In a survey of 301 executives and officials from health plans and government health agencies, 90 percent of respondents said that a commitment to consumer-driven healthcare is a priority. Key findings of the survey, conducted by Stamford, Conn.-based Thomson Corporation, include:
-49.6 percent of respondents said consumer decision support tools are one of their organization's top five priorities. Adoption of consumer information tools to date is lowest within the government sector.
-The three most-cited reasons to offer consumer decision support tools were:
1.Reduce overall healthcare costs.
2.Improve individuals' health.
3.Increase beneficiaries' engagement in healthcare.
-The top three choices of consumer decision support tools, in order, were:
1.Cost calculators that show consumers their personal financial liability for specific treatments.
2.Personalized communications related to healthcare quality and costs.
3.Applications that allow consumers to select physicians and hospitals based on location, quality, or cost information.
Officials from Carequality have stated that there are now more than 150,000 clinicians across 11,000 clinics and 500 hospitals live on its network. These participants are also able to share health data records with one another, regardless of technology vendor.
While stolen financial data still has a higher market value than stolen medical records, as financial data can be monetized faster, there are indications that there is ongoing development of a market for stolen medical data, according to an Intel Security McAfee Labs report.
A phishing scam at Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass. has potentially exposed the personal data of 13,000 patients, according to a privacy statement from the patient care organization and a report from MassLive.
In an update, DirectTrust reported significant growth in Direct exchange of health information and the number of trusted Direct addressed enabled to share personal health information (PHI) in the third quarter of 2016.
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.