Accountable Care Organizations have made little progress in improving their health IT capabilities in the past year, according to a new survey by the eHealth Initiative.
Government leaders, healthcare providers and patient advocates alike have made it clear that engaging patients in their own care will continue to be a top priority in the health industry going forward, particularly as payment models shift to reward improved outcomes over volume.
For instance, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo has spoken extensively about the use of technology to engage patients. In a sit down with several reporters in the District of Columbia last month, she said that as ONC shifts its focus away from Meaningful Use, "there's an opportunity to be more inclusive of data sources"--including patient-generated health data.
Not everyone in the health industry, however, believes that more engagement equals better results. Read more...
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