A survey in the Annals of Family Medicine showed inconsistencies in how patient-centered medical home clinicians utilize health IT tools to improve care coordination. Researchers revealed 76.6% of PCMHs use health IT to offer clinical summaries to patients and 49% of clinicians use health IT to access hospital discharge notifications.
Danish researchers found no differences in ulcer healing and ulcer-related amputations between diabetic foot ulcer patients monitored via telemedicine and those monitored through outpatient clinic visits. The findings in Diabetes Care revealed that those in the telemedicine group had a significantly higher mortality rate than those in the outpatient group.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that effective use of health information exchanges could provide savings to hospitals by cutting the number of examinations and tests ordered for emergency department patients. Researchers revealed that HIE use could cut the number of ordered radiology tests per patient by 36% and laboratory tests by 52%.
Updated ICD-10 guidance was released by the CMS to help the industry prepare for the last ICD-10 end-to-end Medicare testing period, July 20 to 24. The agency reminded volunteers about the service and discharge dates for professional, inpatient, supplier, and professional and institutional claims that will be accepted during the testing period.
A Frost & Sullivan report predicts the U.S. medical imaging Big Data market will hit $82 million in 2019, up from $39 million last year with a 16% compound annual growth rate. The development of next-generation data management and analytics technologies that could help users implement value-based decision models is expected to drive the trend.
ADP AdvancedMD has released a system that private medical practices can use to improve their patient intake process and cut the time used in administering patient forms. With the Patient Relationship Management suite, patients can finish forms electronically, and the forms will then be automatically populated to patient charts to provide up-to-date information to medical staff.
A Veracode study that examined the state of security of online and mobile solutions revealed health care lags behind other industries when it comes to addressing cryptographic issues and vulnerabilities remediation. Veracode found cryptographic problems including weak algorithms in 80% of health care solutions.
UnityPoint Health Accountable Care Organization has implemented a new care coordination model with Webster County Health Department in Iowa to boost care coordination among providers and increase the availability of care services to rural patients. The Tri-Navigational System, launched through a grant provided by the state, employs care navigators and implements Epic's integrated EHR platform to link mental health and primary care providers to public health authorities. Since the launch of the new model last year, the ACO reported more than 3,000 individuals from six counties had services from primary care and mental health providers.
A MarketsandMarkets report predicts the global cloud computing market for health care will hit $9.48 billion in 2020, with compound annual growth of 20.5%. The market is expected to be dominated by North America, which will also see the fastest growth. Increasing pressure on the cost of health care services, changes affecting health IT and implementation of the Affordable Care Act are among the drivers of growth, the report found.
The Senate HELP Health IT Working Group has received a letter from CHIME stating the group's views on how the industry could optimize certified EHR technology use to boost patient care. CHIME said the lack of a unique patient identifier is the most important challenge to establishing a nationwide health information exchange. In the letter, CHIME CEO Russell Branzell and Board Chair Charles Christian outlined nine areas in which Congress should drive standards identification and adoption to improve data exchange and interoperability.