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Healthcare IT and Quality Improvement at The Christ Hospital Health Network 

The following is an excerpt from the case study, “Integrated Software Supports Quality Improvement: D2B Initiatives, Discharge Processes and More at The Christ Hospital Health Network.” Download the full case study here.

The Heart and Vascular Center at The Christ Hospital is continually looking for ways to improve processes, reduce costs, and optimize patient care. Using integrated LUMEDX cardiovascular information solutions has allowed staff to quickly run reports that it needs to support quality improvement programs.

“We’ve seen great results with the open heart extubation program,” says Data Analyst Cheryl Bartone. “The staff and physicians have a better understanding of the data, and have made improvements to their methods accordingly. It’s been like night and day—now we are able to trust the data and use it in order to make procedural adjustments that benefit the patient and our overall cardiovascular service line’s performance.”

The Heart and Vascular Center also runs regular reports to identify improvement opportunities in the following areas:

  • Discharge: Using reports generated in Apollo, the hospital’s Throughput Committee analyzes how a patient moves through the system and works to streamline the discharge process.
  • Door-to-balloon times: Reports drill down to the patient level in order to determine current D2B times and make improvements in order to reduce them.

To read more, download the full case study here.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:45:00 AM Categories: best practices HIT Lumedx Users National Health IT Week

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 04/17/14 

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.

Most Laboratory Errors Happen Outside the Lab, ECRI Report Finds 

A new ECRI Institute report finds that most laboratory errors do not happen in the lab itself. Nearly 75% mistakes occur in the pre-analytic stage: when tests are selected and ordered, specimens are identified and transported, and patients are prepared. To reduce errors, the report recommended breaking down silos between care units and the lab. 

Accountable Care Success Requires Strong Health IT

According to InformationWeek, the accountable care organization model has produced mixed rates. To ensure success, organizations need to implement analytics in order to analyze risks and trends across the population -- and to identify opportunities for intervention. 

Health IT Investments Reached $858M in Q1 2014, Report Finds 

iHealthBeat reports that health IT companies have received $858 million in venture capital funding in the first quarter of 2014. This number is up 154% from Q4 2013, says a Marcom Capital Group Report. 

The Future of Health IT Security 

Government Health IT reports on the challenges of offering small, independent medical offices full network access to medical files while making security a priority -- especially in medical offices that have no meaningful IT staff available. 

Case Study: Improving Heart Failure Readmissions Rates 

During Heart Failure Awareness Week (Feb. 9-15), the LUMEDX blog will post on topics related to heart failure program management.

In this case study, we will examine how a hospital system utilized performance improvement processes and data analysis to lower heart failure readmissions rates.

Background:

A hospital system found that its largest expense category over several years was in heart failure (HF) patients due to high readmissions rates. Hospital administrators determined that reducing readmissions rates would enable cost reduction and improve patient care.

The Model for Improvement:

With guidance from the LUMEDX Healthcare Consultants, the hospital employed the Model for Improvement as a foundation for change.

The model asks three questions:

  • What are we trying to accomplish?
  • How will we know that a change has resulted in improvement?
  • What changes can we make that will lead to improvement?

By working with LUMEDX to answer the questions above, the hospital developed concrete goals. They determined that charting current trends would provide the best basis for prediction and rapid detection of changes.

Next, LUMEDX and staff at the hospital went through a series of PDSA Cycles to test, adapt, and implement the new improvement plan – deploying a nurse case manager who would provide coaching for individual heart failure patients who had left the hospital.

During the cycles, the hospital:

  • Designed and reviewed the case manager concept with doctors, nursing staff, and hospital administration
  • Conducted small-scale tests with select groups of patients before evaluating and modifying the plan based on results
  • Summarized learnings, and implemented the final plan across the entire patient population

Conclusion:

After full implementation of the case management plan, data showed that the strategy was effective in that readmissions rates declined (see graph below).

By using data analysis, the hospital system can continue to make methodical, informed improvements in its heart failure program.

