Project Update: Webinar on Home Health IT Adoption and Utilization Analysis

On Thursday, December 3, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, the Home Care Alliance will offer a one-hour virtual overview of the current home health IT utilization trends across the Commonwealth.

Throughout the summer and fall, a team from the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative  (MAeHC) developed and distributed a statewide home health HIT adoption survey aimed at identifying and remediating gaps. The survey process, along with an action plan to increase HIT adoption among home health providers, will be presented on this webinar.

Home health, along with other behavioral health and long term care providers did not receive incentives under the Health Information Technology or Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) which hospitals and eligible professionals have used to offset costs related to adoption health IT. The anticipation that new care and payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), might support the cost of health IT adoption among “non-incentivized providers,” has been realized only in the most limited of fashions.

While the industry continues to lobby for IT funding for long term care in future phases of “meaningful use,”   The Alliance, in partnership with MAeHC and the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI), has taken steps to better position home health agencies to demonstrate their value proposition as connected partners.

This event is FREE and open to any interested party.  (Note:  HCA will be offering a special webinar for members who participated in the survey.)

Please click here to register.

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Guest Blog Post: Participate in MeHI’s Health IT Research Study

By Laurance Stuntz, Director at the Massachusetts e-Health Institute (MeHI)

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Care Providers: Make your voice heard!  Participate in MeHI’s Health IT Research Study

Here at the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI), we have been busy traveling across the state to meet with healthcare providers, listen to their concerns, and share many of the programs our organization is undertaking to help with health IT adoption in the Bay State.

Our series of regional meetings have continued this fall, and have been very well attended from many healthcare segments including home care. These events have provided a great forum for providers and their organization’s leaders to ask questions about what’s ahead for health IT and how it will affect their particular area of specialty in the patient care continuum. In addition, we have been speaking at important local home care events including the Home Care Alliance Financial Management Conference.

With all of this activity and interest, we recognize that providers have a wide range of attitudes, opinions and needs regarding health IT adoption. We know there is much more work to be done and we want to partner with you to develop new strategies and programs to support complete EHR and Health Information Exchange adoption across the state, including ongoing improvement of the overall effectiveness of use of EHRs. It’s vital that you and your colleagues have a seat at the table.

This is why MeHI is undertaking a Provider and Consumer Research Study. This effort is aimed at gathering comprehensive information on the use, needs and attitudes toward health IT among both providers and consumers.

The research firm Market Decisions will be contacting thousands of health care providers and hundreds of consumers across Massachusetts to speak with them about health IT. The research will help identify specific challenges with health IT adoption and provide us with valuable insights.

If you are contacted, we encourage you to take 5 to 10 minutes to speak with the Market Decisions representatives to provide your perspective about the use of health IT in Massachusetts, including what you see as the major challenges in adopting these technologies. If you would like to take the survey now, please follow the link below to participate. We want your input!

We hope that you will take the time to participate in this important survey. We are confident the first-hand perspectives we collect will lead to the development of thoughtful, well-informed strategies for providing the best health IT support and services to providers, as well as an improved healthcare experience for patients.

Laurance Stuntz is a Director at MeHI, a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. MeHI was empowered by the Massachusetts legislature to expand the adoption of eHealth technologies and further innovation in health IT across the Commonwealth. Follow Laurance on Twitter at @lstuntz

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