A weekly digest of the latest news in the healthcare industry
No Worries: CIOs Less Concerned about Meaningful Use- In a recent survey, The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), found that 66 percent of CIOs say they have concerns about meeting Meaningful Use requirements. This is a sharp decrease from the 90 percent who reported concerns in March. Twenty-six percent of respondents reported that their organization qualified for funding during the first year, while 13 percent claimed their organizations have actually received incentive payments. Also notable, 68 percent of CIOs expected to meet Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements towards the federal fiscal year’s end of 2012 or 2013.
Physician’s Text, but is it HIPAA Compliant?- According to a report by The Bureau of National Affairs, many physicians who routinely share patient information with other health providers via text messaging are violating federal privacy and security rules. During a recent webinar, Brad Brooks, president and co-founder of TigerText, claimed more than 70 percent of physicians use text messaging to communicate with other health providers about their patients. According to Brooks, physicians prefer to text because they can send and receive real-time information without relying on phone calls or email. This usage could violate HIPAA laws if adequate safeguards are not used. This further underscores the need for healthcare organizations to include text messaging and other mobile capabilities in their HIPAA risk analyses.
Accessing Health Data Using Smartphones- Manhattan Research studied 8,745 adults and found that approximately 26 percent of US adults use smartphones to access health information. This is up from 12 percent just last year. Looking up health information and reading health related news is becoming increasingly popular. Consumers are also using their smartphones to manage their care and treatment. Eight percent claim they use their device for prescription refills or reminders, which is up from three percent in 2010.
Uneven Health IT Adoption Has Hindered Efforts To Boost Care- A new report from the Commonwealth Fund indicates that United States adoption of health IT systems is lagging and may be directly affecting quality improvements. Forty-two indicators of quality, access, efficiency, equity and healthy lives were used in the report, and performance was recorded. The US healthcare system scored 64 out of 100 on key measures of performance. Low EHR usage and high administrative costs stood out most. The US is lagging to keep pace with other countries on quality of care. However, there are ways to improve, and investing in information systems can offer progress in many areas and offer providers a means to lowering medication areas, improve coordination and more accurately measure their performance.
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