The intelligent use of medical data is a foundation stone for the dramatic changes coming to healthcare. Patient treatment, doctors’ and hospitals’ business models, and the role of government in regulation and reimbursement are all undergoing profound changes, and heated debate – but the underpinning...Continue
A recent report in the Annals of Internal Medicine on the characteristics of prescriptions that are abandoned at the pharmacy raise the question of (1) how to ensure that people actually pick up their prescriptions, and (2) how to make sure that people actually take...Continue
Health information exchange is a key piece in the national effort to build an interconnected health care delivery system. Their potential to improve health care quality, reduce medical errors, and lower costs by means of increased interoperability and information-sharing among patients, providers, payors and other...Continue
Measuring quality of care in hospitals is undergoing change. Two interrelated factors are fueling this change: changes from the Joint Commission as they accredit hospitals, and changes in what is expected from hospital Electronic Health Records(EHRs) for Meaningful Use.
Health information technology (health IT) is seen as central to improving healthcare delivery, and is the focus of the HITECH section of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (which sets up and funds bonuses for Meaningful Use of Certified EHR technology). A...Continue