Friday, October 09, 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.


    How Do Providers Feel About the ICD-10 Transition's Effect on Payments?

    Posted:10/7/2015 5:47:00 PM +00:00
    A SERMO survey finds that 93% of 537 provider respondents believe there will be payment delays despite CMS' one-year grace period for ICD-10 implementation. A separate question found that 91% of 296 provider respondents believe there will be payment delays after the grace period.

    What Are the Top Five Metro Areas for Digital Health Deals per Worker?

    Posted:9/23/2015 5:40:00 PM +00:00
    A report from the Brookings Institution finds that the five metro areas with the most digital health venture capital investments per worker between 2009 and 2014 were San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis, Boston and San Diego. The report also identified relatively high rates of digital health investment in the Midwest and Southeast regions.

    Are Health IT Professionals Satisfied With Their Jobs?

    Posted:9/9/2015 5:49:00 PM +00:00
    Data compiled by finds more than half of health IT professionals report being satisfied with their jobs. However, nearly 75% of health IT professionals plan to explore new career options within the next year, according to the data. 

    What Percentage of Hospitals Have Electronic Data Sharing Capabilities?

    Posted:8/26/2015 4:56:00 PM +00:00
    A survey from the American Hospital Association and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT shows nearly 25% of U.S. hospitals are finding, sending, receiving and using electronic data. Specially, the data show 48% of hospitals electronically find health data from outside sources, 78% electronically send patient summary of care records, 56% electronically receive such records and 40% use the summary of care records.

    Are Providers Ready for the Looming ICD-10 Transition?

    Posted:8/10/2015 5:22:00 PM +00:00
    A poll of 1,670 providers conducted by SERMO shows a majority of providers, 71%, said they are not ready for the Oct.1 ICD-10 implementation deadline, compared with 29% who said they are ready. The poll also shows that just 17% of the 487 providers surveyed said they plan to hire additional staff to help with ICD-10 implementation and management.

    Which Vendors Are Leading the EHR Market in Meaningful Use Attestations?

    Posted:7/29/2015 5:57:00 PM +00:00
    A SearchHealthIT analysis of CMS data on 748 electronic health record vendors shows that Epic is the top vendor, followed by Cerner. Epic had the most inpatient and ambulatory Stage 1 and Stage 2 meaningful use attestations in 22 states, while Cerner was the top vendor in 15 states.

    How Are Community Health Centers Leveraging Mobile Technology?

    Posted:6/24/2015 5:07:00 PM +00:00
    A Commonwealth Fund survey finds just 27% of community health centers said they use patients' cell phones to engage them in their care. Of those, 66% reported sending patients appointment and health screening reminders through their mobile devices. 

    How Physician EHR Adoption Rates Vary Among Small Practices

    Posted:6/12/2015 5:36:00 PM +00:00
    Data compiled by medical software vendor Kareo show that less than half of physicians working at solo practices report having an electronic health record system. The data show that 53% of practices with two providers have an EHR system, while 60% of practices with three to five providers report having an EHR system.

    What Do Nurses Think About EHRs' Effect on Patient Safety?

    Posted:5/27/2015 5:07:00 PM +00:00
    A recent study conducted by HIMSS Analytics on behalf of electronic health record vendor Allscripts finds that 73% of surveyed nurses believe that EHRs help improve patient safety and that 72% said they help avoid medication errors. In addition, the survey shows that 70% of nurses feel that EHRs help providers view more complete patient information.  

    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.