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Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/27/14 

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.

Don't believe the naysayers -- HIE is flourishing

In an interview with Healthcare Informatics, Micky Tripathi, PhD, states that it is currently an unprecedented time for CIOs and other healthcare IT leaders as the importance of healthcare IT rises. He states that HIEs are flourishing -- but in silos. 

ONC issues voluntary 2015 certification criteria for EHRs 

Last Friday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced a proposed rule that includes voluntary certification criteria for EHRs in 2015. Some of the criteria proposed include: developing a way for non-meaningful use EHR systems to become certified, enhancing interoperability efforts, and improving alignment with other HHS programs. 

Providers ramp up meaningful use

Healthcare IT News reports that healthcare providers are ramping up meaningful use -- and nearly 90% of eligible hospitals have received an EHR incentive payment. The report also states that about 60% of Medicare EPs are meaningful users of EHR systems. 

App can help doctors calculate heart risks

According to The Boston Globe, a new app has been release by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association to calculate the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients. The app allows healthcare professionals and patients to determine the risk of developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and is available for free on iTunes and Google Play. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/30/14 

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. 

ONC to keep tabs on HIE reporting requirement

FierceHealthIT discusses how the office of the National Coordinator for Health Informatino Technology intends to keep tabs on state HIEs by requiring an annual report. 

Health IT moving to critical step 

According to a conference on the state of the healthcare IT industry, the second boom in healthcare IT is happening now. Because the last four years have been spent installing new hardware and software at healthcare facilities, providers will now work on using healthcare data in meaningful, prescriptive ways. 

The hope and challenge of social media for chronic disease care 

Government Health IT reports on how researchers have found that social media empowers users and motivates them to take personal responsibility for health behavior. They also provide a network of support, motivation, and disease management education. 

Report finds volumes of health IT M&A deals declined by 16% 

According to a report published by Berkery Noyes, the overall volume of mergers and acquisitions in the health IT sector declined by 16% annually from 2011 through 2013. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014 3:03:00 PM Categories: EHR health information exchange health IT HIT hospitals industry news mobile devices ONC

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/23/14 

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. 

Survey says: EHR incentive program is on track 

According to the annual National Ambulatory Medical Care Surgery, numbers are on track for EHR adoption. Nearly 80% of office-based physicians now use an electronic health record system, and almost 70% of office-based physicians noted intent to participate in the EHR incentive program. 

3 Trends are Reshaping Healthcare IT 

Information Week reports on three current trends that are shaping healthcare IT today, including: gaming (as a means of improving patient fitness and cognitive health), telehealth, and health-specific social networks. 

Health data security improves despite IT lagging behind other sectors 

SearchHealthIT reports on how even though the technology in health IT can be lagging in some areas, data security -- which is driven by HIPAA compliance and business requirements -- is continually improving. 

Insecure healthcare.gov allowed hacker to access 70,000 records in four minutes

Computerworld reports that David Kennedy, CEO of TrustedSec, has stated that the healthcare.gov website is insecure. Kennedy told Fox News that he was able to access 70,000 records within four minutes. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014 3:18:00 PM Categories: EHR electronic health records HIT industry news ONC

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 10/24/13 

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.

4 things to know about how consumers perceive and use HIT

Government Health IT covers the four priorities that providers and policymakers need to keep in mind, including access priorities, access extent, HIE, and how patients can access healthcare information. 

Non-profits sets new standards for modular EHRs

InformationWeek discusses how the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative just achieved all three Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements for its in-house EHR system.  

Obamacare goes live: healthcare cloud computing in action 

The big news in the healthcare IT space this week is the announcement that online enrollment of government-approved healthcare exchanges under the Affordable Care Act has gone live. 

Health IT takes hold around the world

Healthcare IT News shines the spotlight on four healthcare IT initiatives from around the world and shares experiences, insights, and learnings. 

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

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.

Two million-dollar studies target heart health via health IT

EHR Intelligence covers a recent research award from PCORI designed to help organizations and researchers develop health information technology tools and services for treating heart disease.

HIMSS Innovation Center opens its doors

According to Healthcare IT News, the HIMMS Innovation Center opened its doors this week in Cleveland. The goal of the new center is to engage people and give them opportunities to learn about healthcare IT. The facility includes a Health IT Simulation Center and a Healthcare Technology Showcase.

Meaningful Use Still on Target During Shutdown

During the government shutdown, meaningful use programs will continue to be in place, as healthcare IT incentives do not come from annual appropriations. Federal incentives for electronic health records will continue to roll out.

ONC Study Shows Encouraging Increase in Electronic Prescribing  

iHealthBeat covers a recent study conducted by the ONC that shows that electronic prescribing has grown significantly over the past few years. As of December 2012, 94% of urban pharmacies were accepting e-prescriptions, and 93% or rural pharmacies were accepting them. 

