Geisinger using Technology to Increase Patient Engagement, CEO says
During an industry talk this past Thursday, CEO of Geisinger Health System, Dr. Glenn Steele Jr., announced that the company has invested in health information technology innovations to transform itself from the normal fragmented, hospital-centric model to one that actively pursues patient involvement and easy access.
The new technology, based on Danville, Pa.’s system, has invested in three key areas: virtual visits; personalized medicine; and patient access to healthcare data. One of the unique features about this system is that it contains doctors’ notes in the patients’ records, a feature that more than 80% have utilized. After opening the doctors’ notes patients reported “feeling more in control of their care, better prepared for their visits and more likely to take medications as prescribed.”
Geisinger Health System released updated usage figures which showed that the portal currently has 268,000 active users, about 41% of ongoing patients.
Source: Modern Healthcare, 10/30/14
Report: Health IT Market Moves to More Powerful Care Delivery Method
According to global consulting firm Oliver Wyman, the industry is moving towards Health Market 2.0 due to venture capitalist pumping more money into health care tech and innovation; as well as companies making more valuable contributions. The report claims that with Health Market 2.0 it will prove to be more convenient than the Health Market 24 with it’s easy, “24/7 nature of healthcare and health IT, with prediction and prevention making us much less reliant on cures.”
Main and Slywotzky predicts three distinct movements that will propel a new market for health IT:
- Quantified self-movement: Set to increase the consumers understanding of their health, especially with social media platforms and wearable sensors.
- Transparent consumer markets: Assigns more importance on price, value, and outcomes, instead of reputation and referrals.
- Smart care teams: The use of data, clinical feedback, personalized evidence-based medicine, and predictive modeling will be included in the new model for delivering health care. The model will help consumers stay healthy while avoiding high priced hospitalizations.
Source: FierceHealthIT, 10/28/14
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