Posts in Category: EHR

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 10/09/14 

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.

Groups React to New Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Deadline

According to iHealthBeat, many groups have reacted positively to CMS' decision to reopen the submission period for hardship exception applications for the meaningful use program. Eligible hospitals and providers can now file for hardship exceptions until Nov. 30. The previous deadlines were July 1 for eligible providers and April 1 for eligible hospitals. 

Reform Update: 1% of Patients Account for 22.7% of Spending, AHRQ 

A recent Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report finds that hospitals and providers seeking to lower healthcare costs need to look at the most costly patients. The costliest  1% of patients account for 22.7% of total expenses, while the top 5% account for half of overall spending. 

Telemedicine Poised for Tipping Point Despite Remaining Hurdles  

Fierce Health IT reports on a recent U.S. News and World Report Hospitals of Tomorrow Conference, during which many panelists stated that the healthcare industry has reached a tipping point for telemedicine. Despite barriers such as billing, reimbursement, and licensure, telemedicine is becoming increasingly prevalent. 

Bad EHR Workflow Played Role in Ebola Patient's Release 

According to CIO, bad EHR workflow did play a role in the case of Thomas Eric Duncan, the man with the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States, being released from Texas Health Presbyterian on September 26. This was partially due to the fact that the nurse and physician workflows were separate. 

Thursday, October 09, 2014 11:30:00 AM Categories: EHR health IT healthcare today industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 09/25/14 

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.

How Cloud Computing is Changing the Healthcare IT Industry 

Healthcare Global makes the argument that cloud computing is becoming increasingly important to healthcare providers. According to the article, healthcare is moving to the cloud as it becomes more patient-centered and data driven, and healthcare organizations should utilize the cloud when storing and sharing large amounts of data. 

Federal Healthcare IT Spending to Top $4.8 Billion by 2019 

According to FierceContentManagement, federal healthcare IT spending is predicted to reach $4.8 billion by 2019. The driving factors behind this number are federal healthcare initiatives designed to help the aging population and military and veterans, among others. 

ACC Softens on "See It, Stent It" 

MedPage Today reports that the American College of Cardiology (ACC) has just withdrawn one of the approaches in its "Choosing Wisely" campaign. The ACC no longer recommends the "see it, stent it" approach and instead recommends targeting lesion-only revascularization in myocardial infarction (MI). 

Thursday, September 25, 2014 4:38:00 PM Categories: EHR HIT industry news

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

National Health IT Week: Joining the Conversation 

This week we are celebrating the ninth year of National Health IT Week – a collaboration between healthcare providers, government agencies, payers, research foundations, and healthcare IT vendors designed to raise awareness about the growing role of technology in healthcare. 

Because healthcare in this country is currently undergoing many changes, all of us in the industry need to work together to advance technology that can reduce costs while improving care.

Our National Health IT Week blog topics are:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 16: Learn about why data analytics is a growing segment of the healthcare technology industry, and how providers can use analytics to monitor performance and drive quality improvement initiatives
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17: Prepare for the new ICD-10 compliance date with information about documentation changes that will impact cardiology departments
  • Thursday, Sept. 18: Read about how The Christ Hospital Health Network is using technology to support quality improvement initiatives

And on Twitter:

  • Friday, Sept. 19: Patrick Cambas, Vice President of Consulting and Strategic Services at LUMEDX, will weigh in during the @HIMSS Twitter Chat on September 19, 9am PT/11am CT/Noon ET. The discussion will focus on successes, pain points, and the future of defining and realizing health IT value. Join us on Twitter @LUMEDX

Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes with the Million Hearts Project  

Watch the latest Million Hearts whiteboard animation video, which shows how you can leverage your healthcare IT investments to prevent heart disease and stroke. Million Hearts is a national initiative partnering with other federal organizations, healthcare providers, and private-sector groups with the goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. 

The video explains how healthcare providers can use the PDSA cycle as a way to plan interventions and drive improved patient outcomes. For more on how your heart hospital can use the PDSA cycle to support quality improvement initiatives, request your complimentary webinar CDDriving Change in Readmissions and Length of Stay: Proven Performance Improvement Methods. In this webinar, you will learn how to use the PDSA cycle to understand your hospital's data in order to manage readmissions and length of stay. 

