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Care Management Weekly News Update 6/12/24

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Jun 12, 2024 @ 11:45 AM

Even as concerns continue over the sub-optimal use of artificial intelligence (AI), particularly that of generative AI, in healthcare, some healthcare leaders and researchers see tremendous opportunities for transforming the United States’ public health infrastructure using generative AI tools. In that regard, a team of experts has authored a commentary article published in the June issue of Health Affairs, entitled, “Transforming Public Health Practice With Generative Artificial Intelligence,” that gets to the heart of those experts’ optimism around generative AI. The theme of the June issue of the journal is “Reimagining Public Health.”

St. Louis-based Ascension brought EHRs back online in Illinois and Wisconsin and said it remains on track to reinstate digital medical records across all 140 of its hospitals by June 14. The health system also reinstated its EHR in south-central Kansas (Wichita and Pittsburg), bringing the total number of market restorations to nine, joining Alabama, Central Texas, Florida, Maryland, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The health system took its IT network offline May 8 following a ransomware attack, causing Ascension facilities across the nation to revert to paper charting.

CVS Health continues to invest heavily in healthcare delivery services with a focus on affordability, convenience and better access to primary care. "What we're fundamentally trying to do is build that world of health around every American," Sree Chaguturu, M.D., CVS Health's executive vice president and chief medical officer, said Thursday at the thINc360 - The Healthcare Innovation Congress. The company operates nearly 10,000 drugstore locations across the country and more than 1,100 MinuteClinic's. CVS also is the parent company of major health insurer Aetna, which has 25 million members, and pharmacy benefit manager CVS Caremark. The healthcare company has been investing heavily in building out its care delivery business.

In a recent American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) national survey, 77.42% of respondents reported finishing work later than desired or needing to work at home due to excessive EHR documentation tasks. The first AMIA Trend Burden survey, part of an effort to capture perceptions of EHR documentation burden through biannual assessments, ran from April 10-30, 2024, and received 1,253 responses from healthcare professionals across 49 states and the District of Columbia. The respondents included 35.67% physicians/surgeons, 24.72% registered nurses, 13.65% other professionals, 8.38% educators, and 5.83% licensed social workers. 

An unpublished survey from the Department of Veterans Affairs revealed that its new Oracle Health EHR system is not helping improve patient care, Bloomberg reported June 7. The VA conducted an internal survey in March and April with 2,000 users at five VA facilities and several off-site centers as part of an ongoing evaluation of its Oracle Health EHR system, a process that has involved a consultant for more than a year. The survey's findings were shared with the department's leadership and members of Congress.


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