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Employers stepping up to the plate

Monday, 01 March 2010 21:04

Tags: Dossia | employee empowerment | Intel | Pitney Bowes

It's been a busy month here at Dossia with two Founders, Intel and Pitney Bowes, rolling out the Dossia Personal Health Record to their employees. In future, We'll be sharing updates on how these and other employers are using Personal Health Record Platforms to deliver a myriad of health and wellness benefits and to engage their employees to take action to improve their health and become more discerning health care consumers.

In the meantime we would like to point you towards a contributed article penned by Dossia CEO, Colin Evans, and Dossia Senior Research Fellow, Jacob Sattelmair . This article highlights some of the things that large employers, like Intel and Pitney Bowes, are doing today to be proactive about addressing the health care crisis by getting more involved in delivering innovative solutions. Employers are finally taking a leadership role in health care, and since they've long been footing the bill for runaway costs, we think it's about time. Please find the article here.

Patients demand health records. Employers can help.

Friday, 29 January 2010 17:20

Tags: ARRA | consumer healthcare | Dossia | EHR | health reform | HITECH | patient empowerment | Phr

by: Collin Evans, Dossia CEO

A recent CNN.com article (http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/01/14/medical.records) entitled "Patients demand: 'Give us our damned data'" highlights the barriers that many patients must overcome in order to get access to their own medical records.

The Health Information Privacy and Portability Act (HIPAA) gives patients the right to their own health information, and dictates that doctors and hospitals must provide patients with this information upon request, but in reality it can be extremely difficult for patients to obtain a copy of their health records.

Patient requests that are met with administrative runaround, extended delays, and excessive expense marginalize patients as they attempt to take responsibility for their own welfare, and moreover can be responsible for compromising patient safety, quality of care, and clinical decision making, while simultaneously leading to excessive and unnecessary treatments.

This is a reality that would be considered incomprehensible in any other industry.

Read more: Patients demand health records. Employers can help.

EHRs and PHRs: A Marriage of Convenience?

Monday, 14 December 2009 15:34

Tags: Dossia | EHR | Electronic Health Record | Harvard | Healthcare | Personal health records | PHAT | Phr

by: Steve Munini, Dossia COO

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of participating on a panel at the “2009 Harvard Public Health and Technology Conference,” hosted by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Public Health and Technology (PHAT) Forum. This one day student-lead conference brought together a diverse group of leaders from academia and industry in the field of health IT. The morning session addressed the current state of electronic health records (EHRs) in the US, considered the potential of EHRs to improve healthcare quality and lower costs, and predicted the potential impact of government stimulus (ARRA / HITECH) for EHRs. In contrast, the afternoon session explored the potential for (mainly private sector driven) consumer facing health IT solutions to engage individuals to improve their health and demand a more consumer centric health care system. [For a full run-down on the day’s events, check out John Moore’s blog post (http://chilmarkresearch.com/2009/11/19/phat-mash-up-healthcare-it/)

Read more: EHRs and PHRs: A Marriage of Convenience?

Employer Leverage: Key Step Toward Mitigating Rising Healthcare Costs

Friday, 30 October 2009 19:29

The US faces unsustainable healthcare spending growth, in no small part fueled by a health crisis that is marked by epidemic levels of obesity and related chronic diseases including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and many types of cancer. Such chronic conditions are largely preventable by pursuing a lifestyle marked by healthful diet, regular physical activity, tobacco avoidance, moderate alcohol intake, and weight management. It is therefore essential to identify and capitalize on opportunities to influence health behaviors at a population level.

The workplace presents a uniquely advantageous setting for health promotion, and employers are uniquely positioned to drive lasting change in the way our nation approaches health and healthcare.

As payers of employee healthcare, and direct beneficiaries of employee health and ensuing productivity, employers have a vested interest in providing their employees with the knowledge, tools and opportunities they need to get and stay well, and in equipping them to make more efficient use of healthcare when they need it.

Read more: Employer Leverage: Key Step Toward Mitigating Rising Healthcare Costs

Employees cautioned to consider their health plan options carefully

Tuesday, 20 October 2009 23:44

Tags: benefits | consumers | employees | health plan

While Congress works to push forward healthcare reform legislation, the cost of healthcare continues to soar. Faced with annual inflation in the double digits, employers are making difficult decisions about how to shoulder the growing expense of healthcare benefits.

Recent articles by the WSJ & MSNBC highlight the fact that many employers are shifting healthcare costs to employees. The average employee premium has more than doubled in the last decade, and is projected to rise 10% from 2009 to 2010 to total over $4,000 per person in premiums and out-of-pocket charges combined.

Read more: Employees cautioned to consider their health plan options carefully

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