InformationWeek picks up a blog post by John Halamka, MD, CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in which he suggests that the "rip and replace" approach to integrating large health systems will not be possible much longer as ICD-10 and Meaningful Use Stage 2 continue to consume capital and IT resources. He advocates a form of affiliation planning in which critical workflows are targeted and automated rather than integrating all care areas.
The 433-bed El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA reduces readmissions by 25 percent by identifying patients who are likely to be readmitted and taking aggressive action to correct the problems. One solution that shows promise is a tele-transfer planning program that requires clinicians working at long-term facilities to begin participating remotely in discharge planning meetings early in their patient’s stay at the hospital.
San Francisco-based health IT incubator Rock Health releases a report detailing venture capital investment activity in the health IT startup sector. The report concludes that investments are up 12 percent from last year, with nearly $900 million invested in startups thus far in 2013, but that the pace of growth has slowed as compared to last year.
Facebook is working on implementing a communication platform that will help match patients seeking organ donors with those that may be in a position to respond. This is the second major announcement from Facebook on the subject. The company recently implemented a program that allows users to declare themselves organ donors on their Facebook profiles, an action that automatically launches an official donor registration website where users can register, then posts a message about being an organ donor on the users profile. That initiative has been credited with significantly increasing organ donor registration rates since its deployment.