The Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center has designed an online toolkit that guides health care organizations in launching and expanding telemedicine initiatives. The gpTRAC Proven Practices and Models Toolkit, which is available on the center's website, covers various aspects of telehealth including reimbursement.
Partners HealthCare's Center for Connected Health has received a grant from the McKesson Foundation's Mobilizing for Health program to launch and test a mobile tool for people who are taking oral chemotherapy for cancer. The application, which will be used in a three-month study of 104 patients at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is expected to help patients manage their care by giving them information related to medication adherence and cancer symptoms.
The CMS has released more than $16.5 billion in EHR incentive payments to eligible hospitals and providers as of September. "We will continue to see an upward trend of these numbers as we move into January and February," said Rob Anthony, deputy director of the CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services. According to CMS data, the agency has made incentive payments for either meaningful use or adopting, implementing or upgrading to certified EHR technology to 83% of eligible hospitals.
National e-prescription network Surescripts has grown with the recent addition of 12 health systems that use Epic's Care Everywhere interoperability platform. "With these participants, Surescripts will facilitate timely, secure, easy access to vital information, enhance collaboration among care team members, help reduce errors, increase efficiency, improve the quality of care and health outcomes and cut costs," said Surescripts CEO and President Harry Totonis.