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Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/28/15 

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.

An Ideal Transition: Multi-Campus Rollout of Echo CVIS at Orlando Health

A new case study from Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology reveals how Orlando Health has implemented LUMEDX's physician structured reporting and image management solution across five campuses. The new system has allowed Orlando Health to reduce report turnaround time, standardize the workflow, and support quality improvement programs.

What Exactly is "Population Health," Anyway?

Healthcare IT News discusses the definition of population health with a group of industry experts, including hospital CEOs, doctorpreneurs, startup executives, and more. The CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, N.H., Richard Boehler, MD calls population health: "... the ability of a provider to effectively manage the healthcare needs of a defined group across the continuum of services either through direct provision of care or through structured relationships with other providers."

Infographic: The Future of Clinical & Business Intelligence in Healthcare

A new infographic from the HIMSS Analytics 2015 Clinical & Business Intelligence Study has found that there has been a 6% increase in the number of healthcare organizations using a C&BI solution since 2013. Additionally, 52% of those polled said that they currently use their EHR/HIS vendor for C&BI. 

Report Includes Bypass, Heart Failure in Hospital Ratings

According to Cardiovascular Business, U.S. News and World Reports now bundles heart bypass and other operations with the conditions congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in a rating called "Best Hospitals for Common Care." The new rating breaks hospitals down into three categories: high, average, and below performers. 

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 04/02/15 

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 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 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

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

HHS, CMS, and ONC Release Federal Health Data  

On Friday we talked about how meaningful data can help physicians and other providers improve care and achieve business success. This Monday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that HHS, CMS, and ONC have released new federal health data as part of a mission to create a more transparent health care marketplace and to help researchers and consumers make informed decisions.

This release of information highlights the importance of monitoring your facility’s data, improving clinical and financial performance metrics, and ensuring that numbers are accurate. As health care data becomes more public, it is likely that more consumers will turn to metrics when choosing care options and providers. It is therefore critical that health care facilities not only deliver the highest quality care but also maintain accurate data that reflects their success.

Some notable information released includes:

What do you think of the latest release of federal health data? How has your facility used meaningful data to improve health care? 

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