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Patient-Focused Health IT Innovation the Next Frontier for Healthcare

March 13, 2018 - Now that providers have near universally adopted EHR systems across the country, what is the next frontier for healthcare technology? Based on some recently launched tools, health IT researchers and vendors are focused on health-data monitoring, health data access, and clinical decision-making as the industry catches up with consumerism. As such, these five initiatives serve as...


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Ophthalmologists Spend 27 Percent of Patient Visits on EHR Use

by Kate Monica

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Ophthalmology found ophthalmologists spend 27 percent of a typical patient encounter on EHR use, suggesting a need for EHR usability improvements. The study...

Cerner Partners with HealthSouth for Improved Care Coordination

by Kate Monica

Cerner Corporation is collaborating with HealthSouth Corporation to form the Post-Acute Innovation Center in Alabama in an effort to develop tools to improve care coordination and patient care management. HealthSouth Corporation is a...

WPI Receives $5 million for Health IT Innovation Initiative

by Kate Monica

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) recently launched PracticePoint, a healthcare initiative focusing on health IT innovation and development funded by a $5 million grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech)....

E-Prescribing to Benefit from Electronic Transactions Changes

by Kate Monica

  That is the focus of new reform principles developed by the American Medical Association in partnership with other medical academies to reduce the cost and inefficiencies of prior authorizations. As AMA and other associations...

Slavitt Addresses How MACRA Implementation Supports Medicare

by Sara Heath

In an address to the MACRA MIPS/APM Summit, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt commented on MACRA implementation, describing how the agency will use it to “keep the promise of Medicare.” In describing the formation of the...

Tracking MACRA’s Progress toward Industrywide Implementation

by Sara Heath

Since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced its draft implementation for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) at the end of April, there has been a flurry of industry opinions, rule clarifications,...

How is Interoperability Supporting Patient-Centered Care?

by Sara Heath

As the industry shifts to value-based payment models, concepts like patient-centered care are shaping all aspects of healthcare, including health IT interoperability and health information exchange (HIE). Through various initiatives aimed...

HELP Committee Passes Patient Centered Care EHR Bill

by Sara Heath

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee legislation on improved EHR use has passed, according to a public statement from the committee. The bill’s passage was unanimous. Earlier this year, the HELP...

HELP Committee Drafts Bill To Drive Patient-Centered EHR Use

by Sara Heath

New health IT and EHR legislation will largely focus on data sharing, patient access to health information, and effective patient matching, according to a summary draft of Chairman Lamar Alexander’s promised health IT...

AMA, Health2047 to Make Health IT Focused on the Physician

by Sara Heath

The driving force behind the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) $15 million investment in the startup Health2047 is to work on health IT that is going to benefit the physician and the patient, according to James L. Madara,...

OpenNotes to Reach 50M New Patients Through Grant Funding

by Sara Heath

Four healthcare organizations have donated $10 million in grants to fund OpenNotes for nearly 50 million patients nationwide, according a recent press release. The funders—which include Cambria Health Foundation, Gordon and Betty...

HealthNet Given HIMSS Davies Award for Exemplary EHR Use

by Sara Heath

The Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has awarded another Ambulatory Davies Award, this time to HealthNet for its use of health IT to improve patient care. Indianna-based HealthNet is the state’s only...

Care Plans are Key in Patient-Centered Care, Research Shows

by Sara Heath

Care plans have the power to assist providers in providing patient-centered care and accessing a complete picture of a patient’s health, according to a report by Chilmark Research. Care plans are approaches to healthcare delivery...

How Pharmacy Patient Engagement Boosted Medication Adherence

by Sara Heath

Medication adherence is a critical part of chronic disease management, and yet is a major challenge for providers. However, pharmacies in Arkansas may have a solution to the medication adherence conundrum through the use of innovative...

ONC Appoints Cook County CMIO as Next Chief Medical Officer

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Effective next month, Cook County Health and Hospitals System’s Thomas Mason, MD, will assume the post of Chief Medical Officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, according to an internal...

How Patient-Centered Care Impacts EHR Technology Development

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The shift from fee-for-see to value-based care is mirrored by a transition from sickness to wellness that espouses a patient-centered approach to care delivery centered on treating individuals in the home rather than in traditional care...

Champion of Patient-Centered Care Judy Murphy to Leave ONC

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is losing another of its stalwarts to the private sector with the announcement that Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Director of the Office of Clinical Quality...

Secretary McDonald recruiting medical professionals to VA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The few, the proud, the medically qualified? The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is looking to recruit much-needed medical professionals to work as part of the federal agency’s health system. Secretary Robert...

How EHRs, HIT will aid the alliance of two industry leaders?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Earlier this week, two leaders in healthcare delivery unveiled a strategic partnership in which EHR and health IT systems will play a key role in enabling innovation in patient-centered and coordinated care. The two partners are Kaiser...

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