How Patient Portals Are Failing Healthcare — And Our Patients

Phoenix Health Systems

Similarly, healthcare providers can achieve at least three big benefits from patients’ portal-usage: greater efficiencies, cost-savings and improved health outcomes — again, only if patients use their portals. The Facts About Portal Use Today: In 2017 the GAO reported that nearly 90 percent of providers were offering access to a patient portal, but less than one-third of patients had used theirs. The centerpiece of Meaningful Use requirements was the EHR.

How Patient Portals Can Do Much More for Healthcare Quality and Costs – Part 1

Phoenix Health Systems

The implementation of Meaningful Use sent providers scrambling to implement patient portals to provide patients access to their health information — AND to reap the program’s financial incentives. And so only about 20 percent of patients actually use portals, Mary Pratt writes in Medical Economics, and lack of vision, poor design and insufficient functionality are big reasons. What is the point of a patient sending an inquiry if no one sees it?

Our 2018 Health IT Wish List

HiTech Answers

By Mobile Health Matters - The healthcare IT industry enters 2018 with a lot of potential, along with the need to overcome structures that have historically stunted progress. What is on our health IT wish list? The post Our 2018 Health IT Wish List appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News.

Doctors should start watching more science fiction. Here’s why.

KevinMD

I often say that electronic health records (EHRs) is like Skynet in the Terminator. I expect to turn around from my screen someday, and Arnold will lift me by my throat saying, “You haff not been doing yuh meaningful use.”

Three Big Questions for Stage 3 & Patient Engagement

Chilmark Research

For many, the delay of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program evoked a collective sigh of relief, providing a much-needed extra year to focus on the challenging requirements for patient engagement and interoperability. But that doesn’t mean there’s a year to put off thinking about it.

Sheri Rawlings, CIO, San Juan Regional Medical Center, Chapter 2

Health System CIO

IT as consultants, not owners Lack of ROI in HIEs Patient engagement obstacles “We never intended to chase the dollar.” Thoughts on MU – “I don’t think it achieved near what they thought it would.” And so IT stood on the sideline and offered support instead of running the show, and it paid off. She also talks about business continuity planning versus disaster prevention, why culture plays such a huge role in engagement, and when she got bit by the health IT bug.

A Look Back on Health IT in 2017

HiTech Answers

By Mobile Health Matters - 2017 was a roller-coaster ride for healthcare, marked by exciting innovation, damaging cyberattacks, periods of lulls and disruptive change. The post A Look Back on Health IT in 2017 appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News. Health Information Technology AirStrip Angela Pierce Aparna Bala Mobile Health Matters Nancy Pratt

Video: Farzad Mostashari on patient engagement, ‘physician ACOs’

Meaningful HIT News

As I alluded to earlier, I was leaving the press room one afternoon at HIMSS14, and there I see former national health IT coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari hanging around Gregg Masters and Dr. Pat Salber of Health Innovation Media. It probably shows.

Podcast: HIMSS CEO Steve Lieber, 2014 edition

Meaningful HIT News

It’s time for my annual podcast interview with HIMSS President and CEO Steve Lieber, this time from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Lieber reiterated HIMSS’ position that the federal government should extend the attestation period for Meaningful Use Stage 2 by one year. That session will feature CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and new national health IT coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D. 0:40 “It’s time to execute.”

All my HIMSS coverage in one place

Meaningful HIT News

It’s a nice mix of news, features, analysis and commentary. Tavenner: 2014 is your last chance for a hardship exemption for Meaningful Use 2 (Feb. Interoperability Showcase uses car crash to show how connected data really can improve patient care (March 5). The last of my 10 MedCity News stories from HIMSS14 has been posted. Here are links to all of them, in chronological order.

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Rural Health IT Workforce Program

Medicine and Technology

Want to improve health care in rural communities? Be a part of the Rural Health IT Workforce Program. government health it rural health

Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – January 2018

HiTech Answers

The post Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – January 2018 appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News. Health Information Technology Anshu Jindal Art Gross Dr. Nick van Terheyden Jeffrey Shuren Kayla Matthews Lee Horner Matthew Fisher Mobile Health Matters Nancy Pratt Sarianne Gruber Scott Gottlieb MD Top Guest PostsThe thought leaders in our community are good about sharing their thoughts on the issues of today.

Nurse-Physician Collaboration: Harnessing the Power of Health IT to Improve Patient Outcomes

HiTech Answers

As health systems focused on ensuring doctors had access to state-of-the-art health IT to monitor their patients when they couldn’t be at the bedside. The post Nurse-Physician Collaboration: Harnessing the Power of Health IT to Improve Patient Outcomes appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News. Health Information Technology AirStrip Aparna Bala Mobile Health Matters nurse-physician collaboration

Reflections from the HIMSS/AMDIS Physicians' IT Symposium at #HIMSS13

Medicine and Technology

Today, I was in the HIMSS/AMDIS Physicians' IT Symposium: Reviewing the Past, Assessing the Present and Planning for the Future. Let me highlight a few key points and reflections I jotted down as I sat through several presentations about Meaningful Use (MU) and the future of clinical informatics: Health IT is about improving clinical workflow efficiency and patient care. Or, are we putting too much emphasis on achieving Meaningful Use?

