Practices considering hiring advanced practice providers should first make sure their scheduling system is sound and should hire APPs with a focus on increasing access and improving care quality, writes Nick Fabrizio, a principal with MGMA Consulting. Private practices that use more APPs report a 28% revenue increase, according to MGMA.
Before integrating telehealth into clinical practices, a healthcare organization's CIO should first determine if the technology would solve existing problems, says John Chuo, neonatal quality officer at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The next step should be creating a blueprint for integration, which includes ways to measure the technology's impact on the organization.
Apple has recently applied for patents involving medical provider databases and on-device searching using medical terms. This could indicate the company may create technology that allows consumers to manage their electronic health records on their mobile devices.
Practices should make sure patients understand how much they have to pay before they arrive for an appointment and should give new patients information about the practice's billing and collection practices on their first visit. It's also important to make sure front desk staff understand billing and insurance procedures so they can answer questions.
Physician practices that offer procedures not covered by a third party should be transparent about prices and ask for payment upfront. They can also participate in programs that allow patients to make payments.
Interoperability challenges continue to keep telehealth from reaching its full potential, the American Telemedicine Association said in a report. "For telehealth to be relevant -- and even to be a frontline system itself -- it must be interoperable for ease of use, cost of integration, security and patient/member identification," said Dr. Andrew Watson, president of ATA and vice president of clinical information technology transformation at UPMC.
Meditech introduced the Expanse Labor and Delivery solution for its Expanse EHR, which is designed to help clinicians improve care for maternity patients from labor through the postpartum stage. The technology includes labor and delivery status boards with real-time notifications, labor and delivery flowsheets, and fetal monitoring integration, which offers access to information from other fetal monitor systems.
The World Health Organization released a digital health technology guideline that it says "stresses the importance of providing supportive environments for training, dealing with unstable infrastructure, as well as policies to protect privacy of individuals, and governance and coordination to ensure these tools are not fragmented across the health system." The document provides advice on how countries can use digital technologies to improve health care, such as telemedicine, clinical decision support tools and automatic reminders about medical appointments.
The ONC said in a report that hospitals that use Cerner, Epic and Meditech EHR systems used their EHR data the most to inform clinical practice. The ONC used data from the American Hospital Association's IT surveys in its analysis.
An animal rights organization bought a billboard ad urging President Donald Trump to cut $15 billion from the NIH's budget so that the agency will stop funding biomedical research that involves animals. If the president does the group's bidding, valuable research will grind to a halt and countless people -- as well as dogs and cats -- will die of otherwise treatable diseases, writes FBR President Matthew R. Bailey.
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