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The Best of Cardio and Healthcare News for the Week of 12/7/15 

Good news, bad news: High cholesterol rates are down, but fewer than half of patients are taking their statins

Did you have a chance to check out the latest news from the cardiology community? Let us help keep you up to date on the stories you won't want to miss.

 

The good news: High total cholesterol rates declining among U.S. adults

Rates of total high cholesterol and low high-density protein (HDL) in U.S. adults decreased between 2011 and 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  From 2009 to 2010, 13.4 percent of adults had high cholesterol and 21.3 percent had low HDL cholesterol. From 2011 to 2014, those percentages dropped to 12.1 percent and 18.5 percent, respectively.

The bad news: Most patients not making changes to reduce cardio risk

Fewer than half of patients considered candidates for cholesterol-lowering treatments are actually implementing the treatments, which include exercising more, taking statin medication and losing weight. “Cholesterol treatment gaps” are greater among non-white ethnic groups in the United States than they are for Americans who are white.

Mood matters! Patients with negative emotions before interventional procedures have more adverse outcomes    

Adverse effects after angioplasty and interventional radiology procedures are more common in patients who are fearful or distressed prior to the procedures. Patients who went in with negative emotions were more likely than those with positive or neutral emotions to experience prolonged lack of oxygen, low or high blood pressure, post-operative bleeding or an abnormally slow heart rate.

Hospital staff don’t feel prepared for a mass casualty event

Are critical care and emergency room (ER) staff ready to handle the next terrorist or other mass casualty event? Two-thirds of the physicians and nurses surveyed recently said no. They’re concerned about shortages of available surgeons, beds and blood supplies. 

What healthcare leaders must do to improve patient outcomes

Outcomes-based patient care requires a paradigm shift that has yet to occur for many in healthcare management, according to a Harvard Business Review blog post. Successfully adapting to this new business model requires investing time and money over the long haul, plus taking two other key actions, the post says.

Best of Health IT News: Week of 08/16/15  

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:

Hospitals urged to review disaster planning in wake of Paris attacks

Saying that French hospitals' mass casualty response can be a guide for United States, U.S. federal agencies called on providers and hospitals to review their disaster plans and to exercise "enhanced vigilance" in the days ahead, fiercehealthcare.com reports. The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Health and Human Services this week recommended that providers and hospitals review security plans and conduct drills, hold organizational safety briefings, and make sure emergency communications equipment is functioning properly.

More than 1,000 hospitals named Joint Commission 'top performers'

The Joint Commission recognized more than 1,000 hospitals for their scores on health care quality measures, according to The Joint Commission's 2015 annual report on quality and safety. The report considered how U.S. hospitals perform on evidence-based care. “Overall, hospitals scored a composite measure performance of 97.2 percent, an improvement of more than 15 percent over the first such report in 2002 and 1.6 percent better than the 2010 scores,” according to the fiercehealth.com.

A little help from friends can reduce cardiovascular risk factors

A peer-group intervention program helped adults with cardiovascular disease risk factors lose weight, quit smoking, and exercise better, according to a randomized, multicenter study in Spain. “Wider adoption of such a program may have a meaningful impact on cardiovascular health promotion,” study chairman Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, told participants at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions on Nov. 9.

New technology supports CT as prime cardiac imaging modality

The past 20 years have seen rapid growth in computed tomography over all segments of medicine, with advances in cardiac CT including FFR-CT, perfusion ,and spectral imaging. Recent advances may further expand use of cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA). Advocates for cardiac CT, speaking at the 2015 meetings of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), and Transcatheter Cardiovascular  Therapeutics (TCT),  reviewed data that may make CT “a first-line, one-stop-shop cardiac imaging modality in the near future,” dicardiology.com reports.

Best of Health IT News: Week of 08/16/15 

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:

Hospitals urged to review disaster planning in wake of Paris attacks

Saying that French hospitals' mass casualty response can be a guide for United States, U.S. federal agencies called on providers and hospitals to review their disaster plans and to exercise "enhanced vigilance" in the days ahead, fiercehealthcare.com reports. The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Health and Human Services this week recommended that providers and hospitals review security plans and conduct drills, hold organizational safety briefings, and make sure emergency communications equipment is functioning properly.

New technology supports CT as prime cardiac imaging modality

The past 20 years have seen rapid growth in computed tomography over all segments of medicine, with advances in cardiac CT including FFR-CT, perfusion ,and spectral imaging. Recent advances may further expand use of cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA). Advocates for cardiac CT, speaking at the 2015 meetings of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), and Transcatheter Cardiovascular  Therapeutics (TCT),  reviewed data that may make CT “a first-line, one-stop-shop cardiac imaging modality in the near future,” dicardiology.com reports.

More than 1,000 hospitals named Joint Commission 'top performers'

The Joint Commission recognized more than 1,000 hospitals for their scores on health care quality measures, according to The Joint Commission's 2015 annual report on quality and safety. The report considered how U.S. hospitals perform on evidence-based care. “Overall, hospitals scored a composite measure performance of 97.2 percent, an improvement of more than 15 percent over the first such report in 2002 and 1.6 percent better than the 2010 scores,” according to the fiercehealth.com.

