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Catching Up: Healthcare IT and the Behavioral Health Industry

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Friday, 24 July 2015 15:00

The need for Integration

Behavioral health issues have become increasingly prevalent among the American population. According to the Association of Mental Health’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 43.7 million (18% of) adults aged 18 or older in the United States had some sort of mental illness in the previous year. People with behavioral health issues also tend have other chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular or pulmonary diseases, and may have an increased prevalence of risk factors such as smoking, obesity and substance abuse.*

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Meaningful Use Stage 2 – Are you Ready to Attest?

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Friday, 24 July 2015 14:47

In order to encourage medical professionals and hospitals to use electronic health records (EHRs), with the goal of increasing interoperability and improving patient engagement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have created incentive programs that provide payments to eligible providers who adopt and demonstrate meaningful use of EHR technology. Stage 1 of Meaningful Use began in 2011, with objectives related to data capture and sharing of patient data. The stage 2 of the EHR incentive program began in 2014 and involves more advanced clinical processes, emphasizing better care coordination and information exchange between providers.

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How Technology Shapes Patient Engagement

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Monday, 29 June 2015 15:54

From wearable devices to telehealth and patient portals, emerging new technologies are paving the way for greater patient engagement, and enhancing the way that patients manage their own health. With a nudge from Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentives programs for Stage 2 of meaningful use, providers have also started looking for ways they can better communicate with patients.

Benefits of Patient Engagement:

Through the coordinated effort and buy-in from providers and patients, we can begin to see improved health outcomes, reduced costs and other benefits. Some of the benefits of better patient engagement include:

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The Evolution of Population Health

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Monday, 29 June 2015 15:10

What does population health mean to you?

Population health, according to the American Journal of Public Health is defined as: the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. These outcomes include mortality and health-related quality of life. Even though population health is a broad term, it is the responsibility of everyone --- from the patients themselves to the hospitals, clinics and care facilities, pharmacies, physicians and support staff, caregivers, public health agencies and policy managers. All of these individual components play a part in a patient’s overall health, and thus can have an impact on health outcomes.

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New Technologies for Home Healthcare

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Friday, 22 May 2015 00:29

Implementing HIT in the Home Healthcare Setting:

As we discussed in a recent article on telemedicine, advances in information technology can also benefit the home health services industry. For patients who want access to physicians and services, but have limited access due to physical or geographic restraints, home health care offers a convenient alternative to face-to-face visits. Home health can also benefit individuals recovering from surgery, or even those with mental or physical disabilities.

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