New technology has made it easier for providers to share patient data, but the large amounts of data available from different providers can be overwhelming. EHR vendors have worked together to improve health information exchange, said Adam Landman, CIO at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
A new EHR system developed by Microsoft and Nuance Communications that combines speech recognition and artificial intelligence could ease physician burnout by requiring less time to document patient visits. The system is expected to be available early next year.
The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is partnering with the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, Pa., to offer online master's degrees and graduate certificates in subjects that include health informatics and health administration. Classes will start in January.
About 17% of health care providers and payers are "completely unaware" about the 21st Century Cures Act and its requirements to share records with patients, according to a survey by Accenture. A little more than a quarter of payers said they were "very familiar" with the regulation, compared with 16% of providers.
Telemedicine can expose data of both physicians and patients if it is not secured. Blockchain technology stores records securely and only shares information with selected parties, says Blaise Wabo, associate director of A-LIGN, a cybersecurity services and technology company.
Research and venture company Rock Health discussed current trends in the digital health market, focusing on the importance of validation in the success of digital health companies and the industry's shift from business-to-business to direct-to-consumer marketing. Mergers and acquisitions will remain the primary exit strategy of digital health firms, and companies wanting to enter the digital therapeutics market must collect large amounts of data to ensure they have high-quality offerings, Rock Health analyst Sean Day says.
An Accenture survey found 53% of health care executives are somewhat familiar and 18% are very familiar with upcoming 2020 regulations regarding sharing of patient medical records. To prepare for the new rules, health organizations should help health care professionals and consumers adapt to the policies, and they must ensure technology and compliance leaders are familiar with the regulations, Accenture said.
The CMS updated an online tool that allows users to check if a provider qualifies for alternative payment model participation under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. Eligible clinicians for the 2019 performance period will receive their 5% APM incentive payment in 2021.
An increase in connected care and cybersecurity concerns will be among the top healthcare trends in 2020, members of MGMA's governmental affairs group said at the organization's 2019 conference. Other key issues for next year include patient-centered care and price transparency.
Burnout is hurting practices financially in a big way, as costs to replace a physician are high and can reach up to $1 million at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., said Mountasser Kadrie, associate professor of clinical research and leadership there.
Medical practices should address burnout by limiting patients, requiring vacations and encouraging wellness, Kadrie said at MGMA's annual meeting.
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