With the holiday shopping season officially in full swing, there are plenty of wish lists floating around. We’re guessing many healthcare providers would be happy to receive some of the technology “gifts” featured in this week’s HIT List — from expanded telehealth reimbursement, to improved chronic health monitoring and treatment, to fewer emergency room errors!
The healthcare industry has entered an era of accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes and other efficiency-driven, value-based delivery models. To fit these models, a growing number of healthcare organizations looking to improve patient care accessibility, coordination and outcomes are seeing significant advantages in telehealth technology.
Telehealth is picking up momentum in healthcare. The convenience, cost and time savings all help raise the popularity bar for this technology. And with its clear benefits for patients, it looks as if telehealth will only grow in adoption in the coming years.
Though we’ve recovered from Thanksgiving gluttony, there are still plenty of meaty HIT topics on our plates. This week’s HIT List talks turkey about EHR etiquette, patient engagement, telehealth reimbursement and a full menu of other hot technology items.
We recently spoke with Dr. Alan Snell, MD, healthcare I.T. consultant and former Chief Medical Informatics Officer for St. Vincent Health and Ascension Health. Alan’s healthcare consulting practice focuses on virtual care and care transformation, and he has led multiple innovative initiatives in telemedicine and remote patient monitoring.
The need to provide faster, more accurate care to a larger patient base has never been greater, nor has the need to facilitate streamlined, instant collaboration among physicians and specialists. When both of these requirements are realized, they can come together to result in more cost-effective, higher-quality care — a goal of all healthcare organizations. Telehealth technology is uniquely positioned READ MORE…
Big data or small data — it’s all data! And it’s growing at an exponential rate — especially in the healthcare industry. Some of the stats we found for our infographic are mind-blowing! For example, according to NetApp, the average hospital could generate 665TB (yes — terabytes!) of data by 2015. That’s incredible!
It’s getting harder and harder to keep those ubiquitous personal devices out of the healthcare workplace. Our HIT List this week delves into effective BYOD strategies, texting best practices and the yet-to-be fulfilled promise of iPads, among other topics stirring up vigorous debate.