Strategies For Enabling Behavioral Health Information

Health information exchanges enabled connections across the care continuum, but behavioral health providers still face challenges integrating their work with that of primary care to improve patient outcomes. New resources made available by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology details strategies for addressing these obstacles in the way of improved behavioral health data exchange.
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Online health records may increase risks for victims

In a final wave of “modernisation”, NHS England wants to give all patients online access to their GP medical records. On the surface, this may seem like a good idea. NHS England says the public will be more informed and have more control over their healthcare. They say this will lead to better outcomes for patients and greater efficiency for GP practices. But the proposal hasn’t been properly thought through. Making detailed electronic health records available in this way could lead to exploitation of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

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Price breaks public silence on health IT policy

HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price missed two high-profile opportunities to take a stand on health information technology policy Tuesday, but used a third communication to assure that the federal government will continue to push health IT interoperability.

At a White House news conference, he spent the bulk of his time speaking in support of a House bill to repeal Obamacare.

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EHR Dashboards Underpin a Successful ACO

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) come in all shapes and sizes, guided by a wide range of health IT philosophies.  Some ACOs demand total technical uniformity to standardize processes, while others encourage EHR individuality and allow member organizations to work more or less independently to achieve their quality goals.

But no matter what the overarching IT strategy, all successful initiatives have one major feature in common: they break down barriers to health data exchange, develop and adhere to meaningful quality, and continually work to equip their providers with timely, actionable, and accurate data that can cut costs and improve outcomes.

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Health Information Exchange Headed in the Wrong Direction

Factors impacting health information exchanges and HIE use are the subject of two studies published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs.

The first could signal the beginning of the end for many standalone health information exchanges and their role in clinical data exchange while the second could provide the insight necessary to understand the role of EHR vendors in information blocking.

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Medical records debate heads to Supreme Court

A long-running battle about how much patients should be charged for copies of medical records has gone to the Florida Supreme Court.

A patient and a law firm opposed to increased costs have filed a notice asking the Supreme Court to take up the dispute, according to documents posted Thursday on the Supreme Court website.

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Population Health Cuts Native American Kidney Disease by 54%

The rate for diabetes-based kidney-disease has dropped significantly in Native American adults due to improved population health management.

– The rate of kidney failure in Native American adults with diabetes has dropped by 54 percent between 1996 and 2013 thanks to the implementation of proactive, patient-centered population health management programs, said the Continue reading “Population Health Cuts Native American Kidney Disease by 54%”

Electronic business transactions switchover could save healthcare $9 billion, report says

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.

Conducting resource-intensive manual transactions costs U.S. health plans and healthcare providers as much as $11 more per transaction, and on average $6 more than when they’re Continue reading “Electronic business transactions switchover could save healthcare $9 billion, report says”

Take control of your health

When Eric Dishman was in college, doctors told him he had 2 to 3 years to live. That was a long time ago. Now, Dishman puts his experience and his expertise as a medical tech specialist together to suggest a bold idea for reinventing health care?—?by putting the patient at the center of a treatment team.

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Health data? I have no idea what to do with that!

You may think your smart watch or activity tracker can help you keep tabs on your health, but don’t be alarmed if your doctor might have a different vision. Wearable producers such as Apple, Fitbit, and Pebble will ship more than 76 million of the devices by the end of the year, according to market research firm IDC. Some doctors and researchers, however, remain unimpressed, they question the value of the particular metrics tracked, as well as the validity of the deluge of data these gadgets produce.

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