For more information on LUMEDX Healthcare Consulting, click here.

 

Heart Failure Awareness Week: Improving Your HF Program 

This week, we celebrate Heart Failure Awareness Week (Feb. 9-15) along with the Heart Failure Society of America. Statistics show that heart failure.

  • Affects 5.8 million people in the U.S., with over 600,000 more diagnosed each year;
  • Is one of the fastest growing heart disease conditions, with an expected increase of 25% by 2030;
  • And cost the U.S. $39.2 billion in 2010 through health care services, medications, and productivity losses.

We at LUMEDX understand that in addition to educating patients on heart failure facts, symptoms, and preventative measures, it is also vital to examine the care provider’s side – namely, how to tackle the many challenges associated with managing a successful heart failure program.

Heart hospitals strive to provide timely, highest quality treatment to patients across the entire continuum of care – while finding ways to reduce costs, protect reimbursements, and manage populations efficiently. With a successful heart failure program in place, hospitals can improve patient outcomes by reducing readmissions and mortality rates while also saving time and money.

It is critical for clinicians, hospital administrators, vendors, and other stakeholders to come together and share ideas on how to optimize management and treatment of heart failure patient populations – both now and moving forward.

To add to this conversation, LUMEDX invites you to join us for a complimentary webinar next week on Heart Failure outcomes analytics: Using Analytics to Identify and Manage Heart Failure Patients. The webinar will take place next Thursday, February 20 at 1pm Eastern Time. You can register by clicking here.

We will continue to post on topics related to heart failure awareness for the rest of this week, and look forward to reading your thoughts in the comments. Follow us on Twitter and Google+ for more. 

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. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/31/13 

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.

Focus on the Patient, Not the Device 

Dr. Iverson Bell spoke at the AHIMA Convention and Exhibit in Atlanta and discussed how doctors should adapt to the proliferation of mobile devices in their lives and practices. His tips include incorporating digital technology into a practice workflow, maintaining security, and engaging patients with digital technology. 

Sebelius Takes Responsibility for Healthcare.gov, Vows Fixes 

Government Health IT covers the big news this week, which is the problematic Healthcare.gov website. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has claimed responsibility for the issues and states that "the application at this point does not work end-to-end very well." 

Docs Making Strides on Data Exchange 

According to Healthcare IT News, a new study has found that the majority of office-based physicians are now able to view lab results and send medication data electronically. The study from the ONC goes on to state that adoption of an EHR is the single strongest predictor of an electronic exchange capability for e-prescribing, lab test viewing or ordering, and exchanging clinical summaries. 

8 Ways to Manage Change, Not Just HIT Implementation 

Over at FierceHealthIT, the chief medical officer for Healthcare IT Leaders discusses eight things that are a critical part of managing change associated with healthcare IT. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/17/13 

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.

Cardiology at Saratoga Hospital Adopts LUMEDX Web-Based Information System

In LUMEDX news, the cardiology department at Saratoga Hospital has deployed LUMEDX’s HealthView in its cardiovascular service line to improve access to comprehensive patient information across the continuum of care.

Health IT Investments in Q3 Reach Record $737M, According to Report

iHealthBeat reports on Q3 2013 numbers, which show that there were a record number of health IT investments with over 150 deals totaling nearly $737 million.

Health IT Is Not a Single-Minded Monolithic Being

HIT Consultant offers up a perspective on the growth of the health IT market and argues that there are still a great deal of factions, competing ideologies, and more dividing factors within the health IT market – especially in the areas of surveillance and consolidation.  

Health IT Job Growth Has Been Underestimated?

In health IT hiring news, it appears that new data from an analysis of online job postings shows that the number of health IT jobs available has exceeded projections. The job market for employees working with EHR systems continues to be robust.  

4 ways to make EHR data more personal

Government Health IT discusses what EHR developers and providers need to do in order to provide patient-centric care. Some ideas include integration of all settings, integration of all users across the enterprise, and accurate and timely documentation.  

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