Disease Management Update
Volume III, No. 25
October 5, 2006

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Table of Contents

  1. Less Than Half of Surveyed Physicians Use E-mail, Internet Resources for Clinical Information, Communication
  2. Disease Management Q&A: Healthcare Trends & Forecasts 2007
  3. Educating Consumers on Consumer-Driven Healthcare: In Internet World, High Value Still Placed on Live Approach
  4. Use of Collaborative Care Model Can Improve Depression Detection, Treatment in Primary Care
  5. Disease Management Dimensions: Case Studies, Reviews and Debates on the Role of DM in Healthcare

1.) Less Than Half of Surveyed Physicians Use E-mail, Internet Resources for Clinical Information, Communication

Although the use of e-mail and other Internet-based and computerized information resources has become routine in most professions, a survey of physicians across the United States has found that fewer than half of them incorporate these common technologies into routine patient practice. These findings were reported by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital, who in 2004 surveyed more than 3,000 physicians in six specialties across the country regarding their on-the-job use of information technology.

The almost 1,700 survey respondents said they were most likely to use computerized decision support tools and online journal access, although only about 40 percent said they used each technology frequently. Online medical education courses were frequently accessed by 24 percent of respondents. Frequent e-mail communication with colleagues was reported by 30 percent of physicians, but less than 4 percent frequently communicate with patients by e-mail. Detailed survey results will appear in the November Journal of General Internal Medicine.

To read this article in its entirety, please visit:
http://www.massgeneral.org/news/releases/100206grant.html


2.) Disease Management Q&A: Healthcare Trends & Forecasts 2007

Each week, a healthcare professional responds to a reader's query on an industry issue. This week's expert is Dr. Peter Kongstvedt, a partner in the health and managed care consulting services division of Accenture.

Question: In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, what has the healthcare industry learned about emergency preparedness?

Answer: To listen to Dr. Kongstvedt's response to this question, as well as his thoughts on hospitals' response to requests for quality data and providing healthcare to more "driven" consumers, please visit HIN's podcast site at: http://www.hin.com/podcasts/podcast.htm#17

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3.) Educating Consumers on Consumer-Driven Healthcare: In Internet World, High Value Still Placed on Live Approach

Beyond an alphabet soup of plan options, consumer-driven healthcare encompasses a changing mind-set among healthcare organizations: challenging consumers to view healthcare as they do other consumable products and providing the healthcare intelligence they need to make informed decisions. Ultimately, control of spending and choices will shift to consumers.

But when it comes to educating consumers about the range of available plans and services, no consumer bible on healthcare quality and cost data yet exists. The Internet, print, health fairs and face-to-face meetings offer just a few communication vehicles. In a July 2006 online survey, the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN) asked its constituents to divulge their most successful consumer education strategies.

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4.) Use of Collaborative Care Model Can Improve Depression Detection, Treatment in Primary Care

Primary care clinicians know depression well. It robs patients of joy, social networks, productivity and stable lives. Yet despite their knowledge about depression and sense of responsibility for alleviating it, primary care clinicians continue to experience diagnostic and treatment failure. A new study detailed in the Annals of Internal Medicine provides evidence that organizational interventions based on systematic, standardized care models for managing depression in primary care practices can improve depression outcomes. Often termed "collaborative care for depression," these care models feature an infrastructure for depression detection, assessment, triage to mental health specialty care, patient self-management and treatment completion.

To read more about this study, please visit:
http://www.annals.org/cgi/content/full/145/7/544


5.) Disease Management Dimensions: Case Studies, Reviews and Debates on the Role of DM in Healthcare

For many employers and health plans, disease management (DM) initiatives have proven to be worth their weight in improved health outcomes, healthcare quality, patient and provider satisfaction and financial outcomes for populations with heart disease, asthma, obesity, depression and other chronic illnesses. The Healthcare Intelligence Network monitors DM initiatives via its Disease Management Dimensions series, a collection of case studies, interviews and debates on the role of DM in the healthcare industry. This 12-title series, available in print or on keyword-searchable CD-ROM, provides tactics for reaching and motivating the Medicaid and Medicare populations as well as primers on building and training teams of health coaches.

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http://store.hin.com/Disease-Management-Dimensions_p_206-3261.html


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