Meaningful use has been good business – but not perfect

In the early 2000s – even into the current decade – health care had some catching up to do when it came to technology. Much of the industry was paper-based and when technology was used, it was often in separate areas, creating silos of information that couldn’t communicate.

Medical device connectivity market to boom

HealthcareGeneral_Dec03_AThe global market for medical device connectivity is projected to top USD$33 billion by 2019, up significantly from USD$3.5 billion in 2013 – and that could have major implications for health-care providers.

An increase in medical conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma and diabetes – which require continuous monitoring – are driving growth in the integration of medical devices.

Launching your patient portal

HealthcareIT_Nov04_ATechnology is only the first step in the launch of a patient portal; administrators must make subsequent decisions about everything from patient login protocols to patient record revisions.

Stage 2 of meaningful use requires that at least 5% of patients view, download and transmit their health-care information and also send secure electronic messages to their health-care provider.

Tackling meaningful use Stage 2

HealthcareIT_Aug29_ASome health-care organizations do not grasp the magnitude of the changes demanded by Stage 2 meaningful use, according to a panel convened at The Institute for Health Technology Transformation’s Denver Health IT Summit earlier this summer.

In Stage 1 meaningful use, health-care providers had to demonstrate their ability to perform core tasks, which include data exchange, security, imaging and patient engagement.

Three questions to ask your payers about ICD-10

GenhealthcareIT_July31_AIt’s impossible to know what will happen on October 1, 2014, but you can get a head start on your preparations by asking your payers some questions about their ICD-10 plans.

Will you conduct external testing? Medicare says CMS contractors will not conduct full external testing with business partners, meaning you won’t know for sure if your claims can be accepted by the biggest payer in the industry—and, since many health plans follow Medicare’s lead, you could be guessing about other payers as well.

Are you getting the attention you need from your IT Partner?

HealtcareIT_June04_AAn electronic medical record (EMR) or practice management system is only the first step in bringing your practice into the modern era; you must also use the systems appropriately.

When it comes to software, functionality is important to health-providers—but if you’re hung up on software functionality, you may not be taking care of what drives the software.

Where Meaningful Use Stage 2 is likely to cause problems

HealthcareIT_May07_AMeaningful Use Stage 2 begins on January 1, 2014, and while many health-care providers have implemented electronic medical records (EMRs) in preparation, stumbling blocks exist. Here are three of them.

Getting patients to use portals. More than 50% of patients seen during the reporting period must receive timely online access to their health information, which means within four business days.