Hospitals and healthcare systems made significant progress in adopting electronic health records, according to two studies published in the journal Health Affairs, but have a long road ahead of them to meet all the criteria for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and the implementation of health information exchanges.
Some experts think the "Kaiser-fication" of healthcare in the wake of the Affordable Care Act may be good for the industry, according to a USA Today article.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has directed the ONC's Health IT Policy Committee to submit a report on the technical, operational and financial barriers to information-sharing among electronic health records systems--what it calls the "information-blocking problem"--and what should be done to combat it. The order comes in a draft budget report that recommends a $61.474 million budget for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT rather than the $74.688 million it had requested.
Healthcare IT spending by both providers and payers needs to move away from massive systems to the more agile, entrepreneurial approach used by the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung, according to an article at CIO.
More than ever, patients are having a say in their healthcare--and their input will be an important part of big data collection to create a more "unified story of health and healthcare," according to an article in July's Health Affairs.
While New York and Illinois may boast some of the nation's largest health information exchanges, Michigan now is not too far behind.
As patient interactions outside healthcare facilities grow, new technology-based surveillance tools are being used to target gaps in care.
Electronic health records may be used to capture a broad range of information--including clinical notes, lab test results, diagnostic studies, and demographic data--but according to a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, much of this data can be difficult to review and access efficiently.
Hospital leaders at UConn Health Center hope a new facility will help bring patients a more integrated, one-stop, patient-centered experience, and give the center a more competitive boost after many years of financial struggle, according to the Hartford Business Journal.
Other industries have been far more successful than healthcare in mashing together big datasets to learn more about their customers. The prospect raises myriad possibilities, according to a Viewpoint article in JAMA.