Monday, August 25, 2014 12:54:00 PM Categories: analytics data EHR electronic health records health IT heart failure HIT industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 08/07/14 

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.

Hospitals' EHR Progress is Tale of Some Progress, Some Inertia: Study

According to Modern Healthcare, a recent study in Health Affairs shows that American hospitals fall into three groups when it comes to EHR adoption: high achievers who meet second-stage government standards, those who have adopted a basic or comprehensive record, and a group who has neither a basic nor comprehensive record. 

ONC Lays Down 10-Year Interoperability Plan Milestones 

Government Health IT reports that at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's monthly HIT Policy Committee meeting, the ONC revealed more details on its 10-year interoperability roadmap, including its goal that by 2017 it will be able to "ensure providers and individuals can send, receive, find, and use a basic set of essential health information." 

California Health Care Exchange to Share 9 Million Patient Record Online 

This week, the California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) announced that it plans to develop a statewide health information exchange. The exchange will use innovative technology to connect healthcare providers and securely share 9 million patient records.

HHS Finalizes ICD-10 Compliance Deadline

According to Healthcare IT News, the Department of Health and Human Services has finalized the new ICD-10 compliance date as October 1, 2015. The deadline for ICD-10 had initially been set at a deadline of October 1, 2014, which healthcare organizations were struggling to meet. Learn more about how LUMEDX can prepare your hospital for ICD-10 here

Thursday, August 07, 2014 9:03:00 AM Categories: EHR health information exchange healthcare today HHS HIE HIT industry news Lumedx ONC Washington

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/22/14 

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.

HHS Invests Close to $1 Billion in Healthcare Innovation 

EHR Intelligence reports that the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is investing close to $1 billion to develop and test healthcare innovation models. The two programs include the Health Innovation Awards and the State Innovation Models initiative. 

Heart Failure Severity Correlated With Diabetes Risk 

According to Cardiology Today, researchers have found that an increased in severity of heart failure is associated with an increased risk for the development of diabetes. However, the study also found that use of renin-angiotensin system inhibitors may reduce the risk of diabetes. 

Update: CMS, ONC Ease EHR Certification Requirements For MU 

Government Health IT reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT jointly circulated a proposed rule to "change the meaningful use timeline and the definition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). It would also change the requirements for reporting clinical quality measurements for 2014." 

Healthcare Data Grows From Big to Great 

Healthcare IT News makes the argument that healthcare data is both getter bigger and smarter, and will become the great differentiator. Healthcare analytics has expanded from business intelligence and financial management to include clinical care insights. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/15/14 

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.

Interoperability Beyond Doom and Gloom 

Healthcare IT News reports that the number of hospitals engaging in health information exchange has been trending upwards since 2008, with 62% of hospitals electronically exchanging health information with providers out of their system during the year 2013. 

Studies Suggest Remote Monitoring Improves Patient Outcomes

According to iHealthBeat, two studies presented at the recent Heart Rhythm Society meeting suggest that in patients with implanted cardiac devices, remote monitoring does improve patient outcomes. Remote monitoring is correlated with lower risks of mortality and hospital readmission. 

Workgroup Proposes EHR Criteria 

Health Data Management reports that the Health IT Policy Committee's Certification and Adoption Workgroup is working on a draft set of voluntary EHR certification criteria for behavioral health and long-term and post-acute care settings. 

Personal Health Connectivity Will Pervade by 2025: Report 

A recent report from the Pew Research Center Internet Project cites that a majority of technology experts believe that by 2025, there will be a "global, immersive, invisible, ambient networked computing environment built through the continued proliferation of smart sensors, cameras, software, databases, and massive data centers in a world-spanning information fabric." The report predicts that home and personal health monitors will be widespread by that date. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:50:00 AM Categories: analytics cardiology data EHR health information exchange HHS HIE HIT industry news

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. 

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