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Healthcare IT: Looking to the Future 

By Gus Gilbertson and David Wayne

In honor of National Health IT Week, we would like to examine the value of investing in healthcare IT as we look to the future of healthcare. Technology has already changed the way that many other industries – from retail, to customer service, to publishing – operate and engage with customers. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that technology is currently disrupting the healthcare industry and giving care providers a way to improve operations and quality of care.

As the healthcare landscape continues to shift, providers are being prompted to adopt more evidence-based systems. Healthcare providers need accurate, comprehensive data that can be made readily available for government payers, insurers, registries, and other parties in order to remain competitive and maximize reimbursements. With healthcare IT solutions, care providers have an efficient way to disseminate and access patient information. Using a computer-based system as opposed to a paper-based one also significantly reduces the risk of adverse events.

In addition, healthcare IT solutions provide real-time insight into patient care for clinicians, staff members, and patients. As consultants, we have worked closely with healthcare providers who are surprised when they find out how much useful knowledge can be derived from their facility’s existing data. With easily accessible and comprehensive data at their fingertips, providers can spot and understand trends in their current programs. And armed with this knowledge, healthcare providers can then make the informed decisions necessary to improve clinical and operational performance.

It is clear to us that the healthcare IT industry is here for the long term, and we consider revolutionary healthcare IT solutions positive opportunities for the healthcare industry. The use of innovative technology in healthcare is driving improved efficiency and quality of care, and has enabled providers to make data-driven changes for their patient populations and care processes. It is critical that government agencies, care providers, vendors, and other stakeholders continue to work hand in hand as we deliver the next generation healthcare IT industry solutions and continue to improve the patient care experience.

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Best of Health IT News: Week of 7/11/13 

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.

These Graphs Show How Fast Hospitals Are Adopting Computers – And How Far They Have to Go

In Forbes, we see a visual representation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s annual report on health information technology in the United States. The graphs show that hospitals are adopting healthcare IT at a rapid pace, but that there is still a need for hospitals to continue investing in technology.

Cardio Notes: ICD Codes Don’t Capture All Strokes

According to Med Page Today, researchers have found that an uncommon type of stroke needs its own ICD-9 code. Cardiologists and researchers believe that with a dedicated or modified code, they would be able to identify these cases more accurately.

5 Ways IT helps make sense of costs

Jeff Rowe of Healthcare IT News discusses the different ways in which adopting healthcare IT can help a facility to collect and synthesize cost data.

Healthcare jobs growth tops all others

Healthcare IT News reports on the growth of jobs in the healthcare space. According to Brookings Institution, the healthcare industry has added 2.6 million jobs in the U.S. in the past decade – accounting for a 22.7 percent employment growth.

New health data outs doctors whose patients die more often

VentureBeat covers a new plan from the U.K. government that requires doctors and consultants to submit performance data in order to show patients how different healthcare providers across England are performing.

 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 6/21/13 

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.

North American Health IT Market Forecast to Reach $31.3B by 2017

According to HIT Consultant, the North American health IT market is forecast to reach $31.3 billion by 2017, up from $21.9 billion in 2012.

11 Ways to Make Healthcare IT Easier

CIO covers 11 ways to help healthcare CIOs make improvements in their business. Tips include integrating data analytics, hiring the best EHR trainers, using mandates to enforce change, and more.

Former ONC deputy coordinator is new AMA president-elect  

FierceHealthIT reports that Robert M. Wah, M.D., has been named the president-elect of the American Medical Association. Wah served as the first deputy coordinator for the ONC from 2005-2006.

Government agency launches health IT webpage for long-term care providers

In other ONC news, the agency just launched a new webpage with info and resources for long-term and post-acute (LTPAC) providers.

Vast Majority of Surveyed Hospitals Experience Breaches 

(Photo credit: Credit: Flickr/Mr. Cacahuate)

Ninety-four percent of hospitals responding to a recent survey experienced a data breach in the past two years, according to the Ponemon Institute. Forty-five percent of these hospitals indicated that their data was breached more than five times – an increase from 2010 when the percentage of respondents indicating more than five breaches was 29 percent.

With the potential for penalties under HIPAA, the cost of notifying stakeholders and civil suite awards, the possibility these hospitals could be stuck with millions in costs due to data breaches is staggering.

Even more discouraging, those hospitals that had not joined a health information exchange (HIE) cite low or lack of confidence in data security as the number one reason they were reluctant to share information within organizations.

As the move to electronic health records (EHR) continues, what measures is your organization taking to ensure patient data security?

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