Category Archives: Healthcare Information Technology

Better Communication Key to Lowering Healthcare Costs, Improving Patient Experience: Survey

Strengthening communication between caregivers and patients should be a top priority for reducing healthcare costs and improving patient experience, according to a new poll of U.S. healthcare quality improvement professionals conducted by ASQ, a global network of resources and experts. … finish reading Better Communication Key to Lowering Healthcare Costs, Improving Patient Experience: Survey

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ACO Data Tools Help Boost Prevention, Medication Compliance, Performance Results

By using as many data tools as possible, including EPIC® and MyChart®, and having physicians or their medical assistants contact patients directly if they missed medical appointments or shots, John C. Lincoln Network was able to significantly boost medical compliance … finish reading ACO Data Tools Help Boost Prevention, Medication Compliance, Performance Results

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Walgreens Expands Telehealth Platform to Offer Virtual Visits via Mobile App

The doctor is always in. Walgreens’ Web site users can now access board-certified doctors 24/7 through its mobile app, given the drugstore chain’s newest collaboration with MDLIVE, a provider of telehealth services. The collaboration aims to transform retail digital healthcare … finish reading Walgreens Expands Telehealth Platform to Offer Virtual Visits via Mobile App

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Technology ‘Fun Factor’ Engages Patients in Population Health

Engaging patients in population health management can be as easy as making personalized messaging, dashboards for tracking progress, and mobile phones and tablets available to patients, says Patricia Curran, principal in Buck Consultants’ National Clinical Practice, which also helps to … finish reading Technology ‘Fun Factor’ Engages Patients in Population Health

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Culture of Population Health Management Key to Medical Home Success

While electronic health records are integral to patient-centered medical homes’ success, the new roles and relationships of providers and staff may be even more important in driving quality improvement, according to a study funded by the Commonwealth Fund. Given the … finish reading Culture of Population Health Management Key to Medical Home Success

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Physician Quality Reporting and E-Prescribing Use Increasing: CMS

Participation in two key CMS programs, the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program (eRx), increased significantly in 2012, according to the 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Experience Report. These two … finish reading Physician Quality Reporting and E-Prescribing Use Increasing: CMS

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Leveraging Technology to Increase Case Management Efficiency

The use of technology is a big influencer of case management efficiency, but the industry should be mindful of its use and participate in tool creation, advises Teresa M. Treiger, RN-BC, MA, CHCQM-CM/TOC, CCM, CCP, president of Ascent Care Management. … finish reading Leveraging Technology to Increase Case Management Efficiency

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Automated Predictor Flags Patients at Risk for 30-Day Readmission: Study

An automated prediction tool that identifies newly admitted patients at risk for readmission within 30 days of discharge has been successfully incorporated into the EHR of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The tool, developed by researchers at the Perelman … finish reading Automated Predictor Flags Patients at Risk for 30-Day Readmission: Study

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Children More Likely to Get Preventive Care When Parents Use Online Health Tools

Parents of young children who used integrated personal health records (PHRs) were more likely to get their children the nationally recommended number of preventive care visits, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in The Journal of Pediatrics. Children up … finish reading Children More Likely to Get Preventive Care When Parents Use Online Health Tools

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Some Mobile Medical Apps to Face Closer FDA Scrutiny

Designed to protect consumer safety while supporting innovation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance for developers of mobile medical applications, or apps. The agency will not enforce requirements under the Federal Drug & Cosmetic Act, but … finish reading Some Mobile Medical Apps to Face Closer FDA Scrutiny

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