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After two years and nearly $2.5 billion in spending under HITECH, many hospitals have made significant progress in deploying technologies to improve quality of care and caregiver efficiency. With the release of Stage 2 guidelines for meaningful use last month, hospital leaders and system providers now have a clearer picture of next steps for achieving the full potential of EMR systems.
Telehealth represents an exciting frontier of electronic medicine with the potential to overcome barriers of time and distance to improve access, enhance efficiency and reduce costs. The ability to connect clinicians with patients via video and voice has proven effective in treating conditions such as stroke. Today, with many trials currently under way or in planning stages around the country, telehealth appears to be ready for widespread adoption that has the potential to transform healthcare delivery. The global telemedicine market is expected to grow by almost 20 percent over the next few years from $9.8 billion in 2010 to $27.3 billion in 2016.
Improving access to patient information is a fundamental goal driving adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) systems – and for achieving meaningful use under HITECH guidelines. That’s why placement of EMR access points is a critical issue for supporting workflows – and why CIOs and IT staffs must make it a top priority.
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Welcome to the first in a 7-part series we’ll publish this year on important topics for healthcare CIOs. The Metro Healthcare team will share our perspectives on deploying and managing the ever-growing array of point-of-care technology that is transforming care at the bedside. I hope you will join the conversation.