Regulation and reimbursement dynamics have pushed much of the investment in healthcare IT. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the HITECH Act and ICD-10, among others, have been big drivers to automate and digitize much of what is happening among hospitals and healthcare providers.
For the first time in the modern era, the economics of healthcare is starting to align with outcomes. Alignment initiatives are bridging care gaps, clinical protocols are rooted in evidenced-based medicine and incentive structures are recognizing physician impact and performance. So why do...
In years to come, Ebola's impact on Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas will likely become a risk-management classic.
In the years that I've spent working with medical practice administrators and executives, I've learned one important lesson: When you've seen one practice, you've seen one practice.
Implementing ICD-10 in 2015 will complicate the challenge of codifying treatment activity. AthenaHealth estimates there will be up to 69,000 diagnostic codes. Here's the elephant in the room. The gargantuan coding task supports revenue collection, not cost control. As long as the payment system...
President Barack Obama's January 2009 pledge to “computerize the nation's health records in five years” largely has come to fruition. As we look to the future, it is critically important to continue striving to realize a larger vision for health information technology.
The U.S. healthcare system is often compared to European systems in unflattering terms, yet European systems are under growing pressure to increase their care quality and efficiency. Many are looking to the U.S. for innovative, proven solutions.