A monthly digest of the latest news in the healthcare industry
Facilitating Care during Natural Disasters - Happy Spring, and welcome to tornado season! With hurricane season just around the corner, it is comforting to know that public health officials can use electronic interventions to care for large groups of people during natural disasters. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine recommends and offers a framework for using a systems-based approach to distribute resources and deliver care quickly to the most people possible during the aftermath of tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes or disease outbreak. Electronic interventions were successfully used in many regions to provide early treatment during the H1N1 outbreak.
Remote Patient Monitoring to Grow Globally - A recent report by GBI Research, reports that the global market for remote patient monitoring devices can be expected to grow from $6.1 billion in 2010 to $8 billion in 2017. Growth is expected due to advancements in wireless and censor technology, increasing global life expectancy and the driving need for remote monitoring devices. The report provides analysis on the competitive landscape and market trends relating to devices, such as remote patient monitoring devices and accessories, micro-electro mechanical systems, non-invasive blood pressure monitors, multi-parameter patient monitoring devices and neonatal and fetal monitors. These devices are expected to help reduce the length of hospital stays, provide continuous monitoring from a patient’s home, improve quality of life and reduce healthcare costs.
Healthcare Professionals Meaningful Use Eligibility Deadline Extended - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for healthcare professionals to file appeals for Meaningful Use to April 30th. Providers may submit an appeal to show that they met all the requirements for Meaningful Use and should have received incentive payments for 2011, but did not due to uncontrollable circumstances. More information on the appeals process can be found here.
Roadmap for HIEs - The National eHealth Collaborative released the “Health Information Exchange Roadmap: The Landscape and a Path Forward,” which is intended to help stakeholders build and operate Health Information Exchanges (HIEs). The roadmap offers an in-depth look into the ONC’s efforts to develop standards for local health data initiatives, current initiatives that use national standards to provide health data exchange functionality and services and steps to deploy interoperable electronic health records (EHRs), health IT tools and real-time data sharing through HIEs.
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