Despite the fact that pediatric electronic health records (EHRs) need to be designed with specific functionalities to support the work of children health care providers, vendors are paralyzed by meaningful use requirements.
This was among the core findings of a report issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The report, a “technical brief,” aimed to provide an overview of the state of practice and the current literature around core functionalities for pediatric EHRs.
The researchers found that pediatric EHRs need to have functionalities around vaccination, child development, physiologic medication dosing, pediatric disease management, pediatric norms, and the relationship between pediatric patients and their caregivers. The researchers say that the pediatric EHR must support a longitudinal assessment of child growth development and counseling regarding injury prevention, nutrition, and lifestyle choices. Moreover, vaccine forecasting and management could help on a population and community health level.
The current pediatric EHRs, like much of the industry, are developed and driven by meaningful use requirements. Other driving factors are a desire to support and maintain patient safety and the increasing presence of pediatric-specific clinical quality measures.
Eleven private insurers, including Aetna, Humana and Anthem, are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to consider the experience of commercial insurers when evaluating the impact of telemedicine coverage in Medicare.
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $210 million to Seattle-based University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative, with the funds going toward the construction of a new building to serve as the initiative’s hub.
More than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing protected health information.
The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is partnering with DigitalGlobe to create the Health Equity Atlas Initiative (ATLAS), a platform that standardizes and maps population data in order to generate insights that address health inequities.