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Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/26/15 

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.

ICD-10 Propels CAC Market to Reach $3.5B by 2019 

EHR Intelligence reports that the computer-assisted coding (CAC) market has grown as the ICD-10 transition in October approaches. CACs are instrumental in helping the accuracy of patient data in EHRs by reducing coding errors, and the market is projected to grow to $3.5B by 2019. 

FDA Calls for Medical Device Oversight

According to Healthcare IT News, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has commissioned a report by the Brookling Institution that calls for the formation of a national surveillance system for medical devices. The report states that the surveillance system would be a part of the emerging national health information infrastructure and would use data captured as an integral part of care to generate information about medical devices. 

CMS Animates ICD-10, Videos Explore Coding Changes 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delivered a series of videos designed to help explain changes in ICD-10 coding to doctors and consumers. The switch to ICD-10 for diagnostic and billing codes is scheduled to happen on Oct. 1, 2015. 

Infographic - Human Error Causes Alarming Rise in Data Breaches 

An infographic by Egress Software Technologies shows that 94% of data breaches are caused by human error. An ICO FOI request carried out by the company also shows that there has been a 44% increase in data breaches in the healthcare sector between April-June 2014 as compared with April-June 2013. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/30/14 

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.

CCHIT Set to Close Its Operations 

According to Medical Economics, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) will end all of its business operations by November 14, 2014. The CCHIT has been certifying electronic health record (EHR) systems since 2006. 

Health IT Leader DeSalvo Takes Dual HHS Roles 

Information Week reports that Dr. Karen DeSalvo will now have dual HHS roles. She will continue to lead the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) while also taking on a role as acting assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

AMA Unwraps Mapping Tool to Locate Caregivers

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released its Health Workforce Mapper, an interactive tool that shows the geographic locations of the healthcare workforce in each state. The tool can be used to identify health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, and more. 

36 Positive Signs of Health IT Adoption Progress

This month, the ONC and HHS submitted their annual report to Congress that highlights the progress and accomplishments currently advancing healthcare IT adoption. Some of the signs identified in the report include increased EHR system adoption, additional rural community support, and increased health information exchange among physicians. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/16/14 

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.

Medicare Fines Record Number of Hospitals for Excessive Readmissions

NPR reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has reported that over the next year, 2,610 hospitals will lose some payments due to readmissions. In the three years since hospitals have started facing penalties under the Affordable Care Act, this year represents the highest penalties: up to 3% of Medicare bills. 

Health Groups Urge Changes to Meaningful Use Program

Several health care groups, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the Medical Group Management Association, have addressed a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell calling for changes to the meaningful use program that would reflect a greater focus on interoperability. 

Health IT Funding Reaches $956M in Q3 2014, Report Finds 

According to a recent report from Mercom Capital Group, venture capital funding for healthcare IT companies reached $956M in Q3 2014. This is down from Q2 2014, when funding for healthcare IT reached a staggering $1.8 billion across 161 deals. 

Healthcare IT News Unveils 2014 Best Hospital IT Department Winners

Healthcare IT News has released its winners for the 2014 "Best Hospital IT Departments" program. The award recognizes hospitals and healthcare systems that provide a positive hospital IT workplace. This year's top winner is Meridian Health System in Neptune, New Jersey. 

ICD-10: Future Impacts on Cardiology 

By Cheryl Iseberg

With the new ICD-10 compliance date set as October 1, 2015, heart hospitals need to prepare for change and determine how their cardiovascular service lines will be affected.

Below are some of the major documentation changes in ICD-10:

For acute myocardial infarctions:

  • The acute phase of MI is now defined as eight weeks instead of four weeks
  • Codes specifying subsequent episodes of care for acute MI are now discontinued
  • There are new unique codes for distinguishing a new acute MI that happens while a patient is still in treatment for an acute MI

There is a new combination code for coronary artery disease with angina. In ICD-9, coders had to use two separate codes: “coronary atherosclerosis of native coronary artery” and “intermediate coronary syndrome.”

The term “congestive” is now a nonessential modifier for systolic, diastolic, and combined systolic/diastolic heart failure, and only one code is required to describe the specificity and acuity of heart failure.

LUMEDX can help you prepare for ICD-10 while still using ICD-9, ensuring a smooth and successful transition. LUMEDX Healthcare Consultants and Project Managers offer technical assistance and professional guidance so that you can easily navigate the challenges that will arise from the change to ICD-10. To learn more, click here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 8:47:00 AM Categories: CMS data security EHR health information technology healthcare today HIT ICD-10 ONC

Best of Health IT News: Week of 07/24/14 

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.

IT, Patient-Centered Research Key to Pushing Disease Prevention Efforts 

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association argues that information technology and patient-centered research will be critical to supporting disease prevention efforts. The researchers stated that a "widespread uptake" of personalized health technology is necessary to treat diseases including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. 

Population Health, Analytics, mHealth Vendors Raise $1.8B in Q2

EHR Intelligence reports that health IT vendors have brought in over $1 billion in venture capital funding in Q2 of 2014. The $2.6 billion raised by health IT companies this year has already surpassed last year's total of $2.2 billion. 

Mental Health Providers Plead for Meaningful Use Payments 

According to Politico, mental health providers appealed to Congress to pass a law that will extend meaningful use incentive payments to mental health care. Providers argue that mental health work is underfunded and suffering from faulty connections to other health care providers. 

