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Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/19/15 

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 Redefines the Traditional Scientific Methods Used in Medicine 

Tech Republic reports that with the rise of big data in healthcare, medical professionals can now turn to shared information to understand experiences and outcomes -- and to inform their own treatment decisions. Some hospitals, like Cleveland Clinic, are already using big data and analytics on a regular basis. 

CMS Approves Transitional Payment for DCB in Outpatient Settings 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved a transitional pass-through patient for IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon for the treatment of peripheral artery disease in outpatient settings. CMS stated that the "use of the new device significantly improves clinical outcomes for a patient population as compared to currently available treatments." 

History of Value-Based, Accountable Care Models at CMS 

RevCycle Intelligence reports on the history of value-based, accountable care models that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented. For example, the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program is designed to provide a snapshot of how hospitals are performing on quality indicators including patient care, quality, efficiency, and more. 

Study: HIEs Help Reduce Repeat Imaging 

According to Healthcare Dive, the use of HIEs can significantly reduce duplicate testing by 25%. This was found in a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care, which noted that medical imaging tests are frequently repeated due to lack of access to previous images.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:04:00 PM Categories: analytics health IT healthcare analytics healthcare today HIE HIT ICD-10 industry news

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 11/06/14 

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.

Future Points to Healthcare IT as a Service

According to CIO Magazine, a recent MeriTalk report has found that healthcare providers are increasingly adopting the "SMAC stack" -- a combination of social, mobile, analytics, and cloud technology. The report points to healthcare providers using analytics in order to reduce readmissions and complete risk analysis. 

Healthcare IT: User Empathy Comes First 

In InformationWeek, Todd Dunn argues that in order for healthcare IT vendors to succeed, they must approach software design with customer empathy in mind. Some questions that he recommends that vendors ask themselves include: "What do customers think and feel? What are their major concerns and worries?" and "What are their major pains?" 

Large Organizations Press on with ICD-10; Worries Plague Smaller Groups 

FierceHealthIT reports that according to an AHIMA survey, healthcare organizations are now preparing for testing and switching to ICD-10. However, smaller providers still anticipate difficulties. The survey also found that 70% of providers have planned additional training and practice in order to transition staff into using the new code set. 

Using Clinical Data Analytics to Support your Clients' Most Important Goals

In Business Solutions, Megan Williams discusses ways in which healthcare providers can use clinical data analytics in order to support their goals. These uses include supporting goals such as: clinician engagement, organizational information governance, and improving quality measures for accountable care and reporting. 

Thursday, November 06, 2014 10:43:00 AM Categories: analytics data ICD-10 industry news

25 Years of Health IT Leadership  

This fascinating infographic shows information from the HIMSS annual leadership survey for the past 25 years. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 1:23:00 PM Categories: analytics data electronic health records health IT HIMSS National Health IT Week

The Latest Big Thing in Healthcare – Data Analytics: What Do You Think?  

One of the major topics in healthcare today is data analytics. According to Healthcare IT News, “…The more information generated by a growing contingency of apps, devices, electronic health records, mHealth sensors and wearables, the broader and stronger the desire for that data becomes,” (June 2014).

Most providers want to know how to: 1) efficiently capture all the data they need, and 2) use that data for analytics so they can improve care and grow their business.

Now more than ever, providers need to be able to record and store valuable information – and to access that information with ease. It is also critical for providers to have the ability to then create reports that help them understand performance trends, patient outcomes, fluctuation in volumes, and more.

We expect that in the near future, data analytics will become increasingly important for:

  • Quality improvement initiatives: Drilling down into problem areas and identifying where improvements can be made—and how to make them
  • Predictive healthcare: Enabling easier identification of high-risk patient populations and creating prevention and treatment plans accordingly
  • Business growth: Providing an in-depth, real-time understanding of a hospital’s financial performance and how it ties to volumes, costs, inventory and more
  • Meeting mandated standards of care: Real-time reports show hospitals if they are performing up to the standards mandated by the Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use regulations, and other benchmark-setting entities

We’d like to hear from you! What is your hospital’s plan for using its data? Which areas are if highest priority to you? 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 8:42:00 AM Categories: analytics data industry news National Health IT Week

Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes with the Million Hearts Project  

Watch the latest Million Hearts whiteboard animation video, which shows how you can leverage your healthcare IT investments to prevent heart disease and stroke. Million Hearts is a national initiative partnering with other federal organizations, healthcare providers, and private-sector groups with the goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. 

The video explains how healthcare providers can use the PDSA cycle as a way to plan interventions and drive improved patient outcomes. For more on how your heart hospital can use the PDSA cycle to support quality improvement initiatives, request your complimentary webinar CDDriving Change in Readmissions and Length of Stay: Proven Performance Improvement Methods. In this webinar, you will learn how to use the PDSA cycle to understand your hospital's data in order to manage readmissions and length of stay. 

Monday, August 25, 2014 12:54:00 PM Categories: analytics data EHR electronic health records health IT heart failure HIT industry news

Monitor CV Service Line Business Metrics with a Service Line Dashboard 

By Gus Gilbertson 

In today’s changing healthcare environment, many heart centers struggle to monitor and manage business and clinical performance. To gain actionable program data from a large depository of information, every heart hospital requires a way to access key performance statistics. With this critical information on hand, hospitals can manage the cardiovascular service line and identify areas for improvement.


The LUMEDX Service Line Dashboard supports this need by allowing cardiac care leaders to better manage their service lines. Users can: 

  1. Stay current on changing reimbursement trends in their service organizations
  2. Manage costs across the service line
  3. Set goals and benchmarks, and receive color-coded feedback regarding actual and target performance levels
  4. Track volumes mix, dynamics, and trends across the cardiac service line
  5. Manage the broad mix and dynamics of inpatient services by DRG for:
    1. Cath
    2. CABG, Valve
    3. Heart Failure
    4. Implantable Devices
    5. AMI/Chest Pain
    6. VAD
    7. Heart Transplants
  6. Manage the dynamics of direct and indirect costs, LOS, readmissions and mortality for the service line 

The Service Line Dashboard provides users with interactive graphs that allow for at-a-glance monitoring of readmissions, outcomes, financial performance, and more.

For more information about LUMEDX Analytics and the Service Line Dashboard, click here

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:34:00 AM Categories: analytics Lumedx LUMEDX Consulting Group

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 05/15/14 

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.

Interoperability Beyond Doom and Gloom 

Healthcare IT News reports that the number of hospitals engaging in health information exchange has been trending upwards since 2008, with 62% of hospitals electronically exchanging health information with providers out of their system during the year 2013. 

Studies Suggest Remote Monitoring Improves Patient Outcomes

According to iHealthBeat, two studies presented at the recent Heart Rhythm Society meeting suggest that in patients with implanted cardiac devices, remote monitoring does improve patient outcomes. Remote monitoring is correlated with lower risks of mortality and hospital readmission. 

Workgroup Proposes EHR Criteria 

Health Data Management reports that the Health IT Policy Committee's Certification and Adoption Workgroup is working on a draft set of voluntary EHR certification criteria for behavioral health and long-term and post-acute care settings. 

Personal Health Connectivity Will Pervade by 2025: Report 

A recent report from the Pew Research Center Internet Project cites that a majority of technology experts believe that by 2025, there will be a "global, immersive, invisible, ambient networked computing environment built through the continued proliferation of smart sensors, cameras, software, databases, and massive data centers in a world-spanning information fabric." The report predicts that home and personal health monitors will be widespread by that date. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:50:00 AM Categories: analytics cardiology data EHR health information exchange HHS HIE HIT industry news
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