The USA Today highlights the dilemma of rushed physician exams, which creates frustration and tension for both doctors and patients. As long as the pay for performance model dominates the market, primary care physicians will continue to feel pressured to squeeze in as many patients as possible into their schedule. The implied “fix” is to change the reimbursement model, which will no doubt take time. No mention is made of the how EMRs, patient portals, and other technologies impact the situation, but obviously HIT alone isn’t the cure.
Orthopedists were the most highly compensated physicians last year, earning an average of $413,000. Cardiologists, urologists, and gastroenterologists took the next highest spots while family physicians were near the bottom at $176,000. The same Medscape survey found that 35 percent of employed physicians spend at least 10 hours a week on paperwork; only 26 percent of self-employed physicians spend more than 10 hours a week on admin tasks.
Maine’s HealthInfoNet HIE offers providers access to the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program through the HIE’s portal, giving clinicians a single sign-on to both systems.
Steward Health Care System (MA) selects athenaCoordinator Enterprise to enable care coordination for its employed providers and their patients.
Wikipedia tracks flu outbreaks up to two weeks faster than the CDC, according to Boston Children’s Hospital researchers. Using an algorithm that collected data on how many of 35 flu-related Wikipedia pages were viewed, researchers were also able to identify flu-related activity with 17 percent more accuracy than with Google Flu Trends, which was recently criticized for overestimating the incident of flu.
GetWellNetwork announces details of its GetConnected 2014 conference in Chicago June 3-5.
The CEO of scribe staffing company PhyAssist reports his business has grown from 45 scribes in 2008 to 1,400 today and expects demand to increase as more providers adopt EHRs.
Surescripts awards DrFirst and 31 of its EMR partners that have integrated Rcopia e-prescribing software within their EMR with its White Coat of Quality Award.
An AHRQ report on health information interoperability finds that MU criteria falls short of achieving MU in any practical sense and recommends that Stage 3 be used to advance interoperable health data infrastructure. The JASON report also recommends that Stage 3 require vendors to develop, publish, and verify APIs that allow third parties to build on them with new applications and that EHRs should have enhanced encryption and fraud detection capabilities.
The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine recommends that EHR developers consider the special needs of adolescents when designing and implementing systems to ensure patients’ access and confidentiality requirements are met. In order for adolescents to realize the benefits of EHRs, providers should also advocate for adolescents’ specific privacy needs.