A partnership was formed between mscripts and McKesson Patient Relationship Solutions to help reduce medication costs by offering personalized treatment adherence support to patients. The deal will allow patients to receive digital coupons on their mobile phones in real time directly from pharmacists instead of from drugmakers.
A virtual visit program was unveiled last week by Beaumont Health in Southeast Michigan at 10 physician offices. The pilot program works by allowing patients with non-emergent conditions to answer questions about their symptoms on a patient portal, which will be accessed by physicians to evaluate the patient's condition and recommend treatment. Additional features including video conferencing and online bill paying will be tested in the future.
The EN-Abled Vet initiative, an offshoot of Rush University Medical Center's Road Home Program, seeks to help unemployed veterans train for health IT careers. The internship program, which received the CHIME Collaboration Award in 2015, allows participants to work alongside medical center IT staff and provides assistance with resumes and interviewing skills. Thirteen of the 17 veterans who have joined the program since its inception in 2013 have found jobs.
More EHR vendors are working together to enable health data sharing across platforms; the Senate is considering the House's 21st Century Cures Act, which includes funding for the NIH to create a set of national health IT standards; and the precision medicine initiative is helping accelerate the push toward interoperability.
WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital in York, Pa., has reached Stage 7 in the EMR Adoption Model of HIMSS Analytics for successfully incorporating biomedical devices into its EMR. The provider is now among about 5,400 hospitals in the US that have received the designation.
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota said it will leverage Fitbit to study the effects of activity and sleep patterns on the health of type 1 diabetes patients between 8 and 17 years of age. Fitbit data will be reviewed by physicians alongside information from participants' Medtronic pumps to assess trends in their blood glucose and HbA1C levels.
The accelerator Blueprint Health has selected 10 companies to join its ninth class of startups. Included in the group are NexHealth, which has developed a mobile tool that allows patients to book, change and be reminded of their doctor appointments, and SimplifiMed, which has designed a medication management application for accountable care organization patients.
A partnership was formed between Delaware Valley ACO and Aetna to offer better care to around 70,000 patients in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As part of the deal, value-based care services will be offered to Aetna clients who are being cared for by DVACO providers. Incentives will be given to participating physicians based on patient satisfaction, quality measures and lower care costs.
Almost half of health care life sciences companies surveyed in an IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics report said they have hired CIOs in the past three years because of increasing digital health innovations. The report also said new data and digital innovation posts were created by over 80% of the firms in that time period. However, CIOs were part of the executive team in less than 25% of companies surveyed.
The CMS has allowed Premier to access the privacy-protected Medicare information available on its Virtual Research Data Center. The database will be leveraged by Premier to develop approaches to improve care quality and contain costs.
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