At this time of Thanksgiving, our thoughts turn gratefully to those that have made our progress possible & we thank you for your continued support. Our thoughts are also continually with our healthcare heroes that continue to brave the frontlines of the pandemic battle. We cannot thank you enough for all that you do and we wish you, your team and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!
The world received exciting news recently of possibly effective COVID-19 vaccines, but what does that really mean? Here are some resources including an article from CNN answering FAQ’s, a preliminary COVID-19 Vaccination Plan from the CDC and coverages allotted via CMS from Medicare and Medicaid for vaccine distribution.
Patients have become more engaged than ever in their health care in the midst of the pandemic as their accountability for their own health has fueled increased patient engagement and ownership of the heath care they receive. Once the pandemic dissipates, Deloitte predicts that patients will continue to want this increased level of understanding and control over their health care experience. In order for healthcare organizations to maintain or even earn back patients, they will need to demonstrate an understanding of this new need for better transparency, reliability and quality of care delivery to drive patient satisfaction & overall consumer satisfaction with their organization. Read More Here
With the healthcare industry focused mainly on the frenzy the pandemic caused, many IT initiatives and EHR implementations were paused or cancelled completely. But, many health centers quickly realized that EHR Implementation or Optimization was desperately needed to sync & enhance systems and provide the best level of patient care. As providers and technology vendors realized they needed to work together to achieve the best results & provide the highest level of care, remote implementations became a possibility. Read More Here
Consumer ratings and reviews have long been used to rate quality and satisfaction with products or services yet the healthcare industry has always struggled to gather consistent and substantial results. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and researchers from University of California, San Francisco may have an answer for this and have teamed up to develop a rating site called InteropSelect. Even with InteropSelect or other crowdsourcing methods, Health IT Tools & Interoperability Solutions will continue to be hard to rate on a universal scale due to customized implementations, finding reviewers with appropriate knowledge and credentials and getting vendors to interact with a system that doesn’t yet impact their sales. Read More Here
In a world that has had to quickly adapt to virtual and mobile based healthcare amidst the pandemic, protecting patient data may not be at the forefront of providers minds as they prioritize caring for their patients. Cloud based solutions may be the answer to not only making Patient Health Information (PHI) accessible and shareable, but also protecting it effectively as it moves between applications, providers, and patients. Cloud systems and cloud solutions not only provide better fluidity of patient data, but also allow better protection against cybersecurity threats if integrated and managed correctly. Read More Here