Leveraging Health Information Technology for ACO Success

April 03, 2020


Investments in technology infrastructure are necessary for accountable care organization (ACO) success. When the proper tools are in place, improvements in care delivery and cost savings are achievable.

Seema Verma Envisions a US Health System That Shares Data, Is Truly Value-Based

May 31, 2019


Creating a healthcare system that prioritizes a well-informed consumer and rewards improvements in quality requires overhauling the current system. Through a series of programs and initiatives, CMS, under Administrator Seema Verma’s leadership, is trying to fix some of the issues that plague the current US health system and make accessing care challenging for patients.

Victor Murray Describes How Data Can Drive Interventions for Complex Patients

February 21, 2019


When data is allowed to flow freely, it can be used to understand the patient better and wrap a targeted intervention around them, explained Victor Murray, director for care management initiatives at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers.

What We're Reading: Biosimilar Rituximab; Turning Back Time on EHRs; OTC Cough Products for Kids

November 05, 2018


Sandoz announced it will no longer pursue FDA approval for its proposed biosimilar rituximab; when it comes time to set the clocks back an hour for daylight saving time, hospitals opt for paper records during the night shift to compensate for challenges with electronic health records; new research on the effectiveness of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines finds little evidence that these products will relieve a child’s symptoms when sick.

Process for Requesting Medical Records Remains Burdensome

October 11, 2018


Although patients have the right of access to their protected health information, actual access remains limited. A new study, published in JAMA Network Open, has found that the processing of requesting medical records remains burdensome despite policy efforts.

What We're Reading: Maintenance; USMCA Drug Exclusivity; Medicare Telemedicine Proposal

October 10, 2018


When consumers try to sign up for Affordable Care Act health plans on the federal marketplace, they may encounter hours-long downtime for the site; the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement would increase pharmaceutical exclusivity from 8 years to 10 years, delay access to competition from biosimilar biologics; Medicare is considering paying for telemedicine for a 5-minute check-in call, but physicians question the proposal.

Pamela Tobias Discusses Handling Data in EHRs and the Future of Data in Clinical Practices

June 24, 2018


People are getting better at handling data in their electronic health records (EHRs), but there is a lot and there should be a way to categorize how the data should be used, said Pamela Tobias, MS, RHIA, CHDA, administrator of oncology services at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Technology, Data Are No Silver Bullets, but Can Help Turn the Tide of the Opioid Epidemic

June 21, 2018


The opioid epidemic remains a major issue. While technology and data can be used to help combat the crisis, they are not silver bullets, and there remains a lot of work to do, said speakers at an event hosted by The Hill.

Pamela Tobias Outlines Using Data in EHRs and Data That Go Underutilized

June 06, 2018


It’s really important to take advantage of the data in an electronic health record (EHR) system, but sometimes people don’t know what information is being captured behind the scenes, said Pamela Tobias, MS, RHIA, CHDA, administrator of oncology services at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Dr Ejim Mark: Digital Health Runs the Risk of Exacerbating Disparities

May 23, 2018


Digital health can improve care around the world, but if used poorly could exacerbate existing disparities, said Ejim E. Mark, MD, MPH, MBA, CEO and founder of Access Healthcare Foundation.