Sunday, May 24, 2015

California Education Connection

“Bringing People and Knowledge Together”

California Education Connection is a certified education agency that provides unique, quality education seminars, eLearning, and program certifications for Physical Therapists and Assistants, Occupational Therapists and COTAs, Athletic and Personal Trainers. The Physical Therapy Board of California (PTBC) recognizes California Education Connection as an Approval Agency to certify and approve individuals, educators, businesses, university and professional providers of continuing education competency courses in California.


    What Are the Top Electronic Health Services Available to Patients?

    Posted:5/13/2015 3:32:00 PM +00:00
    A new Accenture survey finds that 58% of health care providers allow patients to request prescription refills electronically, up from 43% in 2012. Meanwhile, 56% of providers are available to their patients through secure email, up from 41% in 2012. The percentage of providers who gave patients to access their medical information online also increased from 30% in 2012 to 55% in 2015.

    What Are the Top Barriers to Achieving a Connected Health Environment?

    Posted:4/29/2015 3:30:00 PM +00:00
    A MedData Group survey of 171 health care providers found that 67% identified cost as the biggest barrier to achieving a fully connected health care environment in which providers and patients are linked through engagement technologies, home monitoring, mobile health applications and video consults. Meanwhile, 54% cited providers' resistance to change as a major obstacle.

    How Have EHRs Affected Patient Care?

    Posted:4/14/2015 8:28:00 PM +00:00
    Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT data show that nearly 80% of doctors said electronic health records enhanced overall patient care. According to the data, 81% of doctors said EHR use allowed them to access a patient's information remotely, while 64% said their EHR system alerted them to a potential medication issue.

    How Are Public Health Agencies Receiving Lab Reports?

    Posted:4/1/2015 5:47:00 PM +00:00
    Data compiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT show that 67% of lab reports are being sent to public health agencies electronically, and that percentage is expected to increase to more than 80% by 2016. The data also show that 48 states and six large local health departments are receiving some lab reports electronically.

    What Are Patients' Top Health Data Breach Concerns?

    Posted:3/18/2015 2:05:00 PM +00:00
    A new survey by Software Advice finds that 45% of patients are significantly concerned about their personal health data being involved in a security breach. Of those who expressed a high level of concern, the survey shows 47% are concerned about fraud, 44% are concerned about privacy and 10% cite a distrust of technology. 

    What Health IT Tools Do Young Adults Support?

    Posted:3/4/2015 5:37:00 PM +00:00
    Data compiled by Salesforce show that 60% of respondents ages 18 to 34 are interested in using telehealth services, while 71% would like their health care providers to use a mobile health application. In addition, the survey shows that 63% would like to use a wearable device as part of their health care experience.

    How Are Physicians Using Social Media?

    Posted:2/18/2015 6:27:00 PM +00:00
    Data compiled by CDW Healthcare show that 60% of physicians said their most popular activity on social media is seeing what their colleagues are sharing and discussing. Meanwhile, the percentage of physicians who used social media to search for a job doubled from 21% in 2010 to 42% in 2013.

    How Do Physicians' Digital Tool Offerings Influence Patients?

    Posted:2/4/2015 7:22:00 PM +00:00
    A survey by TechnologyAdvice shows 60.8% of respondents say the availability of digital tools is "important" or "somewhat important" to their choice of health care provider. However, less than 33% of respondents say their physicians offer such services.

    How Many Eligible Professionals, Hospitals Are Being Hit With Medicare Meaningful Use Penalties?

    Posted:1/22/2015 6:46:00 PM +00:00
    CMS data show that beginning Jan. 1, more than 257,000 of the 537,600 professionals eligible for the Medicare meaningful use program received a penalty for failing to meet program requirements, while more than 200 of the 4,993 hospitals eligible for the Medicare meaningful use program have been penalized since Oct. 1, 2014. Meanwhile, CMS said about 55,000 eligible professionals out of 57,000 applicants were approved for hardship exemptions.

    How Were States Graded on Health Information Transparency?

    Posted:1/7/2015 6:05:00 PM +00:00
    A report card from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute shows that just two U.S. states -- Minnesota and Washington -- earned an "A" for providing accessible, transparent physician quality information in 2014. The majority of states -- 40 and Washington, D.C. -- received an "F," while four states received a "D," two states received a "C" and two states received a "B."

    How Do Health IT Workers Advance in Their Field?

    Posted:12/17/2014 3:07:00 PM +00:00
    A recent report compiled by Burning Glass shows health IT workers have a clear path for career advancement. For example, workers who begin their careers as health information clerks or medical coders can advance to senior level roles, such as a supervisor or health IT manager if they continue to improve their skills and qualifications.

    How Does Hospitals' Use of Facebook Vary by Bed Size?

    Posted:12/3/2014 6:16:00 PM +00:00
    A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research finds that large hospitals with at least 300 beds had a median 2,816 Facebook likes, compared with 456 for small hospitals with less than 99 beds. Meanwhile, urban hospitals had a median 1,409 likes, compared with 518 for rural hospitals. Overall, 99.4% of 3,371 U.S. hospitals had a Facebook account, according to the study.

    How Have Eligible Hospitals Fared in Post-Payment Meaningful Use Audits?

    Posted:11/19/2014 7:13:00 PM +00:00
    HHS data compiled by Health Security Solutions show nearly 5% of eligible hospitals did not pass their post-payment meaningful use audits, forcing them to return their EHR incentive payments. Overall, the data show federal officials between January 2011 and August 2014 completed 94% of 651 post-payment audits for eligible hospitals.

    How Do Hospitals' Bring Your Own Device Policies Differ?

    Posted:11/5/2014 3:04:00 PM +00:00
    Hospital policies that dictate how providers and hospital guests can use and access hospital systems through their own devices vary widely, according to data collected by Caradigm. The data show 85% of hospitals allow clinicians and staff to connect their personal devices to the hospital's Internet, 53% only allow such access for guests and 15% do not allow Internet access.

    What Cybersecurity Threats Have Health Care Organizations Concerned?

    Posted:10/22/2014 5:44:00 PM +00:00
    Health care organizations are increasingly concerned about cybersecurity, according to data from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The data show that 52% of health care organizations are concerned about infiltration and intrusive attacks, of which 68% reported concerns about phishing attacks.