditions, match that to geographic locations, and predict--on demand-- which people within a population are likely in the future to be diagnosed with a particular ailment.
Texas Childrens Hospital has created a foundation to improve outcomes that included EHRs with evidence-based practice guidelines, team-based care with processes to improve quality and data analytics to assess where quality stood and where it needed to go.
Though critical access hospitals are making substantial strides in adopting health IT and increasing their telehealth and health information exchange capabilities, they face significant challenges in implementing electronic health records due to a lack of resources and workflow and staffing barriers.
In the journey to value-based care, developing a robust healthcare analytics foundation to support transformational change is imperative, with successes but also many challenges along the way.
Concerns that nationwide electronic health record adoption could lead to widespread fraudulent coding and billing practices that result in higher healthcare spending are unfounded, according to a study from the University of Michigan School of Information and the Harvard School of Public Health.