The United States government passed the 21st Century Cures Act in December 2016 that paved the way for a more streamlined device and drug approval process. The objective of this act was to bring new treatments to the market faster. While the debate in mainstream media focused on the merits of approving drugs based on weaker evidence and bypassing randomized, controlled trials, there were other provisions in the law that were truly remarkable.
Technology is disrupting the healthcare industry, including patients’ expectations about their care experience. Thus, healthcare organizations should implement technology that enhances the patient experience—and use behavior design to ensure adoption.
As communities across the country face their own socioeconomic and health challenges, it is not uncommon for hospital emergency departments (ED) to be overcrowded and overutilized, particularly by under- or un-insured patients with non-emergent care needs. There are many reasons for this ED overuse and misuse, but a lot of times, it is simply due to patients’ lack of awareness of the safety-net and free clinics available to them in the area.
Measuring provider performance is complex. The analytics required to produce valid and reliable metrics is challenging. Using those metrics to make a tangible impact on outcomes is even harder.
Beginning in 2002 and ending a scant four years later, the animated series “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” followed the exploits of Jimmy and his none-too-bright buddy Sheen. And while the animators and writers may not have realized it at the time, they had the prescience to predict Amazon’s ascent to healthcare prominence, or dominance, depending on how you look at it.
Most health system leaders know not to take patient loyalty for granted. But they might be surprised at just how fickle healthcare consumers can be. The truth is, despite how much progress organizations have made in enhancing the patient experience, patients are only about as loyal to their healthcare providers as they are to their mobile phone plans.
While it may be hard to believe, we are already about three months into hurricane season. Last year, the U.S. had one of the costliest years to date, with Hurricane Harvey’s damage estimated to be at $125 billion and Irma’s at around $100 billion. The devastation that occurred last year brings light to the fact that it is critical for hospitals and healthcare organizations to guarantee services that will protect both the patient and their information if a disaster does strike. Now more than ever, hospitals and healthcare organizations need a disaster recovery and business continuity plan in place.
Change Healthcare today announced that CarePort Health, a leader in discharge planning and utilization review, has become the first provider partner to fully integrate the Change Healthcare InterQual Connect™ and InterQual AutoReview™ products into its Care Management application and into the workflow of its users.
Streamline Healthcare Solutions and Allendale Association of Lake Villa, IL and Benet Lake, WI announced a new partnership to provide a behavioral health focused Electronic Health Record (EHR) to satisfy their clinical, administrative and billing needs.