Health and human services (HHS) organizations share a core mission: better the lives of the people they serve. Unfortunately, with rising costs of healthcare and a complicated healthcare landscape, HHS organizations could lose sight of this purpose. Sorting out the details of billing and bureaucracy leaves many organizations just trying to stay afloat.
There is a great value in using technology to engage with healthcare consumers. Applications streamline processes that occur before, during and after appointments. With the exponential growth in availability of healthcare technology tools, consumer communication is easier and more affordable than ever before.
In the world of healthcare 3.0, this latest generation of the ever-evolving healthcare landscape, everyone is required to have an electronic health record (EHR). The benefits of EHRs are becoming better known: including the potential for higher quality care, improved health outcomes and reduced costs. EHRs should be designed to make it easier for all members of the care team to be better informed and more involved in the care of their consumers.
Interoperability must become more than a buzz word in the healthcare industry. For healthcare providers today, it is time to go beyond the technical sharing of data to look at the outcomes healthcare organizations and their consumers receive from data sharing and integration. Picture this scenario:
Consumer engagement is the forging of a unique relationship between a provider and a consumer in which the consumer becomes invested in his or her own healthcare. For consumer engagement to happen, consumers must be brought to the table in a meaningful partnership and collaboration with their provider.
The mission of public health is to reduce the leading causes of preventable death and disability, with a special emphasis on under-served populations and health disparities. Local and state health departments need to adapt and evolve if governmental public health is to address emerging health demands. Local health departments have long recognized the need to more effectively integrate and exchange data with their community partners and payers. However, given the wide-range of services public health departments deliver (in and outside…
By Netsmart When it comes to data, the goal is not just to have it, but to make it meaningful. Data tells us not just where we are, but more importantly, where we need to go. One of the best ways to obtain understanding from data is to benchmark. Benchmarking is the act of comparing a performance measure (metric) to a standard. Organizations can benchmark against their own past performance, or against the performance of a set of regional and…
Since the discovery of the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) by Francis Crick and James D. Watson in 1953 the promise of identifying the genetic causes of diseases has tantalized clinicians and researchers. The Human Genome Project, completed in 2003, mapped the entire human genetic structure and only heightened these expectations.
Earlier this week I sat in on a Web broadcast announcing the launch of the Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research. The lead presenters were former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and Dr. David Satcher, former Surgeon General of the United States. Both men are longtime advocates of mental health reform. The broadcast was interesting, inspiring and spot-on regarding many issues. But I wanted something more.
Back in med school, I’d hear classmates comment, “Cardiology is the specialty of the future. All these unhealthy, obese people are going to have heart attacks.” I think the remarks were largely motivated by a desire for job security, clinical relevancy, and money. They saw the masses as the “eventually sick.”