In today’s competitive healthcare environment, patients are playing a larger decision-making role in choosing and managing treatment options than ever before. Yesterday’s patients have become today’s healthcare consumers and empowered patients are shopping for more personalized health services and providers that stand out from the crowd.
For several years, HHS leaders have recognized the value of sharing data among state and local agencies and departments to improve overall case management. “No single area of innovation promises as much public value as the rapidly evolving areas that allow government officials to utilize data across agency and IT silos,” says Stephen Goldsmith, former deputy mayor of New York and mayor of Indianapolis, now a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Public benefits programs such as Medicaid are multidimensional, complex and continuously evolving. Because of concerns about program size, growth, diversity and adequacy of fiscal oversight, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) first designated Medicaid at high risk for fraud, waste and abuse in 2003, and it remains a high-risk program 12 years later. In fiscal year 2014, Medicaid distributed $508 billion, of which state governments shouldered $204 billion. With an overall improper payment rate of 6.7 percent, Medicaid lost more than $34 billion — and states bore the burden for about half that amount.
By deploying a large-scale longitudinal repository of clinical imaging data, hospital groups, regional healthcare information organizations, or even national healthcare systems can build a foundation for accessing the complete electronic medical imaging record, an investment that allows a single point of integration to image-enable an existing EHR application or physician web portal.
U.S. healthcare reform legislation is leading to a “new normal” in healthcare. The emergence of EHRs (electronic health records), HIEs (health information exchanges) and ACOs (accountable care organizations) emphasizes the importance of care coordination across a patient population by facilitating access to patient data across multiple healthcare providers and facilities.
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the state-of-theart 335-bed facility recently purchased a DX-G CR solution that allows it to reduce radiation dose by 57% compared to its previous CR system. The hospital’s 600-plus pediatricians and researchers are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research and education. In addition to its primary facility, Children’s Mercy serves the community and the greater Midwest with outpatient facilities and outreach clinics throughout the city, county and surrounding communities.