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We may never want healthcare IT to fully commoditize because it would probably result in fewer advances and less innovation. Still, some standards and modularity are essential to apply downward pressure on healthcare IT pricing.
While the hospital is not central to the idea of a patient-centered medical home, it can play a crucial role in overall patient health.
More than 20 years after the Mental Health Parity Act, there are wide cracks in the U.S. mental health care delivery system.
Healthcare EHRs offer a unique opportunity to help moderate costs and provide a host of clinical, organizational, and population health benefits by improving processes, but only if the systems don’t require mortgaging the future and putting the hospital in financial straits.
Rural Americans have fewer healthcare options as the number of hospitals decreases and specialists stay in the cities. Here are 5 strategies to improve rural healthcare.
How can providers help patients become more engaged in their own care? It takes strategies and it takes patience.
Can technology provide a remedy for the dismal state of rural healthcare in America? If not, what else can be done? Irv Lichtenwald outlines the issues.
Clinicians must recognize when mental illness and substance abuse occur together in order to offer more effective treatment.
The 21st Century Cures Act, while focused on improving healthcare through better, more rapid research, tries too hard to be all things to all people—it won’t be.
Digitized mental health care may mean better mental health care, but system security and personal privacy are crucial when it comes to mental health data.
When it comes to bills that improve our broken mental health system, we should leave any mention of guns out so that they are not stalled by ideological controversy.
Estimates suggest as many as 590,000 people annually end up in America's de facto mental health system: jails and prisons, streets and homeless shelters, the morgue.
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