Tying Health Equity to Quality

The survey of more than 500 healthcare professionals found a sizable increase from 2019 to 2021 in the number of healthcare leaders who identify health equity as one of their organization’s top three priorities: from 25% in 2019 to 58% in 2021.

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Aggregating Patient Data in an Ocean of Healthcare Information

According to the Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2017, primary care physicians spend about 15 minutes with each patient, and what they cover is extensive—an average of six health concerns per visit. Now, with digital care delivery in the mix and the complications of a pandemic, burnout has become a major problem for physicians. So how can the industry make sure that technological advances help physicians make the best use of their time with the patient and look for the most important data points during each visit?

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Collecting Patient-Reported Outcomes Data at Scale: Why Volume Matters

Many commercial health plans require PROM collection for participation in value-based programs, while accountable care organizations use PROMs to measure and incentivize providers for maintaining certain quality standards. According to the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, 24% of clinical data registries have already incorporated PROs into their datasets.

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CMS Suspends Enforcement of Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers

According to the memo, CMS “will not enforce the new rule regarding vaccination of health care workers or requirements for policies and procedures in certified Medicare/Medicaid providers and suppliers (including nursing facilities, hospitals, dialysis facilities and all other provider types covered by the rule) while there are court-ordered injunctions in place prohibiting enforcement of this provision.”

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What’s Actually Driving Safe Healthcare?

Over the last 20 years, much more focus has been placed on areas such as safety and efficiency rather than equity, resulting in inconsistent or episodic progress in each area. For example, safety has arguably received most of the attention and focus, but somehow, preventable harm is still frequent across the continuum of care.

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Securing Healthcare Data: Protecting Mainframes During COVID and Beyond

Hospitals and other healthcare organizations must look for new ways to secure their data, but one area in their IT infrastructure is often overlooked: mainframe security. Ray Overby, co-founder and CTO of Key Resources, Inc., says that while the current healthcare environment has brought attention to the cybersecurity threats facing healthcare organizations, mainframes still fly under the radar.

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