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Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/12/15 

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.

Analytics Predict Which Patients Will Suffer Post-Surgical Infections 

The Wall Street Journal reports that the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has reduced its rate of surgical infections by using predictive analytics. By the end of 2014, the healthcare provider saw a 58% decrease over two years for patients who had undergone colon surgery. 

Few Patients Use IT Tools to Access Health Data, Survey Finds 

According to a survey conducted by Salesforce, 21% of patients are currently using the Web to access their health data. Furthermore, 36% of respondents said that they use electronic health records to keep track of their information, whereas 28% rely on a paper record. 

Analytics a Top Priority for Majority of Healthcare Companies in 2015

A new report by CDW has found that the majority of healthcare organizations name analytics as one of their top three priorities for the year. The factors driving analytics adoption include: the rising cost of healthcare, Medicare/EHR incentive programs, and accountable care. 82% of survey respondents said that using analytics helps to improve patient care. 

Friday, February 13, 2015 1:18:00 PM Categories: analytics health IT healthcare analytics healthcare today HIT ICD-10 industry news

A Technology Recipe for Service Line Excellence 

by Gus Gilbertson

In November, LUMEDX Business Analyst Gus Gilbertson spoke at the HIMSS NW Technology and Education Conference in Bellevue, Washington. Here, he shares some tips from his presentation about how healthcare providers can best leverage their technology investments in order to achieve service line excellence.

Read on for tips and watch the full presentation here.

To achieve service line excellence, top heart hospitals need access to a broad set of information that will allow them to monitor and act on performance metrics in real-time. Hospitals can manage and transform both clinical and business performance by leveraging analytics, which allows them to understand their data, make changes, and achieve collaborative improvement over time. 

In my experience, a key part of achieving excellence depends on making the most out of your hospital’s technology. Below, I’ve outlined step-by-step recommendations for cardiology departments seeking to optimize their overall performance. 

1. Start with flexible data architecture.

2. Use workflow management tools and interfaces to integrate your data. By integrating your data, you achieve comprehensive control over your cardiovascular service line’s information, increased data integrity, and more streamlined workflow.

3. Integrate benchmarking statistics. Combining benchmarking statistics and your reporting processes allows management to better track and manage your hospital’s performance goals. I also recommend using color-coded performance statistics in order to save valuable time and make it easier to understand your data.

Color-coded markers in the HealthView Analytics Service Line Dashboard enable users to understand performance at-a-glance.

4. Provide stakeholders with analytics tools. Using sophisticated analytics allows you to set and track objectives, identify trends and root causes, improve patient care, and better understand your hospital’s performance.

Above all, I recommend collaborating with stakeholders. Only in taking the time to communicate about performance will you find yourself on the path to excellence.

View the rest of the presentation here.

We’d like to hear from you! How else can cardiovascular service lines improve their overall performance? Let us know in the comments below.

Thursday, February 05, 2015 9:58:00 AM Categories: analytics healthcare analytics HIT Lumedx LUMEDX Consulting Group video

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/22/15 

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.

Chronic Disease Management Lowers Heart Failure Hospital Rates 

A study from the American Journal of Managed Care finds that improved chronic disease management for heart failure patients with one or more comorbidities lowers the rate of readmissions. The study found that for every twelve patients put on a CV disease management program, at least one hospitalization can be prevented. 

5 Trends That Will Redefine Your Healthcare Experience in 2015

Fortune Magazine releases its predictions for the five top healthcare trends that we will see in 2015. These trends include increased interoperability among healthcare IT systems, widespread use of digital tools, the rise of patient portals, and more. 

2015 a Year of Changes in Revenue Cycle with Population Health, ICD-10

Healthcare Finance projects that in 2015, hospital financial managers will be concerned with implementation of ICD-10 and the roll-out of population-based payments. In addition, hospital financial managers need to ensure that good contract management systems are in place. 

Acceptance of Heart Failure Improves Patients' Quality of Life 

According to a study in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, patients who accept their heart failure diagnosis tend to have a higher quality of life than those who do not. In seeking out information about heart failure, its symptoms and treatments, these patients are more likely to rebound emotionally and to follow medical recommendations. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015 9:17:00 AM Categories: EHR health IT healthcare today HIT hospital management hospitals ICD-10 industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/08/15 

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.

$6.5 Billion Flows Into Digital Health in 2014 

FierceHealthIT reports that during the year 2014, investors poured a record $6.5 billion into digital health ventures. This was an increase of 125% from 2013. The top investment areas included diagnostics, consumer health, practice management, and workflows. 

EHRs Threaten Confidentiality of Adolescent Healthcare 

Researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health have published a paper that discusses how EHRs can threat the confidentiality of adolescents. There is the possibility of disclosure to parents of health information that the minor would prefer to keep private. Also, because many teens are unable to pay for out-of-pocket costs, the explanation of benefits related to insurance may be sent to parents while patients are receiving confidential care. 

Survey: Over Half of Physicians Won't Attest to Stage 2 in 2015

According to Healthcare Dive, a survey done by MPI in partnership with SERMO has found that 55% of physicians won't attest to stage 2 of the meaningful use program. Only 43,898 eligible professionals and 1,903 eligible hospitals have attested to meaningful use for the 2014 reporting period, out of 500,000 active registrants.  

Patients Take Control of Data in "Democratization" of Medicine

Eric Topol, M.D, chief academic officer of Scripps Health in San Diego, discusses "democratization of medicine" in an interview with Health Data Management. Topol's book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Healthcare, argues that there is an increasing shift towards consumers "owning" medical data and health information. 

Thursday, January 08, 2015 8:50:00 AM Categories: HIT industry news

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 10/30/14 

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 10/16/14 

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. 

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

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
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