A little help from friends can reduce cardiovascular risk factors

A peer-group intervention program helped adults with cardiovascular disease risk factors lose weight, quit smoking, and exercise better, according to a randomized, multicenter study in Spain. “Wider adoption of such a program may have a meaningful impact on cardiovascular health promotion,” study chairman Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, told participants at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions on Nov. 9.

Best of Health IT News: Week of 06/04/15 

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 

Read the latest case study from Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology to learn how Orlando Health has successfully implemented LUMEDX's physician structured reporting and image management solution across five of its campuses. Read how the hospitals use standardized reports for echo in order to improve efficiency and streamline workflow.

Million Hearts Model Rewards Physicians for Prevention 

According to Medscape, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) recently announced a 5-year, randomized controlled trial to test the idea of paying physicians for reducing the long-term cardiovascular risk of their high-risk patients. CMMI will enroll 720 practices in the clinical trial between June and September, and the trial is scheduled to begin in January 2016. 

Improving Physicians' Communication Skills

Hospitals & Health Networks Daily reports on how patients are now rating their physicians' communication skills on the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' HCAHPS Survey. The survey shows that higher performance leads to better clinical outcomes, and the ratings will be linked to hospital reimbursements. 

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 05/21/15 

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.

ACO Offers Population Health Pointers for Beginners 

Healthcare IT News reports that Rishi Sikka, MD, Senior Vice President of Clinical Transformation for Advocate Health Care, has offered some advice for healthcare organizations looking to implement population health. He states that the first step is to establish the "why" -- your organization's specific goals for population health. 

ICD-10 Implementation Vital for Value-based Care Payments

The Coalition for ICD-10 has touted the importance of ICD-10 in moving the healthcare industry towards value-based care, because ICD-9 codes do not have the same capabilities as the newer set. However, many physician groups are still opposed to the ICD-10 implementation and are pushing for additional delays. 

Global Telemedicine Market to Reach $21B by 2020 

According to HIT Consultant, the global telemedicine market reached $17B in 2014 and stands to reach $21B by 2020. This market includes telemedicine hardware, software and services -- and the growth is being driven by chronic disease treatment, the rise of mobile health, and evidence-based care initiatives. 

How Remote Monitoring Tools Reduce Costs and Hospitalizations

mHealth Intelligence has reported that remote monitoring tools impact the healthcare industry by reducing hospital readmissions, improving health outcomes, lowering costs and advancing quality care improvements. The article discusses how Bedford Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in New Hampshire has utilized remote monitoring tools to improve care across its facility. 

Building Your Healthcare IT Team: How to Find the Right Talent 

According to a recent HIMSS Analytics’ survey, there’s one industry where job growth isn’t slowing – and that’s in healthcare IT. According to the survey, which focused on the healthcare IT workforce, more than 85% of survey respondents said that they had hired at least one employee in 2012. And on top of that, 79% of respondents indicated that they were looking to hire additional staff in the coming 12 months.

In fact, organizations are currently having a difficult time hiring enough candidates to fulfill projects and meet deadlines. Though outsourcing projects is an option, this presents a problem once healthcare organizations need to sustain IT systems with upgrades, modifications, and more.

As EHR adoption continues to ramp up, healthcare organizations are facing a challenge when it comes to hiring for their IT teams. Nearly half of respondents said that they had to place an IT initiative on hold due to staffing shortages. Even when businesses did find candidates who fit their needs, a quarter of respondents said that other offers took away their IT employees – thereby impacting the business and putting projects like EHR upgrades, integrations, and new system installations on hold.

 As salaries for IT leaders in healthcare continue to grow and the hiring market becomes more competitive, what should hospitals and healthcare facilities do when looking for the right talent?

LUMEDX Senior Technical Recruiter Josh Jozwik shares some thoughts on why healthcare leaders need to start hiring IT personnel to keep up with competing businesses – and how to seek that talent.

Why should we invest in IT personnel?

Josh explains that the benefits of investing in IT personnel are apparent. “Organizations can realize significant ROI to improve and optimize operational, financial, and clinical outcomes by utilizing existing and new IT systems and solutions,” he says. “Specialized healthcare IT professionals can fulfill roles from custom module software development to systems administration, data analytics, and business intelligence.”

In this increasingly competitive marketplace for experienced healthcare IT talent, how do organizations win?

As a recruiter, Josh understands that organizations have to be creative when it comes to staffing for IT positions.

“Although traditional methods of HR job postings or using outsourced headhunters can bring mixed results, finding creative solutions to recruiting the best talent does not have to be an ordeal,” he says. “Organizations can focus on internal talent and equity to fulfill healthcare IT staffing initiatives by encouraging less technical staff to enroll in college or online certification programs such as database development, analytics or business intelligence report development, and training courses from healthcare IT vendors like LUMEDX.”

What about social media?

“You have to successfully brand your organization as an ‘employer of choice’ in order to attract top candidates,” Josh says. “This can be achieved with low cost marketing campaigns leveraging social media channels such as LinkedIn and Twitter. Both active and passive candidates can be found on a channel like LinkedIn, and HR recruiters can locate and network with specialized professionals who fit their hiring profile. If you’re looking for a job or are looking to hire the right candidate, you should be on these kinds of channels.”

What are your thoughts on hiring for healthcare IT right now? Sound off with your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

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