Wearables in Healthcare: Privacy Rules Needed

Information Week reports on how John Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay out $190 million to settle claims from former patients of gynecologist Dr. Nikita Levy. The case brings to light the need for CIOs and security officers to create privacy rules around the use of wearable technology in order to protect patient data. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/08/14 

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.

Economic Uncertainty Not Impeding Growth of Healthcare IT Jobs 

According to Digital Journal, the healthcare IT job market continues to grow at a high rate. While health IT once accounted for only 5-10% of a hospital's IT budget, it now represents 25-35%. Analysts project that approximately 272,286 people will be EHR technicians by 2022, as opposed to 186,300 two years ago. 

EHR Incentive Payouts Climb to $23B

​Healthcare IT News reports that hospitals and providers have now received $23 billion in electronic health record incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 94% of all U.S. hospitals are also now participating in the meaningful use program. 

Karen DeSalvo: Health IT Needs to "Get Real for People" 

Karen DeSalvo, the national coordinator for health information technology, spoke at a POLITICO breakfast panel on connected health and said that the U.S. needs a national embrace of electronic health records and related systems and devices. This is critical for improving care and preventing natural disasters from disrupting patient care. 

Hospitals Making Headway in HIE 

Government Health IT reports that HIE among U.S. non-federal acute care hospitals has been increasing since 2008. 62% of hospitals reported that they electronically exchanged health information with providers outside of their system during 2013. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/21/13 

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. 

ACA, Health IT Changing Job Landscape 

Healthcare IT News reports on how the Affordable Care Act and the adoption of healthcare IT has changed the job landscape by opening up more positions for records technicians, medical assistants, patient navigators, and other frontline and nonclinical positions in the healthcare industry. 

The Golden Age of Healthcare Informatics? 

InformationWeek discusses the proliferation of healthcare informatics use, and how more and more providers are switching to electronic systems. The article identifies areas in which healthcare IT vendors, planners, managers, and developers should be focused. 

How federal cybersecurity measures can apply to healthcare 

Government Health IT reports on the issue of security within the healthcare industry. According to a 2012 study from the Ponemon Institute, 94% of healthcare organizations have reported at least one HIPAA breach. Because of this, healthcare organizations need to be proactive and perform audits and assessments. 

California EHR Adoption Increasing, but Other Health IT Use Lagging 

A report from the California HealthCare Foundation found that the number of doctors in California using EHRs increased from 37% in 2008 to 59% in 2013. However, only 30% of hospitals have EHRs that meet all the 12 requirements of meaningful use. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/24/13 

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.

4 things to know about how consumers perceive and use HIT

Government Health IT covers the four priorities that providers and policymakers need to keep in mind, including access priorities, access extent, HIE, and how patients can access healthcare information. 

Non-profits sets new standards for modular EHRs

InformationWeek discusses how the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative just achieved all three Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements for its in-house EHR system.  

Obamacare goes live: healthcare cloud computing in action 

The big news in the healthcare IT space this week is the announcement that online enrollment of government-approved healthcare exchanges under the Affordable Care Act has gone live. 

Health IT takes hold around the world

Healthcare IT News shines the spotlight on four healthcare IT initiatives from around the world and shares experiences, insights, and learnings. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/17/13 

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.

Cardiology at Saratoga Hospital Adopts LUMEDX Web-Based Information System

In LUMEDX news, the cardiology department at Saratoga Hospital has deployed LUMEDX’s HealthView in its cardiovascular service line to improve access to comprehensive patient information across the continuum of care.

Health IT Investments in Q3 Reach Record $737M, According to Report

iHealthBeat reports on Q3 2013 numbers, which show that there were a record number of health IT investments with over 150 deals totaling nearly $737 million.

Health IT Is Not a Single-Minded Monolithic Being

HIT Consultant offers up a perspective on the growth of the health IT market and argues that there are still a great deal of factions, competing ideologies, and more dividing factors within the health IT market – especially in the areas of surveillance and consolidation.  

Health IT Job Growth Has Been Underestimated?

In health IT hiring news, it appears that new data from an analysis of online job postings shows that the number of health IT jobs available has exceeded projections. The job market for employees working with EHR systems continues to be robust.  

4 ways to make EHR data more personal

Government Health IT discusses what EHR developers and providers need to do in order to provide patient-centric care. Some ideas include integration of all settings, integration of all users across the enterprise, and accurate and timely documentation.  

National Health IT Week – September 16-20, 2013 

You may have noticed the use of the following logo floating around these past few days and wondered what it represents. We even have it as the current profile picture for our Twitter handle here.

That’s because this week (September 16-20, 2013) marks the eighth year of National Health IT Week. National Health IT Week is an annual event put on by a collaborative group of healthcare providers, government agencies, insurance companies, research foundations, and healthcare IT vendors to address the growing role of technology in healthcare.

The official National Health IT Week website states that: “Comprehensive health care reform is not possible without system-wide adoption of health information technology, which improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.”

So how can you get involved?

  • Educate yourself about the healthcare IT climate and current policies and stories. We have a weekly news round-up here.
  • Participate in the HIMSS Value of Health IT Twitter Chat this Friday, Sept. 20 at 12 noon ET. Details here.
  • Look up more National Health IT Week news by searching for the hashtag #NHITweek on social media.

How is your organization celebrating National Health IT Week this year?

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