GE Ventures and StartUp Health aren’t holding out on telemedicine, though. They re-upped their digital health investments with a focus on startups offering payment solutions (i.e., claims processing) and on “virtual health networks,” a category which includes virtual visits, remote communication and remote monitoring.
A CMS pilot program will test whether telemedicine can be used to keep long-term residents of nursing homes out of the hospital.
A large part of why providers hate Meaningful Use is that EHRs are often absurdly cumbersome and can add a lot to a practice’s workload. Bon Secours Health System had a student count how many clicks it took to complete a nursing admission assessment, including metrics necessitated by Meaningful Use, ACO and other measures. The grand total: 537 clicks and nearly two hours.
The White House reached agreement with a host of Pacific Rim nations on a sprawling trade agreement meant to check China’s hegemonic heft, but pharmas are feeling shafted by the deal, which would cement biologics exclusivity periods far below those that manufacturers enjoy in the U.S., and absent pharma support, the Administration may find it tough sledding in Congress, whose approval is needed.