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Maureen McKinney

Patient-Centered Care Demands Patient-Generated Data

by Maureen McKinney, Content Director, Phreesia

With patient-reported information in hand at the time of care, providers are better equipped to assess clinical risk, support self-management, and tailor care plans to meet patients’ needs. 

August 01, 2016|Categories: Models of Care, Patient Engagement, More Disruption Please, All Things EMR

Adam Strom

Embrace mHealth to Maximize Time With Patients

by Adam Strom, Mobius Health

The transition to mobile devices and EHRs have both been quick, but putting the two together has been slower. New apps are making this process more efficient and secure--and renewing physicians' face-time with patients.  

July 01, 2016|Categories: mHealth, More Disruption Please

Morris Panner

The Holistic Patient Health Record: Image-Enabling the EHR

by Morris Panner, CEO, DICOM Grid

Here’s a fact that may come as a surprise: Medical images are projected to require 30% of the world’s storage and could soon represent 10% of all of U.S. healthcare costs--about 1.5% of US GDP.  That’s a lot of storage, and one whopper of a price tag.

June 03, 2016|Categories: Cloud Services

Stephanie Zaremba

So You Heard Meaningful Use is Ending...

by Stephanie Zaremba, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

As you may have heard by now, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Andy Slavitt recently announced that “the Meaningful Use program as it has existed, will now be effectively over and replaced with something better.” And if you are a clinician who has been diligently measuring and reporting your every click for the past few years, you likely have some questions: It’s over? What prompted this shift? What will these changes look like? When will they be implemented? Does this mean your days of box-checking are finally over?

February 03, 2016|Categories: Meaningful Use

Jonathan Bush

Let Doctors Be Doctors: A Reminder to Wake-Up Before the Empire Falls

by Jonathan Bush, President & CEO

In order to create the soil for new generations to grow, empires must fall…or evolve.

We see this in society, and because most of us find it incredibly uncomfortable to watch leading institutes crumble, society has created all kinds of things to protect us from the “fall” scenario. While the intentions of such protections are good, the reality is that empires are too often lulled into inaction, resting on the laurels of their power. 

February 01, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Policy and Reform, All Things EMR

Hannah Galvin

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”

by Hannah Galvin, MD, Senior Manager, Clinical Effectiveness

When I was 10, Marty McFly rode a hoverboard through a 2015 Hill Valley’s Courthouse Square, and I knew what I wanted for Christmas that year.  

I was disappointed.  

It’s finally 2015, and a tattooed woman in her early 20’s has maneuvered her way off the DC Red Line and onto the escalator in front of me riding some kind of self-powered two-wheeled object that looks like a disembodied Segway with a blue neon underglow that gives it the appearance of floating.  My calves ache in sympathy as she shuffles to maintain her balance on our long ascent to the street, and I hold my breath as she navigates to solid ground, surprisingly without incident.  As she pivots, I ask her the name of this strange new device.

December 15, 2015|Categories: All Things EMR

Stephanie Zaremba

Stage 3 of Meaningful Use Still Lacks Interoperability and Provider Groups Aren't Pleased

by Stephanie Zaremba, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized changes to Stage 2 of Meaningful Use for 2015-2017 and new Stage 3 requirements to take effect in 2018. This final rule was largely consistent with what CMS proposed in April, aimed at reducing the complexity of program requirements. Yet despite CMS’s attempt to simplify the Meaningful Use program in response to years of stakeholder complaints, the final rule was again met with widespread criticism, particularly from providers.

November 12, 2015|Categories: Healthcare Policy and Reform, Meaningful Use, Interoperability

Ed Park

What Does Interoperability Have To Do With Letting Doctors Be Doctors?

by Ed Park, COO

A long time ago, a doctor leaned over to me and said earnestly, “Every patient is a story. When my colleagues refer a patient to me, I care mostly about how the story begins and ends – what’s wrong with the patient and what’s your assessment?”

That message has resonated in my head for the last decade and I’ve watched in horror as an entire of generation of EHRs have made an incomprehensible mess of the patient story. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I watch this video about two doctors trying to discuss a patient case and needing the hospital cafeteria worker to be the intermediary between them.

November 09, 2015|Categories: Interoperability

Kristi Matus

The Hidden Costs of Health Care IT

by Kristi Matus, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

The United States is wasting an enormous amount of money on health care. Numerous factors are pushing up prices, including a broken fee-for-service model that encourages unnecessary consumption and industry consolidation that leaves patients and providers with less choice. But an overlooked culprit is the cost of health care IT. Thanks to government incentive programs like the HITECH Act, hospitals have largely implemented electronic health records (EHRs). Yet even the newest systems have a fundamental flaw: they are far too expensive to operate, and they don’t deliver results.

September 02, 2015|Categories: Cloud Services, All Things EMR

Nathan Donnellan

A Developer's Look Inside Health Care

by Nathan Donnellan, Senior Developer

As a developer at athenahealth, you’d think my college degree has something to do with software. It doesn’t (and at athenahealth, it’s not necessary, but more on that later). I was schooled in Mechanical Engineering – in fact, my first job out of school was for a solar-thermal startup, trying to disrupt the energy space with high efficiency solar boilers and hundreds of thousands of flat mirrors. Pretty far cry from health IT. 

July 31, 2015|Categories: Cloud Services

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