Strategic Informatics

A blog about the strategic application of technology


XPrize offers $10M to Help Solve America’s Health Care Challenges

There is nothing like a little competition to help drive innovation.  WellPoint, Inc. , the nation’s largest health benefits company, and the WellPoint Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the United States are collaborating with the X PRIZE Foundation to develop an X PRIZE designed to generate new ways to address the nation’s serious health care system challenges.

We’ve seen several organizations come together in their bid to

Read More at the Health Care X Prize web page


Medicare Incentive Program Begins In January

The non-for-profit organization eHealth Initiative has released a 40-page how-to-guide intended to educate physicians and other prescribers about the cost-saings and safety benefits of e-prescribing in the coming months before CMS begins paying a two percent bonus for writing electronic prescriptions for Medicare beneficiaries on January 1st.  The guide walks practices through IT selection and implementation and the current state of e-prescribing initiatives and promotions.

Considerations for organizations considering e-prescribing include the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s prohibition on e-prescribing of Schedule II controlled subltances.  The DEA has proposed rules for e-prescribing controlled substances, however that proposal has been controversial as it presents a separate process for clinicians to follow which has met opposition.