Physician Groups Warming Up to HIEs
Both reports together show EMRs and HIEs gaining ground, due, in no doubt, to meaningful use requirements and industry changes. Michael Barr, MD, Senior Vice President of the Division of Medical Practice, Professionalism and Quality for the American College of Physicians, is on the advisory board of Doctors Helping Doctors.
He says the secure movement and availability of patient data is increasingly important because of the focus on population health management.
"New models of care, such as the patient-centered medical home and the medical home neighborhood are based upon building teams inclusive of patients, families and caregivers, and the success of these new models will depend on health IT infrastructure that supports seamless coordination of care, patient engagement, and clinical information. You can't do team-based care unless everyone has access appropriately."
The survey that Barr's group analyzed showed the top three barriers to sharing information electronically, according to physicians were:
- Lack of interoperability among other systems
- Lack of information exchange infrastructure
- Cost of setting up and maintaining interfaces
- CVS Ramps Up Retail Clinics with Provider Affiliations
- 4 Tectonic Shifts Shaking Up Healthcare
- Drug Pricing 'Tantamount to Greed,' Lawmaker Says
- Contradictory Obamacare Rulings Issued by Appellate Courts
- Study Puts Spotlight on Preventing Fall-Related Injuries
- Wanted: Nurse PhDs
- As HIPAA Breaches Accelerate, Tools Lag
- Roundtable: Life After a Healthcare Organization Acquisition
- The Infection-Busting Treatment Payers Don’t Want to Talk About
- Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death, Senators Told