The Healthcare IT Week in Review, April 9 – 13
Each day at Schwartz MSL, the Healthcare IT Practice stays apprised of the latest industry trends, insights and events. And although there is never a lack of opinion about such topics as EHRs, ICD-10, health reform, health information/insurance exchanges and ACOs, we enjoy hearing the differing perspectives of the industry’s influencers in the trades, business press and blogosphere. Here are some topical highlights from last weeks’ news:
In “5 keys to EHRs supporting next-generation business models,” Michelle McNickle of Healthcare IT News writes, “With the rise of accountable care organizations (ACOs) and patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), the spotlight has been put on IT to help make a smoother transition to those new care models. But although the partnership between patient and EHR plays a critical role in their success, Shahid Shah, software analyst and author of the blog The Healthcare IT Guy, believes EHRs have a long way to go before they can take on the full responsibility of supporting these organizations.”
Dan Bowman of FierceHealthIT.com penned an article titled, “HIMSS: Hospitals must be more ‘proactive’ about data breach prevention.” In it he cites a report titled, "2012 HIMSS Analytics Report: Security of Patient Data,” which outlines why hospitals and health organizations need to be more proactive about preventing health data breaches.
If you are looking to review or comment on the clinical quality measures in Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria, they are now laid out in a handy, downloadable spreadsheet, according to Joe Conn at ModernHealthcare.com. His story, CMS posts Stage 2 clinical quality measures, links to where the CMS posted the measures and descriptions about them.
And as if we don’t have enough acronyms, there’s another one in town called ME 1.0. Jennifer Dennard of Healthcare IT News interviewed Gary Thompson, the man behind the twitter handle @CLOUD Health and wrote, “Let’s Talk About ME 1.0 (and a New Way of Delivering Healthcare)." CLOUD Inc. stands for the Consortium for Local Ownership and Use of Data, Inc. ME 1.0 is the CLOUD concept of focusing on the individual and his/her information, rather than the websites into which information is typically entered.
Who isn’t surprised by this headline? “Proposed ICD-10 delay elicits mixed reaction from health industry.” As Ken Terry of FierceHealthIT.com writes: “The healthcare industry had a mixed response to yesterday’s proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to delay the deadline for ICD-10 implementation from Oct. 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2014. In a recent survey, senior healthcare executives said that a one-year delay would be costly but manageable, while a longer hiatus would be ‘catastrophic.’”
Also, in the “we knew this was coming” category, “How to Harness Big Data for Improving Public Health.” MedPage reports that most medication warnings generated by hospitals’ computerized provider order entry systems are overridden or ignored by clinicians, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Hospital Medicine.
Hooray for-healthcare! Bernie Monegain of Healthcare IT News wrote, “Healthcare outpaces all other sectors in jobs growth,” based on a new report by the nonprofit Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University at Albany School of Public Health. Between 2010 and 2020, jobs in the healthcare sector will grow by 30 percent – more than twice as fast as the general economy.
I also liked Bernie’s take on “Healthcare is teamwork,” She writes that “the nation is in the midst of creating a new workflow, one based on collaboration, shared knowledge, accountability. Patients and physicians are poised for change. It may be hard, but they know it’s the way to go. It’s a way to reduce runaway costs in the long run, to improve health – and to save lives.”
Nicole Lewis of InformationWeek Healthcare cites a new IDC report titled, Best Practices: Establishing Sustainable Health Information Exchange in her story, “3 Traits Shared By Successful HIEs.” According to the report, “effective HIEs have strong stakeholder involvement to achieve critical mass of data sources; trust among the participating partners; and a plan for sustainability.”
Forbes’ Bruce Japsen has an interesting take in “New Model of Health Care Taking Root, Whether or Not Obamacare Survives.” No matter what happens to President Obama’s health care law sitting before the Supreme Court, fee-for-service medicine may still morph into a new model of health care delivery his administration is pushing that rewards doctors and hospitals for working together to improve quality.
If you would like to speak with a Schwartz MSL representation to learn more about how we can help you promote your company in the context of the industry’s news, please contact Doug Russell at healthcareIT@schwartzmsl.com or 781-684-0770.