This week, we’re reading news related to healthcare companies and IT systems, and how important it is for them to work in conjunction with one another, as well as what it’s really like to be a young caregiver today.

Six Steps That Turn Health Care CFOs Into IT Champions, IT Business Edge

According to Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, healthcare CFOs are more concerned than ever with keeping their organizations healthy amidst regulatory changes, decline in reimbursements and mergers and acquisitions.  Due to all of the aforementioned factors, there is enormous pressure on hospitals and healthcare systems to manage costs as effectively as possible while providing an IT infrastructure that adapts to the changing times.  This article points out the ways CFOs can best utilize technology during transition.

Better Information, for a Better Health System, NY Times Opinion

In response to a NY Times Opinion article titled “Why Health Care Tech Is Still So Bad,” Andrew Gettinger, chief medical information officer and acting director of the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety, states we must be aware of health information technology errors that affect care.  As a result, his office created a draft of a roadmap where information flows safely and securely in a health system, echoing the idea that health IT is vital in achieving a system for better overall care.

Number of Younger Caregivers on Rise, Today Online

All around the world, caregivers are becoming younger and younger, stepping away from their roles at work to care for parents with medical conditions.  Even still, young caregivers are in the minority as of now; adults below 40 make up less than 10 percent of caregivers, but this is expected to change as the general population ages.  This article points out ways for young caregivers to maintain their own health and happiness when dealing with family situations at an early age.

Docs Say They’re Wasting Time on Care Coordination Lapses, M Health News

A recent study showed that over 70 percent of doctors say they’ve wasted time trying to contact a patient’s care team, and over 50 percent do not even know which person from a care team to contact in certain situations.  This is because many doctors and facilities are not using the appropriate technology to remedy these issues, causing gaps and lags in communication.  That being said, since care teams change frequently, one of the main problems that needs to be solved is the workflow which will keep everyone up to date regarding scheduling and roles.
 

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