Archive for the ‘Electronic Health Records’ Category

  • Growing Expectations from Transcription Companies

    Several healthcare organizations today look for a medical transcription system that is able to meet their future needs. Cost savings, cost restructuring, improvement in quality, and access to talent are some of the major requirements hospitals demand which “makes the outsourcer a change agent.”   A large number of Medical Transcription Service Organizations (MTSOs) have gone on consolidation mode because of “mergers and acquisitions, greater emphasis on adoption of EHRs and spread of health information exchanges across the nation,” says an article that appeared in the fortherecordmag.com.  The article, quoting Bob Thomas, a HIM consultant for transcription and computer-assisted coding says ...Read More »

  • Healthcare in the United States – The Infection picture

    There is no doubt that the inclusion of information technology into healthcare has been immensely beneficial and due to this, much of the concerns today are centered around appropriate use of new technologies in medical care, accessibility and coverage. However, while we are busy giving importance to these concerns, more pressing issues such as infection control become easily overlooked. A recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at any period of time, one in twenty patients gets infected and this ultimately points to the fact that about 90,000 patients are dying every year in the United ...Read More »

  • Remote Health Management – The practicality in theory

    After having understood the Remote Health Management and its usefulness in today’s world, it’s time to look at the stream with some fresh perspectives. Overview The fast growth of the RHM market is definitely not surprising. Scientia states that as much as 86 percent of Medicare’s costs arise due to chronic conditions. Further, a major fraction of these costs go into hospital admission and other emergency procedures that several hospitals put patients through. These unnecessary costs could be very easily prevented if doctors could monitor the ...Read More »

  • Do hospitals sometimes get rewarded for not doing things right? It is a question that has baffled critics many times and continues to do so. They do “get rewarded for doing things badly,” says a recent blog on the Kaiser Health news portal. The assumption is when a discharged patient comes back, hospital benefits because it can fill an empty bed and bill for more care! That could be an over-exaggeration but the federal government says that Medicare pays $17.4 billion a year for unnecessary return visits. Massive Budgets, Heartening Results? [caption id="attachment_3060" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Improving Healthcare"]Read More »

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the meaningful use of EHR stage-2 incentive program by a regulation issued recently. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has also assured all support to the healthcare community in its endeavor to transform healthcare delivery in the United States in a big way.   What it means to the Physicians Physicians who earned EHR incentives in 2011 and 2012 would enter the EHR stage-2 phase starting from October 2014. The final rule spells out all the core objectives - within all 20 performance measures - that doctors have to meet in stage-2. ...Read More »

  • Technology holds the key to the long term sustainability of the existing healthcare system in the United Kingdom. Remote patient monitoring (RPM) system developers have already swooped down on the UKhealthcare market. Tele-health and RPM are forerunners to the oncoming patient portals.  It certainly holds the promise for massive cost savings for the healthcare industry in the UK.   Riding the wave – Hospitals in UK Cambridge Healthcare is already working with NHS Midlands and East to develop and promote an e-Health portal for patients and healthcare professionals.  Integrated with the NHS IT infrastructure, the portal will provide the platform for several Read More »

  • Patient engagement is becoming increasingly critical to the U.S.healthcare reform process. Patients are the ultimate consumers of healthcare and patient engagement envisages exceptional healthcare for themselves and their families.   According to Gary Kolbeck, General Manager of LedgeNet Healthcare, a patient engagement strategy should contain use of technology, extend patient communications across the continuum of care, motivate patient involvement, educate patients about their role in managing their healthcare and should be capable of reaching all patients. Communication is at the core of the patient-doctor relationship and it offers a critical lens for assessing the extent to which patients are engaged as partners ...Read More »

  • The aspect of healthcare data is being closely watched as the advancements are continuous in nature within the arena of healthcare technology. Medical dictations, patient health records, diagnosis and prescriptions constitute some of the critical documentary health entitlements. Health data exchange is the transmission of healthcare-related data in an electronic form among facilities, health information organizations and government agencies according to the U.S. National standards. It is a key component of health information technology (HIT). A Health Information Exchange takes place electronically using data standards (not discussed here) and messaging standards such as Continue of Care Record (CCR) and Continuity ...Read More »

  • The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act has become a law two years ago. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Hospitals and physicians are eligible for billions of dollars in reimbursement for bringing their services on the digital platform which is projected to save money alongside improving the quality of health care.   Rate of Adoption However, research data on the adoption rate of electronic medical records (EMR) by hospitals and physicians collected by analysts do not call for any jubilation. A study by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) ...Read More »

  • The ICD is the international standard diagnostic classification of diseases which has originated in the 1850s.  ICD-10 was endorsed by the Forty-third World Health Assembly in May 1990. Besides enabling the storage and retrieval of diagnostic purposes, it provides the basis for mortality and morbidity statistics by Member States of WHO. The Plan ICD-10 has more than 155,000 codes and accommodates a large number of diagnosis and procedures compared to the existing ICD 9 standards. All healthcare providers and health insurers will be required to use these codes starting from October 1, 2013. Additional codes provided is aimed at implementing the electronic ...Read More »