Massachusetts General Hospital has enhanced patient engagement by leveraging decision aids that educate patients about treatment options and help them make informed decisions. The tools, which are part of the Shared Decision Making Program, went from being part of a limited pilot program to being integrated into routine care, said Karen Sepucha, director of the MGH Health Decision Sciences Center.
We have long advocated for consumers to have increased engagement in their health and well-being. We know there is a positive correlation between level of engagement and appropriate utilization, which influences quality of care and costs. The decision aids deployed by Mass General in Boston are one way to leverage technology to allow patients the ability to participate in the decision-making process about their care.
The Shared Decision Making Program began 10 years ago and has grown exponentially since. Today, the program is integrated into the routine care at Mass General. Decision-making tools are ordered via the patients' EHRs and include best-practice alerts and other processes to ensure patients are engaged. As a result, the use of decision aids has doubled, and clinicians believe the aids improve the quality of care and have led to discussions with their patients at a more engaged level.
A Vormetric survey has revealed that 60% of health care IT security executives are boosting their budgets for better data protection, while 46% plan to install data security products. Respondents cited several barriers to the adoption of better data security practices, including the complex nature of data security, lack of funds, inadequate staffing and insufficient company support.
Kathleen Blake, vice president of performance improvement at the American Medical Association, will replace Karen DeSalvo as co-chair of the ONC's Health IT Policy Committee. Blake will serve alongside current co-chair Paul Tang, who is also head of ONC's meaningful use workgroup. The announcement was made Tuesday.
The number of veterans affected by potential protected health information data breaches dropped 41% and the number of veterans affected by all reported data security incidents dropped 36% in March, a Department of Veterans Affairs report states. However, total reported incidents rose from 434 in February to 462 in March. Incidents included lost personal identity verification cards and lost and stolen devices.
An SK&A Market Insights Report found an almost 4-percentage-point decline in office-based physician EHR use over the last year, from 62.8% in 2015 to 59% in 2016, with the largest drop year-over-year seen among smaller physician practices. The highest percentage of EHR use was observed among physician practices owned by either hospitals or health systems.
The health care industry's move toward value-based care models will increase demand for certified EHR technology, and reliable health IT comparison tools are needed to aid in the selection process, according to an ONC report. These tools will benefit all providers, especially those in small, rural and under-resourced practices, and will serve those besides first-time buyers of EHRs.
Legislation that would reduce the meaningful use reporting period from one year to 90 days was introduced by Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio. CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell expressed support for the bill, saying it "represents a sensible approach to modifying the Meaningful Use program by granting health care providers much-needed flexibility without compromising the goal of further digitizing health care."
Telemedicine has reduced patient wait times and increased satisfaction at Doctors Care, an urgent care chain of 55 centers in South Carolina and Tennessee, said David Boucher, president and chief operating officer of UCI Medical Affiliates, the chain's provider of non-medical support services. Doctors Care has also minimized costs by using existing network infrastructure, Boucher said.
Registration is now open for the second-annual AEHIX Fall Forum, exclusively for IT leaders in the ever-growing applications, technology and security sectors of health care. AEHIX16 will address new tools and concepts for tackling challenges in each of these three areas, as well as emerging trends and success stories. Attendees will engage with fellow IT professionals on such topics as change management, patient engagement, analytics and cybersecurity. The AEHIX16 Fall Forum will be held Nov. 3-5 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix. Get more details on speakers, the agenda and registration information.
The CMIO role in today's health care organization has never been more challenging. To better equip physician leaders filling this important position, CHIME and AMDIS will co-host the 3rd Annual CMIO Boot Camp June 19-21 in Ojai, Calif. Designed for physicians currently in CMIO or associate CMIO positions who are seeking to take their roles to the next level, this in-depth curriculum is modeled on CHIME's successful Healthcare CIO Boot Camp program. This program's leadership content is specifically tailored for CMIOs to gain the real-world skills necessary for today's successful physician leaders. Learn more.