This week’s articles include: the need for greater integration between PACS and other IT tools in radiology; ability of implantable devices to improve patient care and compliance; accountable care organizations are expected to reduce costs but many patients seek care outside their network; a study examines the movement to incorporate “patient-reported outcomes” into clinical care; and Yelp reviews provide insight into patient experiences.
Survey: The state of system integration in academic radiology departments – Health Imaging
Academic radiology departments report varying levels of integration between PACS and other IT tools such as dictation systems, critical notification systems and electronic medical records, according to results of a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Mobile devices will interface with IT to improve care, save billions –Health Data Management
Implantables are being customized to address specific health issues and can tremendously improve patient compliance. Smart pills can monitor and
wirelessly transmit biomedical data to providers and send alerts to patients to take their meds. A dime-sized chip can enable doctors to continually monitor patient vitals. And the list keeps growing: a “bionic eye” that allows the blind to see and a cardioverter-defibrillator to treat sudden heart attacks.
ACOs using analytics, IT to manage out-of-network care – Health Data Management
Accountable care organizations are expected to reduce overall healthcare costs by coordinating care: minimizing ineffective or duplicative services and maximizing communication among the various members of each patient’s care team. At the same time, under current federal ACO rules, providers have no leverage to keep their attributed ACO patients from seeking care outside their network. A June 2014 study of care patterns in 145 ACOs, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that 66 percent of specialist visits took place outside the ACO’s network.
How patients’ reports on their health can help doctors do a better job – NPR
A study published in the April issue of the Health Affairs journal examines the movement to incorporate “patient-reported outcomes” into clinical care. It may seem like a no-brainer to include patients’ assessments of their physical and mental conditions and quality of life into medical care, but such patient-generated data have traditionally been confined to research rather than clinical settings. Clinicians have typically focused more on physical exams, medical tests and biological measures to guide patient care.
Yelp provides untapped insight into patient experience – Modern Healthcare
Excessively pricey bills, long waits for staff, rude doctors and difficulties setting up appointments drove people to rant about their hospitals on Yelp, according to a study. While those issues frustrate patients, most are not tracked on government surveys and ratings programs meant to capture patients’ experiences in U.S. hospitals. Researchers say it’s a missed opportunity for actionable feedback and to identify more robust measures.