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Mobile Has Become an Important Tool for Healthcare Providers

Among recently surveyed healthcare providers, fifty-seven percent of health IT leaders say mobile has become an important tool in viewing real-time patient information. Additional mobile use cases include clinical notifications (46 percent), ePrescribing (41 percent), and patient communication and reminders (38 percent). Learn more about ironSAGE Health Follow us on Twitter: @ironSageGroup About ironSAGE Health […]

Healthcare providers are using Big Data and analytics in conjunction with their EHR

Among recently surveyed healthcare providers, approximately 50 percent indicated that Big Data is helping them to reduce readmissions and track and evaluate patient outcomes more effectively. Providers are also using Big Data to conduct cost-benefit analysis to reduce project risk (46 percent), manage clinical and IT staffing levels (38 percent), and prescribe preventative care (24 […]

96 Percent of Healthcare Organizations Not Ready to Optimize EHR

Big Data, cloud computing, mobile health and social media are enabling opportunities to optimize electronic health records for improved care coordination. And providers said they are poised to spend big on those technologies in 2015 with sky-high hopes for cost savings in the billions of dollars — but there is one little hitch. Whereas many […]

FTC, ONC to Address Competitive Challenges in HIT Markets

The Federal Trade Commission and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology are collaborating to promote greater competition in health IT markets. According to an Oct. 7 blog co-authored by Jodi Daniel, director of ONC’s Office of Policy, health IT markets are “not functioning as efficiently as they could be.” This is problematic, […]

Generic, Specialty Drugs Popular in Exchange Plans

Consumers in health plans sold through exchanges launched under health reform fill prescriptions with generic drugs at a rate higher than those with traditional insurance, Express Scripts reported. Meanwhile, those who purchased insurance through the exchange fill more specialty drug prescriptions, which accounted for 1.3% of all the drug bills and 23% of the spending. […]

Specialty Drugs and U.S. Health Spending

The $87 billion specialty drug market is growing at twice the rate of the overall prescription market, raising concerns about the drugs’ “financial toxicity” for patients, researchers write in the latest Health Affairs. “The increase in total drug costs to the new agents is likely to have a substantial impact on overall healthcare costs and […]

According to AHRQ, 1% of Patients Account for 22.7% of Spending

Among hospitals and medical groups seeking to lower healthcare costs and improve quality, the most costly patients have become a common target for intervention. New data show (unsurprisingly) that the patients they’re looking for are the ones with the most complex arrays of chronic conditions. Nationally, the costliest 1% of patients accounted for 22.7% of […]

CMS Posts Long-awaited Pioneer ACO Quality and Financial Results

CMS published for the first time the quality and financial performance for individual Pioneer accountable care organizations, a small, select group enlisted for Medicare’s most ambitious test of the payment model. First year financial results show health spending slowed as much as 7% among some ACOs and accelerated as much as 5% for others. In […]

PointNurse Virtual Care Studio Pilot

PointNurse, a new consumer healthcare startup company, has announced a live pilot of its consumer oriented tele-health app and marketplace. The pilot is scheduled to run in select cities around North America on November 8-9th, 2014. PointNurse leverages curated healthcare video and articles to drive consumers to contextually relevant providers in its tele-health marketplace. Consumers […]

UnitedHealth’s Latest Blow To Fee-For-Service Medicine: 6 Percent Off Doctor Costs

As the Affordable Care Act, government and private insurers push doctors and hospitals away from fee-for-service medicine, the nation’s largest insurer, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) says it’s seeing more results. The health insurance giant, which is shifting tens of billions of dollars toward linking doctor pay to efficiency and quality, said in a new report that […]