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Regional Ext Center
(March 5, 2013)
Health IT can help physicians improve the quality of care they provide patients; it can also help physicians identify and prevent potential patient health problems from occurring; it can even help them do these things while reducing healthcare spending. The trick, however, is that to do all of these things, providers need to leverage technology in the right ways. That’s according to internal medicine physician Charles Kennedy, CEO of Aetna Accountable Care Solutions, which collaborates with and assists providers with transitioning to accountable care organizations (ACOs). ACOs are groups of providers (practices, medical groups, hospitals) that partner up to improve care quality while reducing care costs. If successful, providers share in the cost savings.
Coordinating care with other providers is becoming more important in the digital age. And a growing number of mobile devices are making it much easier. In this podcast, recorded live from the HIMSS13 conference in New Orleans, Michael Jordan, founder and practicing physician at East Lake Pediatrics in Trinity, Fla., shares his experience with implementing an mobile EHR and using it to coordinate care.
In the Stage 1 rules to meaningful use of their EHRs, physicians and their practices had to step up the way they collected and shared patient data. Now in Stage 2, they will have to continue those efforts, but also be prepared to get patients more involved with their own health information, beginning in 2014.
(March 4, 2013)
EHR optimization is not just about getting the most out of the technology solution your practice has invested in. Instead, notes Trenor Williams, MD, CEO and co-founder of health IT firm Clinovations, it is about how you utilize your EHR as just one tool to improve the care of individuals and populations. "At the end of the day," notes Williams, "all of us as physicians, as providers, as practices,
we want to take better care of our patients. …I believe access to data, access to information, will allow us to do that more efficiently and more effectively."
Healthcare IT News
(February 22, 2013)
A new report, supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), demonstrates that processing prescriptions through computerized provider order entry can cut drug errors in half, and could avoid more than 17 million adverse incidents annually.