Mobile technology has become a crucial part of daily life over the last decade, but only recently has mobile made waves in the healthcare industry and worked its way into the electronic health records (EHR) space. Mobile devices carry a sizable advantage over traditional stationary computers, serving communication purposes and offering access to information systems, clinical applications and necessary reference materials and resources. All of this is invaluable, especially for those whose professions require mobility to execute daily functions.
June 19, 2017
May 22, 2017
Prior to the newer and more complex regulations affecting behavioral healthcare (BH) providers today, there was a serious gap in the measurement of BH performance. This included a strong lack of evidence regarding care, poorly defined quality measurements and an absence of linked electronic health record data. Now that incentive and payment plans have paved the way for enhanced and frequent reporting, BH providers are tasked with examining key performance areas and continually working on ways to leverage their data.
The first real taste of health information technology (HIT) for providers and hospitals came after the inception of the HITECH Act in 2009. While adoption and utilization started off slow in the years following its enactment, several factors helped accelerate its growth, including federally sponsored incentive payments. These programs helped spur the adoption and meaningful use of HIT by eligible professionals, hospitals, critical access hospitals and Medicare Advantage Organizations. Most notably, this promotion also increased the use of qualified electronic health records (EHRs).
We’ve spoken many times about the importance of data; it plays a big part in determining the success of an organization and in establishing a value-based approach to health care. Data serves as the crucial backbone of refined practices and constantly helps improve efficiencies in the way payers and providers deliver care. But even those who have already recognized the significance of data might not fully understand how it directly contributes to the overall growth of an organization.
February 27, 2017
Not all EHRs are flexible enough to adapt to future changes. If your organization is still functioning on first-generation EHR technology, you will likely miss out on the capabilities you’ll need to handle the challenges of 2017 and beyond. A “Goldilocks” principle of sorts can be applied to two typical EHR Vendor scenarios: either they are too big to care about how future complexities will affect your specific organizational needs, or too small to tackle them. The benefits of a true EHR partner and a second generation EHR Platform are endless, but there are three big things your vendor should be able to address for you to consider it “just right” for the year ahead.
February 13, 2017
IT personnel are likely to be the first line of defense when electronic health record (EHR) issues arise, but oftentimes they are not equipped with the information needed to solve users’ issues. When a single department “owns” your EHR system, this can leave IT scrambling to connect with multiple departments to resolve EHR issues. If your IT department needs to consistently reach out to other departments in order to aid intake staff, executives, or case managers who cannot access reports and other important information, then the department is not getting the direct EHR support they need. The latest EHR system can better connect with all of your internal teams in order to effectively approach and combat issues.
January 30, 2017
Value-based payment (VBP) is a strategy that more and more payers and health care providers are adopting. Under the VBP model, volume-based methodology and practices are eschewed in favor of overall value through savings and improved outcomes. However, implementing this system requires a fully optimized revenue cycle that serves as the foundation for the worth that VBP provides. This means the links between encounter reporting, scheduling systems, and billing systems need to be consolidated.
January 16, 2017
Data environments throughout the healthcare landscape are growing exponentially, evolving even before effective data collection strategies can be put in place. With new regulations and requirements mandated every year, both healthcare organizations and software vendors are challenged with developing data collection and evaluation processes that can be standardized across departments.
January 2, 2017
Behavioral health and clinical services have experienced many changes in the past few years with regard to new regulations, payment reforms and care delivery requirements. As we enter into 2017, these organizations will continue to experience intermediating and progressive changes. These types of changes mean that while the core services and products will stay the same, the activities that monetize and enable the delivery of these offerings will evolve. These activities will produce a host of challenges for BH organizations – challenges that if unaddressed, can be considered threats.