While these may be uncertain times for the health care industry, technology leaders in the field continue to aggressively move forward — upgrading services and IT infrastructure in order to meet the needs and challenges that the industry will face in the near- and distant future. By Bill Gillis, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization
Nobody likes waiting. In the age of consumerism and instant gratification, when an Amazon package can be delivered to you within an hour or a stranger will pick you up and give you a ride in a matter of minutes through an app on your phone, waiting is the ultimate inconvenience. By Tom Cox, CEO, MyHealthDirect
It’s no secret. The way most of us make important healthcare decisions is fundamentally flawed. By Eric Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Product Innovation & Data Management, Inovalon
About 20 years ago, healthcare in the U.S. cost an average of $2,800 per person. Ten years later, that figure had shot up to $4,700 per person. Over the years, the cost of healthcare has risen as high as $10,345 per person.
Value-Based Payment Hits The Tipping Point: Second in a series of national research studies on healthcare’s transition from volume to value.
The U.S. healthcare industry’s claims-payment system is frustrating to providers, payers, and patients alike. Inefficiency and a systemwide tendency for error wastes precious resources, worsens miscommunication and mistrust among all stakeholders, and inhibits the ability to transition to value-based approaches that achieve better outcomes. We need to rethink our industry’s disjointed and siloed approach in order to solve a very integrated problem.
Improve quality of care through a pediatric specific EHR technology
One year ago, Jackson Health System in Miami realized a cultural shift was necessary in order to move forward. By Bill Griffith, Vice President of Business Process/Operational Improvement for Jackson Health System, Miami
Data breaches continue to dominate healthcare headlines, leading one to wonder if the unprecedented growth of Big Data is to blame? Health Data Consortium CEO Chris Boone shares his thoughts on this subject and more.
For the past five years, EHR/MU was selected as the top health IT initiative for the coming year. This year, there’s a new top initiative, and what it is should come as no surprise.
With all the talk of Big Data, there are still big questions as to how to most effectively leverage information and data to make a positive impact on healthcare delivery, cost, and outcomes. One health system leader thinks an approach developed by a Major League baseball team might be a game changer.
Health IT is in a state of constant evolution, and it often seems that, for every problem solved, another is created. That’s why it’s vital we stop to assess where the industry stands from time to time, as well as look to the future to determine the best course to take to achieve our collective goals.
Changing consumer expectations and requirements driven by the Affordable Care Act are making deeper patient engagement a priority at healthcare organizations. Yet making real progress requires effort from both caregivers and patients.
Population health management is a model that looks beyond those who need immediate medical care by helping physicians to assess their entire patient population and divide it into various groups. These groups often consist of three main categories: those who are healthy and need to stay healthy, those that have health risks, and those with chronic conditions. Healthy individuals are often managed by having them keep up with preventative care measures. Those with health risks often need to change or stop certain behaviors to reduce their risks. And, those with chronic conditions need to prevent further complications by working with their health providers and changing their health behaviors.
The goal of population health management is improving the overall health of an entire population. Treating health at a population level typically means focusing on improving environment, social structure, and resource distribution. Family planning programs, for instance, play a major role in population health and are one of the most highly cost-effective interventions in medicine.
Patient-specific analytics and intuitive clinigraphic interface allow clinicians to act on what matters most. By Christine Kern, contributing writer