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Whether it's denial rates or average time for claims to be paid, there are "hundreds" of key performance indicators any smart provider should be keeping close tabs on in the days leading up to -- and immediately following -- the Oct. 1, 2015, switchover to ICD-10.
To consider how to improve population health outcomes, let’s start in an unlikely place—an airplane. If you’ve ever flown on an airliner, chances are good that you’ve browsed through the inflight magazine. If so, you’ve likely seen one of the ads for New York Magazine's "Best Doctors in New York."
After four years and $60 million, the ONC's Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects program is essentially done, and each project has made strides in improving various elements of EHRs. Those involved in SHARP believe their work has advanced the health IT field, but it remains to be seen if any of their innovations find their way into widespread use.
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I’m often asked, ‘If you could snap your fingers and do some things to accelerate the adoption of connected health, what would they be?’ I’ve resisted responding, thinking that things are not so simple and reducing the keys to adoption to a list is unrealistic. However, I have been thinking lately about the cultural and business phenomena that are currently shaping and accelerating the adoption of connected health and, in that context, came up with five accelerants.
Last year, athenahealth toppled long-favored Epic from its No. 1 spot on the 2013 Best in KLAS list. This year is a different story, with Epic tops in two of three overall categories: Overall Physician Practice Vendor and Overall Software Suite.
The award for the one other overall category, IT Services Firm, went to Impact Advisors.
Thomas Mason, MD, will join ONC as the chief medical officer, effective Feb. 23.
Mason, an internist, will have clinical oversight of ONC programs and clinical coordination within ONC. He will also regularly engage with physician organizations.
ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, announced the addition today in an email to ONC staff.
Mason is a board certified internist with an emphasis on primary care and preventative medicine with 14 years of experience. Throughout his career, he has led the implementation of multiple EHR systems.
The uptake of healthcare information technology, especially EHRs, has been rapid, but how to measure the value? So far, in spite of several studies, none has been able to assess health IT's true effect on the healthcare system, according to an ONC-funded study published online by the American Journal of Care Management on Jan. 26.
Real patient engagement is far more than patient portals and technology pushing. It's about changing behavior, both on the patient and provider end – and that's not something all docs do well. But as Kyra Bobinet, MD, health engagement instructor at Stanford University's Behavior Design Lab, sees it, that's not the fault of the clinicians.
Although meandering through the International Consumer Electronics Show’s 2.2 million square feet of exhibits in Las Vegas earlier this month was definitely exhausting, this roundup of our favorite health and fitness gadgets is by no means exhaustive.
Amongst the literally hundreds of companies in the health, wellness, fitness, sports tech and/or biometric space, a few dozen ingenious devices jumped out at us. Many are award winners, literally game changers in their respective categories. And while most of the devices could easily fall under multiple headings, here are the eleven emerging trends they describe in the quickly growing consumer health gadget space.
Your average healthcare IT organization tends to be ruled by two primary concerns: HIPAA compliance and preventing breaches. Both are smart priorities, but many teams assume that achieving the first will prevent the second – and that can be a disastrous mistake.
In what it's calling a 'historic' announcement, the Department of Health and Human Services has set new goals to speed the U.S. healthcare system toward value-based care.