ARTICLES BY MEGAN WILLIAMS
VA Healthcare Overhaul Could Mean Opportunities For VARs
Behind all the scandal, the Veterans Health Administration has been taking steps to overhaul the way it deals with IT. As early as 2013, it began efforts to improve the patient experience through technology including health and wellness apps, sensors, and home monitoring devices. Last Thursday though, a more official step was taken.
ICD-10 -- A VAR’s Preparedness Kit
HHS has finally announced an ICD-10 implementation deadline of October 15, 2015. Your clients will want to take notice.
Will Big Data Have A Direct Impact On Patient Care?
Big Data is headed for the patient bed-side, but there’s still work to be done .
Is“Patient Engagement” Important To Your Healthcare Customers?
“Patient Engagement” is a big buzzword these days and can come in multiple forms, but too little is said about how to actually achieve it. From patient portals to patient loyalty programs — healthcare is seeing solutions similar to their cousins in the retail and banking sectors, all geared to incentivize patients in various ways to increase their consumption of healthcare. But do they work?
Healthcare IT News For VARs — August 15, 2014
In the news, a survey shows EHR use can equal lower cost per patient admission. Also, the Pew Charitable Trust has appealed to legislators for a better review process of new medical devices. In addition, Apple is discussing partnerships for its “HealthKit” cloud-based information platform.
Telemedicine: A New Benefit For Your Clients
Your clients may not be reimbursed for telemedicine offerings today, but that stands to change.
The ONC’s Plan To Achieve Interoperable Health IT: Input Welcome
While data lakes have been heralded as the end to many of the complications around interoperability difficulties, the reality remains that, interoperability will, and should be a priority for healthcare entities and the businesses that support them for the foreseeable future.
New Client Resource: CMS ICD-10 Testing Plan
If you ask your clients if they know they should be prepared for ICD-10, they’ll undoubtedly say “yes.” But chances are that if you ask them what they’re doing to get ready, you won’t hear much in terms of an actionable plan.
Will The Meaningful Use Program Be Extended To Behavioral Health?
A new world of Meaningful Use is set to open up for VARs, and it comes from the behavioral health arena.
The Best EHRs And Why Some Physicians Are Opting Out Altogether
Physician use of EHR systems has taken some interesting shifts recently that you’ll want to be aware of. Medscape (part of the WebMD professional network), conducted a survey of 18,575 physicians across 25 specialties around their use of EHR systems, challenges using them, and their intended use in the future. Here are some highlights of the study.