When considering ways to innovate healthcare and incorporate technology into better patient care, look to other industries--and don't hesitate to hop on a plane. That advice came courtesy of Edward Marx, senior VP and CIO at Texas Health Resources, who was speaking at FierceHealthIT 's executive breakfast, "Harnessing Technology and Data to Enable Accountable Care," held last week at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Fla.
As the use of technology in healthcare becomes more ubiquitous, one question that deserves more attention is that of the role of nurses in making development and implementation decisions; essentially, what should that role be?
How do we get paid? Taboo question for a doctor to ask, right? When I think about reimbursement, my head spins into a wild vortex of bewilderment and non-cohesive mush. Summarizing the problems, complaints and processes associated with medical reimbursement in a brief column is akin to teaching my 5 year-old the theory of relativity. But I know you only have three-and-a-half more minutes to read this column, so I'll stop procrastinating.
According to research published this month in the American Journal of Roentgenology, the vast majority of patient education articles that make their way onto RadiologyInfo.org--a jointly sponsored website of the American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America--are written at a 10th grade level. That may not seem like too much of an intellectual burden to overcome for radiologists who are, by definition, highly educated. But, when one looks at the American population as a whole, it's a problem.
What's holding the industry back from achieving interoperability? One reason is that it lacks the "wow factor," says Marc Probst. The CIO of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, who talked exclusively with FierceHealthIT at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives' CIO forum in Orlando, Fla., this week, said interoperability takes vision and patience.
More than 75 percent of respondents to the survey, released Monday afternoon at the organization's annual conference in Orlando, indicated that they expect to qualify for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use this year.
Nearly 50 of the nation's most influential provider organizations--including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and the Medical Group Management Association--asked for a front-end extension to Meaningful Use Stage 2 in a letter sent to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
To help realize that goal, ACOs are seeking to fundamentally transform the way they deliver healthcare by embracing technology. Wireless tools, mobile devices and mHealth tactics will be critical to develop and maintain communication channels between ACOs.
This past week, two Canadian medical associations--the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR)--issued a joint policy statement in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada opposing the nonmedical use of fetal ultrasound. These associations are particularly concerned about the rise of nonmedical ultrasound centers that provide "entertainment scans," or keepsake images that are provided to expectant parents.
By Dan Bowman For Judy Murphy, ONC deputy national coordinator for programs and policy, ensuring that there's no complacency when it comes to the quality and safety of care provided in the U.S....