Stakeholders play key role in advancing wearable health tech, experts say | Ed Marx comments on wearable health devices | Few states have comprehensive telemedicine policies
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September 11, 2014
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Stakeholders play key role in advancing wearable health tech, experts say
The anticipated popularity of Apple's new Watch is expected to revolutionize the wearable health care device market, but Harry Wang of Parks Associates cautions that Apple's success hinges on whether these devices can get buy-in from providers, insurers and other stakeholders within the health sector. Greg Caressi of Frost & Sullivan notes that the key to achieving health benefits and cost savings through these devices is to integrate captured data with actionable insights that can be used by health care providers, consumers and payers. Health Data Management (9/9)
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Ed Marx comments on wearable health devices
Ed Marx, SVP and CIO, Texas Health Resources
Ed Marx, SVP and CIO, Texas Health Resources
Like many, I anxiously await the impact that Apple might have on mainstreaming wearable devices to improve overall health and well-being. Today we see pockets of success largely among two specific communities: the wellness-obsessed and the chronically ill. Despite success with both groups, overall adoption has been anemic at best. Will Apple be the catalyst for mainstream adoption?

I am optimistic by nature and believe that Apple's entrance into this space will be the proverbial tipping point. I would have preferred for this to have happened without a specific vendor's involvement, as a grass-roots movement grown from the clear value of the technology. But, this is capitalism at its best. For the sake of moving the adoption and related benefits along, I am pleased to see Apple put its resources behind this.

At the end of the day, however, it is still up to us -- business leaders who understand technology -- to lead the way in our respective organizations. Together with the growing consumer demand, now with the clout of Apple, we will see explosive growth in wearables by the end of 2015.
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Strategy & Leadership
Few states have comprehensive telemedicine policies
An American Telemedicine Association report that graded U.S. states based on 13 indicators tied to telemedicine reimbursement gave an "A" to seven states for having comprehensive policies that promote widespread telehealth use. Meanwhile, nearly half of states garnered a "C" or an "F" because of limited opportunities and multiple barriers to advancing telemedicine, the report authors said. "We hope these reports serve a dual purpose: to showcase the states that are doing an excellent job when it comes to telemedicine, and to serve as a wake-up call to those who are failing to extend quality and affordable care to the residents of their state," association CEO Jonathan Linkous said. Healthcare IT News (9/10)
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Technology Spotlight
Many patients warming up to telehealth services, study finds
A study in Telemedicine and e-Health revealed 38% of responding patients said they were "very likely" to agree to participate in a video conference with their physician, while 28.1% said they were "somewhat likely" to do so. Researchers found age, distance to the clinic and comfort with the technology played a role in whether patients were open to telehealth use. Clinical Innovation + Technology online (9/8)
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Management & Operation
Physician-entrepreneur aims to make real-time, high-tech monitoring standard
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is launching an ambitious plan to transform the U.S. health care system using interconnected biometric monitoring, genetic analysis tools, software to keep doctors up to date on the latest research and more. A 34-hospital, nonprofit health system will be among the first to test the system, which Soon-Shiong says meshes with the principles of accountable care. "In order to have value-based care you need to monitor outcomes in real time," he says. "And you need to monitor cost in real time. You're going to have patient-centered highest-quality care at the lowest cost." Forbes (9/10)
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Study: Some doctors see EMR use as time-consuming
Research published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that attending doctors had a mean free-time loss of 48 minutes per clinic day stemming from EMR use. Data also showed 89.8% of respondents agreed that at least one data-management function became slower after EMR implementation, and a third reported spending more time finding and reviewing health data. (9/9)
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Regulatory & Legislative
Provider call related to quality programs planned by CMS
The CMS will conduct a call to inform eligible professionals and group practices of ways to avoid negative payment adjustments under the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System, meet EHR Incentive Program quality measures and prevent pay cuts under the 2016 Value-Based Modifier program. The call will be held Wednesday. Health Industry Washington Watch blog (9/5)
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Federal audit identifies MU incentive payment errors in La.
An audit report released by the HHS Office of Inspector General found errors in the meaningful use payments made by the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals in 2011. After examining payment data submitted by Louisiana providers for the year, the OIG reported that the agency has underpaid six hospitals in the state by $1.3 million and overpaid 13 hospitals by $3.1 million. Clinical Innovation + Technology online (9/9)
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Market Focus
Board finalizes model guidelines for telehealth licensing
The Federation of State Medical Boards has developed model interstate licensing guidelines to streamline the approval process to allow physicians to provide telehealth services and remote care across state lines. "[S]tate legislatures and medical boards can now begin to consider the adoption of this model legislation establishing an interstate medical licensure compact," said FSMB President and CEO Dr. Humayun Chaudhry. EHR Intelligence (9/8)
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Thinking about becoming a Certified Healthcare CIO?
The next in-person CHCIO exam will be held in conjunction with the CHIME14 Fall CIO Forum on Monday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 9 a.m. at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country in San Antonio, Texas. Candidates must register to take the exam. Get more information.
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New security organization launches; recommend your CSO today!
CHIME's new association for CSOs -- the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS) -- is now ready to accept member applications. AEHIS will provide many of the same benefits to its members as CIOs enjoy in CHIME. AEHIS membership is intended for chief security officers (or the highest-ranking security executives) of health care provider and payer organizations. Those who apply and are accepted before Dec. 31 will be recognized as an AEHIS founding member and will receive a one-year complimentary membership. Applicants may join using this link:
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