12.24.2018

How Patient Portals Can Do Much More for Healthcare Quality and Costs – Part 1

This is the first in a two-part series on how to make the most of patient portals to improve patient engagement, and simultaneously improve care management and financial outcomes. Thanks to the PolitDoc Team for their permission to publish excerpts from their recent post.

The implementation of Meaningful Use sent providers scrambling to implement patient portals to provide patients access to their health information — AND to reap the program’s financial incentives.  Unfortunately, many providers set up portals only as a compliance measure, without considering how patients and overall healthcare could benefit from them.  By not applying thoughtful patient-oriented design and functionality, these providers are missing a significant opportunity to enhance patients’ experience and to improve both clinical and financial outcomes. And so only about 20 percent of patients actually use portals, Mary Pratt writes in Medical Economics, and lack of vision, poor design and insufficient functionality are big reasons. Why must this change?

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11.12.2018

Blockchain: Its Future in Healthcare is Happening Now

Interoperability. Healthcare cost savings. Data security. Healthcare innovation…and blockchain. Today it’s difficult to talk about any of these hot topics without hearing about the others.

Systems interoperability that would provide nationwide access to a common database of health information — no matter what EHR is used — is healthcare’s holy grail. Healthcare leaders, physicians, medical researchers and yes, patients, are frustrated by our inability to share the massive healthcare information we collect via our millions of data systems, and do so less expensively and more securely. Many technology leaders think blockchain will disrupt this inefficient status quo and even revolutionize healthcare. Is blockchain just another tech pipedream du jour? It seems not. A significant number of hospital leaders are already blazing the trail with blockchain solutions. Here’s what you should know.

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06.28.2018

The Potential of BlockChain in Healthcare

Many healthcare leaders are betting on the potential of blockchain to enable reliable ways for health professionals to safely track, analyze and use health information across disparate providers and systems. The global healthcare blockchain market is estimated to experience double-digit growth to $5.61 billion by 2025, according to an April 2018 report from ResearchAndMarkets.com. IBM Watson Health has reached an agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the potential benefits of blockchain for the healthcare industry. Mayo Clinic just signed a joint working agreement with Medicalchain chain to collaborate on initiatives to “explore the potential benefits of blockchain technology in healthcare.” Blockchain is expected to solve many issues that plague our data-siloed industry.

It’s time for you to know more about blockchain.

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06.18.2018

Will Amazon, Apple or Google Succeed as the Next Healthcare Disruptor?

Consumer technology giants Apple, Amazon and Google are poised to put heavy footprints on the healthcare technology environment, at the same time new reports of patient dissatisfaction with current hospital EHR solutions are coming out. This confluence of developments may be the perfect setting for the next major disruption in our industry, a scenario that many healthcare leaders and health tech vendors won’t relish. But many consumers will, especially those under 40. Here’s our updated preview of what may be in store for all industry stakeholders.

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04.24.2018

Why We Are at the Crossroads of the Next Healthcare Disruption

At a moment when consumer technology giants Apple, Amazon and Google are poised to put heavy footprints on the healthcare technology environment, new reports of patient dissatisfaction with current hospital EHR solutions seem to be paving the way. This confluence of developments may be the perfect setting for the next major disruption in our industry, a scenario that many hospital leaders, physicians and health tech vendors won’t relish. But many consumers will, especially those under 40. Here’s a startling preview of what may be in store for all industry stakeholders.

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02.27.2018

Texting in Healthcare is Here to Stay: But Know the Rules!

The December 28, 2017 announcement of CMS’ new and apparently final stance on clinicians’ texting patient information probably sailed under your radar. CMS clarified what previously had been a confusing message, and now has specified that it is permissible for clinicians to communicate PHI, but only across a secure platform. However, significant caveats were noted. Every clinician across all healthcare provider organization must be educated, preferably through IT leadership, on CMS’ clarified policy on texting in healthcare as soon as possible — not just to adhere to federal rules, but to prevent compromise of texting usage by cyber criminal activity.

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08.20.2017

Download Our 2017 Hospital IT Governance Checklist

This authoritative guide, developed by our CIO level consulting staff, offers a framework to measure your hospital’s IT governance standards, outcomes and cost-effectiveness. We’ve compiled it especially for CIOs, IT Directors, CFOs and CEOs to provide a methodology for systematic analysis of your IT environment and its support of users, organizational objectives and data infrastructure / security — and identify how IT can improve. An objective no-holds-barred analysis is key: how is the IT department functioning overall, are users’ needs being met, are key quality and security metrics established and hitting targets, what ROI is IT providing the organization, and how can improvements be managed systematically?

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Contact us if we can help. We have specialized in supporting and managing IT departments in community and rural hospitals for over 20 years.

08.2.2017

Patient Engagement: 2017’s Surprise Hospital IT Priority

It’s no surprise that the HIMSS17 conference dwelled on high profile topics around population health, data analytics, more affordable EHRs and security.  What IS surprising is that patient engagement is now being reported right up there as an HIT priority. Why?

Most hospitals are still experiencing dismal usage of patient portals, especially in community and rural hospitals. But this is a problem plaguing even our large health systems. As a result, the many anticipated benefits to patients and to hospitals — including cost savings and efficiencies — are still not a widespread reality.

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07.26.2017

Download Our Hospital IT Governance Checklist

This authoritative guide offers a framework to understand and measure your hospital’s IT governance standards and outcomes. We’ve compiled it especially for CIOs, IT Directors, CFOs and CEOs to help you assess how well your IT environment is supporting users, organizational objectives and data security — and identify how IT can improve. A hard look is key: how is the IT department functioning overall, are users’ needs being met, are key quality and security metrics established and hitting targets, and what return is IT providing the organization?  Let us provide an essential assessment methodology.

Download it here in pdf format: IT Governance Checklist 2017

Contact us if we can help. We have specialized in supporting and managing IT departments in community and rural hospitals for over 20 years.

06.28.2017

How New Healthcare Technologies Are Moving into Center Stage

Though technology advancements like telehealth and medical wearables are becoming increasingly popular, many physicians and patients have considered them a sideshow to the main event of a spate of doctor’s visits or a hospital stay.  But, let’s take symptom monitoring devices; I now have three family members using them. It took months to make this happen, either because the physician or the patient was skeptical. And then there was getting insurers’ cooperation — another struggle. But skepticism and distrust of new healthcare technologies are clearly being replaced by appreciation of associated care enhancement, convenience, and cost-savings. And today’s new technologies..they’re just the beginning.

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