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.
As the healthcare industry continues to undergo a significant evolution, one area ripe for change is today's prescribing environment. Examining current trends can help us understand how digital prescribing may evolve over the next one to three years: the ongoing adoption of health information systems and related reinforcement of standards and connected information flow offers opportunity to transform electronic prescribing while improving patient access and lowering care costs.
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.
Don’t confuse "rural" with "behind-the-times." Andrew Molatore may be able to teach you a thing or two about the healthcare revenue cycle. Andrew is the director of patient financial services at Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, Oregon. His 176-bed hospital is a well-oiled machine when it comes to financials. They even have patients saying how great they are and "upping the ante" with other nearby facilities when it comes to their billing processes.
My elementary school had an obstacle course, which we frequently used during P.E. It had a wall to scale, a climbing rope and various other things that were either scary or annoying to a girl who just wanted to sit in a quiet place and read a book.
Many providers, including the Department of Defense (DOD) Military Health System, are piloting patient engagement projects. DOD implemented a patient-centered care model leveraging a user-friendly patient information platform that will support its long-term patient engagement goals.
It’s official - The CommonWell Health Alliance, announced on March 4th at HIMSS13, is planned to be an independent not-for-profit organization that will support universal, trusted access to health care data through seamless interoperability. The organization is touted by many HIMSS13 attendees as a major step forward in improving healthcare interoperability.
While much of the healthcare industry agrees that improving patient outcomes and managing cost are objectives of healthcare reform, the "how" remains the challenge for many.
McDonald Army Health Center is the most recent U.S. Army health care facility to implement secure messaging powered by RelayHealth to connect providers and their patients. According to a recent announcement on the Joint Base Langley-Eustis website, Army Medicine's Secure Messaging System will coordinate care between the health care team and patients wherever they are, any time of day, allowing them to safely send a message to a doctor or nurse from the comfort and privacy of home.