The new building block of health care records management

Blockchain technology has been popping up everywhere from the financial industry to supply-chain management to authentication — and most recently (and perhaps most influentially) in how public agencies manage health records.

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NHS patients able to download GP records

[London, UK] NHS patients will reportedly be able to download their GP records from the NHS.UK website by September of this year, according to David Corbett, NHS Digital Programme Head.

Speaking during the NHS Digital & techUK industry briefing webinar today, Corbett revealed a number of initiatives which are expected to be delivered over the next two years, including the roll-out of NHS Wi-Fi to secondary care organisations starting from the summer of 2017.
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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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This is the hypocrisy of American health care

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.

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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.

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