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Apple HealthKit – Epic Integration at Ochsner Health System – David Harlow Interviews Dr. Richard Milani
The first health system to announce that it had integrated HealthKit into its Epic EHR is Ochsner Health System in Louisiana. It is a 12-hospital, 40-clinic operation with over 900 physicians. I spoke recently with Dr. Richard Milani, Ochsner’s Chief Clinical Transformation Officer.
Once those questionnaires hit the street, the full force of OCR will not be far behind. In light of the latest multimillion dollar HIPAA penalty — this one levied by the Puerto Rican government against an organization that might actually be around long enough to cough up the big bucks, as opposed to Cignet (and there’s no telling what OCR might do in addition to that) — let’s just say it behooves all covered entities and busienss associates out there that have not yet put their house in order from a HIPAA/HITECH compliance perspective to do so now.
A recent paper published in the journal Health Affairs, “Understanding Differences Between High- and Low-Price Hospitals: Implications For Efforts To Rein In Costs” makes some excellent points regarding the pricing power of the largest hospitals and the wide variation in local prices. But then it attempts to make some comparisons between cost and quality of care concluding that “the high-priced hospitals’ performance on outcome-based quality measures was mixed.”
This time it is Health Management Associates, based in Naples, Florida. Or should I say it is H.M.A. yet again. A whistleblower said H.M.A. was scoring ER doctors on their admit rates.
March 2nd – 8th is Patient Safety Awareness Week and the theme , Navigate Your Health…Safely, urges health care providers to help patients and consumers become more engaged in the health care process, whether visiting the doctor for a routine exam or entering the hospital for surgery.
The Massachusetts Medical Society may be the first to notice that Meaningful Use EHR mandates favor large providers and technology vendors. Control over the Nationwide Health Information Network sets the stage for how physicians refer, receive decision support, report quality, and interact with patients.