Posts in Category: EHR

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/07/15 

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.

Will Healthcare Data Analytics Suffer if DeSalvo Leaves ONC? 

According to Healthcare IT Analytics, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, may soon move from her role as the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT (ONC) to become the HHS Assistant Secretary for Health. In her short time at the ONC, DeSalvo has overseen early attestations for Stage 2 meaningful use while promoting interoperability, clinical analytics, and population health management. 

HHS, USDA Invest $1B in Rural Health, Care Coordination 

The Department of Health and Human Services is working with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to financially support rural communities as they take on health IT improvement projects including EHR adoption, health information exchange, telehealth services, and more. 

Health IT Holds the Promise to Help Improve Health

In a column for Health IT Buzz, Chief Medical Officer of Million Hearts Thomas A Mason, MD, and Executive Director Janet Wright, MD, FACC, argue that a critical component of chronic disease management is EHR integration. In order to manage conditions like high blood pressure, healthcare providers must increase their use of EHRs, clinical analytics, and population health management programs. 

43% of Orgs use Clinical Decision Support for Patient Safety 

According to a HIMSS15 survey conducted by LogicNets, 43% of healthcare organizations believe that clinical decision support technology reduces the occurrence of errors. The study also found that a third of providers who already have CDS in place believe that it improves efficiency. Additionally, a recent ONC study found that automatic medication calculators reduced dosage errors between 37-80%.

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/30/15 

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.

EHR Adoption, Health IT Use Improve Patient Safety, ONC Says 

According to a new brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), widespread EHR adoption and meaningful use are improving overall patient safety. As of December 2014, patient safety and hospital quality rates have gone up by nearly 20% in just three years. 

Healthcare Internet of Things To Reach $117B by 2020 

HIT Consultant reports that the healthcare Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to reach $117B by 2020 with a CAGR of 15.1%. With the rise of healthcare IT adoption, there will be an increased number of digital health platforms, data storage systems, and tools to support the big data infrastructure for the healthcare industry. 

No ACOs Without Coordination 

Healthcare IT News discusses how healthcare providers can assemble a viable accountable care coordination. The publication argues that one key is to have a strong care coordination system in place. This includes health information exchanges, electronic medical records and interoperability, and clinical decision support. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/22/15 

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.

What to Look for in a Healthcare Big Data Analytics Vendor

According to Healthcare IT Analytics, there are several factors that healthcare organizations should consider when choosing a healthcare big data analytics vendor. These include a commitment to interoperability and data standards, transparent business practices, and an ability to expand and grow with your organization.

As Hospital EHR Adoption Rises, What's Next for Health IT? 

Healthcare IT Analytics reports that EHR adoption has grown, with the majority of hospitals increasing their health IT capabilities and adopting clinical analytics. As of 2014, 76% of hospitals have adopted an EHR system, and 96% have agreed to implement an EHR technology that can attest to meaningful use. 

Report: Healthcare State of Security a Mixed Bag

Healthcare IT News discusses Verizon's 2015 Data Breath Investigations Report, which examined the healthcare vertical and found that there were 234 security incidents and 141 confirmed data loss breaches at healthcare organizations in the past year. Additionally, the percentage of security incidents caused by insider misuse jumped from 15% in 2014 to 20% in 2015. 

Just One-Third of Hospitals IT-Ready for Population Health 

According to a new survey unveiled at HIMSS 2015, just one-third of US hospitals and health systems "indicated that population health tools were in place in their organization." The survey also found that one-fourth of respondents said that they didn't provide any population services such as telemedicine, remote coaching or education of patients, and real-time remote patient monitoring. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:44:00 PM Categories: analytics CMS data EHR industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/09/15  

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.

Operationalizing Healthcare Analytics: A 'Plecosystem' Approach 

CIO Magazine discusses how many business stakeholders are unclear about how to use analytics to influence clinical or operational outcomes. However, by creating a "plecosystem" (platform ecosystem), healthcare providers can use analytics effectively. Components of a successful "plecosystem" include: data integration, analytics models, platform infrastructure and security, and visualization and dissemination. 

Why Wearables are Loudly Knocking on the Doctor's Door

With new wearables like the Apple Watch and the increasing pervasiveness of mobile health applications, HealthData management argues that the power of personal data collection will bring a new transformation in healthcare. By investing in data science and cloud technologies, healthcare providers can better understand and build relationships with their patients. 

