WASHINGTON, D.C.--While the government's new physician payment policies are certain to present challenges for doctors, they are at least a step up from the previous law, healthcare leaders said Tuesday during the American Hospital Association's annual conference.
To improve patient identification matching and lessen the chance of errors, more sophisticated technology will be necessary, according to healthcare experts, but human error will never be fully eliminated.
Just like a third person isn't good for a marriage, the electronic health record gets in the way of the doctor-patient relationship, writes Cheryl L. Branche, M.D., in a commentary in Medical Economics.
As electronic health records become a part of healthcare's "new normal," particularly in the emergency department, experts are concerned the new status quo is introducing new categories of medical error, according to Kaiser Health News.
Cell phone apps have begun to replace the stack of identification and affiliation cards patients used to keep on keychains and in wallets. Now health insurance companies have joined the fray by providing their customers with digital identification cards, sometimes to the dismay of doctor's offices set up to deal with physical cards, according to a article from AAFP News.
For new resident physicians already overwhelmed in learning a new specialty, learning how to use a new electronic health record system presents just one more challenge.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Office for Civil Rights each receive funding boosts in President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, released Tuesday. ONC's proposed funding is $82 million, $22 million more than what the agency was allocated for FY 2016. OCR's proposed funding is $43 million, a $4 million increase from FY 2016.
National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo shared her thoughts on the potential of technology and an improved, data-driven infrastructure for public health efforts at the eHealth Initiative's annual conference in the District of Columbia Wednesday.
IT budgets continue to grow at hospitals and health systems--but that growth is not because of funds needed for electronic health records, according to an IDC Health Insights report.
In a recent interview with FierceHealthIT, Eric Newman, M.D., vice-chair for clinical innovations in the Geisinger's division of medicine, and Chanin Wendling, director of Geisinger in Motion, discuss how each entity takes advantage of technology and innovation to close care gaps and improve results.