Connected Care

The baby boomer generation and chronic illness will drive increased use of home healthcare. Various IT solutions can help organizations reduce readmissions and put technology, such as videoconferencing, to good use to improve patient outcomes.

Communication between laboratory information systems and other data systems is stymied by a lack of interoperability standards. Learn how several facilites are working around the obstacles.

Mobile healthcare is a trendy discussion on the internet and at conferences these days. But, what are we really talking about?

As of the end of 2010, 25 percent of prescriptions were transmitted electronicallyup from almost none in 2004. Simply put, e-prescribing is well on its way to becoming a mainstream practice.

Despite promising results from pilot programs among underserved populations in urban areas, telehealth hasnt taken off. The barriers arent always technical: for example, telehealth has been something of a regulatory afterthought until quite recently. What will it take to get from promising pilot programs to widespread use?

Will Oct. 1, 2013, be Y2K for physician practices and hospitals? Thats the deadline for making the transition from ICD-9-CM (clinical modification) codes to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS (procedural coding system) codes.

The patient-centered medical home model taps a variety of technologies, entering the care continuum at an earlier stage and potentially providing better integration among providers. However, cultural change can be as big an obstacle as technical challenges, according to early adopters.

As healthcare reform efforts and other factors shift more financial responsibility to healthcare providers, organizations and departments are turning to business intelligence to bolster their financial decisions, which can become patient care issues as well. The regulatory heat is also on, in the form of increased attention to quality improvement efforts, pay-for-performance and cost reporting initiatives, making business intelligence essential for an organizations fiscal health.

You Have 10 Minutes Two dozen CMIOs, several challenges, lots of big ideas. GO! Participants in the brainstorming breakout session at the AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium answered questions about clinical documentation, medication reconciliation and using healthcare IT more effectively.

The debate over whether a smartphone is a medical device is something of a moot point. Granted, theres a lot of excitement and chatter about how docs are adopting smartphones, iPads, and the like, but in this discussion, one issue that has been largely overlooked is the information-overloaded environment that we work in now.

Telehealth may not be a cure-all for what ails U.S. healthcare, but this is an area where health IT is already answering the call for increased access and lower-cost care delivery, powered by federal money and technology initiatives, and by improvements in wireless networks, data compression and remote patient monitoring.

Patients must be clearly identified in all stages of care. The identity stakes have never been higher: The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has reported that medication errors including administering the wrong medicine to the wrong patient harm at least 1.5 million people each year and the extra medical costs of treating drug-related injuries occurring in hospitals alone amount to $3.5 billion a year. This figure doesn't include lost wages, productivity or additional healthcare costs.