How Will Election Results Affect Health IT?
Last Tuesday was a big day for Republicans, as the party gained 60 seats in the House and 6 in the Senate. As soon as the power in Congress shifted, Republican leaders began divulging plans to repeal healthcare reform. So, what does the new makeup of our government mean for the future of healthcare reform and health IT? At his point, it’s difficult to say.
A Surge In Home Healthcare?
Health IT Outcomes has published several articles over the past year that cover the effect clinician shortages will have on the healthcare industry in the reform era.
The Promise Of Telehealth
A few weeks ago, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra at the UC Davis Medical Center to launch the nation’s largest telehealth system. This network is designed to connect patients to hundreds of hospitals and clinics throughout the state of California using broadband technology.
HIT Staff Shortages: A Potential Barrier To Meaningful Use
Much has been documented recently about the shortage of physicians and other caregivers in the United States and how this may hinder the country’s ability to accommodate the increased patient care demands brought on by healthcare reform.
A Year In Healthcare
ARRA not only helped spur healthcare technology adoption, it also helped spawn Health IT Outcomes (HTO). Editor In Chief Ken Congdon takes a look back at HTO's first year covering the HIT space.
Preparing For Patient Self-Pay Overload
In a recent podcast, Is Telehealth The Answer To The Pending Patient Surge, I spoke with Bob Preston, chief collaboration officer at Polycom, about how healthcare reform will cause an influx of newly insured patients into the health system. The podcast focused on how providers will be challenged to address more patient demands than ever and how telehealth technologies can help physicians see more patients within the same time window.
Cutting $3.6 Trillion In Healthcare Waste
A white paper released Monday by Thomson Reuters outlined several steps the U.S. healthcare industry could take to eliminate $3.6 trillion in wasteful spending over the next 10 years. Specifically, the report highlights five proven cost-cutting strategies, and claims the U.S. healthcare industry can eliminate waste by 5% annually by incorporating these best practices into the organizational structure.
From Waiting Rooms To eVisits
Nobody likes to drive to the doctor’s office and sit for an hour or more in the waiting room to see a physician, especially if the visit is for something routine like a chronic illness check-up or a prescription renewal. Why then hasn’t the Internet been leveraged more as an interaction medium between doctors and patients? Health IT Outcomes Editor In Chief Ken Congdon examines barriers to online technology adoption in healthcare and the promise of eVisit solutions.
Technology = Healthcare Reform Godsend
Whether you view the passing of the healthcare reform bill as a monumental step in the right direction for the U.S. healthcare system or the beginning of it's downfall, one thing is for certain — the reform bill will place unprecedented pressure on healthcare providers across the country over the next several years.