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EHR and Data Exchange Study by Farzad Mostashari and ONC Researchers

It’s always good to know who’s behind a study that you’re reading. In this case, it is a study by ONC and they are putting National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari’s name on it along with ONC researchers. In one respect, we know that ONC has a bias towards use of health IT. On the other hand they are also the organization with the most information on what’s happening with EHR and exchange of healthcare data. So, take those biases and check out some of the highlights of the study:
· 58 percent of hospitals exchanged data with providers outside their organization in 2012 and hospitals’ exchanges with other hospitals outside their organization more than doubled during the study period.

· Hospitals with basic EHR systems and participating in HIOs (health information organizations) had the highest rates of hospital exchange activity in 2012, regardless of the organizational affiliation of the provider exchanging data or the type of clinical information exchanged.

· The proportion of hospitals that adopted at least a basic EHR and participated in an HIO grew more than fivefold from 2008 to 2012.

· Between 2008 and2012, there were significant increases in the percent of hospitals exchanging radiology reports, laboratory results, clinical care summaries, and medication lists with hospitals and providers outside of their organization.

· 84 percent of hospitals that adopted an EHR and participated in a regional HIO exchanged information with providers outside their organization.

To see state-level estimates for several of the measures included in the new study, visit ONC’s Health IT Adoption and Use dashboard at http://dashboard.healthit.gov/. The abstract of the Health Affairs study can be found at http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/8/1346.abstract.

August 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Report to Congress on Health IT Adoption and HIE

ONC recently posted the “Update on the Adoption of Health Information Technology and Related Efforts to Facilitate the Electronic Use and Exchange of Information.” The report provides updates on the adoption of health IT from January 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013. The report also describes CMS’ and ONC’s efforts to facilitate the nationwide adoption and exchange of electronic health information, identifies and discusses barriers to the adoption and exchange of electronic clinical data, and how HHS’ programs are helping to address those barriers.

Here’s the full PDF report.

These reports are always interesting, because they focus on all the very best angles for the data. Looking at the report it would seem that everything is happily moving along in the EHR adoption world and that we’re almost done with the implementation of EHR. Unfortunately, the reality is very different. We have made huge progress in adoption of EHR, but we still have a long way to go in use of EHR.

I also wish the report would have put more focus on the exchange of health information. I imagine they didn’t want to do so, because the numbers there are pretty bleak. We still have a long way to go and if they put the numbers out there for it, it would not be pretty.

I was intrigued by the final paragraph in the document. It basically suggests that healthcare IT is going to play an important role in the shift of how we pay for healthcare. This is a great question. Could the shift in healthcare payments happen without healthcare IT?

June 27, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

National eHealth Collaborative Survey Results

The results of a survey given to 450 members of the National eHealth Collaborative on July 16th were released. The goal of the survey was to “build an understanding of consumer engagement strategies currently underway and planned for the future,” according to a press release. There were many interesting findings from this survey. The primary goals for consumer engagement with health IT included the following:

  • 68% – improve health outcomes
  • 66% – deliver information to patients
  • 59% – enable consumers to take more responsibility for their health
  • 59% – reduce healthcare costs
  • 57% – improve consumers’ experience in interacting with our organization

Along the same lines, those surveyed were asked what their definition of consumer engagement was. There were quite a few answers, but the top three were:

  • Patient uses electronic educational material or online resources to learn about better health or their own health conditions (74%)
  • Patient refills prescriptions or accesses lab results or other personal health data online (72%)
  • Patient engages with provider through electronic means (e.g. telemedicine) (71%)

Kate Berry, CEO of NeHC, commented on the survey:

Effectively leveraging health IT to engage with patients and consumers will lead to better healthcare outcomes. Our surveyshows that a majority of organizations believe in the strategic importance of consumer engagement yet their strategies are understandably nascent. NeHC’s Consumer Consortium on eHealth and HIE Learning Network can serve as forums for sharing consumer engagement lessons learned to help accelerate progress.

The complete results of the survey can be found here.

November 1, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Healthbox Expands to European Startups

Healthbox is known for helping new business startups by providing them with seed capital. The company has recently announced it would be expanding its services to London. In July, Healthbox began the search for health tech startups that will bring change to health care in Europe.

They hosted the first of many events across Europe to bring in potential startups, and the final selection was set to take place in September. The startups that were selected are set to receive £75,000 of seed capital, access to Healthbox’s mentors, wider industry network,  and access to Healthbox’s London offices.

