Posts From December, 2014

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/18/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

Dell Study: Global Healthcare IT Leaders Eye Cloud 

According to Executive Biz, a survey conducted by Dell on global technology adoption has found that a majority of IT decision-makers at midside healthcare organizations have either adopted or are planning to adopt cloud computing. Reasons cited for moving to the cloud include cost efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, and data center optimization. 

Meaningful Use Numbers Show Signs of Life, Groups Still Lobby for Relief

Healthcare IT News reports that although Stage 2 meaningful use numbers have gone up, many providers are still struggling and have requested a shorter 90-day reporting period. The data shows that more than half of eligible providers will face penalties in 2015. 

Hospital-Acquired Conditions Mean Medicare Penalties for 700-Plus Hospitals 

According to Modern Healthcare, more than 700 hospitals will see penalties to their Medicare payments in fiscal year 2015 as a part of a federal program aimed at reducing preventable harm and improving patient safety. The Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program penalizes hospitals based on adverse events that occur during hospitals stays. 

As Health Data Volume Grows, CIOs Must Prioritize Governance Strategies, Analytics 

A report from EMC and research firm IDC predicts that by 2020, the volume of data will grow to 2,314 exabytes. IDC Health Insights Research Vice President Lynn Dunbrack believes that healthcare CIOs should focus on identifying who the data belongs to and building a consensus on data definitions. "Healthcare CIOs do need to gain control over these shadow IT initiatives to ensure they do not introduce compliance and security risks," says Dunbrack. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:38:00 PM Categories: CMS data EHR HHS HIT hospital management industry news

LUMEDX CVIS Success at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital 







The following in an excerpt from the case study, “OhioHealth Marion General Hospital Improves Data Quality, Optimizes Care with LUMEDX Cardiology Software.” Download the full case study here.

Implementing a consolidated data repository has not just made it easier for software users at Marion General Hospital to access CV service line information. It has also paved the way for the creation of specialized reports that support the hospital’s quality improvement initiatives.

“[The]Administration and physicians often ask me to run a report, and I never know what kind of request I’m going to get,” says Amy Morris, Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital. “With LUMEDX, I know that I can go in and run any kind of report that they want.”

Amy uses LUMEDX’s Apollo Clinical Data Repository to create reports on a number of topics, including:

  • Volumes (by procedure, physician, and county)
  • Mortality rates
  • Readmissions
  • Discharge medication
  •  Complications
  • Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) measures
  • And more

“I’ve even created reports for our pharmacy. They wanted to see the percentage of outpatients receiving a particular medication, and I was able to give them the information they needed,” Amy says. “The list goes on and on. Apollo is a never-ending resource.”

Want to learn more about these reports?  Download the full case study here

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 2:14:00 PM Categories: case study

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/11/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

What Factors Influence Physician EHR Adoption? 

A recent data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) found that 80% of physician surveyed said that they were already using an EHR or planned to implement the technology. The survey also found that primary care physicians and larger physician practices are more likely to adopt EHRs. 86% of multispecialty practices used an EHR as compared with 76% of single-specialty practices. 

Hospital Groups Call for Avoiding Another ICD-10 Delay 

EHR Intelligence reports that a group of hospital and health system associations have signed a petition asking Congress to avoid another ICD-10 delay. These groups include the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and America's Essential Hospitals. 

HHS Will Push Broader Reach for Information Technology 

According to Modern Healthcare, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has created a new plan that focuses on improving the penetration of healthcare IT beyond hospitals and physician practices. The new plan also takes into account long-term and post acute care, behavioral health, community-based care, and other populations.

CMS: Meaningful Use Payments Tops $25.7B 

As of December 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has paid out over $25.7B in meaningful use payments to eligible hospitals and healthcare professionals. Despite this, less than 35% of the national's hospitals have met Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014 9:20:00 AM Categories: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS EHR health IT HHS HIT hospitals ICD-10 industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/04/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

U.S. Hospitals Make Fewer Serious Errors; 50,000 Lives Saved 

Reuters reports that according to a recent government study, U.S. hospitals committed 17% fewer medical errors in 2013 than in 2010, therefore saving approximately 50,000 lives. The report also found that 1.3 million fewer patients suffered from a hospital-acquired condition in 2013 than in 2010, thus leading to savings of $12 billion from avoidable costs. 

Coordination of Heart Attack Care Trims Time to Treatment: Study 

An initiative coordinated through Duke University called Mission: Lifeline has found that improving the coordination between paramedics and hospitals can reduce heart attack deaths by nearly fivefold. The study found that 2.3% patients who waited less than 30 minutes in an emergency room for treatment died, as opposed to 11.2% of those who waited over 45 minutes. 

CMS Taps ACA Rules to Clamp Down on Fraud, Waste and Abuse 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced new measures designed to prevent physicians and other providers with unpaid debt from re-entering Medicare. The measures also remove providers who have patterns of abusive billing, and are designed to improve oversight and save taxpayers money. 

Healthcare Payer IT Market Poised for Substantial Growth 

According to RevCycle Intelligence, the North American payer IT industry accounts for a share of 58.2% of the global healthcare payer IT market as of 2014. Forecasts show that through 2018, the marketplace is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.7%. 

Thursday, December 04, 2014 9:56:00 AM Categories: industry news
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