As care teams seek out telemedicine technologies and social media to improve care, HIM professionals need to consider its security impact.
Telemedicine, defined by one study as video consultations with physicians, is poised to experience significant growth between now and 2018, according to a Parks Associates report. But Ease of use issues with telemedicine technologies will continue to be barriers to adoption for both patients and healthcare professionals, researchers warn.
The future state of healthcare will be driven by demographics, technology, and value. Most of all it will require professionals to manage new, vast amounts of data. Three thought leaders delivered their visions for the future of healthcare data at Tuesday’s AHIMA Convention and Exhibit General Session.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are starting to consider telemedicine reimbursement with new “S” codes, but providers can get a jump on things by lobbying for the codes’ acceptance ahead of the 2014 ICD-10 transition.