House passes bill addressing mental health concerns among students, families, educators

The House passed a bill on Thursday that seeks to address mental health concerns among students, families and educators aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which lawmakers say had a “severe impact” on those three groups. The bill, titled the Mental Health Matters Act, passed in a largely party-line 220-205 vote. One Republican, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick … Read more

Clinically responsive workflows are the key to EHR usability

Clinicians are among the most highly trained knowledge workers in the world, yet the systems they use to care for patients hinder their ability to deliver care. Electronic health records (EHRs) require clinical users to spend far too much time searching for clinically relevant information for a given patient and, once that information is located, … Read more

The status quo is a death sentence for the US health system

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, only 6.8% of adults in the US have optimal cardiometabolic health. This study wasn’t just another paper saying Americans are overweight; it goes far beyond that, looking at blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and the presence of cardiovascular disease among … Read more

Healthcare Organizations Ask for Delay on Information Blocking

Ten healthcare membership organizations, including CHIME, MGMA and the American Hospital Association, have asked the Department of Health & Human Services to delay the Oct. 6 information blocking deadline by a year. As detailed in the 21st Century Cures Act, healthcare providers, health IT developers, health information exchanges (HIEs), and health information networks (HINs) are … Read more

The Power of Proactive Social Care

As we emerge from a public health crisis that magnified and exacerbated health disparities, the need to address social determinants of health (SDOH) has reached a pivotal moment. In both social and healthcare, the pressure is mounting to address key drivers of health and amplify value-based care models. To succeed, these models need to be … Read more

Employer point solution fatigue: How can health startups rise above?

As an employer, Dan Hartman, executive director of Morgan Health, is definitely noticing point solution fatigue. In recent years, many startups have been coming to employers with their tools that address one specific challenge, leaving the latter and their employees overwhelmed by the number of apps they have to manage. What Morgan Health is looking … Read more

How to create a healthy workplace in healthcare

The district, which has about 100 full-time and 30 seasonal employees, uses biometric health screenings and health risk assessments to identify risks and opportunities within its workforce. Its Work Well committee uses the analysis to develop quarterly challenges around nutrition, physical activity, stress reduction or another health-related topic that employees can focus on. Participants are … Read more

Why expand telemedicine for arthritis patients?

One in four Americans carry a diagnosis of arthritis, a significant cause of limitation from basic life activities to disability. One in ten adults has to limit their activities due to pain caused by this disease. Yet, a massive shortage of specialist physicians and geographical and licensing barriers restrict access to specialized medical care, especially … Read more