The transition to value-based care continues to accelerate, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy updates ensure that this trend will continue. At the end of 2014, Medicare payments based on value measures totaled 20% of all payments By 2018, CMS will more than double that number, linking at least half of Medicare payments to value-based models.
The current state of interoperability is not unlike Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." In the history of clinical medicine, we have more interoperability than ever before — more electronic data is flowing in more places for more purposes. Yet, there's also more frustration about the state of interoperability leading to more attention across our industry and our country than ever before.
My first trip to the FHIR Connectathon in Orlando, Florida, last month was everything I'd been told to expect. It was filled with HL7®, masterminds, brilliant developers, exceptional healthcare speakers, and a slew of erudite Connectathon participants. While my primary objective was to test-drive FHIR, I'd like to share three unexpected and exciting discoveries that made my Connectathon experience unique.
In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control reported that nearly 80% of healthcare providers had implemented an electronic health record (EHR) system. Industry leaders believe that the ability to digitize data at the point of care is an important—and necessary—step toward the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) Triple Aim: improving patient experience and population health while lowering costs.
The patient experience no longer revolves around a single doctor, or even a single facility. This change has created a clear challenge: patients and providers need a better way to access and exchange information.
In "Keys to Building a Successful Patient Engagement Strategy," the CIO and VP of Patient Engagement at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, Florida, discusses how they implemented a patient engagement strategy designed to meet and exceed the 5% view, download, or transmit measure. Doug Biehn, VP Enterprise HIE & Patient Engagement, of RelayHealth® Clinical Connectivity closed out the webinar by talking about how healthcare organizations can leverage patient engagement to achieve enterprise-wide strategic goals beyond Meaningful Use.
As a nation, we have made great strides in the deployment and use of health information technology. With the transition to value based care delivery models, we must ensure that technology is interoperable to enable better care delivery, better health, and greater efficiency of care delivery.
RelayHealth adult infectious disease specialist Summerpal Kahlon, MD provides advice for U.S. physicians who are now fielding frantic questions from their patients about Ebola. Read Dr. Kahlon’s article on actions to take, and the role of physicians as educators and reassuring sources of truth.
Nine months into the Health Insurance Exchange era and one thing is clear – hospitals need new tools and strategies to keep cash flowing. Most people are choosing high-deductible plans and owe more out of pocket. Meanwhile, hospitals and health systems work to facilitate patient financial clearance, and collect as early and as often as possible. In a new webcast, lead analyst firm Gartner and RelayHealth recently discussed best practices for patient engagement and point of service collections.
From the absolutely enormous exhibit hall to the wide variety of talks available during the conference, last week’s HIMSS provided a wealth of information and stimulation for new ideas.