What We’re Reading: October Edition

If we’ve learned anything from the news this month, it’s that November is definitely coming. Politics have dominated the news cycle, including a report released by the White House itself on The Opportunity Costs of Socialism, and it’s safe to say there will only be more noise in the coming weeks. In the middle of all of the chatter, though, we did find a few good healthcare reads that paint a really interesting picture of where our industry is heading.

Here are a few stories from October we feel are worth a read:

More Millennials Are Ditching Primary Care Doctors
A Kaiser Family Foundation poll states that 45% of 18- to 29-year-olds don’t have a primary care provider. Their findings as to why? Long wait times seem to be the biggest culprit, among the availability of after-hours care. More and more individuals are turning to urgent care or retail clinics for minor health concerns, which is not only more convenient but still more affordable than the emergency room. We don’t anticipate this trend slowing down any time soon, especially since this group of individuals expects this level of flexibility across all aspects of their lives. Providers should take note of this movement, and seriously consider solutions that make access to care easier for this particular patient base before losing their business for good.

UnitedHealth to Launch New EHR Service by End of 2019
The EHR game continues to attract more players – this time health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group. The organization plans to launch an integrated and portable individual health record for its 50 million fully benefited members—as well as providers—by the end of next year.

Why AHIP Will Probably Have to Change its Name
AHIP CEO, Matt Eyles, sat down with Healthcare Dive for a one-on-one discussion on the organization’s legislative priorities and other news. It looks like the biggest, most immediate change for the group is that it will be soon be representing more than just health plans. As the industry continues to see more integration between health plans and providers, AHIP will also evolve to better serve this growing group.

Don’t forget to check out our ‘In the News’ page for other MyHealthDirect coverage and news.

Here’s a quick preview of where we’ve been this month:

  • CareMount Medical, the largest, independent multi-specialty medical group in New York State, announced that it will be using MyHealthDirect to enhance patient access.
  • Healthcare Analytics News featured an article from MyHealthDirect data scientist, Matt Kasle, on how hospitals and health systems can improve their online self-scheduling efforts with analytics.
  • Our CEO, Tom Cox, discusses in an article with Becker’s Hospital Review how community health can be improved with digital care coordination.