Allscripts' Ross Teague addresses user-centered design; Most hospital leaders think major reforms needed to survive;

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> Most electronic health record system end users are not involved in technology design, according to a blog post from Ross Teague, Ph.D., a a senior manager of user experience research with Allscripts. For instance, he says, some EHR vendors use shortcuts instead of user-centered design, such as asking for input from clinicians too late in the design process or testing products with the wrong users. Post

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> Hospital executives agree that healthcare providers must change their business models to survive in the rapidly shifting modern healthcare landscape, according to a survey from Prudential Retirement. Researchers from the Economist Intelligence Unit surveyed more than 300 hospital leaders and found nearly six in 10 respondents thought it would be necessary for healthcare providers to alter their business models sooner rather than later. Article

> The Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has suggested to The Huffington Post that hospitals and insurers often deflect financial responsibility for care to patients by not taking any responsibility at all. Article

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> Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries experience fewer avoidable hospitalizations than those enrolled in traditional fee-for-service Medicare plans, suggesting that MA plans may be more effective at coordinating preventive care, according to a new study. Article

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