Hospitals produced an estimated 697 million megabytes of data in 2015. That’s more than two megabytes of medical data for every man, woman and child in the United States. And while we may spend billions of dollars and more hours entering data than seeing patients, much of that data remains inaccessible, hidden behind proprietary data architectures, authorizations and patient matching problems.
Thirty billion dollars. Stacked as $100 bills, that would tower well above the weather clouds. Thirty billion dollars grabs plenty of attention. Since 2011, the U.S. Government has spent just that on Electronic Health Record incentives. In 2014, there were over 400 EHR vendors scrambling for a piece of the pie. To put it in perspective, the top five EHR companies only control 48% of the market with scores of companies rounding the majority of market share.
Increasingly, electronic health records have the potential to make care mobile. Pulling up PACS images, analyzing labs and vitals, even computerized physician order entry can routinely be done remotely. But this more streamlined, now routine, care is only the beginning. True EHR mobility encompasses both acute and chronic care decisions, inside the hospital and outside the hospital.
Often in healthcare, less is truly more. Many practitioners know this and it is certainly not an original idea of mine. I learned this concept from much more experienced teaching physicians. They taught me the secret that medicine isn’t about “if this, then that” algorithms, but more of an art — and a very humbling art. They preached that the best treatment is often not treating at all, but rather reassuring a patient that his body is running its natural course recovery and that we are here to help in the event that his situation gets worse instead of better.
Patient portal has been a buzzword in health technology for a few years now. Their popularity continues to increase, especially with the help from Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements. An internet application that allows communication between patients and providers, patient portals offer a wealth of potential for increasing patient involvement in their healthcare. Notably, patients can access lab results, pay bills, access appointment notes, send/receive messages from the physician, and schedule visits. Eventually the applications will become commonplace, but who is using them right now?
With Meaningful Use continuing to drive the adoption of healthcare information technology, it’s no surprise that one of the major developments in this year’s HIT market is a marked increase in patient portal adoption.
Generally speaking, technology is improving the lives of patients everywhere. However, it has not come without a price, and sometimes that fact seems to be overlooked. The MPI Group found some alarming data in a study conducted in late 2013.
According to an infographic recently published by researchers at the University of Berkeley, data science holds great promise for the healthcare industry.
EHR review site Software Advice recently published their 2014 EHR Software BuyerView Report (SlideShare version available here). The report analyzed interactions with 385 EHR buyers to understand physicians’ common pain points and their primary reasons for purchasing new software.
When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched their EHR Incentive Programs back in January 2011, the main goal was to reward healthcare practitioners for adopting electronic health records and increasing efficiency within their practice. But one question we found ourselves asking was whether or not the incentives have actually encouraged EHR adoption?