Targeted text messages promote vaccination during measles outbreak | Expert: Effective HIT use hinges on the right governance approach | Small providers allot less money for patient data protection
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October 23, 2014
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Targeted text messages promote vaccination during measles outbreak
A text-based program by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital helped increase the number of children who received measles vaccinations. During an outbreak, text messages were sent to the families of 266 children aged 1 to 6 who had not yet received a measles vaccine. The campaign also identified 287 patients who may have been exposed to the virus without immunization; alerts were added to their EHRs. Health Data Management (10/21)
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Expert: Effective HIT use hinges on the right governance approach
Health groups seeking to make cost-effective use of health IT should have the right governance strategy in place, writes Dr. Dick Taylor of the MedSys Group. Taylor discusses the characteristics of an effective IT governance model, including getting the organization's financial and clinical executives to decide on IT budget priorities and become partners in ensuring widespread adoption of new systems, as well as devising a comprehensive IT strategy. InformationWeek (10/21)
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Small providers allot less money for patient data protection
A CSID poll found that while 85% of small health care groups believe their IT systems adequately protect against data breaches, one-third of respondents reported allocating 10% or less of their IT budget to protecting patient information. Data also showed 28.6% of small groups had a crisis plan prepared in the event of a breach. (10/22)
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HIMSS Analytics awards Stage 7 EMRAM to Canadian hospital
HIMSS Analytics has given its Stage 7 EMR Adoption Model award to Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, the first Canadian hospital as well as the first behavioral health facility to reach the stage. Healthcare IT News (10/22)
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National cancer network, Epic boost providers' access to chemotherapy protocols
Providers can now view chemotherapy protocols in EHRs after Epic Systems agreed to incorporate the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Chemotherapy Order Templates into its Beacon Oncology Information System. "Access to the templates within their EHR will assist physicians in ensuring that they are ordering the latest evidence-based chemotherapy regimens for their patients in both the academic and community settings," said NCCN CEO Dr. Robert Carlson. (10/22)
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Telehealth service connects patients with their own primary care providers
A round-the-clock telemedicine service called Concierge was unveiled by HealthTap to enable users to communicate with their own primary care physician or specialist in every state in the U.S. Patients can reach out to their doctors through text, voice and mobile video, and providers will have access to patient engagement tools such as reminders and aftercare checklists if they register. About 64,000 doctors have already signed up with HealthTap. VentureBeat (10/22)
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Platform enables providers to see data from patient wearables
The wellness application developer Nudge has created a HIPAA-compliant platform called Nudge Coach designed to allow health care providers to view data from patients' wearable devices. The platform has a private messaging function that allows clinicians to provide feedback in real time. (10/22)
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Apple Watch to be included in physician group's patient care protocol
Apple Watch will be included in HSHS Medical Group's patient care protocol when the watch is released next year, the medical group announced. A task force was formed by the Hospital Sisters Health System physician organization to examine how the device could be incorporated into the Advanced Medical Home program. "We believe the Apple Watch is positioned to monitor important health metrics on a real-time basis and provide our health care team with crucial information to design individualized health and wellness plans for patients," said HSHS Medical Group Chief Quality Officer Dr. Andrew Bland. (10/22), (10/22)
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Mich. insurers, providers work out details of telehealth coverage
A 2012 law passed in Michigan sparked conversations between health insurers and providers about telehealth coverage, but many providers are not equipped to deliver health care service remotely, and insurers and providers say they haven't seen a lot of need for the technology. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's Dr. George Kipa says telehealth services have been useful for providing services in rural areas and paying for such care can be more practical in some instances, such as sleep studies. Crain's Detroit Business (10/20)
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Ideas for making value-based reimbursement more effective
Health care pay-for-performance programs could be improved, according to experts at a briefing sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform. Incentives based on "a broad set of clinical care areas but a small number of high-value measures" within those areas are one possible approach, the experts said, and they suggest distributing incentives to hospitals at the beginning of the year with clawback provisions or in smaller, more frequent payments. Giving accountable care organizations more certainty regarding standards and rewards might encourage them to devote time and resources to improving quality. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/18)
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