Healthcare IT: Looking to the Future 

By Gus Gilbertson and David Wayne

In honor of National Health IT Week, we would like to examine the value of investing in healthcare IT as we look to the future of healthcare. Technology has already changed the way that many other industries – from retail, to customer service, to publishing – operate and engage with customers. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that technology is currently disrupting the healthcare industry and giving care providers a way to improve operations and quality of care.

As the healthcare landscape continues to shift, providers are being prompted to adopt more evidence-based systems. Healthcare providers need accurate, comprehensive data that can be made readily available for government payers, insurers, registries, and other parties in order to remain competitive and maximize reimbursements. With healthcare IT solutions, care providers have an efficient way to disseminate and access patient information. Using a computer-based system as opposed to a paper-based one also significantly reduces the risk of adverse events.

In addition, healthcare IT solutions provide real-time insight into patient care for clinicians, staff members, and patients. As consultants, we have worked closely with healthcare providers who are surprised when they find out how much useful knowledge can be derived from their facility’s existing data. With easily accessible and comprehensive data at their fingertips, providers can spot and understand trends in their current programs. And armed with this knowledge, healthcare providers can then make the informed decisions necessary to improve clinical and operational performance.

It is clear to us that the healthcare IT industry is here for the long term, and we consider revolutionary healthcare IT solutions positive opportunities for the healthcare industry. The use of innovative technology in healthcare is driving improved efficiency and quality of care, and has enabled providers to make data-driven changes for their patient populations and care processes. It is critical that government agencies, care providers, vendors, and other stakeholders continue to work hand in hand as we deliver the next generation healthcare IT industry solutions and continue to improve the patient care experience.

To learn more about the LUMEDX Consulting Group, visit our website here 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 9/12/13 

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.

Healthcare cloud changing “with a vengeance”

Government Health IT reports on the changing climate when it comes to cloud computing in healthcare, as more and more care providers adopt innovative technologies that allow for secure, web-based data access.

ONC to define patient matching best practices

Government Health IT also discusses the ONC’s new project, which seeks best practices for patient matching. With more patient-data matching, the ONC hopes to improve patient care at hospitals.

There’s a Healthcare Piece to New iPhone

The big news in the tech world this week is the unveiling of the new iPhone5S. According to Healthcare IT News, the new version also has a M7 “motion compressor” which could allow it to work as an mHealth device.

Medical Practices Move Health IT to Cloud

According to InformationWeek, medical practices are increasingly looking to adopt cloud-based EHRs. A Black Book survey showed that most hospitals and physicians are seeking to upgrade to new software.

How UPMC Plays to Win in Healthcare IT

InformationWeek interviews UPMC CIO Dan Drawbaugh on how the company is working to improve operations at its hospitals by prioritizing healthcare IT. The company looks to find technology that meets the needs of each service line.  

Best of Health IT News: Week of 9/5/13 

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.

3 Ways to Foster Healthcare Innovation

The editors at InformationWeek discuss how organizations can foster a culture of innovation within a healthcare environment. The article also addresses the challenges of doing so in a complex regulatory landscape.

White paper says FDA should change to keep pace with health IT

According to iHealthBeat, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm recently submitted a 12-page white paper to the ONC that suggested the FDA “adopt significant fundamental changes to keep pace with medicine and technology.”

National Health IT week to draw hundreds

September 16-20, 2013 will mark the 8th annual National Health IT Week. According to Healthcare IT News, the event already has 300 sponsoring organizations and will focus on how health IT can support healthcare transformation.

Docs flock to cloud to save bottom line

Also in Healthcare IT News, a new survey finds that 87% of all physician practices agree that their billing and collections systems need upgrading, and would like to move to a product that is accessible through the cloud on any browser or device.

Cloud computing reduces HIPAA compliance risk in managing genomic data

According to Healthcare IT News, cloud-based solutions actually help healthcare organizations reduce their compliance risk. With cloud-based solutions, computer and storage resources are instantly available and on demand. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 8/29/13 

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.

ONC calls for behavioral mHealth in new app challenge

According to EHR Intelligence, the ONC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration are currently looking for innovative mobile-based solutions to behavioral health disorders and substance abuse. If you are an app developer interested in entering the contest, you can read the rules and details here.

Cloud Computing becoming more prevalent in healthcare

CIOL reports on the rise of cloud computing in the healthcare space. According to the 2013 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report, the proliferation of desktop virtualization in healthcare continues to increase.

Health IT spending on pace to top $34.5B

According to FierceHealthIT, healthcare IT spending will reach $34.5 billion in North America in 2014. A recent report by Mercom Capital Group also found that venture capital funding in the healthcare IT sector continues to grow rapidly, with $623 million raised in Q2 of 2013.

Clinical data analytics next big thing

Healthcare IT News makes the argument that the clinical analytics market will be the next big thing as the healthcare world shifts towards new payment models and more and more healthcare facilities adopt electronic health records. Healthcare groups are now looking to analytics solutions for population health management.

Biggest challenges as hospitals prepare for patient portals

Government Health IT discusses some of the challenges as hospitals prepare for patient portals. The article highlights Catholic Health Partners, which is currently working to go live with online bill payment as the first piece of their patient portal. 

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