Technology could usher in patient-centered health care, Topol says | Ed Marx comments on patient-centered health care | CIOs still face hurdles in move to integrated EHR platform, survey finds
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November 20, 2014
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Technology could usher in patient-centered health care, Topol says
Telemedicine, interactive biometric monitors and new diagnostic tools promise to revolutionize the practice of medicine, Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, said in a keynote address at the New York eHealth Collaborative's 2014 Digital Health Conference. Giving patients access to their own medical records and increasing price transparency in medical care empower patients, Topol said. "When we're giving the patient the data in real time that they're entitled to, it puts the doctor and patient on equal footing. The patient has come alive, to a much higher degree," Topol said. Healthcare Informatics online (11/17)
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Ed Marx comments on patient-centered health care
Ed Marx, SVP and CIO, Texas Health Resources
Ed Marx, SVP and CIO, Texas Health Resources
After weights, core-strengthening exercises and 45 minutes on the Stairmaster with 40 pounds of weight scattered precariously and unevenly in my backpack, it was time for a run. I was meeting with Steve Aylward, a senior executive with American Well. It has been our habit to meet around some sort of athletic activity, be it swimming or a run. Today we would don cold-weather gear as we made our way around Rangers Ballpark and AT&T Cowboys Stadium.

Like Eric Topol, Aylward shared his belief that 1 in 6 medical encounters would be virtual in the near future. We are indeed witnessing a shift in the delivery of care. The cold reminder of the changing seasons punctuated this point.

Topol calls it the democratization of medicine and the advent of the "doctorless" patient model. While a futurist, he is spot-on with his analysis and predictions. The future is now. We are seeing very large payors and health systems adopt virtual models. Given less-restrictive reimbursement models, the floodgates for reimbursement change appear to be opening. We are about to reach the tipping point. Consumers will ensure this as their demands and expectations propel the industry. Some organizations will resist and delay, but they do so at the risk of falling woefully behind. Would you fly an airline whose navigation is reliant on the stars? Of course not -- your own phone could do much better. And that is my point precisely, and Topol's and Aylward's, too.
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Practitioners are asking for their clinical workloads to be delivered to more devices. This increased demand can make any IT exec nervous. Learn how a leading nonprofit innovator relies on Citrix to empower doctors and nurses with anytime, anywhere, any device access to critical applications, improving productivity and security while reducing costs. Read more.
Strategy & Leadership
CIOs still face hurdles in move to integrated EHR platform, survey finds
Some 83% of CIOs responding to a recent survey said their groups have either started or are planning to connect with independent providers electronically. Although 63% of CIO respondents said their groups have an enterprise-wide EHR platform in place or will be getting one, barriers such as the cost of moving to a single platform and lack of time and resources to deploy the systems remain. (11/19)
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Technology Spotlight
Report: Global PACS market could exceed $5.3B by 2020
A GBI Research report forecasts that by 2020, the global market for picture archiving and communication systems could surpass $5.3 billion. The market is currently dominated by the U.S., which is likely to grow to $2.4 billion by 2020, the report says. (free registration) (11/19)
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Digital innovation hub planned in Boston
A technology development facility called the Digital Innovation Lab will be opened in Boston by CVS Health to design digital technologies that will boost customer experiences in health care. The center, which will employ about 100 individuals, is expected to be the central location for the company's digital services development. (11/18), BetaBoston (11/17)
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Management & Operation
Fla. community health center recognized for successful EHR use
HIMSS has awarded Community Health Centers in central Florida a 2014 Community Health Organization HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for its outstanding adoption of EHRs. The federally qualified community health center uses its EHR system to enhance patient engagement, boost care coordination, adjust workflow and improve patient outcomes. The center's use of an EHR system helped boost the percentage of its hypertension patients who have blood pressure below 140/90. Health Data Management (11/18)
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Mass. hospital pilots program to give patients bedside access to EMRs
A pilot program at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston enables patients at its intensive care unit and oncology department to access their EMRs using tablets provided at their bedsides. The devices have been limited to acting as a patient portal for information such as drug regimens and test results. American City Business Journals/Boston/Health Care Inc. blog (11/17)
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Regulatory & Legislative
Federal audit finds "critical weaknesses" in CMS websites
Missing data, problematic design and unclear language are "critical weaknesses" of five patient-focused websites run by the CMS, an audit by the Government Accountability Office says. The websites are intended to offer Medicare patients information about providers and treatments. The Hill (11/18)
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Market Focus
Telehealth app lets patients seek doctors anywhere in the world
An Android-based telehealth tool was released this week by RingMD to enable patients to have virtual consultations with physicians around the world. The application allows patients to filter the choice of doctors by categories, such as symptoms or specialties, and it lets doctors sign up individually or with a practice. Most patients using the service are from Southeast Asia, but the firm plans to expand its presence into the U.S. and Australia. (11/18)
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College Live: Creating an Effective Organizational Wide Cyber Security Strategy
A successful cybersecurity strategy is one that is embraced and supported throughout the organization -- it's not just about technology! This session, scheduled for noon ET on Wednesday, Dec. 10, identifies the key components of a cybersecurity strategy, including both operational and technical components, as well as approaches for plan monitoring, security controls, metrics and breach practices. 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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