The cost to keep up with technology is around $32,000 per doctor, per year, according to the Medical Group Management Association. By Katie Wike, contributing writer
Healthcare technology costs now top $32,500 per physician. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
Digital health funding finally hits its stride. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
Hospitals and other healthcare organizations are in the midst of a digital revolution that’s forcing them to change their traditional ways of capturing, storing, and sharing information. To keep up with their needs for greater IT infrastructure agility, performance, security, and compliance, many savvy healthcare organizations are exploring the benefits of the public cloud.
The healthcare industry is transitioning to a more integrated care delivery and payment management model in which multiple providers in multiple facilities are required to work more closely together, share more information electronically, and accept bundled, value-based reimbursements for care cycles.
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Blessing Hospital, located in Quincy, Illinois, serves a 15-county area that covers southeast Iowa, northeast Missouri, and western Illinois. A not-for-profit, not-tax-supported, independent hospital, Blessing has 300 beds, a medical staff of more than 240 physicians, and a team of more than 2,000 employees. A new $70 million patient care addition will be ready early in 2015.
Many industry leaders championed a free market approach to healthcare during the 12th Annual World Health Care Congress last week. Here are a few key reasons why I don’t think this model is “the fix” our industry so desperately needs.
What technologies will shape the future of healthcare as the industry ventures into the looming “post-EHR era”?
Care coordination software provides the State of Kansas with a framework to effectively share medical information and better support its mental health patients.
Based on official statistics, the federal EHR incentive program known as Meaningful Use has been highly successful. However, many providers beg to differ.
The ONC must ensure the MU criteria related to interoperability isn’t too vague or broad.
HIE remains an elusive concept for many healthcare providers, but the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative believes it has a strategy for HIE success.
The results of our fifth annual Community Hospital IT survey are in, and one thing is clear — the cost of IT is having an adverse effect on the survival of small, rural hospitals.
Transforming patient care with data interoperability and trust is a common healthcare industry goal. Three industry experts share their thoughts on how to achieve next-generation health information exchange.
Health Information Exchanges or HIEs are systems designed to facilitate the transfer of clinical information among disparate health care information systems. The importance of an HIE comes from the need to retain the integrity and meaning of the data being transferred, allowing different systems to share information seamlessly. This information sharing can improve quality and safety of patient care by giving healthcare professionals instant access to information about patients that may not have historically been available as quickly as needed. HIEs can also help educate consumers and patients and involve them in their own wellness by providing them with their healthcare information via the web.
Benefits of HIEs include reduction in manual labor required for printing, faxing, and scanning documents, reduction in mailing costs associated with transferring patient charts and records, reduction in time and effort required to verify physical receipt of information or recover missing information, and a reduction in duplicate work. These benefits from HIE can provide lower healthcare costs for consumers and lower operational costs for providers. In addition, HIEs have helped to facilitate the emergence of new technology and health care services.
In the United States, regulations regarding HIEs are still being defined. Meaningful Use and state-sponsored HIEs — along with fluctuating regulations among states — are causing rapid changes and advancements to occur in the HIE space.