Healthcare IT chief optimistic about medical informatics adoption

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Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health IT, told his audience at a meeting of the National Quality Forum earlier this week that he remains optimistic about the increasing adoption of medical informatics technology across the country, reports Healthcare IT News.

During his address at the event, Mostashari urged healthcare IT professionals and clinicians to focus on the quality of care facilitated by medical informatics technology, and said that healthcare IT was approaching a tipping point.

“In 2016, it’s going to be rare to find a doctor without [electronic health records],” said Mostashari, as quoted by the news source. “We need to focus on what matters. You start with questions like what kills the most people, and how can we improve to save more premature deaths. It’s astounding how few quality measures we actually have that get to that.”

He added that, despite the increasingly complex functionality offered by clinical informatics systems, emphasis should be placed on patient-centric approaches to care and that simpler features could lead to better patient outcomes.

Medical informatics systems are not the only technological advances that are rapidly changing the healthcare IT landscape. According to Information Week, cloud-based data archiving is becoming a major part of many healthcare providers’ strategic objectives.

Pre-admission and patient screening processes, remote monitoring and point-of-care documentation methods are all being transformed by cloud-based technologies. As increasing numbers of healthcare providers migrate large data sets to the cloud, some experts believe the use of mobile devices such as tablets will become more prevalent in healthcare IT, due in part to the potential for greater data security.

In addition to revolutionizing how clinicians provide treatment, cloud-based healthcare IT could also reduce fraud. The news source reports that some care providers are using predictive modeling techniques to eliminate health fraud, which accounts for as much as 10 percent of the total medical costs in the U.S.