Browsing articles tagged with " US Healthcare"
Oct
31
2011

Healthcare Treatment In Old Age and Benefits of Innovative Healthcare Technologies

By Sharon Johnson Let’s say I’m 83 years old. I’m not that old — but let’s assume I am just for the purposes of this column. Let’s assume you’re in your 80s, too. Where would we like to live? It’s a relatively easy question for both of us, I suspect. We’d like to be comfortably situated in our own homes. I know I’d like to be independently observing my personal morning rituals and managing my [...]

Oct
28
2011

Future of Healthcare IT

When healthcare leaders use long-term care (LTC) facilities and health information technology in the same sentence, they’re coming from one of two points-of-view. Either the facilities are behind the curve with digital adoption or the institutions are the last sector of the market for vendors to conquer. Regardless of the perspective, the reality is the same: long-term care facilities have not implemented healthcare information technology (HIT) strategies and solutions with the same vigor as other [...]

Oct
26
2011

Strategies to implement healthcare data analytic.

blog directory Since the advent of the Internet, people have been able to access a significant amount of information with the click of a computer mouse. As technology becomes more ingrained in healthcare delivery, providers are facing the quandary of how to glean useful information from the enormous amount of data available through electronic health records, computerized provider order entry and other databases. Steve Nitenson, RN, BSN, MS, MBA, PhD, adjunct professor at Golden Gate [...]

Oct
25
2011

EHR Adoption and Road to Meaningful Use

BlogCatalog It may be hard to believe, but the first year of the federal Meaningful Use program to encourage the adoption of electronic health records is winding down. Healthcare practitioners who hadn’t started compliance by Oct. 3 and hospitals that waited until after July 1 have already missed out on the first year of payments. Fear not, though. Providers can start as late as 2014 for Medicare and 2016 for Medicaid and still earn a [...]

Oct
22
2011

Meaningful Use Incentive Program With Its Plan For ACOs

The new proposed regulations on accountable care organizations, released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services, show the government planning to link the HITECH meaningful use incentive program with its plans for ACOs. In a March 31 article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Donald Berwick, MD, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the creation of ACOs is one of the first delivery-reform initiatives that will be [...]

Oct
18
2011

Basic premises behind the Affordable Care Act

Two basic premises behind the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law last year by President Obama, were the high costs of healthcare and the sizable number of Americans lacking health insurance. A seemingly even more basic premise is that advances in biomedical research and development will only drive healthcare costs up, for example, biotechnology-derived drug regimens costing over $100,000 per year. With notable exceptions, that has been true in the past, will tend [...]

Oct
15
2011

US healthcare IT market is likely to grow at a CAGR of around 22.5% during 2012 to 2014

According to our new report titled, “US Healthcare IT Market Analysis”, the market for healthcare IT in the US has been performing significantly over the past few years on the back of various key factors. With the market set on a growth path, the industry participants have been actively participating in innovation and development mechanism. Supported by strong drivers, the US healthcare IT market is likely to grow at a CAGR of around 22.5% during [...]

Oct
14
2011

Delving into the healthcare vertical is not a rapid, cut-and-dried process

Influenced by heightened competition in tried-and-true verticals like retail and a push from industry experts who promote it as a hotbed of opportunity, increasing numbers of VARs are considering venturing into the healthcare vertical. There’s much to be said for such a move: A recent report by RNCOS (www.rncos.com), a global market research and information analysis firm, indicates that the U.S. health IT market will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 24 [...]

Oct
13
2011

Only few have dedicated the resources necessary to build one successfully.

ACO(Healthcare Reforms)

A majority of hospitals, medical centers and physician groups are developing accountable care organizations, but few have dedicated the resources necessary to build one successfully. An understanding of how this part of health system reform works is sometimes lacking, according to the Accountable Care Organization Readiness Study released Sept. 21 by the management consulting firm Beacon Partners in Weymouth, Mass. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act states that accountable care organizations for Medicare beneficiaries [...]

Oct
12
2011

Best practices for hospitals implementing HIEs

Online Marketing Health information exchanges are important for meeting meaningful use standards, improving the coordination of care and potentially lowering costs. In fact, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology listed achieving adoption and information exchange through the meaningful use of health IT as one of its top goals in the Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan: 2011-2015. Glenn Keet, president of Axolotl, part of OptumInsight, shares seven best practices for hospitals [...]

Oct
7
2011

Hospitals need to do a better job of electronically gathering data on patients after discharge

Home healthcare agencies and hospitals exchange very little clinical data online, according to a new report on home healthcare IT from KLAS, a research firm based in Orem, Utah. And that misstep can be quite expensive. Because of new Medicare rules penalizing them for readmissions, hospitals are increasingly interested in breaking down the walls that separate them from post-acute-care providers, including home healthcare agencies. Other new government initiatives, including payment bundling and accountable care organizations, [...]

Oct
4
2011

Health Information Exchange Importance and Economic Value

There is no question that providers recognize the importance of HIE, and realize in combination with electronic health records that it will transform the practice of medicine,” wrote Larry Boland, director of healthcare solutions for Syracuse, N.Y.-based Systems Made Simple in a recent opinion piece for Healthcare IT News.   He ran down a laundry list of the benefits promised from a plethora of HIE initiatives currently under way – “linking providers to one another [...]

Oct
3
2011

Medicine is finally climbing aboard on IT train

Vote for Us: link directory The big news in healthcare information technology last week was the announcement by the American Medical Informatics Association that “official medicine” is finally climbing aboard the IT train. By late 2012, for the first time, physician informaticists will be able to sit for an exam and gain board certification in the subspecialty of clinical informatics. The American Board of Preventive Medicine will administer the exam, which the American Board of [...]

Sep
30
2011

What’s needed to participate in an Accountable Care Organization

More than a third of healthcare providers plan to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ ACO Shared Savings Program, according to a recent KLAS survey of 197 providers. This despite their concerns that the advanced technology needed threatens to take money and IT skills away from Meaningful Use, ICD-10, and other IT projects. The report, entitled Accountable Care: Providers Forge the ACO Trail, also found that while the federal government has yet [...]

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