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April 17, 2014

How patient engagement pays for PCPs

By Matt Mattox

“In the US, we spend $2.8 trillion on healthcare, which represents 17% of our GDP.”

We’ve all heard these statistics, but what do they actually mean? For example, what does it mean to spend $880 billion a year on hospital care? These numbers are so large it is difficult to make sense of them on a human scale.  In a recent JAMA article, former ONC chief, Dr. Farzad Mostashari provides a refreshing bottom-up reframing of how an individual primary care physician (PCP) is able to move the needle on healthcare spending.

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April 15, 2014

90 days of self-tracking via mobile app = 40% readmission reduction

By Matt Mattox

The Mayo Clinic recently announced the results of a study that measured the impact that a smart phone had on the readmissions rates and ER utilization rates of heart attack patients recovering from stent surgery. The study was funded by the BIRD foundation and was presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session in Washington D.C. 

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April 08, 2014

Axial Exchange and HealthDay Partner to Provide Customized Health News to Enhance Patient Engagement

By Matt Mattox

Daily Updates to Include Information Related to Each Patient’s Specific Conditions and Health Goals

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April 01, 2014

Hospital to replace EHR system with human scribes

By Matt Mattox

A major academic health system has announced that it will replace its EHR system with a team of Austrian monks. Axial had a chance to sit down with the CIO for an exclusive interview.

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March 19, 2014

In defense of measuring engagement

By Matt Mattox

Do readmissions count as an outcomes measure? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services lists them among its Outcomes Measures here. QualityNet.org elaborates further:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 30-day readmission measures assess a broad set of healthcare activities that affect patients’ well-being. Patients who receive high-quality care during their hospitalizations and their transition to the outpatient setting will likely have improved outcomes, such as survival, functional ability, and quality of life.

The public reporting of 30-day risk-standardized readmission measures is consistent with the priorities of the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Quality Strategy, which aims to: a) improve health care quality; b) improve the health of the U.S. population; and c) reduce the costs of health care.

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