February 15th Health Exec Briefing

Top Stories

Value-based Care to Test Small, Rural Provider HIT in 2017
Small and rural facilities are significantly less prepared for value-based care models than their urban counterparts. A recent Government Agency Office report details many challenges faced by smaller, rural hospitals in its attempt to underscore this lack of preparation. Read about the challenges these hospitals face when preparing for the new payment model.
(EHR Intelligence, February 8)

Price confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary
Following the pattern on two previous nominees – Attorney General-designate Senator Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary – the former congressman from Georgia was approved early Friday on a 52-47 vote. Price has to figure out how to keep insurers in the market for 2018 to avoid a meltdown that could leave 20 million people with health insurance coverage.
(Modern Healthcare, February 10)

Will 2017 Be The Year Of The Healthcare Audit?
According to the Department of HHS’ Office for Civil Rights, “the healthcare industry has accounted for over 40 percent of data breaches over the last three years and 91 percent of healthcare organizations have reported a breach over the last two years.” 2017 is poised to be the year of the healthcare audit driven by cybersecurity incidents combined with the fact many organizations are not in compliance.
(Health IT Outcomes, February 8)

What’s New in Healthcare

How Systems Engineering Can Help Fix Health Care
The way we build hospitals and clinics typically happens in a piecemeal, patchwork approach. Doctors and nurses feel as though they are serving technology, not the other way around. Technology, people, and processes need to all be integrated so they are seamlessly joined in pursuit of a shared goal.
(Harvard Business Review, February 9)

What the Trump administration’s ACA exchange fixes include
The Department of the HHS sent the draft of a regulation to the Office of Management and Budget last week called “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Market Stabilization”. Two similar draft documents recently obtained by Politico offered a peek at what the final regulation might include. Read more about the upcoming changes to healthcare under the Trump administration.
(Fierce Healthcare, February 7)

12.2M enroll in health plans on state, federal exchanges
When CMS announced the Healthcare.gov signup totals, some blamed the dip from 9.6 million to 9.2 million on the Trump administration’s executive order about the ACA and its decision to halt most radio and TV ads promoting open enrollment. Read more about the changes in open enrollment in health care over the years.
(Fierce Healthcare, February 10)

Healthcare Innovations

Amazon Web Services exec: Cloud innovation critical to changing payment models, treating chronic disease, aging population
Cloud computing is the new normal across all industries including healthcare. “Healthcare organizations can pilot new ideas, rapidly scale the ones that work, and simply turn off ones that don’t without wasting additional resources,” said Amazon Web Services Director Steve Halliwell.
(Healthcare IT News, February 8)

Big Data techniques help paralyzed patient regain movement
The use of millions of data points generated each second is enabling a paralyzed man to regain function in his limbs. The technology called NeuroLife is being developed by Battelle, a non-profit research and development organization, in partnership with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Read about how NeuroLife is helping patients with similar disabilities.
(Health Data Management, February 8)

Machine Learning Tool To Fight Death With Data Science
Risk prediction platform predicts population health costs and prescribes patient care optimization. “Big Data may not by itself be able to cure cancer or AIDS, but by applying analytics to human DNA and the DNA of major diseases is already producing positive results for patients,” stated Julie Skeen, Healthcare IT Strategist at Infogix. Read about how Big Data and predictive analytics can impact patient treatment.
(Health IT Outcomes, February 10)

Telehealth & mHealth News

New Project Looks to Turn a Bandage Into an mHealth Sensor
Wearables have long held promise in healthcare for the potential to monitor a patient’s vital signs in real time, but few have been able to vault the barrier of continuously tracking and sending medical grade data. The “bandage reader” would integrate with Profusa’s Lumee Oxygen Platform, an mHealth sensor designed to measure oxygen.
(mHealth Intelligence, February 8)

ATA: States showed mixed progress with telehealth
Medicaid coverage of telehealth-based dental services, substance abuse treatment and counseling has increased. “Telemedicine services are becoming expectations of consumers,” Sarah Sossong, director of the Center for Telehealth at Massachusetts General Hospital. Read about the increasing number of states partaking in the new wave of telehealth.
(Healthcare Dive, February 10)

Security & Analytics

3 Hospitals Recognized for Highest Level of EHR Adoption
Several hospitals are reaching top levels in the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). Organizations that successfully pass each level of HIMSS Analytics EMRAM, which tracks EHR progress at hospitals and healthcare systems, and complete a positive evaluation by HIMSS Analytics achieve Stage 7 status. Read more about the hospitals recognized for Stage 7 status.
(EHR Intelligence, February 10)

Cleveland Clinic’s IT expansion seen as critical to operations
“We have various operating models in different regions, but ultimately, technology plays an important role in every one of them,” says Doug Smith, the Cleveland Clinic’s interim Chief Information Officer. Smith sees a new five-year agreement with IBM to expand its IBM Health IT capabilities as critical to the organization’s international operations in the U.S. and abroad.
(Health Data Management, February 10)

Nearly Half of Surveyed Patients Worried Over PHI Security
The Xerox eHealth Survey found that 44 percent of US adults are worried that their healthcare information may be stolen and 76 percent preferred secure electronic sharing methods over paper documents. “It’s clear patients are frustrated by the lack of care coordination and disjointed processes,” Xerox Health Industry Senior VP Cees Van Doorn said in a statement.
(Health IT Security, February 10)