The issues faced by many in the healthcare industry when it comes to digitization are vast, not only in the UK and Europe but globally. We’ve come to view mobile phones as something we can take with us anywhere through the power of roaming. The same cannot be said for the delivery of wireless medical devices and networks, which could provide life-changing treatments to people, especially those with chronic conditions. For example, in England, 15 million people suffer from long-term conditions, with their treatment absorbing 70 percent of acute and primary care budgets in the country. By 2018, the number of people with three or more long-term conditions is expected to hit 2.9 million, resulting in an extra £5 billion a year spend for the government. Do you like good gadgets? Those sweet cool gadgets? Oh, yeah In the United States, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimate that over 68 percent of its beneficiaries are afflicted with two or more chronic … [Read more...] about We were promised digitized health care… what’s the delay?
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California's government would set prices for hospital stays, doctor visits and other health care services under legislation introduced Monday, vastly remaking the industry in a bid to lower health care costs. The proposal, which drew swift opposition from the health care industry, comes amid a fierce debate in California as activists on the left push aggressively for a system that would provide government-funded insurance for everyone in the state. Across the country, rising health care costs have put the industry, lawmaker and employers and consumers at odds. The proposal in California would affect private health plans, including those offered by employers and purchased by individuals. A nine-member commission appointed by the governor and legislative leaders would set prices for everything from a physical exam to an allergy test to heart bypass surgery. No other state has such a requirement. "If we do not act now, I'm concerned that health care prices will become unsustainable," … [Read more...] about California bill would create health care price controls
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In one of the most aggressive efforts in the nation to curb soaring health care spending, a California measure introduced Monday would put the state in charge of setting prices for hospital stays, doctor’s visits and most other medical services covered by commercial insurers.The bill, backed by labor unions and consumer groups, is certain to rouse fierce opposition from physicians and hospitals, setting the stage for a brawl between some of the Capitol’s top lobbying heavyweights. Proponents also face friction on the left from advocates of single-payer health care, who espouse an alternate vision of how to overhaul the state’s health care.Despite the political hurdles, an effort to rein in prices is tantalizing for policymakers, as health care costs gobble up more of state budgets, employers’ bottom lines and workers’ paychecks.“It’s quite bold,” said Kristof Stremikis, director of market analysis with the … [Read more...] about Calif. bill would put state in charge of prices in commercial health care market
It may have been slow to catch on compared to other industries, but the health care sector has developed a voracious appetite for data. Digital transformation topped the agenda at this year’s Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Florida, and big data analytics in health care is on track to be worth more than $34 billion globally within the next five years—possibly sooner.Electronic health records are growing in importance to enable more interdisciplinary collaboration, speed up communication on patient cases, and drive up the quality of care. Enhanced measurement and reporting have become critical for financial management and regulatory compliance, and to protect organizations from negligence claims and fraud. More strategically, big data is spurring new innovation, from smart patient apps to complex diagnostics driven by machine learning. Because of their ability to crunch big data and build knowledge at speed, computers could soon … [Read more...] about A speedy recovery: the key to good outcomes as health care’s dependence on data deepens
In late January, Apple previewed an iOS feature that would allow consumers to access their electronic health records on their phones. Skeptics said the move was a decade too late given a similar (and failed) effort from Google. Optimists argued that Apple was capable of translating health data into something meaningful for consumers. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Aneesh Chopra (@aneeshchopra) is president of CareJourney and former chief technology officer of the United States. Shafiq Rab (@cioshafiq) is senior vice president and chief information officer of the Rush University Medical Center. But the announcement portends great things for consumers and the app developers seeking to serve them, from our perspectives as the former US chief technology officer under President Obama, and as an early adopter of the Apple service as Rush University Medical Center’s chief information officer. That’s because Apple has committed to an open API for health care records—specifically, the … [Read more...] about Apple’s Decision to Make Health Care Records Available on the iPhone Is a Game-Changer