Health Care Information Technology

Physicians and telehealth: Is it time to embrace virtual visits?As major healthcare systems begin to offer patients virtual visits, they’re going to affect physicians, both employed and independent. So it’s time to sit up and take notice of what’s happening in the marketplace. Here’s what to expect and how telehealth may change your practice.
Health IT not meeting practices’ care coordination needsA new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine shows that healthcare information technology is not helping providers with the aspects of care coordination they need most.
HealthCare.gov contractor won't seek rebid of contractOptum, the UnitedHealthcare subsidiary appointed to fix HealthCare.gov after its troubled launch, will not rebid for a $40 billion contract.

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Apple revs up clinical researchResearch has been given a shot in the arm by Apple Corp, which recently expanded the use of ResearchKit to include clinical trials.
Just 10% of healthcare organizations using data, analyticsA new survey from KPMG of 270 healthcare professionals found only 10% are using advanced tools for data collection with analytics and predictive capabilities.
Patient portals: Essential, but underused by physiciansMany physicians regard patient portals as just another hoop they have to jump through to get their electronic health record (EHR) incentives and/or avoid Medicare penalties. But that view can be short-sighted, consultants say, if practices neglect portal services that are attractive to patients.

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Hospital ratings: Advancing or obscuring choices?
Hospital ratings: Advancing or obscuring choices?Hospital rankings provide consumers with valuable information, but they're not always in agreement.
New payment models bringing changes to medical practicesA study of 34 physician practices jointly sponsored by RAND Corporation and the American Medical Association found that alternative payment models are changing the way physicians and medical practices operate. However, changing the payment system doesn't always ensure patient care improves.
Mining EHR data for quality improvementMany physicians doubt that electronic health records (EHRs) improve the quality of care. But relatively few practices are mining their EHR data to see how well they’re doing or to update their care delivery processes.
Telemonitoring of heart failure patients produces gainsA Geisinger Health Plan telemonitoring program for heart failure patients significantly reduced hospital readmissions, cut the cost of care for members, improved the efficiency of care managers and delivered a 3.3 return on investment, according to a new study.

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