It's easy to talk about the barriers to interoperability, frankly. It's a bit tougher to offer actionable strategies for moving closer to a day when data and information flow freely across systems.
New research published this week reconfirms that advanced imaging utilization is on a steady decline, after having peaked in the periods immediately before and after the turn of the century. At what point are such reimbursement cuts just too much?
The healthcare industry has had its share of negative press in 2013, most notably a litany of stories over the past two months detailing the federal government's now infamous launch of HealthCare.gov in accordance with the Affordable Care Act. To that end, I'd like to put my own twist on a Thanksgiving tradition, and offer up a health IT version of reasons to be thankful. Here are three.
A recent study in the journal Health Affairs clearly illustrates the price that the U.S. pays due to the high costs associated with healthcare. With that in mind, there are steps that healthcare organizations--and the radiologists working within those organizations--can take to provide high quality, yet cost-effective services.
I recently moderated a panel discussion on one of the most intractable problems in healthcare today: the ability--or lack thereof--to seamlessly share data across organizations, systems, platforms, devices and more. The live and online event on interoperability was hosted by West Health, a research organization that focuses on technologies to reduce healthcare costs. Interoperability is an issue that the health IT community has been talking about for so many years--and yet solutions are tantalizingly out of reach. This despite the fact that there are enormous incentives to get it done.
Last week, the USPSTF unveiled a draft research plan it will use to guide what it calls a "systematic review" of evidence on breast screening. A resulting evidence report will form a USPSTF Recommendation Statement on the subject.
There's never a shortage of companies and healthcare providers claiming to have invented the next big thing in patient care. But how can consumers, hospital executives and physicians clear the hype--and tell what's really worth the money? In this report, we examine five overrated and overpriced healthcare technologies. From surgery to heart monitoring, we explore what brings value for its price tag. Read the report
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week announced that colorectal cancer screening rates--after years of increases--seem to have stalled. In fact, millions of Americans between the ages of 50 and 75, it says, have never been screened. This obviously concerns public health authorities since screening has been shown to reduce death rates.
Payers have a real financial stake in keeping members healthy as the industry shifts from a fee-for-service to outcomes-based reimbursement models. More and more health plans are turning to mobile apps to achieve that goal, by engaging patients in their own care with an eye toward lowering costs and improving health outcomes. Read more...
Over the past several weeks the Affordable Care Act has been at the forefront of political arguments over budgets and debt ceilings, and we should be reminded that it is a law that certainly will have a continuing impact on radiology. In fact, the shift toward different payment models demands that all radiologists will have to start proving their value.