Patient Care & Outcomes

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IT adoption lagging in population health initiatives

A majority of healthcare organizations embarking on population health initiatives are doing so without an IT solution in place, according to a HIMSS Analytics survey.

2 ways specialists can use technology to improve care coordination

When it comes to care coordination, primary care physicians are often thought of as the quarterbacks in keeping track of patients' journey through the healthcare system. But while patient-centered medical homes provide the foundation for care coordination and population health, the specialists who treat complex patients play a role in managing patients' healthcare journey as well, according to Sandhya K. Rao, M.D., a general internist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), associate medical director for quality improvement at MGH's physicians' organization, and medical director for population health at Partners Healthcare.

Providers reluctant to join in bundled payment initiatives when their finances are at risk

Many providers have entered bundled payment programs in the initial phase, but are far more reluctant to continue to do so when they have more downside risk, according to a new analysis by Avalere Health.

Americans will live longer with more chronic illnesses

Americans should expect to have longer lifespans, but those lives will be accompanied by an increase in conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and other ailments that are expected to drive up the cost of their care, according to a study by researchers at the University of Southern California.

Most states lag on infectious outbreak readiness

Most U.S. states don't make the grade on preparedness for an infectious disease outbreak, according to a new report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

3 points 'vaccine-hesitant' parents need to hear

While the standard children's immunization schedule may sound daunting--with children receiving 24 shots by the age of two and as many as five injections during a single doctor's visit--it is backed by evidence and supported by the Institute of Medicine. But in addition to explaining the facts, physicians must also understand why parents question the timing of immunizations, wrote Anisa Durand, M.D., a pediatrician in Oakland, California., and a current student in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, in  Health Affairs.

Kaiser Permanente to launch medical school

Kaiser Permanente, the nonprofit HMO and health system, says it plans to redesign physician education and will open a new medical school to meet the nation's demands for 21st century healthcare.

Automated medication system reduces errors

An automated hospital system that tracked medication administration reduced medication errors by more than half, according to a study published in the European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy.

Fewer Americans visit individual primary care physicians

As easy as it may be to  strike up a friendship  with a doctor, and despite the desire of patients and primary care providers alike for strong relationships between doctors and patients, when faced with real choices, consumers increasingly choose the convenience of a multiple-doctor practice instead. As a result, fewer Americans report a personal relationship with their usual care provider, according to a  rep ort  from the  American Family Physician.

Sentara Healthcare's tele-ICU program a success story

The tele-intensive care unit at Sentara Healthcare creates efficiency at a time when the need for more physicians in the U.S. is high.