Physicians and patients are fighting a growing hypocrisy in American medicine. Examples abound, such as criticism that doctors are overprescribing antibiotics and contributing to resistance, while insurance companies simultaneously incentivize their members to use telemedicine programs or urgent cares instead of visiting their primary care physician.
My own insurance company, Cigna, recently sent me a letter notifying me that I will have a reduced co-pay if I use their telemedicine program or preferred urgent care vendor, as opposed to an outpatient in-network doctor visit.
Providers now spend eight minutes on average, and up to 30 minutes on manual tasks like making phone calls, sending faxes and mailing correspondence.
Widespread adoption of electronic business transactions in healthcare continues to grow, but there’s still an opportunity for $9.4 billion in savings, according to new data released today in the 2016 CAQH Index.
Lately, there has been a lot of talk about interoperability. This has been the main goal at MediPortal since the beginning.But, what’s interoperability? In the most rudimentary state, interoperability describes systems and devices that can exchange data, and interpret that shared data. It is at the very center of health IT’s promises. Let me give you an example, when machines can interpret data and perform automatic functions, such as integrating lab results from one facility into the EHR system of another Continue reading “Taking care of Interoperability”
It seems that we have lots of apps that can tell us how many steps we took today, what distance we walked since we woke up but we are at a point that we are past that. We need to find out how those steps will affect our health, and most importantly how will affect me combined with all my fitness data as a whole.
To help individuals manage their health, beginning in 2011, the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs called on health care providers to enable patients to electronically view, download, and transmit their health information to a destination of the patient’s choice. In 2015, the Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap [PDF – 2.6 MB] reaffirmed this objective.
2017 is likely to be a red letter year for healthcare analytics as interoperability, machine learning, and population health management bring major changes to the industry.
After a tumultuous end to 2016, healthcare providers may be looking for a chance to catch their breath before diving back into solving some of the industry’s most intractable problems. But the growing pressures of interoperability, big data analytics, and value-based care aren’t likely to give anyone a break.
Innovation is essential to the continued transformation of health and lives through IT. Innovative ideas, processes and solutions improve safety, quality, communication, efficiency, satisfaction, and outcomes, and they reduce the cost of care.