Data-sharing in healthcare remains difficult, and despite assertions that the industry is on the cusp of a breakthrough, many are impatient with the slow pace of progress.
Those attending the Digital Healthcare Conference in Madison, Wis., last week addressed some of the biggest questions about the sad state of interoperability, according to InformationWeek.read more
The average patient can’t fathom why the sharing of electronic medical records is so hard. But those inside healthcare aren’t thrilled either with the state of electronic record interoperability, as several smart discussions at this week’s Digital Healthcare Conference in Madison, Wis., showed.
“If we’re this far into this implementation across the country, and we still have this level of discordance, shame on us,” said Dr. Frank Byrne, president of Wisconsin’s St. Mary’s Hospital. “How did we get here and how do we get out? Because we’ve created barriers.”read more
From the annals of “How Technology Won’t Save Us.” (Also see: “Why the United States Should Just For God’s Sake Go Ahead and Adopt a Single-Payer, Universal Health Care System Already”):
Recent research and comments from health industry executives have combined to throw a bit of cold water on the promise of electronic health records, or EHRs.read more
Electronic medical records may never connect every aspect of our lives — and it will be a few years before they start reducing costs — but they are ensuring the safety of health care, speakers told a Madison conference on Wednesday.
As computerized health information has grown in recent years, one of the ideals has been to put all of a patient’s health data in one place, easily accessible to family physicians, specialists and hospitals alike.read more
Flash back to May 2003 when Forbes magazine was hot off the press with its annual ranking of the “Best Places for Business and Careers.”
To the surprise of many who knew it for left-wing politics, a meddling City Council and disdain for the private sector, there was Madison: No. 5 in the nation. Only Austin, Boise, Raleigh and Atlanta scored higher in the annual survey based on a broad number of economic measures.read more
Amid widespread agreement that the federal government has a long way to go toward improving efficiencies in its IT operations, U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel argued before a Senate committee on Tuesday that giving department and agency CIOs stronger, central authority could help eliminate or consolidate duplicative technology projects.read more
Like it or not, health-care reform is here to stay. Even if the Affordable Healthcare Act was magically repealed tomorrow, the U.S. health-care system would continue to search for ways to control costs, eliminate waste and improve quality.
A major tool being applied to health care’s challenges is wider adoption of health information technologies, which collectively help patients, providers, insurers and medical practitioners as they come to grips with change.read more
If healthcare organizations truly want to protect patient privacy and earn public trust regarding electronic health records (EHRs), they need to let go of the notion that institutions control individual data and look for technology that lets patients take charge of information flow, a well-known healthcare privacy advocate told a Madison audience Tuesday.read more
When hospital CEOs look at current reimbursement rates, don’t be surprised if they think, “it’s never going to be better than this.” They have good reason to think this way, as the ramifications of the forthcoming low-reimbursement environment sink in, and a wave of health care consolidation intensifies.read more