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Explaining the Basics of the Internet of Things for Healthcare

HealthITAnalytics The Internet of Things is one of the newest and most promising trends in the healthcare industry.  This rapidly proliferating collection of Internet-connected devices, including wearables, implants, skin sensors, home monitoring tools, and mHealth applications has the potential to connect patients and their providers in ways never before imagined, harnessing the power of big data an...


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How Patient Portals Improve Patient Engagement

PatientEngagementHIT What are patient portals? Patient portals are an online website that is connected to the EHR, centrally focused on patient access to health data. These tools give patients a look into various data points, including lab results, physician  notes, their health histories, discharge summaries, and immunizations. While it is standard fare for patient portals to include much of that infor...

Reducing Medical Errors with Improved Communication, EHR Use

EHRIntelligence The revelation that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States sent unsettling reverberations through the healthcare industry last week, but the news is likely only the tip of the iceberg and much more must be done to address this growing health issue. Researchers Martin Makary and Michael Daniel recently published findings in BMJ revealed that deaths caused b...

What Is MACRA and What It Means to Providers, EHR Technology

EHRIntelligence More than a year has passed since Congress voted to enact the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 and the Department of Health & Human Services issued its notice of proposed rulemaking for MACRA implementation. At its most basic, MACRA repeals the sustainable growth rate — a series of Congressional fixes responsible for adjusting Medicare expenditures and provi...

Identifying Care Disparities for Population Health Management

HealthITAnalytics Over the last several years, “population health management” has become a key concept for healthcare providers who are trying to recalibrate their traditional operations to meet the growing challenges of value-based reimbursement and accountable care.  The ability to sort patients into clearly-labeled buckets – one for disease state; another for age; a third for kno...

Finding a Place for Real Time Location Systems in Healthcare

mHealthIntelligence Roughly ten years ago, PeaceHealth installed a real time location system (RTLS) platform to help track nurses and equipment in the three-state Pacific Northwest health system. Since then, officials say, the health system has cut its “doctor to bed” time for patients in half, and reduced the length of stay by almost 15 percent. All from a tiny tag that lets you know where a pe...

Increased EHR Adoption Raises Need for Robust EHR Security

HealthITSecurity EHR security is one small piece to the larger data security puzzle that healthcare organizations, especially those of a larger size, are becoming increasingly aware of and looking to address. Under HIPAA, covered entities have the responsibility to ensure that all end-points, including but not limited to mobile devices and connected medical devices, are properly secured so as not to weak...

Can Healthcare’s Internet of Things Move from Froth to Function?

HealthITAnalytics For many consumers, there are few things more exciting than purchasing something electronic.  Dismantling the carefully thought-out packaging, peeling the tacky plastic off a screen unblemished by fingerprints, and seeing that well-known logo flash across the display for the first time can be a satisfying experience on several different levels. The simple delight of possessing somet...

Why a Thin Line Separates EHR Optimization, EHR Replacement

EHRIntelligence For the past years, industry analysts have predicted a rise in EHR replacement activities that have failed to come to fruition. Most recent reports now point to a shift in the thinking of healthcare organizations and providers about their current EHR technology. Last summer, Black Book Rankings released findings that large providers were growing increasingly satisfied with their EHR syst...

Why Health Data Interoperability is Setting EHR Vendors on FHIR

HealthITAnalytics Despite the prospect of coming home with an updated gadget or smooth new ride, most consumers get sweaty palms when it’s time to think about making a big purchasing decision like renewing a cell phone contract or buying a car.  Endless paperwork, complex mathematics, dense paragraphs of fine print, and the ever-present threat of looking a bit foolish as a practiced salesperson...

Time, Commitment Required for ACO, Value-Based Care Success

HealthPayerIntelligence In healthcare, as in so many other areas of life, patience is a virtue. Providers and payers pursuing ACO development will need to have plenty of it before their care transformation efforts pay off with significant cost savings. As providers combine growing financial incentive opportunities with improved population health management programs, they may be able to achieve many of the goals...

How Healthcare Secure Texting, Messaging Impact the Industry

HealthITSecurity With the continued push for patient-centered care and ever-evolving technological options available to healthcare providers, secure texting and secure messaging have become an increasingly popular path for providers. Not only will secure texting and secure messaging impact provider-to-provider communication, but also provider-to-patient. For example, secure messaging use increased 30 per...

Physician Perspectives on Benefits of mHealth Adoption, Use

mHealthIntelligence Whereas the bigger networks and health systems may have the resources for mHealth adoption, those in a much smaller environment have to make do with less — or be more creative. To try to understand how independent and small practice doctors might be approaching mHealth, mHealthIntelligence.com spoke with four physicians in very different settings. The advice they offer makes it cle...

Return on Investment Remains a Problem for Meaningful Use

EHRIntelligence A mixture of surprise and relief likely met the recent revelation by the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding serious changes to meaningful use requirements that will bring the EHR Incentive Programs more in line with the federal agency's transition to value-based care. Joined by the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Informa...

A FHIR Future Burns Brightly for Population Health Management

HealthITAnalytics In most cases, and across most industries, data standards get little respect.  For some reason, their endlessly, hopelessly dense documentation detailing the minutia of splicing together millions of lines of complex code don’t seem to capture the public imagination in the same way as a slick new front-end interface or a flashy, chrome-covered device.  Most technology user...

How Eligible Providers Performed in Stage 2 Meaningful Use

EHRIntelligence Much of the pushback for the Stage 3 Meaningful Use final rule stems from the experience of meaningful use eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) in Stage 2 meaningful use, which led many to call for and eventually receive concessions from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that drastically reduced meaningful use requirements.* NB. The recently issued propose rule...

Will the IoT Bring a Patient Engagement, Interoperability Revolution?

HealthITAnalytics Healthcare, at its most fundamental level, has always been about making connections.  Whether it’s the comforting hand of nurse reassuring a patient with a poor diagnosis, a researcher putting disparate data sets together to discover a lifesaving treatment, or a surgeon sharing good news with a worried family, communication in all its forms is vital to bringing good health to ...

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