Archive of: February, 2013

  • A Filtered Focus: Achieving Meaningful Health Information Exchange

    by Gary Hamilton

    Now that electronic health records (EHRs) are becoming more prevalent, health information exchange (HIE) is getting easier and becoming a less unwieldy tool to navigate. However, even with this progress, providers today still face the challenge of “information overload.” Too much information can be detracting for providers—and may even add liability risks.

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  • The Missing Link Between Payers, Providers and Patients

    by Gary Hamilton

    With financial considerations fueling payers’ initiatives and quality concerns pressing providers to be more patient-focused, the need for effective collaboration among payers, providers and patients is paramount. In recent years, health-related expenditures have topped $2.5 trillion annually (nearly 18 percent of the gross domestic product), and are expected to rise in the next decade. Costs are continuing to rise for payers, employers and patients, and revenue is at stake for providers. Our current system is unsustainable, and financial models forecast that it’s headed somewhere we don’t want to go.

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