Technology in Healthcare

| Posted On Feb 21, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health and IBM Watson Health Forge Partnership to Bring Cognitive Insights to Primary Care Physicians and Their Patients

Atrius Health and IBM (NYSE: IBM) Watson Health recently announced an agreement to develop a cloud-based offering for primary care providers. By providing a holistic view of the multiple influences on an individual’s health, including social determinants, Watson Cognitive Insights could be designed to support shared decision making between physicians and patients.

According to a paper published by Health Affairs, shared decision making, whereby physicians and their patients make healthcare decisions together using the best clinical evidence available,

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| Posted On Aug 22, 2016 | By:

DPH Launches Much Improved Prescription Monitoring Program

Today the Department of Public Health (DPH) launched its updated prescription monitoring program (PMP) called “MassPAT” after a complete and long overhaul of the old system. DPH chose Appriss, a software vendor that currently runs PMPs in more than 25 states, to manage the new system.

There is little doubt that the previous prescription monitoring program in Massachusetts was underutilized by prescribers due in large part to the difficulty in registering for the system and the overall lack of functionality that often required multiple “clicks” to access data.

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| Posted On Jun 29, 2016 | By:

New Features on MyHealth Online

We have upgraded MyHealth Online and the following new features are now available:

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| Posted On Dec 01, 2015 | By:

Using Data and Information Technology to Improve Patient Care

At Atrius Health, we continuously look for ways to leverage data and information technology to enhance care delivery and improve clinical workflows for the benefit of our patients. We are delighted that our Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joe Kimura and Dr. Michael Lee, Director of Clinical Informatics, were among the first to pursue and achieve the Clinical Informatics subspecialty board certification. In 2012, Dr. Kimura was named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in the United States.

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| Posted On Oct 13, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Submits Testimony in Support of Two Important Bills

Atrius Health submitted testimony before the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing today in support of two important pieces of legislation that will support the practices and our patients. Writing on behalf of Atrius Health, Dr. Richard Lopez, Chief Medical Officer, submitted comments in support of H. 267, An Act Advancing & Expanding Access to Telemedicine Services as well as H. 984 and S.

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| Posted On Sep 29, 2015 | By:

Improving Patient and Clinician Satisfaction with Scribes

An electronic health record (EHR) is a digital version of what used to be a patient’s paper chart. EHRs have made it easier for a doctor to keep track of their patient’s medical history and care plan in one place and share that information with a patient’s specialists and hospital if needed. EHRs have also made it easier for patients to access portions of their medical record via desktops, tablets and even mobile apps on smartphones.

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| Posted On Jun 23, 2015 | By:

Addressing the Crisis: Opioid Prescription Monitoring at Atrius Health

Opioid addiction in Massachusetts has become a serious problem with more than 1,000 residents dying of opioid overdoses in 2014. At the same time, pain management is an essential part of every medical practice, requiring clinicians and care teams to carefully consider the best treatment for patients who are suffering. Opioid medications can play an important role in managing pain, though misuse or abuse of opioids can also lead to significant patient and societal consequences.

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| Posted On Apr 06, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Deputy Chief Medical Officer Joe Kimura Featured in Healthcare Informatics

When implementing health information technology into clinician workflows, it is crucial that the technology aides rather than interrupts the physicians’ treatment of patients. Recently, Atrius Health Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joe Kimura spoke with Gabriel Perna of Healthcare Informatics to discuss this topic. During their conversation, Dr. Kimura outlined the work Atrius Health is doing at the intersection of technology and clinical workflows:

“From my perspective of using generic HIT elements in the clinical workflow,

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| Posted On Feb 02, 2015 | By:

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Announces Changes to Meaningful Use

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced plans to consider altering their requirements for Meaningful Use, including potentially shortening the reporting period from a full year to a 90-day period. This is part of a CMS initiative to lessen the burden on healthcare providers in response to concerns providers have raised about software implementation and information exchange readiness in 2015. These proposed changes are independent from the new Stage 3 Meaningful Use rules which are expected to be announced in early March but will not take effect until 2017.

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| Posted On Dec 19, 2014 | By:

Our Healthcare “Wish List” for the New Administration

As Charlie Baker takes over as Governor on January 8th, there are a myriad of issues the new administration will be tackling, many of them related to healthcare. Atrius Health has assembled our own top 10 healthcare “wish list” for the administration to consider.

  1. Increase Medicaid funding for all providers, including home health (who have not seen rate increases in nearly seven years), primary care providers and behavioral health providers,
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