Unifying the Healthcare Assembly Line

Mobile Health Matters

Individual service lines can provide attentive and effective care, whether it is cardiology, endocrinology or oncology. Each provider may use a separate IT system, with each system pulling from various data sources. As a result, there is no holistic view of the patient’s health.

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Will Amazon, Apple or Google Succeed as the Next Healthcare Disruptor?

Phoenix Health Systems

This confluence of developments may be the perfect setting for the next major disruption in our industry, a scenario that many healthcare leaders and health tech vendors won’t relish. But now it appears the next big disruption won’t originate with the big bad CMS.

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Streamlining Healthcare Innovation: Working Together to Improve Digital Health Regulations

HiTech Answers

The post Streamlining Healthcare Innovation: Working Together to Improve Digital Health Regulations appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News. Health Information Technology AirStrip Desiree Crawford Digital Health Health IT Innovation Mobile Health MattersBy Desiree Crawford - This is a watershed moment in healthcare.

Don't miss the 2013 Consumer Health IT Summit

Medicine and Technology

Register for the 2013 Consumer Health IT Summit : Accelerating the Blue Button Movement The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) invites you to join us in Washington D.C. on September 16 to learn about and be part of public and private sector led advancements to equip and empower patients to better manage their health in a digital era. The 2013 Consumer Health IT Summit will bring together Federal leaders including: Todd Park, U.S.

Why We Are at the Crossroads of the Next Healthcare Disruption

Phoenix Health Systems

This confluence of developments may be the perfect setting for the next major disruption in our industry, a scenario that many hospital leaders, physicians and health tech vendors won’t relish. Think Meaningful Use — a simple and logical concept that morphed into a bitterly resented multi-phased and complex restructuring of EHR usage over several years. But now it appears the next big disruption won’t originate with the big bad CMS.

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Don't miss the Health IT Summit in New York City by iHT2

Medicine and Technology

The 2013 iHT2 Health IT Summit in New York City will bring together over 250 C-level, physician, practice management and IT decision-makers from North America’s leading provider organizations and physician practices.

Hope to see you at #HIMSS13 New Offerings and Programming for Health IT Professionals

Medicine and Technology

Enhancing the In-Person and Virtual Experience, HIMSS Unveils Several New Conference Features Focusing on Industry Trends Including Meaningful Use and Mobile Health CHICAGO – January 24, 2013 – HIMSS, the cause-based organization devoted to improving healthcare delivery through health IT, today announced new programming and educational offerings that will be part of the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference &Exhibition (HIMSS13) in New Orleans from March 3-7.

Navigating the Sea of Innovation

HiTech Answers

With health systems concerned about balancing both needs, they now need to figure out how to leverage data to get the best value out of their investment. The post Navigating the Sea of Innovation appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News. Health Information Technology Patient Engagement AirStrip clinical practice Health IT Innovation Mobile Health Matters Nancy Pratt patient care

A new focus: How to become empowered patients

Meaningful HIT News

After years of doing this blog in fits and starts — particularly the two-year gap while I was essentially prohibited by a full-time employer from writing about health IT here or anywhere else but that company’s site — I have decided to refocus on healthcare consumers rather than industry insiders. Despite what you may have read elsewhere, Meaningful Use was not part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the 2010 bill that’s come to be known as Obamacare.

Parsing eCW’s $155M payment to the government

Docnotes

But what’s it mean? The purpose of any certification program is to create a method for the purchasers of a product to have confidence that the product safely and reliably does what it is supposed to do. It’s there to protect us from evildoers.

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Short Takes at #HIMSS18 – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

Gerard Scheitlin, Chief Risk Officer – VP Security, Risk & Assurance, Orion Health. We spoke a bit about the TEFCA — the interoperability framework proposed by ONC under the 21st Century Cures Act — which is intended to create a framework of trust that will ensure that healthcare records can be transferred and used in creation of longitudinal records for everyone. He thought there would be a number of use cases for such technologies.

Short Takes at #HIMSS18 – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

Gerard Scheitlin, Chief Risk Officer – VP Security, Risk & Assurance, Orion Health. He thought there would be a number of use cases for such technologies. Jean Drouin, CEO, Clarify Health Solutions. Health Care Law and Consulting.

Short Takes at #HIMSS18 – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

Gerard Scheitlin, Chief Risk Officer – VP Security, Risk & Assurance, Orion Health. He thought there would be a number of use cases for such technologies. Jean Drouin, CEO, Clarify Health Solutions. Health Care Law and Consulting.

