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December 6, 2012
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  • Consumer engagement is helping shape mHealth landscape, exec says
    The explosion of mobile health applications and increased consumer interest in the technology are making the biggest impact on mHealth, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said in this interview with Healthcare IT News. But issues such as those tied to data exchange and interoperability, and plans by the FDA to regulate mHealth will pose the biggest challenges next year, he said. Healthcare IT News (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bill Spooner comments on how mHealth is shaping the industry
    It’s fun to imagine how we will manage our health and receive health care services five and 10 years from now. This article reflects many of the forces that will shape the coming generations of health care delivery: technology innovation, consumer engagement and payor/provider relationships. Each brings great opportunities and great challenges.

    New mobile applications or devices are announced almost weekly, enabling connectivity and data transfer among patient, provider and payor. Physiological readings can be transmitted real time to the care center for ongoing monitoring. Using the favorite smartphone, patients can access “Yelp for health care” to find the nearest providers most qualified to treat their symptoms. Each of these innovations brings the potential to drastically change how care is delivered. We providers enjoy evaluating the several products brought to us. Many more are evaluated than attain commercial success.

    The National eHealth Collaborative survey reported strong support among health care and advocacy organizations for patient engagement, for various reasons related to quality, service and cost. We have less evidence of patient demand, although utilization is healthy for the emerging web portals providing patients with limited access to their health information and rudimentary service transactions such as appointment scheduling, secure e-mail and prescription renewal. Devices that directly capture patient health information are emerging faster than our ability to import the data, but the EHR and tools vendors are working quickly to make this a reality.

    Most intriguing is the competition for the patient relationship. As providers have assumed much of the insurance risk, they increasingly question the role of the insurance plan that has historically held that risk. Some have formed their own insurance arms. Effectively obviating such a threat, at least one insurer has acquired medical groups, hoping to duplicate the Kaiser model. Others are using technology to effectively disintermediate the traditional health system or medical group in coordinating the patient’s care. The “Yelp for health care” tool facilitates bypassing the health system in favor of the best available provider match irrespective of system or group affiliation.

    This IT-enabled business innovation suggests a much greater change in our delivery models than does the technology itself. Enjoy the ride! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • Data-driven demands fuel health IT growth, analyst says
    Innovation within health care IT is all about data, data intelligence and data analysis, according to Gartner analyst Vi Shaffer, who said there are three top questions facing the health care sector: "What do I do with all this data? How do I use it for true clinical research? How do I use it to study the effectiveness of my care?" (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Telehealth is the new house call, CMIO says
    Health care solutions such as remote monitoring may be revolutionizing the way physicians interact with their patients, but they also have the potential to rekindle a more traditional doctor-patient relationship, according to Dr. Geeta Nayyark, the chief medical information officer for AT&T. Nayyark equates telehealth to house calls of old. (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Spotlight  
  • Health care analytics industry set to hit $10.8B in 2017
    A MarketsandMarkets report predicts that the market for health care analytics will reach $10.8 billion by 2017, driven by health IT regulations, advances in analytical tools and the advent of Big Data. Top users of health care analytics are providers and payers, who leverage the technology to combat fraud, reduce costs and generate revenue, among other functions. Healthcare Informatics online (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brain health tech market predicted to surpass $1B by year's end
    A SharpBrains report forecasts that the market for brain wellness systems, which include mobile and online tools for cognitive evaluations, behavioral treatments and training, will exceed $1 billion by the end of the year and could reach as much as $10 billion in 2020. The rising demand for the technology is driven in large part by the aging population, the report notes. Healthcare IT News (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
  • About 9 in 10 U.S. hospitals encounter a data breach, report says
    A Ponemon Institute report finds about nine out of 10 U.S. hospitals surveyed have experienced a data breach since 2010, with almost 50% reporting more than five incidents and an average of about 2,800 records being compromised per incident. Stolen laptops or mobile devices were cited as the main cause of breaches, followed by employee negligence and third-party errors. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. health system attempts to cut readmissions with analytics tool
    UMass Memorial Health Care is using transaction analytics software to track patients admitted to its five hospitals in an effort to reduce readmissions for patients with heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia. The system was penalized by Medicare for high readmission rates and the software is designed to flag at-risk patients, prompting physicians and nurses to do follow-up care. The Wall Street Journal/CIO Report (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • CMS expects to manage more claims data after ACA implementation
    The CMS expects an increase in the Medicare and Medicaid data that it manages when the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented in 2015. By that year, data related to Medicare claims could nearly double and reach 700 terabytes, while Medicaid claims information could more than triple to 100 terabytes. The agency is focusing its efforts on using enterprise and shared services as well as developing the capabilities needed to gather, assess and leverage real-time data to address the challenge. Healthcare IT News (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • Do you have what it takes to be a successful health care CIO?
    Get your hands dirty at CHIME’s Healthcare CIO Boot Camp. During this intensive 3 ½ day program, attendees learn the seven success factors from a faculty of health care CIO thought leaders. Join Program Director Tim Zoph, FCHIME, at the next Healthcare CIO Boot Camp, scheduled to be held April 13-16 in Chicago. Register online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CHIME commemorates 20th anniversary
    This year, CHIME commemorates its 20th anniversary as the health care industry’s leading professional organization for chief information officers and other senior IT leaders. To watch videos from current and past CHIME members and keep up with the latest CHIME events, “like” the CHIME Facebook page at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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