Friday, February 12, 2016



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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.



TELEHEALTH NEWS

    How Does E-Prescribing Affect Health Care Errors, Costs?

    Posted:1/20/2016 5:52:00 PM +00:00
    Data from Caradigm, a health care analytics and population health company, show health care organizations that electronically prescribe medications have experienced a 48% decline in the likelihood of prescription errors. Meanwhile, Caradigm estimates that e-prescribing can save $700 million annually.

    Which Cities Are Leading in the White House's Healthy Communities Challenge?

    Posted:1/20/2016 12:00:00 PM +00:00
    In the first 10 weeks of the Affordable Care Act's third open enrollment period, 10 cities across the country -- including Oakland -- have pulled ahead in a White House challenge aimed at boosting enrollment in health coverage through the ACA's exchanges. Twenty cities are competing in the Healthy Communities Challenge, including Long Beach where the mayor has launched a canvasing effort in areas where the population largely is uninsured but eligible for subsidies.

    How Do Health IT Professionals' Salaries Vary Across the U.S.?

    Posted:1/6/2016 5:49:00 PM +00:00
    The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Compensation Survey shows salaries for health IT professionals vary by geographic location, ranging from an average of $127,117 in the Pacific region to an average of $101,281 in the West South Central region.

    How Do Patient Portal Adoption Rates Vary by Specialty?

    Posted:12/16/2015 6:27:00 PM +00:00
    Data collected by athenahealth, a cloud-based health IT and services company, show that portal adoption rates vary widely across specialties. For example,  the data show the portal adoption rate is 50% for obstetrics and gynecology practices, 27% for family medicine and 25% for orthopedics. The analysis was conducted on a sample of 7.5 million visits to 3,500 practices across the athenahealth network.

    How Do Providers Perceive the Increased Use of Health IT, Quality Metrics?

    Posted:12/1/2015 8:00:00 AM +00:00
    Data collected in a Kaiser Family Foundation survey show 50% of primary care providers have a positive view of the health care industry's increased use of health IT, while 28% have a negative view. Meanwhile, 50% of survey respondents have a negative view of the industry's increased use of quality metrics to assess provider performance, compared with 22% who have a positive view.

    How Many Health Care Records Have Been Breached?

    Posted:11/18/2015 5:39:00 PM +00:00
    More than 136 million health care records have been breached the last decade, according to DataMotion Health, a secure communications vendor for the health care industry. Data show 101 million health care records have been breached since 2009, with 70% of those occurring in the first eight months of 2015. 

    How Many Health Care Providers Have Electronic Lab Result Capabilities?

    Posted:11/4/2015 1:00:00 PM +00:00
    Data compiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT show 2.9 million hospital lab results and 912 million lab results from health care professionals were available electronically in 2013, up from 154 million and 75 million, respectively, in 2011.

    How Willing Are Consumers To Share Their Health Information?

    Posted:10/21/2015 3:42:00 PM +00:00
    Consumers' willingness to share their health data varies based on the entity and type of health information, according to a Rock Health survey. For example, 81% of consumers are willing to share their health history with physicians, compared with 68% who are willing to share their genetic data with doctors. Meanwhile, only 12% of consumers are willing to share their health history with technology companies and just 9% say they would share their genetic data with such firms.

    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 HealthITJobs.com 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.