Listening back to testimony delivered by Intel's Eric Dishman and others last week at a Senate committee hearing on improving consumer access to electronic health records, it's clear that the Office of the National Coordinator's decision to focus more on the patient in its updated federal health IT strategy is the right one.
For many patients, access and affordability often are the most important determinants as to where, when and how they will receive care. To that end, CVS Health's status as a disruptor in the healthcare industry continues to grow.
According to recent research from the National Quality Forum, providers are struggling to make good use of their data. Challenges cited in the report include leveraging data for benchmarking and quality improvement and ensuring data are meaningful and clinically relevant.
All of those hurdles represent patient lives and money being left on the table. To that end, health systems would be wise to consider hiring a chief data officer.
In 2013, nearly 44 million adults suffered from at least one form of a mental illness. Furthermore, nearly 10 million adults also suffered from a mental illness that was severe enough to hinder at least one "major life activity." Clearly, the need for behavioral healthcare across the country has never been greater. And in today's constantly connected, digitally fueled world, neither has the need for tools and technologies designed to treat those who are suffering.
In announcing a joint effort with the American Medical Association to ease the transition to ICD-10 for providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday essentially sounded the death knell for the possibility of a fourth delay.
The emergence of mega-suite vendors, more use of the cloud, increases in data breach frequency and cost and big data privacy impacts make healthcare IT vendor arrangements more complex. Addressing key legal and business issues during the RFP and contracting process reduces risks and helps minimize expensive change orders.
For years, federal officials have given the U.S. departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs flak for failing to make their electronic health record systems interoperable. The decibel level of such complaints rose astronomically following a February 2013 decision to abandon development of a joint EHR, and has grown deafening in recent months as the push for interoperability of all health records systems continues to gain steam throughout the halls of Congress.