Posts in Category: EHR

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/24/14 

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.

How ICD-10 Will Unlock a New Market for Data Analysis 

According to Smart Data Collective, ICD-10 will have a huge impact on the data analytics market, due to the healthcare industry's increasing interest in data analysis and predictive analytics. The ICD-10 system has approximately 68,000 different codes, which will be crucial data points when running analytics programs. 

Cleveland Clinic CIO: Tools are the Biggest Barrier to IT-Driven Medical Care 

In Computerworld, Cleveland Clinic CIO Dr. C. Martin Harris talks about how technology is redefining healthcare for providers and patients. His vision of healthcare IT is, "...that there's a time when anyone involved in [the healthcare] cycle will have have access to the information they need to make the right decision about that patient as part of the patient-care process or something that facilitates the care process, such as getting a bill paid." 

EHR Jobs Boom: 8 Hot Health IT Roles

InformationWeek covers the latest in job market news. The healthcare IT job market continues to grow, with a large portion of a hospital's IT budget going to EHRs, both in terms of technology and people. Some jobs in demand include health IT director, nursing informatics officer, and ICD-9/ICD-10 project manager. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 03/06/14 

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.

Malcolm Gladwell Keynotes Health Data Interoperability Summit

At Health Care Innovation Day, an event sponsored by the West Health Institute, bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell delivered a keynote on healthcare data interoperability. 

Americans Will Be Able to Keep Old Insurance Plans Longer Under Rewrite of Healthcare Rules

The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration has announced that Americans with noncompliant healthcare plans can keep them for two years longer than expected. 

Are EHRs at a Tipping Point? 

According to Healthcare IT News, more than 50 percent of practices and 80 percent of hospitals have adopted electronic health records and attested for meaningful use. Now that EHR adoption has reached a tipping point, it is time to take the next steps to optimize the use of clinical data.

Thursday, March 06, 2014 4:20:00 PM Categories: EHR HIT industry news

New App Assesses Heart Disease and Stroke Risk 

This week, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association announced the release of a new mobile and web-based app for healthcare professionals and patients to use in determining the risk of developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). The app, the ASCVD Risk Estimator (available for free on iTunes and Google Play), uses patient data to estimate a patient’s 10-year and lifetime risk of heart attack and ischemic stroke. It also helps healthcare professionals to see whether statin therapy is appropriate for the patient.

The tool works by selecting the following patient data and calculating heart disease and stroke risk:

  •          Age
  •          Sex
  •          Race
  •          Total cholesterol
  •          High-density lipoprotein cholesterol
  •          Systolic blood pressure
  •          Blood pressure-lowering medication use
  •          Diabetes status
  •          Smoking status 

The ACC states that it hopes the tool will “help health professionals and patients work together.”

As social health applications and resources become more prevalent, what do you see being useful for cardiologists and heart failure patients? 

Friday, February 28, 2014 9:04:00 AM Categories: American College of Cardiology cardiology EHR industry news iPad iPhone

Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/27/14 

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.

Don't believe the naysayers -- HIE is flourishing

In an interview with Healthcare Informatics, Micky Tripathi, PhD, states that it is currently an unprecedented time for CIOs and other healthcare IT leaders as the importance of healthcare IT rises. He states that HIEs are flourishing -- but in silos. 

ONC issues voluntary 2015 certification criteria for EHRs 

Last Friday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced a proposed rule that includes voluntary certification criteria for EHRs in 2015. Some of the criteria proposed include: developing a way for non-meaningful use EHR systems to become certified, enhancing interoperability efforts, and improving alignment with other HHS programs. 

Providers ramp up meaningful use

Healthcare IT News reports that healthcare providers are ramping up meaningful use -- and nearly 90% of eligible hospitals have received an EHR incentive payment. The report also states that about 60% of Medicare EPs are meaningful users of EHR systems. 

App can help doctors calculate heart risks

According to The Boston Globe, a new app has been release by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association to calculate the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients. The app allows healthcare professionals and patients to determine the risk of developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and is available for free on iTunes and Google Play. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/06/14 

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.

Also, tune in next week as we celebrate Heart Failure Awareness Week!

What Consumer-Driven Healthcare Really Means 

Information Week discusses what healthcare organizations need to do in order to achieve online patient engagement.The article states that healthcare organizations need to use marketing in order to drive consumer engagement on healthcare online portals. 

Patient Engagement Gains Momentum 

According to Healthcare IT News, patients are beginning to engage with their healthcare. Mobile health devices, sensors, and IT solutions are helping patients to participate and engage with healthcare providers more fully. 

USDA Doles Out Millions For Rural Telemedicine Initiatives 

iHealthBeat reports on the USDA's announcement that it will be awarding nearly $16 million in grants to help fund telehealth and distance learning initiatives in rural areas. 

Health, Prevention and Wellness: Our Focus This Month, Every Month

In the Huffington Post, Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, discusses how heart disease is the number-1 killer of Americans. While 1 in 30 female deaths is from breast cancer, 1 in 3 is from heart disease. As we embark on Heart Awareness Month in 2014, we need to continue the conversation around heart disease. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/30/14 

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. 

