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Survey: Wait Times Down, Patient Portal Use Up at Medical Practices

September 1, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
U.S. medical practices report that wait times have improved by five minutes from last year, down to an average of 20 minutes total between the waiting area and the exam room. For hospital-owned practices specifically, that number goes down to an average of 17...

Survey Finds Half of Healthcare Professionals “Not At All” Familiar with MACRA

August 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
A new survey of healthcare professionals finds a great deal of uncertainty about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Payment Program, with half of respondents reporting that they are "not at all" familiar with MACRA.

Google Glass Isn’t Just for Remote Scribes

August 22, 2017  |  David Raths
commentary
Creating a remote presence for specialists is critical for a Canadian province with a population of about a million people scattered over a territory roughly the size of France.

Adventist Health’s Journey to a Robust Virtual Care Network

August 2, 2017  |  David Raths
article
Four years ago Adventist started developing a vision around enhanced access to care in rural settings, and telehealth was central to its mission expansion.

Report: Epic Far Outperforms Other Practice Management Vendors in Overall Satisfaction

July 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
A new report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research finds that practice management (PM) solutions vendors are struggling to provide consistent experience across practice size.

At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Scaling Telemedicine to Fill Gaps in Specialized Care

July 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
article
At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a particular group of subspecialists, pediatric ophthalmologists, are using the technology to fill gaps in specialist care in developing countries, with the goal of eliminating preventable infant blindness.

Might Personalized Medicine End Up Becoming Something Different Than Imagined?

June 26, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
The presentation last week at the Health IT Summit in Boston, by John Halamka, M.D. and Kristy Darby, offered tantalizing hints about how the concept of personalized medicine might ultimately evolve forward in patient care delivery

MACRA’s Quality Payment Program and the “Goldilocks Problem” in Federal Healthcare Policy

June 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
The release this week of the proposed rule for 2018 for the Quality Payment Program under MACRA has fueled a full spectrum of reactions from industry leaders. Are federal healthcare officials getting it “just right” in terms of the levels of rigor built into the...

Survey: 77 Percent of Consumers Interested in Virtual Doctor Visits

June 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
Up to 77 percent of consumers would consider seeing a provider virtually—and 19 percent already have, according to a Virtual Visits Consumer Choice Survey from the Washington, D.C.-based The Advisory Board Company.

Getting Right with Patients and Families: One Florida Surgery Center Leverages IT to Improve Flow

June 7, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
article
Leaders at Panama City Surgery Center in Florida were experiencing patient flow, patient and family communication, and patient satisfaction issues, until they leveraged IT to improve flow, operational efficiency, and satisfaction

CMS Issues Technical Assistance Resource Guide for Clinicians Participating in MACRA

May 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a technical assistance resource guide for clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program, in either the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the Advanced Alternative Payment...

For One Tennessee Orthopedic Group, Patient Engagement Accelerates Performance Improvement

May 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Originally not sure if patient portals would provide value, leaders at OrthoTennessee quickly changed their perception on the importance of engagement.

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