Black Book polled more than 3,000 hospital-owned or employed physician practice organizations in the US and found that 36% want customized integrated EHR, practice management and revenue cycle management systems. Eighty-nine percent of respondents said EHR and current practice management systems that are not integrated hinder the implementation of improved alternative reimbursement and payment methodologies.
HealthTech4Medicaid is a new nonprofit group that includes about 40 health technology company CEOs who want to speed technology innovation to improve care for Medicaid recipients. The group represents more than $1 billion in venture capital, and its goals include increasing access to care, improving quality and decreasing costs.
Officials at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., discovered Sept. 12 that a former employee accessed the medical records of 1,216 patients without authorization between Nov. 3, 2016, and Oct. 23, 2017. The incident compromised patients' diagnoses, medical record numbers, demographic information, prescription lists and other medical information, such as dates when they received care and the services received.
Preliminary data from HHS show the number of breaches in the health care sector through the end of October rose 2.7% over last year to 306. Hacking and IT incidents were cited as the most common cause of breaches last month, with a year-over-year increase of 77%.
Physicians are embracing the social media platform SoMeDocs as a place to discuss research, network with other physicians and learn more about how to use social media. The platform is limited to physicians and about 1,800 have joined the group.
Only 8% of healthcare providers surveyed by KLAS believed EHRs will play a leadership role in precision medicine initiatives, while 44% predict a peripheral or supportive role. Meanwhile, 59% of respondents say there is a business case for precision medicine.
Ninety percent of recently surveyed healthcare executives said reducing costs is a high priority, and labor is the top target for savings. Supply chain and pharmacy costs also ranked high as targets for cost cuts in the survey conducted by Hammond Hanlon Camp and The Health Management Academy.
Cigna plans to introduce a mobile app next year to help expectant parents optimize their health benefits and access the company's Healthy Pregnancies and Healthy Babies maternity health engagement program. "The app delivers convenient personalized guidance, giving expectant moms and dads information to help them make important health decisions in real time," said Dr. Patricia Stephenson, Cigna's senior medical director.
Hawaii Health Information Exchange staff are working with NextGate on a statewide, cloud-based master index of patients and health care provider registry designed to reduce repeated and incomplete records. Health data will be synchronized and reconciled across clinical, credentialing and financial systems to create a precise directory for provider referrals, and clinicians will be able to identify other health care professionals involved in individual patients' care.
Louisiana-based North Oaks Health System's Clinical Care Advisory tool alerts health care providers to patients at high risk for sepsis based on a predictive model in EHRs, and sepsis deaths have fallen 18% since the tool was implemented. The tool scans health information on emergency department patients every 15 minutes for more than 80 sepsis indicators to create a risk score, and patients deemed at risk now receive antibiotics about 30 minutes sooner than they did before the tool was in use, says North Oaks Chief Health Information Officer Herbert Robinson.