Posts From June, 2014

Best of Health IT News: Week of 06/19/14 

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.

Patient Engagement Tools Among IT Most Anticipated by Hospital CIOs

Fierce Health IT reports that hospital CIOs are most excited about the integration of mobile healthcare capabilities for patients. CIOs state that patient engagement tools that can put health information into patients' hands quickly are critical in getting patients more involved in their care. 

Report Predicts Rapid Growth in U.S. Healthcare IT Market 

Business Solutions reports that the recent "U.S. Healthcare IT Market Outlook 2018" reveals that the U.S. healthcare IT market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of almost 20 percent from 2014 to 2018. This rapid growth is driven by introduction of new products, government support, and declining implementation costs. 

ONC Looks to New, More Flexible Approach on EHR Quality Improvement

According to Modern Healthcare, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is looking to transition away from requiring healthcare providers to meet a specific batch of clinical quality measures, and instead wants to focus on a flexible approach and credits providers for their own quality-improvement programs. 

GS1-128 Barcodes: Are You Ready? 

LUMEDX trainer John Nicholls discusses the industry's move to GS1-128 barcodes, sometimes known as "healthcare barcodes." These barcodes have become the standard for healthcare inventory management because they allow manufacturers to include data such as item number, expiration dates, and batch or lot numbers. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014 9:12:00 AM Categories: industry news

GS1-128 Barcodes: Are You Ready?  

By John Nicholls

GS1-128 barcodes, sometimes referred to as “healthcare barcodes,” are quickly becoming the standard for inventory product management. This industry shift has been brewing for some time now, although many vendors have been inconsistent in terms of conversion. Most vendors use Code 3 of 9 (codes that typically have a plus symbol in the front), UPC formats, or other types of barcode configurations.

The GS1-128 barcode is the industry standard because it allows manufacturers to include a variety of data aside from the item number for inventory tracking and management. Users can view expiration dates, batch or lot numbers, and other critical information.

LUMEDX’s inventory solution has used the GS1-128 format for years, ensuring that our customers are able to track the full inventory information that they need. Our solution currently supports the item number (GTIN) portion of the GS1-128 barcode.

To start using GS1-128 barcodes, you can install an updated support module – at no cost to you. With no hardware changes or workflow modifications required, your hospital can seamlessly switch over to using the GS1-128 format today.* 

Contact the LUMEDX Help Desk or your Client Manager to receive your software update. 


*Available only with Motorola hardware for Apollo LX​

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:57:00 PM

Best of Health IT News: Week of 06/12/14 

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.

EHR Incentive Cash Climbs to $24B

According to Healthcare IT News, EHR incentive payouts have grown to $23.7 billion. As of 2013, only 3 percent of eligible providers in the U.S. have not signed up to participate in the meaningful use program. 

ONC Interoperability Roadmap Cites Privacy, Security Needs

A story in Health IT Security reports that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a new report: "Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Ten Year Vision to Achieve Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure." In it, the ONC reveals that it plans to use clinicians, hospitals, vendors, individuals, and other stakeholders to help create the standards for efficient health information flow across different networks. 

Telehealth Gets Big Boost from AMA 

Healthcare IT News reports that the American Medical Association has established guiding principals to ensure appropriate coverage and reimbursement for telemedicine services. 

AMA Inaugurates Dr. Robert Wah as New President 

According to EHR Intelligence, the American Medical Association (AMA) has inaugurated a new president, Dr. Robert Wah. Wah served as chair of the AMA's Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2012 and has served as a member of the House of Delegates for seventeen years. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:21:00 AM Categories: industry news
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