Healthcare News & Insights

How health IT can help cut readmission rates

Penalties will increase for hospitals with high readmission rates starting October 1. Here are some ways health IT can help. 

Telehealth programs lead to reduced readmissions, better outcomes

Telehealth initiatives have the potential to drastically change the healthcare climate for hospitals.

Are your readmission rates within the limits?

How are your readmission rates? If they exceed the national average for certain conditions, starting Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will penalize you by withholding part of your facility’s Medicare payment.

Telehealth can reduce deaths by 45%, study says

Many patients are interested in using telehealth technology to conveniently interact with their doctors without going to the office. And studies have shown telehealth can have a big impact on results, as well.

Study: Why docs won’t email their patients

Only 7% of physicians regularly use e-mail to interact with patients. Why don’t more busy docs use this time-saving tool?

Study: Expanded tele-care programs can save more money

Expanding telephone-based care management programs to larger groups of patients can lower total health care costs.

Report: Limits to what telehealth can do

Telehealth has its place, but new research indicates it’s not a cure-all for patient interaction and education.

Telehealth: Who’s using it and how

A recent survey shows most health care providers are using telehealth with some success. But getting paid for it remains an on-going battle for many.

10 challenges that’ll keep you awake in 2010

Health reform, cost cutting and increased regulation are only three of the 10 industry-wide challenges predicted for 2010.

Stimulus spurs state and local spending on health tech

The latest research from Input indicates that major medical spending for IT will be coming from state and local governments — reaching the billions by 2014.