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December 16, 2014  12:31 PM

Expansion of online appointment scheduling could lead to cost savings



Posted by: adelvecchio
health IT, health IT tools, online scheduling

Online patients will make 986 million medical appointments in the U.S. in 2019, accounting for 38% of all appointments made that year, according to projections compiled and reported by Accenture plc. Accenture's report also states that online appointment scheduling will generate $3.2 billion in...

November 6, 2014  1:53 PM

BSR’s guiding principles define access to healthcare



Posted by: ScotP
Affordable Care Act, health insurance, healthcare, sustainable healthcare

NEW YORK -- The concept of access to healthcare in the U.S. is often a foregone conclusion, despite the millions of uninsured persons that led to the Affordable Care Act of 2010. But, in fact, access to healthcare on a global level is a much...


July 10, 2014  5:10 PM

Tool crunches meaningful use compliance with proposed rule



Posted by: DonFluckinger
AAFP, EHR, EHR certification, Meaningful use, meaningful use stage 2, ONC

Some IT leaders for healthcare providers wonder what is going to happen this upcoming election season as rumors swirl around the future of meaningful use stage 2. Others, according to DirectTrust CEO and...


June 11, 2014  10:49 AM

Health IT tops healthcare investment list for 2014



Posted by: adelvecchio
EHR, EHR implementation, health IT

Hospitals have health IT at the top of their to-do lists in 2014, as evidenced by responses of executives to an online survey. Nearly half (49%) of C-suite executives, representing 112 hospitals in 32 states, stated that their facilities'


April 16, 2014  3:15 PM

Automated software not ready to reduce hospital readmissions



Posted by: adelvecchio
ACO, Affordable Care Act, hospital readmission

Automated systems that predict hospital readmissions are in the works – but are not yet ready for deployment, according to several recent studies. Some systems show promise, as the U.S. healthcare system refines progressively more precise metrics to predict what causes readmissions. Authors of...


February 25, 2014  2:39 PM

HIMSS survey respondents say more money needed to help meet stage 2



Posted by: adelvecchio
health IT, HIMSS, HIMSS 2014, meaningful use stage 1, meaningful use stage 2

More than 90% of respondents to the annual HIMSS Leadership Survey reported that their organizations have met the requirements for stage 1 of meaningful use. The


January 28, 2014  1:08 PM

Health IT on the rise, independent physicians lag behind with EHRs



Posted by: adelvecchio
e-prescribing, EHR, EHR adoption, health IT, independent physicians

Adoption and use of health IT increased significantly from 2009 to 2012, though there is a sizable gap between the adoption levels of large and small practices. A study


January 14, 2014  12:05 PM

National ACO readiness survey returns varied results



Posted by: adelvecchio
accountable care organizations, ACO, WEDI

The accountable care organization (ACO) model has returned inconsistent results for providers trying to optimize their use of pharmaceuticals, according to responses to the National Survey of Accountable Care Organizations. Many (70%) providers


December 10, 2013  3:01 PM

ACOs, other healthcare payment models under focus in WEDI report



Posted by: adelvecchio
ACO, Pioneer ACO Model, WEDI

Organizations need a framework to assess critical attributes of alternative healthcare payment methods and to pinpoint technology solutions that can help avoid obstacles to implementing such payment methods, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) recommends in its annual...


August 1, 2013  11:56 AM

ACO dropout rate concerning but it’s alpha testing healthcare’s future



Posted by: DonFluckinger
accountable care organization, Affordable Care Act, Pioneer ACO Model, population health management

CMS announced that several Pioneer accountable care organizations (ACO) participants are changing their status to lower-risk, lower-reward plans, or even dropping out altogether. While many news outlets covered the story, the


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