The basic goal of population health management is to manage the health of a defined population optimally by providing the right intervention(s) to the right people at the right time. Well-designed population health tools when implemented thoroughly, benefits the patient, makes workflow easier for the provider and keeps costs low for health systems and payers.
According to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), providers and hospitals who demonstrate the meaningful use of a certified electronic health record (EHR) system, are eligible for incentive payments.
The meaningful use programs seemed to have worked well, with office based physician EHR use jumping from 67.5% in 2013 to 74.1% in 2014.
The New Year witnessed a happy and healthy resolution connected to the importance of health information technology, made by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The center stated in its release, “We are working diligently to improve the means for information exchange and electronic data sharing across and among providers and health systems.”
The adoption and use of new technology is driving several new trends in the healthcare industry. As the industry moves towards becoming more patient centric, interoperability and security measures are bound to progress at a steady pace. One of the fastest moving trends, electronic health information exchange (HIE) will see an increased adoption by all providers along with a much greater interoperability between Federal and State agencies on one hand,