Isn’t there already a National Provider Directory?

By Justin Sims

July 31, 2019 — Yesterday, careMESH announced the launch our National Provider Directory, completely built on the HL7® FHIR® standard. Are you curious why? Until now, the most common directories were built and used by providers—some are integrated into EHRs, others are maintained on spreadsheets by administrators, and then there are the lists pinned to notice boards that you see in just about every doctor’s office.

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Provider Directories—Past, Present and Future

By Justin Sims

July 19, 2019 — Tens of thousands of times each day, clinical staff use search engines like Google to find phone or fax information, call each other to check whether the other party accepts a certain insurance, and fax each other lengthy patient records. It is inefficient, slow, prone to error, and exacerbated by a lack of reliable, centralized information about healthcare providers.

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Why Cloud for Health IT. And Why Google Cloud for careMESH.

By Dr. Peter S. Tippett

May 30, 2019 — Several years ago, as I regularly traveled to information security events, the discussion around enterprise use of cloud services to meet mission-critical software requirements was skeptical to say the least.  Cloud only seemed to be a viable option for specific edge cases and companies that were willing to take a huge leap (read: risk). Particularly in healthcare, the typical CIO would not consider entrusting patient health information to a cloud environment.

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Closing the Referral Problem in Distributed Care Networks

By Dr. Peter S. Tippett

February 9, 2019 — There have been any number of people and companies working tirelessly to solve healthcare’s interoperability challenges……Why haven’t current efforts yielded greater interoperability? Because in large part, they have relied on pre-planned, point-to-point integration or members-only sharing collaboratives. While each of these can be effective, they inevitably exclude significant portions of a broad network of affiliates, health workers and community healthcare organizations with whom they collaborate (primary care, specialty care, SNF, etc.). 

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Mind the Gap: Creating Seamless Referrals and Transitions in Care

By Catherine Thomas

November 14, 2018 — We are all patients and readily migrate between a wide variety of healthcare providers and settings in our lifetime. Many of us (although certainly not all of us) are born in a hospital, regularly visit primary care providers, seek out urgent care when needed, and eventually make our way to surgical and rehabilitation centers and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) as life progresses. And that is the simple case. 

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2019 EHR Incentives Focus on Referrals & Access to Records

By Justin Sims

August 9, 2018 — Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its Final Rule for hospital EHR incentives for 2019. Within this rule, the Promoting Interoperability Programs are all about giving providers and patients better access to digital medical records, especially in support of care transitions. And the data supporting the ongoing challenges with paper are staggering.

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