Weather forecasters are predicting that the remnants of Hurricane Sandy will hit the east coast hard this week—a one/two punch of a winter weather system and weakening hurricane. Utilizing Community Health Surveillance during this time will help public health departments to prepare, monitor, investigate, and respond to any threats.
According to EMR Daily News, market research company TechNavio prepared a report stating that analysts believe that the EHR Systems market in North America will see an annual growth rate of 7.85% through 2015.
“One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increase in government support,” according to the article.
With the presidential election quickly approaching, healthcare professionals may have a new reason to closely follow the results. Politics has played a major role in Health IT funding over the past 8 years—starting in 2004 when President George W. Bush doubled funding for federal demonstration projects on healthcare.
At a recent Bipartisan Policy Center briefing, former Senator Bill Frist, MD, discussed the results of physician surveys regarding HIEs. The center released two reports: “Clinician Perspectives on Electronic Health Information Sharing for Transitions of Care” and “Accelerating Electronic Sharing to Improve Quality and Reduce Costs in Health Care.”