A holiday-shortened work week may have limited my time, but not the number of interesting articles floating around the web. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb to say that other than sports, there are more quality health care-related blogs and articles published than any other topic. It’s a fascinating time to be involved.
Let’s start off with integrated care. One of the most refreshing views I’ve recently read on the changing health system was actually by a physician who wrote a de facto pep talk to medical colleagues who are spending too much time complaining or dragging their feet. I usually won’t include quotes in this space, but I particularly enjoyed Dr. Robert Provenzano’s post:
“The horse is out of the barn! Integrated care has happened; whether CMS moves forward or not, commercial payers are implementing programs mimicking those put forth by the ACO act. Each of us should take a few moments to think long and hard to access our own environments and to look for ways to work together not only with our colleagues but with those that in the past have been viewed as our competition.”
If Dr. Provenzano needed proof, he could have referenced an article published in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (subscription required) reporting that Meaningful Use data requirements improve care and billing by providing radiologists with important clinical information not previously available in PACS systems. The article also reported several integration roadblocks that radiologists must be aware of, including differences between ambulatory EHR systems and impatient EHR systems. Aunt Minnie published a good, free summary of the article.
Exactly how will HIEs share clinical information? An article by Brian Ahier in iHealthBeat discusses the infrastructure required to support HIEs, including the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN). He includes a handful of examples of successful HIEs and describes the methods they use to share information.
MIT’s Technology Review published The Rise of Electronic Medicine, in which Dr. John Halamka provides his predictions over the next five years, which include: EHRs in the cloud, modular software innovations, secure health networks, engaged and connected e-Patients, and the use of genomes in the health record. Thanks to @motorcycle_guy for the tip.
And, last but definitely not least, social media. Via Scoop.it, Andrew Spong shared econsultancy.com’s Five Steps for Managing Social Media, which leads me into the #HITsm Tweetchat topics for discussion Friday at 11 a.m., CT:
- Ways to get senior buy-in for social media strategy in healthcare (#1 in the previous link).
- What resources should health care organizations allocate for social media? (#2 on the list)
- What is the role of IT staff in a health care organization’s social media policy/outreach.
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