MACRA: Medicare’s Opportunity to Finally Embrace Connected Health Technology

ConnectedHealth

The $900 billion federal program provides health insurance for Americans over 65 and others who suffer from certain conditions and diseases. Further, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers Medicare, has been slow to incorporate advances in advanced health technology in the program. In 2014, the agency allocated barely 2 percent of its nearly $1 billion Medicare budget to support telehealth.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred is a health care IT veteran, founder of CareSet Systems and the DocGraph Journal and an alum of multiple successful technical startups. News, NPR, Government Health IT, and Modern Healthcare. We also spoke about the cybersecurity task force and its work last year.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred is a health care IT veteran, founder of CareSet Systems and the DocGraph Journal and an alum of multiple successful technical startups. News, NPR, Government Health IT, and Modern Healthcare. We also spoke about the cybersecurity task force and its work last year.

Short Takes at #HIMSS18 – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

Gerard Scheitlin, Chief Risk Officer – VP Security, Risk & Assurance, Orion Health. We spoke a bit about the TEFCA — the interoperability framework proposed by ONC under the 21st Century Cures Act — which is intended to create a framework of trust that will ensure that healthcare records can be transferred and used in creation of longitudinal records for everyone. He thought there would be a number of use cases for such technologies.

Short Takes at #HIMSS18 – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

Gerard Scheitlin, Chief Risk Officer – VP Security, Risk & Assurance, Orion Health. We spoke a bit about the TEFCA — the interoperability framework proposed by ONC under the 21st Century Cures Act — which is intended to create a framework of trust that will ensure that healthcare records can be transferred and used in creation of longitudinal records for everyone. He thought there would be a number of use cases for such technologies.

Short Takes at #HIMSS18 – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

Gerard Scheitlin, Chief Risk Officer – VP Security, Risk & Assurance, Orion Health. We spoke a bit about the TEFCA — the interoperability framework proposed by ONC under the 21st Century Cures Act — which is intended to create a framework of trust that will ensure that healthcare records can be transferred and used in creation of longitudinal records for everyone. He thought there would be a number of use cases for such technologies.

Short Takes at #HIMSS18 – Harlow On Healthcare

Health Blawg

Gerard Scheitlin, Chief Risk Officer – VP Security, Risk & Assurance, Orion Health. We spoke a bit about the TEFCA — the interoperability framework proposed by ONC under the 21st Century Cures Act — which is intended to create a framework of trust that will ensure that healthcare records can be transferred and used in creation of longitudinal records for everyone. He thought there would be a number of use cases for such technologies.

Ed Marx, Cleveland Clinic CIO – Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

My excuse for speaking with Ed was HIMSS’ recent recognition of the Cleveland Clinic with a Davies Award (read all about it at the link). It’s all about focusing on the building blocks, rather than the ultimate goal, in order to better be able to do the work to reach that goal.

Ed Marx, Cleveland Clinic CIO – Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

My excuse for speaking with Ed was HIMSS’ recent recognition of the Cleveland Clinic with a Davies Award (read all about it at the link). It’s all about focusing on the building blocks, rather than the ultimate goal, in order to better be able to do the work to reach that goal.

Advice to the new National Coordinator

Docnotes

Two and a half years ago, John posted an entry with this title – and I recall that it was a good summary of the state of the industry. While I didn’t agree with all of his suggestions, I enjoyed the review and it offered a good set of guiding principles. The health IT certification program is the core of ONC’s responsibility to the nation. If health IT has value (and I believe it does) then this value will be tangible and self-evident to the public.

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Healthcare CIOs Face New Pressures and Novel Opportunities

David Chou

In fact, Black Book Market Research raised some eyebrows with its 2018 study that found healthcare CIOs losing influence in IT purchasing to departmental managers. According to the survey, only 21 percent of CIOs said they believed they were meaningfully involved in market-facing innovations and strategic departmental IT selections. Healthcare CIOs Embrace Collaboration with Business Leaders It’s not all bad news. It is a juggling act,” he says.

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Microsoft, Amazon, Google, IBM, Oracle, and Salesforce issue joint statement for healthcare interoperability

Lloyd Price

Today, as health IT community leaders get together at the CMS Blue Button 2.0 The 21st Century Cures Act will make digital health data even more accessible with the call for open APIs. It all worked, but it was a nightmare to maintain.

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Who will regulate mHealth? Patient Engagement at Crossroads; New Alliance Takes On Interoperability

Chilmark Research

As we’ve reported in a previous post , HIMSS13 afforded enormous buzz and less enlightenment regarding the state of health IT, particularly the four key areas we see as essential to this industry making a true difference in patient care. Public vs. Private Oversight of Mobile Health.