Health information technology (HealthIT) offers many powerful tools in the fight to eliminate disparities in the delivery of care and health outcomes. From identifying variation in care delivery and outcomes by demographic group to harnessing the power of mobile devices to collect and share health data, the opportunities to leverage HealthIT in the promotion of health equity are plentiful.
Defines what quality health care is and explains why measuring health care quality is important. Discusses five ways that quality measurement can improve health care.
Today, we’re kicking off an occasional series of posts that will focus on the intersection of health and technology. Over the coming months, we’ll explore ways in which technology is helping to improve the way that doctors and other providers deliver health care to their patients.
In this first post, we’re going to explore how telemedicine can be used to increase access to specialist care. In future posts, we’ll explore topics that range from pills with sensors that track when they have been swallowed to electronic health records.
Today, we’re kicking off a series of blogs that examine the intersection between health and technology. Why? In many ways, the U.S. health care system has been remarkably conservative when it comes to technology. We know that the health care field is often quick to adopt innovative treatments for disease and illness.
Earlier this month, a federal district court judge in Idaho examined whether a merger between a large hospital system, St. Luke’s, and the state’s largest independent network of doctors would create monopoly conditions. This proposed merger underscores a growing trend in the health care industry: because it’s easier and more cost effective to coordinate patient care when hospitals, specialists, and primary care doctors are part of one unified system that is financially and clinically integrated, we’re seeing more hospital and provider groups merging.
Proposed New Quality Rating Systems Will Allow Consumers to Rate Health Plans in the Health Insurance Marketplaces
Consumers will soon have a powerful new tool that allows them to use data to measure the quality of different health plans offered in their state’s health insurance marketplace. This tool is based on the new Quality Rating System (QRS) proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It is a notable step forward in the adoption of employing consumer-friendly data transparency practices to help individuals make data-driven, informed decisions about their health care choices.
Live updates from day 2 of Health Action 2014.
Getting the Right Care at the Right Time: Why Consumers Should Care About Health System Transformation
Consumers rely on doctors to employ best practices in the delivery of health care. Whether it’s offering advice on which preventive screenings are necessary or diagnosing a life-threatening illness, we trust that our physicians base the way they deliver care on evidence.
That’s why many are surprised to learn that medicine is more an art than a science. As one frequently cited study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found, evidenced-based care is delivered only half of the time.
Doctors and Drug Company Dollars: How Recent Strides toward Transparency in Financial Relationships Will Benefit Consumers
GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical manufacturers, made a bold announcement this week: It's going to stop paying doctors to promote its drugs. In an industry that has long relied on physicians to spread the word to their colleagues about new medicines (and has compensated them handsomely for doing so), this marks what many hope is the beginning of a major change in the culture of medicine and the marketing of drugs.
Explains value-based insurance design and high-value care, outlines the key elements that value-based insurance should include.