July 2014   
Healthcare’s deep dive into Analytics
Hospitals & Health Networks (HH&N) has released a study that clearly concludes that hospitals are diving “deeper into data analytics and population health management”.

The 16th Annual Survey that HH&N conducted together with the American Hospital Association, CHIME, McKesson and AT&T, has found that the more ”wired” a hospital is, the higher are the chances of the hospital to delve deeper into analytics. This study has found that 375 organizations are already utilizing information technology tools to find the gaps between patient and providers’ communication and information channels and are addressing them successfully. In fact, two-thirds of the hospitals on the list share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers.

Among other things, the survey states that:

  • 36 percent of hospitals on the Most Wired list aggregate data from patient encounters to create a community health record.
  • 71 percent of them manage care transitions compared with 57 percent of all responding organizations.
  • 43 percent integrate clinical and claims data so they're accessible, searchable and reportable across the care community.
  • 69 percent use tools for retrospective analysis of clinical and administrative data to identify areas for improving the quality of care and reducing the cost of care delivered.

Most of the credit for this change can be attributed to the new reimbursement landscape that requires smarter use of analytics for clinical and business intelligence, care coordination and population health management.

Read more: http://www.saviance.com/whitepapers/internet-health-industry.html  

Mayo Clinic’s burgeoning Patient Portal

Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic has been busy in rolling out their own patient portal amidst unique challenges, privacy issues and avoiding the common pitfalls by doing the right thing. With over 400,000 patients at all their locations, Mayo Clinic has as many online portal accounts for the patients.

"In terms of the view, download and transmit, we think that we'll be doing well from that perspective," said Mark Parkulo, MD, vice chair, meaningful use coordinating group, on June 16, 2014 at the HIMSS Media/Healthcare IT News Privacy and Security Forum in San Diego.

Patient Portals: the new age engagement model
From the hospital perspective, Mayo Clinic will be ready to meet the Stage 2 requirements this month. From the providers’ perspective they are prepared for launch in the 4th quarter of this year.

One of the challenges overcome by the Mayo Clinic team has been to allow patients to sign up without face-to-face validation which allows a large number of patients to access the portal. This boost in the numbers also raised some questions on security and privacy, which are being addressed. A remaining challenge is the aspect of secure messaging. But overall, the success of the patient portal is evident in the large number of patients who have adopted this method to engage and communicate with the hospital and other relevant stakeholders.

Read more: http://www.saviance.com/ihealthconnect  

Healthcare Staffing set to grow in 2014-15

Healthcare Staffing: potential magnified
The recent US Staffing Industry Forecast anticipates that the US temporary staffing market will grow by 6% year over year in 2014 and 7% in 2015, with a total revenue of over $118 billion. Breaking all past records, this estimation is setting new highs for the staffing industry.

The forecast for Healthcare Staffing is also positive as the industry ended last year at just 71% of the peak market size it had reached in 2002. This trend indicates significant room for expansion. The current trends indicate that the temporary healthcare staffing market in the US is set to row by 6% in 2014 before accelerating moderately to 8% in 2015 to a market size of $11.1 billion.

Read more: http://www.saviance.com/staffing-services 

Wharton Ahoy!

Saviance in Wharton Healthcare Quarterly

Rohit Mahajan, Managing Director and President of Saviance Technologies was recently covered by the Wharton Healthcare Quarterly. This is a leading publication that deals with the latest and the most innovative technologies that are transforming the healthcare space in the US. Rohit was profiled as an illustrious member of the alumni of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Read more: http://www.whartonhealthcare.org/article.html?aid=1848

Smart contact lens that captures data!

Google is working on developing a smart contact lens in conjunction with the European drug maker Novartis. This smart contact lens will monitor the wearer’s blood sugar levels, which is particularly useful for people with diabetes. It could be uploaded to smartphone devices and used by doctors and patients to monitor the data almost in real time. This move is part of the increasing interest shown by technology giants in the healthcare sector to develop devices and mobile applications to track people’s daily lives.
Why Providers are Engaging Patients in their Healthcare
The engagement of patients is an important requirement of EHR Incentive program, also called Meaningful Use. The Government directives and Stage 1 Meaningful Use objectives in the US suggest that hospitals should engage patients in their own healthcare. According to the Government directives, the providers encourage patients to play a more active role in their health programs as well as encourage patients’ families to participate in patient engagement activities because patients the need support of their families the most. To adopt meaningful use of EHR technology, healthcare organizations are implementing effective patient portals which successfully integrate EHR functionality.

These Meaningful Use objectives provides a complete clinical summary and health information to the patients so that they can manage their health at home and practice healthy behaviours, especially patients with chronic conditions such as asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes etc.

It is said that engaged patients are satisfied patients who in turn help to boost the business of providers. EHR system integrated with patient portal provides a better way to connect patients with their providers. Following are some of the best practices that providers can adopt to meet patients’ satisfaction, and therefore enhancing their business prospects:

Engaging Patients Meaningfully
  • Make the patient experience a provider priority
  • Make the patient experience a hospital priority
  • Create accountability
  • Implementing healthcare IT solutions within their practice
  • Balance persistence with patience
  • Build the right team
  • Use of social media to connect with patients

Read more: http://i-health-connect.com/

Importance of Health Informatics in Enhancing Healthcare

Health Informatics is here to stay
Health informatics is one of the fastest growing areas within healthcare space. Put simply, health informatics is about getting the right information to the right person at the right time.

Today, medical informatics and information technology have become the key components of personalized healthcare that involve the efficient use of electronic health records. To meet Meaningful Use stage 2 requirements, providers are increasingly using EHRs that make complete and updated medical information of patients available whenever and wherever it is needed.

Furthermore, healthcare informatics helps providers to make complex information useful for making right clinical decisions and enables them to deliver quality care for each patient. Every now and then, the new healthcare technologies, medications, treatments, and procedures are being developed, and clinicians need to incorporate these new developments into their daily practices. They need to grasp both old and new knowledge, apply that knowledge to their patients care, and improve communication with patients, hospitals, and other providers. Therefore, it is critical for the healthcare professionals to get the right information in order to deliver the most appropriate care.

In the past, meeting these expectations was not easy because of the lack of proper systems to organize, store, and retrieve patients’ medical information. However, with the advancement in health informatics and growing number of healthcare IT service providers, it becomes possible for clinicians to meet these challenges efficiently and enhance the quality of healthcare.

Overall, health care informatics provides practical and essential information for clinicians to stay abreast of technologies and information that can improve patient care.

Read more: http://www.saviance.com/whitepapers/data-analytics.html