Commenting on the launch of Healthbox’s accelerator in London, Nina Nashif, Founder of Healthbox, described why London was chosen to be the hub in Europe, and her feelings about the program:

London was the obvious place to come be part of the UK’s world-renowned academic institutions, science and tech traditions as well as being a gateway to the rest of Europe. It is the natural seedbed for new, passionate entreprenerus looking to grow their ideas. We are looking forward with some amazing people. Healthcare has traditionally been a challenging sector for innovation because by its very nature it has been risk averse. Healthbox has developed a new ecosystem and culture for stimulating change by bringing together early-stage companies with strategic organisations, individuals and investors who mutually benefit from working together on new ideas that transform health. We believe in the power of having a global network for exchange of ideas and learning.

There are several firms that are supporting the program, which include Bupa and Secro and Zone Digital, and there will be mentors from companies such as Care UK, Novo Nordisk, Dell, Deloitte, and DocCom.

October 12, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Pingmd and Rxante Receive Fundings to Continue Product Development

FUNDINGS:

Pingmd is an app that connects parents with their child’s pediatrician. The startup behind its creation, Dauphin Health, has raised $1.33 million. The company is based in New York, and was created by Drs. Gopal and Manju Chopra. The app is free, and parents can keep track of vaccinations and allergies, as well as communicate (securely) with their child’s pediatrican.

Pingmd currently has seven employees and thousands of patients have used it so far. There are plans to expand throughout other parts of North America and into Europe. According to Dr. Gopal Chopra the app is “gear towards getting the physician the right information to make a decision.

Directors that were listed on the SEC document included Matthew Greenfield, Ernest Pomerantz, and Rudy Mazzocchi.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember to take prescribed medicine. RxAnte aims to change that. The company develops technology to help remind patients to take medications. And a few weeks ago, RxAnte received a $4.6 million investment. The investment came from Aberdare Ventures and West Health Investment.

According to BizJournals.com, RxAnte’s “technology can predict which patients are likely to stray from their scheduled drug-taking schedules, and what interventions are likely to be most effective.” This funding will help the company continue creating new technology and introducing them to the market

October 4, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

New Host of Startups Enroll at StartUp Health Academy

A new class of companies will be enrolling in the StartUp Health Academy in the coming weeks. The program is three-years long and involves live and online workshops and demo days.

The newest start-ups that have enrolled include:

  • Avado
  • Beyond Lucid Technologies
  • CakeHealth
  • CarePlanners
  • CareLinx
  • Chemotopia
  • Docphin
  • Empower Interactive
  • Greatist
  • Medikly
  • Rip Road
  • Truth On Call

StartUp Health has had almost 1,000 startups in the academy over the past 10 years. That’s quite a list of companies. A number of them with really interesting history such as Avado founder coming from Microsoft HealthVault and CakeHealth which did really well at TechCrunch Disrupt.

September 25, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Predilytics, InCrowd, and Doximity Receive Fundings and Plan to Expand

FUNDINGS

A Facebook for doctors? That’s what Doximity is being called. It started out as a LinkedIn for doctors, but with the addition of a news feed, it’s turning more Facebook-like. The company recently raked in $17 million series B round fundings. It was led by Morgenthaler Ventures, along with participation from Emergence Capital Partners and InterWest Partners.

This is the second round of funding that Doximity has received, which is when the company grew the most. It is a free, social networking tool that is secure and allows doctors to discuss patients, which cannot occur with regular social networks or text messaging. According to VentureBeat, Doximity

. . . hopes to connect doctors so that they can collaborate on cases, identify the right candidate for a referral, send private messages to each other, converse about the latest research, and gain exposure for their practice. It has experienced rapid expansion and recently announced that one in seven physicians in the United States have signed up.

Be sure to look for big things from this company in the future.

Boston-based startup Predilytics combines machine learning and health care to help health care companies run more efficiently. On September 4th, the company announced that it closed on a $6 million Series A round of funding. Contributors include Flybridge Capital Partners, Highland Capital Partners and Google Ventures.

Gigaoam.com quote Predilytics as describing their services as follows:

Predilytics offers a new approach for generating healthcare insights – applying big data, machine learning technology to create transparent, unbiased business driven results. This approach exceptional predictive models that are 2x to 4x more insightful and actionable than conventional statistical/regression modeling and rules-based methods.

