Sun, 23 February 2014
It's time for my annual podcast interview with HIMSS President and CEO Steve Lieber, this time from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., on the day before the official opening of the 2014 HIMSS Conference, rather than in his Chicago office a week or so in advance.
Lieber reiterated HIMSS' position that the federal government should extend the attestation period for Meaningful Use Stage 2 by one year. I wasn't there, but today at the CIO Forum, one of the preconference educational symposia, ONC Chief Medical Officer Jacob Reider, M.D., hinted that there will be an announcement on Stage 2 flexibility, possibly Thursday morning at a joint ONC-CMS town hall. That session will feature CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and new national health IT coordinator Karen DiSalvo, M.D. I've never heard either of them speak, and now I'm excited to be covering that session.
We also discussed other aspects of healthcare reform, trends in health IT and expectations for HIMSS14. Of note, on Monday morning, HIMSS and two other organizations will announce a new initiative on "personal connected health."
Near the end, I reference the podcast I did last week with Dr. Ray Dorsey about remote care for Parkinson's patients. For easy reference, here's the link.
This is, I believe, the seventh consecutive year I have done a podcast with Lieber at or just before the annual HIMSS conference. Another interview that has become somewhat of a tradition won't happen this time, as Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush is not making the trip to Orlando this year.
Podcast details: Interview with HIMSS President and CEO Steve Lieber, Feb. 23, 2014, at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Fla. MP3, stereo, 128 kbps, 36.2 MB. Running time 39:35.
0:40 "It's time to execute."
Wed, 19 February 2014
Two months ago, I interviewed neurologist Ray Dorsey, M.D., co-director of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Rochester, for a story I wrote based on a study he led. He had a lot of interesting things to say and, unlike so many other physicians, was aware of multiple system atrophy, the disease that killed my dad in 2012, so I decided to have him on for a podcast to describe how he is using off-the-shelf telehealth technology to expand access to care, improve patient satisfaction and reduce costs.
The study focused on Parkinson's disease, as does a new study Dorsey is leading through http://connect.parkinson.org, but Dorsey sees this technology as promising for treating autism and Alzheimer's disease as well.
We, of course, discussed cross-state licensure holding back wider use of remote care, a subject that is very much in the news right now. In fact, Health Data Management just published a story I wrote about, in part, the launch of the Alliance for Connected Care. This group, headed by three former senators and including CVS Caremark, Walgreens, Verizon Communications, WellPoint, Welch Allyn, Cardinal Health and telehealth companies HealthSpot, Teladoc, Doctor on Demand, MDLive and GE-Intel Care Innovations, is advocating for regulatory changes to expand remote care.
Podcast details: Interview with University of Rochester neurologist Ray Dorsey, M.D. MP3, mono, 128 kbps, 16.3 MB. Running time 17:54.
1:30 Telehealth to expand access to care for people with chronic diseases
2:00 Shocking numbers about Medicare beneficiaries with Parkinson's who don't have a regular neurologist
2:45 Lack of reimbursement for telehealth even though it costs substantially less than in-person visits
3:38 Incentives to provide care in "high-cost, relatively unsafe environments"
3:58 Insurers "are never going to lead the way" in terms of innovation
4:40 Previous study funded by PatientsLikeMe, the Verizon Foundation and Medtronic funded his study
5:40 Findings of that study, and advantages of remote care
6:25 Telehealth to increase access to care, improve patient satisfaction and reduce costs
6:50 New study on "virtual house calls" about to launch in collaboration with Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
7:37 Low-cost, off-the-shelf technology
9:45 Registering for PCORI study
10:40 Cross-state licensure issues, including new Alliance for Connected Care
12:10 Parameters and goals for new Connect.Parkinson study
13:35 How technology is creating care opportunities for "anyone, anywhere"
14:10 Dealing with the newly insured and with special-needs patients
15:50 Savings from preventing falls and other dangerous conditions
16:10 Enrollment for Connect.Parkinson
16:42 About the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics