CMS has proposed a new rule for inpatient rehabilitation facilities that includes two quality measures focused on promoting health information exchange between patients and providers in post-acute care settings. "These proposed measures will improve patient safety by ensuring that the patient's medication list is accurate and complete at the time of transfer or discharge" and "also fulfill CMS' strategic initiatives to promote effective communication and coordination of care, specifically in the Meaningful Measure Initiative areas of the transfer of health information and interoperability," said CMS, which will accept public comments until June 17.
Hospice providers are increasingly using technology such as predictive analytics, telemedicine, virtual reality and new communication systems to improve patient care and become more efficient. "This is the most exciting time ever for technology and innovation in health care, and the opportunity to leverage technology in new ways to improve care has never been better," said Stephen Collens, CEO of startup incubator MATTER.
IBM Watson Health will continue to support current users of its drug-discovery service, but the product probably will not be sold to new pharma customers as the company shifts its focus to clinical trials, spokesman Ed Barbini says. The company says it believes clinical trials represent "a much bigger market and a better use of our technology and tools."
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Authorities in Kentucky and Nebraska say scam artists, some purporting to represent insurers, have been paying residents of assisted-living communities and low-income neighborhoods to take DNA tests and divulge health insurance information. The information can be used to commit identity theft and file fraudulent claims with Medicare, Medicaid and insurers.
The percentage of hospitals in the US that use EHR data rose from 87% in 2015 to 97% in 2017, with most using the data to support quality improvement and monitor patient safety, according to an ONC analysis of data from an American Hospital Association survey. The study found a growing number of hospitals use EHR data to identify care gaps and develop approaches for querying patient data, and the way in which hospitals used EHR data varied depending on health IT vendor.
A public interest group in Oregon says the state should set up its own insurance exchange instead of using HealthCare.gov. The group also said Oregon should mandate that residents enroll in a health insurance plan, explore options for helping higher-income residents buy health insurance and change the state's reinsurance program.
The World Health Organization released a digital health technology guideline that it says "stresses the importance of providing supportive environments for training, dealing with unstable infrastructure, as well as policies to protect privacy of individuals, and governance and coordination to ensure these tools are not fragmented across the health system." The document provides advice on how countries can use digital technologies to improve health care, such as telemedicine, clinical decision support tools and automatic reminders about medical appointments.
Apple has recently applied for patents involving medical provider databases and on-device searching using medical terms. This could indicate the company may create technology that allows consumers to manage their electronic health records on their mobile devices.
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