The health insurance industry could learn a thing or two from other industries in terms of how to make purchasing coverage more personalized and convenient for consumers. FierceHealthPayer rounded up examples from the life and auto industries to shed light on how payers can earn their members' trust and make the experience more both quicker and more enjoyable.
Canada has made considerable progress in adopting electronic health records, and now must focus its attention on sharing the data within, according to a new commentary from the C.D. Howe Institute.
Information technology and the interoperability of electronic patient data will be critical components to President Barack Obama's new Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network initiative, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said at a kickoff event for the effort on Wednesday.
Nearly three-quarters of Americans say it's very important that their critical health information can be easily shared among healthcare providers, a recent survey reveals. In addition, 87 percent of respondents oppose any fees being charged to either providers or patients for that transfer of information to take place.
It's not often that the week's EHR news, appearing to be about different topics, really are variations of the same theme. Just look...
To spur data exchange, the government should consider letting market forces work to spur electronic health record vendors to lower their prices, according to a blog post from Niam Yaraghi, a fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for Technology Innovation.
The Cleveland Clinic and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have joined forces to share electronic data in order to provide more coordinated care for veterans.
The fees associated with sharing patient data threaten to thwart the $30 billion federal push to move the healthcare industry to electronic records--and it could require Congress to step in to change things.
There's been a lot of talk about the struggles providers have had sharing data. For instance, in addition to sharing data with other providers, they also need to meet the view/download/transmit requirements of Stage 2 of Meaningful Use; many have purchased patient portals to meet these requirements. I find it surprising, then, that one detail is receiving relatively little publicity: Evidently, 2014 Edition certified electronic health records already have the ability to share data with patients--if only providers would bother to use it.
Demand and participation eventually will drive use of open public application program interfaces in healthcare for sharing information between entities, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra predicts. However, he said, first providers must be more willing to make the initial jump onto the bandwagon.