Examining Three Decades of Health IT Change 

FierceHealthIT reports on an interview with Donald Lindberg, outgoing director of the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine. He states that in his 30 years of working at the organization, he has witnessed firsthand how innovative technology has shaped the healthcare industry and improved patient care.

Why Health Isn't Just Health Care's Problem 

According to The Huffington Post, health should not just be healthcare's problem. The key to improving health on a large scale is by bridging the gap between healthcare and other players in order to gain insight into population health. Healthcare should be partnered with other sectors, including transportation, business, and urban planning. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/02/15 

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.

Big Data Analytics Can prevent Health Care Fraud. Here's How 

VentureBeat reports on how the adoption of online health records, remote patient care, and data-driven care makes it more critical than ever to advance security. Healthcare analytics tools can help providers to secure patient privacy and mitigate prescription fraud. 

Healthcare Analytics: 4 Things Impacting the Adoption Rate 

CIO Magazine discusses the challenges that healthcare analytics adoption faces. Although 82% of respondents in a recent survey by CDW indicated that they saw improved patient care with analytics use, challenges included: data integration issues, data breaches and data security concerns, low levels of analytics investments, and more. 

New Challenges, New Pressures in Cardiology 

A presentation at the 2015 Annual Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology (ACC.15) by Michael E. Chernew, PhD discussed how the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has impacted cardiology, especially in terms of payment models and accountable care organizations (ACOs). 

How Cloud Computing Enables Interoperability 

According to Healthcare IT News, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has renewed its focus on interoperability. To achieve this, healthcare providers can rely on the cloud to break down barriers to data exchange and move away from siloed data. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 03/12/15 

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.

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ACC 2015 Scientific Sessions: Contemporary Cardiology Embellished With San Diego Sunshine 

Medscape reports on ACC.15, taking place from March 14-16, 2015 in San Diego, CA. The conference will cover the latest trials and discussions on issues facing cardiology every day, including studies exploring imaging modalities for chest pain, optimal antiplatelets post PCI and in chronic CAD, and much more. 

How CPOE Can Reduce Length of Stay 

According to Health IT News, computerized provider order entry (CPOE) can help reduce length of stay when used in conjunction with bedside bar coding and electronic health records. A study published in Applied Clinical Informatics in July 2014 found that 63% of the reduction in LOS correlated with the rise in CPOE. 

Study: Patients Would Change Healthcare Providers Over Security Concerns

A study sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance found that 79% of respondents considered it important for providers to protect their information. 48% stated that they would consider changing healthcare providers if their medical records were stolen or lost. 

Next Generation ACO Launched by CMS, Tightens Financial Benchmarks

Healthcare Finance reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new model of accountable care organization called The Next Generation ACO. Participants of this program will have more predictable financial targets as well as goals linked to patient engagement. 

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 01/22/15 

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.

Chronic Disease Management Lowers Heart Failure Hospital Rates 

A study from the American Journal of Managed Care finds that improved chronic disease management for heart failure patients with one or more comorbidities lowers the rate of readmissions. The study found that for every twelve patients put on a CV disease management program, at least one hospitalization can be prevented. 

5 Trends That Will Redefine Your Healthcare Experience in 2015

Fortune Magazine releases its predictions for the five top healthcare trends that we will see in 2015. These trends include increased interoperability among healthcare IT systems, widespread use of digital tools, the rise of patient portals, and more. 

2015 a Year of Changes in Revenue Cycle with Population Health, ICD-10

Healthcare Finance projects that in 2015, hospital financial managers will be concerned with implementation of ICD-10 and the roll-out of population-based payments. In addition, hospital financial managers need to ensure that good contract management systems are in place. 

Acceptance of Heart Failure Improves Patients' Quality of Life 

According to a study in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, patients who accept their heart failure diagnosis tend to have a higher quality of life than those who do not. In seeking out information about heart failure, its symptoms and treatments, these patients are more likely to rebound emotionally and to follow medical recommendations. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015 9:17:00 AM Categories: EHR health IT healthcare today HIT hospital management hospitals ICD-10 industry news

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

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
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