ONC to keep tabs on HIE reporting requirement

FierceHealthIT discusses how the office of the National Coordinator for Health Informatino Technology intends to keep tabs on state HIEs by requiring an annual report. 

Health IT moving to critical step 

According to a conference on the state of the healthcare IT industry, the second boom in healthcare IT is happening now. Because the last four years have been spent installing new hardware and software at healthcare facilities, providers will now work on using healthcare data in meaningful, prescriptive ways. 

The hope and challenge of social media for chronic disease care 

Government Health IT reports on how researchers have found that social media empowers users and motivates them to take personal responsibility for health behavior. They also provide a network of support, motivation, and disease management education. 

Report finds volumes of health IT M&A deals declined by 16% 

According to a report published by Berkery Noyes, the overall volume of mergers and acquisitions in the health IT sector declined by 16% annually from 2011 through 2013. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014 3:03:00 PM Categories: EHR health information exchange health IT HIT hospitals industry news mobile devices ONC

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/23/14 

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. 

Survey says: EHR incentive program is on track 

According to the annual National Ambulatory Medical Care Surgery, numbers are on track for EHR adoption. Nearly 80% of office-based physicians now use an electronic health record system, and almost 70% of office-based physicians noted intent to participate in the EHR incentive program. 

3 Trends are Reshaping Healthcare IT 

Information Week reports on three current trends that are shaping healthcare IT today, including: gaming (as a means of improving patient fitness and cognitive health), telehealth, and health-specific social networks. 

Health data security improves despite IT lagging behind other sectors 

SearchHealthIT reports on how even though the technology in health IT can be lagging in some areas, data security -- which is driven by HIPAA compliance and business requirements -- is continually improving. 

Insecure healthcare.gov allowed hacker to access 70,000 records in four minutes

Computerworld reports that David Kennedy, CEO of TrustedSec, has stated that the healthcare.gov website is insecure. Kennedy told Fox News that he was able to access 70,000 records within four minutes. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014 3:18:00 PM Categories: EHR electronic health records HIT industry news ONC

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/09/14  

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. 

Meaningful Use Comes to CES

At the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the federal government's plan to drive health IT adoption was a part of the conversation at the Digital Health Summit. Keynote speakers presented on how devices and solutions should be focused on giving consumers control over their healthcare information. 

Report Says Connected Health Device Market Will Reach $8B by 2018 

In other healthcare IT news, iHealthBeat reports that the sale of connected health and wellness devices will increase by 142% from $3.3 billion in 2013 to more than $8 billion in 2018. These numbers are according to a report from the Consumer Electronics Association and was produced with Parks Associates. 

6 Musts for Healthcare Execs for 2014

Healthcare IT News makes recommendations for healthcare executives in 2014. Tips include a focus on physician executives, expanding the CIO role, increasing finance knowledge, and more. 

Health IT is Growing Rapidly Through 2017

According to Information Week, the North American health IT market is poised to grow at an annual  rate of 7.4% and will reach a total value of $31.3 billion in 2017. In 2012, the market's total value was $21.9 billion. 

Thursday, January 09, 2014 11:48:00 AM Categories: best practices cardiology EHR electronic health records health IT HIT industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/19/13 

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. 

My Favorite Health IT Quotes of 2013 

Healthcare Informatics Contributing Editor David Raths compiles a list of his favorite moments in healthcare IT in 2013. One favorite quote was Farzad Mostashari's statement that "...Our longer term vision is that every healthcare interaction benefits from all the world's knowledge." 

Healthcare analytics market growth to skyrocket

FierceHealthIT reports on a new report from MarketsandMarkets that projects that the global healthcare analytics market will be worth more than $21 billion by 2020. Federal mandates, technological advances, increased healthcare IT adoption, and venture capital investments are cited as strong market drivers.

Continued Troubles with Healthcare.gov May Drive Up Costs

CBS reports that the problems with the Healthcare.gov website may lead to higher prices for many Americans if the technical problems deter young people from signing up. Enrollment continues to lag behind in projections, and more younger, healthier customers are needed in order to address an age imbalance. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/12/13 

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. 

Government Health IT Report Expected Early 2014 

According to MedPage Today, a strategy report from the FDA, ONC, and the Federal Communications Commission will come out next year with recommendations on promoting innovation in health information technology. 

Stakeholders Continue to Comment on New Meaningful Use Timeline

On Friday, December 8, 2013, CMS revised the meaningful use timeline to extend Stage 2 through 2016, and to have Stage 3 begin in 2017 for health care providers who have completed at least two years of Stage 2. Stakeholders such as the AMA, AHA, and various vendors have weighed in with their opinions on the delay. 

mHealth, Cloud Computing to Dominate Healthcare in 2014

Fierce Mobile Healthcare predicts that mobile health and cloud computing will be the top trends for healthcare in 2014. According to a study by research firm Frost & Sullivan, "...as more healthcare IT and patient monitoring tools are integrated, every hospital facility will eventually have to acquire a fully-enterprise wireless solution." 

Whopping $17B Paid Out So Far for MU 

Healthcare IT News reports that the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs have paid out $17 billion to eligible hospitals and healthcare providers. The incentive program's goal is to speed adoption of EHRs within healthcare facilities. 

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