Will Kennedy's Death End Or Renew Push For Reform?
During his 47 industrious years in the U.S. Senate, Ted Kennedy championed more than 2,000 bills. Hundreds of them became law, including landmark healthcare legislation ranging from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 to the $20 billion health IT provisions of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Minimally Invasive, Incremental Approach To EMRs
With the stimulus incentive deadline for adoption of e-healthcare records quickly approaching, rising healthcare costs, and the increasing need to access patient data at multiple locations, there's no doubt that most healthcare IT professionals and physicians are planning to quickly and cost effectively embrace EHR technology in their organizations.
Simple Internet Tools For Improving Healthcare
When we think about using IT for improving healthcare, we think about big, expensive projects like electronic medical records and physician order entry systems. But, in fact, e-healthcare doesn't have to be a massive undertaking. I had fascinating conversation with Dr. Danny Sands of Cisco Systems, who talked about some of the ways that doctors and other healthcare providers can stay in touch with patients.
An Effective, If Odd, E-Health Tool
I admit to having a twisted sense of humor, so I got a lot of laughs out of the CDC's page of e-cards for all occasions--so long as the occasions are celebrated by hypochondriacs.
Phoenix Children's Bridges IT-Clinical Gap
Here in the Southwest, population growth outpaces that of other regions and is most pronounced among children. By 2030 the number of children in metropolitan Phoenix alone is projected to reach 1.5 million. This explosive growth has placed increasing demands on pediatric care.
Healthcare Reform Must Include Connected Health
There's great excitement and much debate over President Obama's ambitious healthcare reform agenda. Unfortunately, its three major thrusts--adoption of health information technology (HIT), universal access, and payment reform--focus only on improved access. Policy makers are realizing that these initiatives will only lead to cost increases and magnify healthcare labor shortages.
Workgroup Co-Chair Says HIT Certification Process Is 'Going Well'
Last week, the HIT Policy Committee, which is advising the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services on the details of the $20 billion health IT stimulus programs, made several recommendations related to the certification of e-health products. Marc Probst, a co-chair of the HIT Policy Committee's certification and adoption workgroup, provides some insight.
CCHIT Is Ready For The Uncertainty Ahead
My experience as a rookie volunteer on the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology's new Clinical Research Workgroup has been surprisingly positive. I applied for this position because I wanted to get more involved in the national IT scene at an exciting time for clinical informatics. So far, I haven't been disappointed.
Should E-Health Records Be A Job Perk?
Vanguard Health is the latest company that's signed up with the Dossia Consortium to offer its employees electronic health records as a work benefit. But when will it become mainstream for any and all patients to access their health records electronically, rather than it being a rare job perk for some?
Has Government Set EHR Goals Too High?
Despite the pending $36.3 billion that the U.S. government plans to spend over the next several years to drive physician adoption of electronic health record software, the market is at a standstill.
Privacy Regulations Bedevil Medical Social Media Efforts
User-generated content is an essential component of social media. To truly participate in social media, healthcare organizations need to allow other people to leave comments on the organizations' content. But that's difficult to reconcile with HIPAA and other government privacy regulations, leaving healthcare providers juggling hand grenades in their online participation.
Will Social Security Project Set Off New Scares?
The Social Security Administration is launching a project to electronically collect health data pertinent to people applying for disability benefits. From a political standpoint, isn't this bad timing considering Obama's contentious healthcare reform push? My gut tells me conspiracy-mongers will spin this Social Security plan as another alleged example of Big Brother attempting to ration health
Parents Twittering During Childbirth
Expectant Dads and even one Mom are Twittering during childbirth, sending out progress reports to family, friends, and the entire world. One of the Twittering soon-to-be-parents is Sara Morishige Williams, wife of Twitter co-founder Evan Williams.
Making Dollars And Sense Of Growing Clinical Data
The rollout of e-prescription, digital medical record and other clinical systems by healthcare providers is undoubtedly creating gigantic new mountains of data. The next big challenges for healthcare is in using that data to make better clinical decisions and save costs, and becoming more proactive in helping patients avoid imminent medical problems.
Healthcare Reform Battle Takes To Social Media
President Obama is bringing out the tools that got him elected--YouTube and other social media--in an effort to win support for his proposed healthcare reforms. The White House is using grass-roots Internet activism in an effort to gain control over the healthcare debate, as public skepticism of the plan mounts.
Seniors Using Online Tools For Healthcare
Think that seniors are Internet-phobic? Think again. Kaiser Permanente reports great benefits from its Internet tools to help seniors manage their own healthcare. A recent survey by Kaiser Permanente showed a little bit about how and why the health provider succeeded.
Federal CTO Chopra Meets Silicon Valley
The federal government's chief technologist outlined priorities and talked of the need for procurement reform, new approaches to tech education, and open innovation.
Promoting Healthcare Reform Through IT
One could say that when it comes to IT and healthcare, President Obama is taking some of his own medicine. Obama isn't only pushing healthcare providers to adopt IT; Obama is skillfully using technology to promote his healthcare reform plans.
Can At-Home Patient Monitoring Boost Health, Cut Costs?
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that widespread adoption of e-medical record systems will save the U.S. about $12 billion over 10 years. But other health related IT tools--especially web-enabled devices used to monitor chronically ill patients at home--could eventually boost those cost savings higher.
Obama's Healthcare Reform Vision And Where IT Fits In
Although President Obama won't get his wish of signing a comprehensive healthcare reform bill before Congress begins its August break later this week, an important part of Obama's reform plan--digitizing patient records--is already in motion.