Predilytics plans to use this funding to “further expand its product offerings and grow operations with a focus on analytics, information technology, application development and account management.”

InCrowd allows “pharmaceuticals to survey screened and targeted healthcare professionals in real-time.” The company recently closed a $2.2 million Series A round. The round was let by Nauta Capital.

InCrowd has a database of “pre-screened healthcare professionals.” These professionals have opted-in to being in the database. Pharmaceutical companies can take this database and find doctors that fit the description of who they want to to take their survey, and then a survey will be sent out to them.

Thank you to Rockhealth.com for putting together a list of fundings and acquisitions each week. Be sure to check out their weekly newsletter!

September 14, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

WellFX, a Social Platform for HealthCare, Receives $5 Million From CMT Ventures

There is just one funding this week, but check out the full list of Healthcare IT investments:

WellFx, “a safe, private and secure social platform designed to bring healthcare to life” received $5 million Series A Financing from CMT Ventures. The platform is beneficial for both providers and patients. Patients that are living with chronic medical conditions are able to use the platform to connect with others, receive support, and get educated on their condition. Healthcare providers are able to incorporate the platform into their practice and encourage patients to participate in.

The company is in the process of creating a cloud-based social platform, which is what the $5 million will help with. The platform is supposed to help patients connect with one another and better their health.

Thank you to Rockhealth.com for putting together a list of fundings and acquisitions each week. Be sure to check out their weekly newsletter!

August 7, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

New York eHealth Collaborative Opens Application for Accelerator Program

As mentioned in a post on EMR Thoughts,  the New York eHealth Collaborative recently launched the New York Digital Health Accelerator. This program is for “early- and growth-stage digital health companies that are developing cutting edge technology products in care coordination, patient engagement, analytics and message alerts for healthcare providers.”

The application for this program is now open, though the deadline is quickly approaching on June 1st. After the deadline, a committee will review the applications and select up to twelve companies to participate based on different expectations such as product innovation, management’s track record, and company stage.

The companies that are selected will receive up to $300,000 throughout the course of the program. According to the NYDHA website, participants who are selected will also receive the following:

  • Access to clinical and technology feedback from the participating provider organizations.
  • Technology experts to help customize and integrate product to the statewide network that integrates all of the EHR data across the state.
  • Participating in a leadership program in which you will be able to interact with a network of healthcare leaders, successful entrepreneurs and investors.
  • Access to the NYeC-led EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup network of providers, states, and vendors from across the country.

This program is being sponsored by many different providers and investors. A full list can be found here.

Companies all around the country can apply as long as they meet the requirements. Companies that should not apply include pharmaceutical, biotech, surgical medical device, and diagnostics companies. Frequently asked questions are available concerning a variety of topics relating to the application and the program.

There was a information and networking event held on May 10th concerning the accelerator program and it was streamed live. It has been posted here for those who missed it.

For companies that are interested, the application is available here. Be sure to turn it in by June 1st, and finalist interviews will be held on July 19th and 20th in New York City. The program will officially begin on September 10th.

May 24, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Top EHR Adoption By State – Which States Lead?

The Doctor’s Company, a medical malpractice insurance firm, surveyed 5,105 doctors nationwide about EHR adoption. According to the report, here’s the top 5 states leading EHR adoption:
* 41% EMR Adoption by Oregon’s Physicians
* 39% EMR Adoption by Georgia’s Physicians
* 37% EMR Adoption by Florida’s Physicians
* 35% EMR Adoption by Washington’s Physicians
* 34% EMR Adoption by Virgina’s Physicians

Another interesting stat from the study said that 17% of doctors surveyed said they had no plans to use an EHR in their practice.

I’m sure we could talk about ~5,000 doctors not being a representative sample for 50 states, but the numbers are interesting. I think it’s also worth noting that the highest EHR adoption they found for a state was 41%. So much for all those people who say that EHR adoption has topped 50%. I still put it at the 25-30% range for overall EHR adoption.

I think it would be interesting to do a little digging and see how good the HIE efforts are in each of these states that have higher EHR adoption. While EHR isn’t an absolute pre-requisite for an HIE, it is in my book.

The 17% of doctors not wanting to adopt an EHR isn’t that surprising. In fact, I could have imagined it higher. Although, that’s going to change over the next 5 years. Sure, there will always be that 5% that won’t change, but most of the rest won’t have much choice.

April 23, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.