According to a recent report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012 72 percent of office-based physicians reported using any type of EHR system, up from 35 percent in 2007. Though arguments can be made as to whether EHR penetration actually is as high as reported or claimed, pressures remain in regard to the adoption of the technology. Specifically, organizations and providers face pressure to meet regulation and mandates while improving the quality and cost of care through the adoption of said solutions.
The results of a recent survey conducted by HIMSS show the recent widespread adoption of cloud services among healthcare organizations across the U.S., with 80 percent of the 150 respondents reporting they currently use cloud services. Adoption of cloud is for several reasons including lower maintenance costs, speed of deployment and implementation, and lack of internal staffing resources to bring solutions online. The HIMSS survey also shows positive outlook for cloud services as almost all healthcare organizations currently using cloud services plan to expand their use of these tools.
According to research recently released by market research firm Black Book Rankings, about half of the 650 hospitals in a recent survey said they will outsource ICD-10 services when the new diagnostic and coding system goes online in October 2015.
As reported by HealthLeaders Media, the survey indicates that 19 percent of hospitals are outsourcing coding currently and that number is expected to rise as high as nearly 50 percent by the time the October 1 deadline approaches.
Health IT is in an age of revolution. New solutions to improve nearly every facet of its operation, including patient engagement, but despite these advancements, it remains in a state of flux. Based on a new study, those using, adopting and even those still trying to implement health IT remain skeptical of the claims vendors and IT evangelists have and continue to make.
Significant “Tells” that You Need an IT Consultant
Consultants serve a variety of different roles: guiding strategic thinking, to being able to lend insight, wisdom and offer an extra pair of hands to overwhelmed organizations. For many organizations, though, they don’t understand how to engage with a firm or when a consultant can bring the resources needed to help make their organization operate in the most efficient manner available.
Implementing a software solution of any kind can be a daunting and overwhelming project. Though health systems and practices continue to adopt health IT solutions and the number of electronic health records continues to increase, for example, some organizations remain hesitant to implement appropriate solutions.
Recently, Evolve Exchange, a provider of medical cloud-based network infrastructure, published several reasons to speed up your meaningful use Stage 2 development and the points are interesting, and frankly, accurate.
As we know, ICD-10 has been delayed despite the fact that those of us throughout the healthcare industry had been preparing for the switch that was set to take place Oct. 1, 2014. Many were relieved by the decision to push back the ICD-10 implementation because of other overwhelming regulation and issues they felt were more pressing, such as meaningful use. While still others remain frustrated by the chain of events because they have invested heavily into the move, and would like to put aside the continual delays and finally move the process along.
Given the ever-present evolution of the use of mobile devices to connect patients and providers to their care, or the practice of care, it’s no wonder that the concept of mHealth is, and will be, a major driver in healthcare. Patients – the consumers of healthcare, are the driver behind the movement, which is leading another movement in healthcare – the consumerization of healthcare.
Consumerism in the healthcare industry is an inescapable and growing trend.
Given the ever-present evolution of the use of mobile devices to connect patients and providers to their care, or the practice of care, it’s no wonder that the concept of mHealth is, and is now a major driver in healthcare. Patients – the consumers of healthcare — are the driver behind the movement – the consumerization of healthcare.
From vendors to physicians, there seems to be one thing in common: confusion. Seemingly, we’ve entered the world of “Where do we go from here?” After paying out more than $19 billion in incentives since its inception and another announcement in February from CMS that there will be no more delays in Stage 2 – an announcement made from, of all places, HIMSS, here we are at the threshold of another postponement.
“If I can say one thing to [healthcare administrators and managers] as to why they should pay attention to Alego Health, it would be: ‘I understand.’ That is the motto that my company, and all of my hard working employees live by. We understand your challenges and we are going to do everything in our power to help your organization overcome those challenges. We are committed to the success of our clients and committed to better patient outcomes with the use of technology,” President Jacqueline Forestall stated in this informative interview with CEO CFO Magazine. CEO CFO Magazine Article
HIMSSwire recently interviewed Jonathan Levoy, VP of Business Development & Technology, about the quickly approaching ICD-10 deadline and how organizations can begin preparing now for this complex change.