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Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/29/14 

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.

Former ONC Official: "Reboot" HITECH 

FierceHealthIT reports that John Loonsk, former director of interoperability and standards at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health It, has called for a "reboot" of HITECH efforts.

Healthcare's New Friend: Avatars 

According to Information Week, healthcare providers are now using avatars in videos, portals, and other educational and support materials for patients and their families. The avatars are designed to present healthcare information in a way that is more accessible, effective, and approachable. 

Docs Turn Progress Notes on Their Heads 

Healthcare IT News explores the increasing trend towards doctors adopting the "APSO note" plan for electronic health records. This method rearranges the format so that it follows -- Assessment, Plan, Subjective, Objective. A study found that 73% of participants were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with using the APSO format to write notes, and 82% had positive reactions to reading the APSO notes. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014 3:02:00 PM Categories: hospital management industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/08/14 

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.

Economic Uncertainty Not Impeding Growth of Healthcare IT Jobs 

According to Digital Journal, the healthcare IT job market continues to grow at a high rate. While health IT once accounted for only 5-10% of a hospital's IT budget, it now represents 25-35%. Analysts project that approximately 272,286 people will be EHR technicians by 2022, as opposed to 186,300 two years ago. 

EHR Incentive Payouts Climb to $23B

​Healthcare IT News reports that hospitals and providers have now received $23 billion in electronic health record incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 94% of all U.S. hospitals are also now participating in the meaningful use program. 

Karen DeSalvo: Health IT Needs to "Get Real for People" 

Karen DeSalvo, the national coordinator for health information technology, spoke at a POLITICO breakfast panel on connected health and said that the U.S. needs a national embrace of electronic health records and related systems and devices. This is critical for improving care and preventing natural disasters from disrupting patient care. 

Hospitals Making Headway in HIE 

Government Health IT reports that HIE among U.S. non-federal acute care hospitals has been increasing since 2008. 62% of hospitals reported that they electronically exchanged health information with providers outside of their system during 2013. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/24/14 

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 ICD-10 Will Unlock a New Market for Data Analysis 

According to Smart Data Collective, ICD-10 will have a huge impact on the data analytics market, due to the healthcare industry's increasing interest in data analysis and predictive analytics. The ICD-10 system has approximately 68,000 different codes, which will be crucial data points when running analytics programs. 

Cleveland Clinic CIO: Tools are the Biggest Barrier to IT-Driven Medical Care 

In Computerworld, Cleveland Clinic CIO Dr. C. Martin Harris talks about how technology is redefining healthcare for providers and patients. His vision of healthcare IT is, "...that there's a time when anyone involved in [the healthcare] cycle will have have access to the information they need to make the right decision about that patient as part of the patient-care process or something that facilitates the care process, such as getting a bill paid." 

EHR Jobs Boom: 8 Hot Health IT Roles

InformationWeek covers the latest in job market news. The healthcare IT job market continues to grow, with a large portion of a hospital's IT budget going to EHRs, both in terms of technology and people. Some jobs in demand include health IT director, nursing informatics officer, and ICD-9/ICD-10 project manager. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/10/14 

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.

Health IT risk-based framework proposed

Gov Info Security reports that federal regulators have just released a proposed framework that addresses safety risks involved in using healthcare information technology. The framework discusses the role that cybersecurity plays in safe health IT use, and addresses how privacy concerns are the shared responsibility of vendors and other healthcare stakeholders. 

Healthcare CIO work keeps expanding

In Healthcare IT News, healthcare CIOs report that their job is growing in both scope and complexity -- and will only continue to grow more. HITECH demands have impacted healthcare and specifically, influences the role of the healthcare CIO. 

Not-for-profit group to take over ONC's CONNECT project 

iHealthBeat reports that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Federal Health Architecture just announced that Open Health Tools will take over the administration of the CONNECT project -- an open-source software development project. The project's aim is the facilitate the exchange of electronic health record data between federal health agencies and other organizations through the Nationwide Health Information Network. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:47:00 AM Categories: hospital management industry news ONC

Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/06/14 

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.

Also, tune in next week as we celebrate Heart Failure Awareness Week!

What Consumer-Driven Healthcare Really Means 

Information Week discusses what healthcare organizations need to do in order to achieve online patient engagement.The article states that healthcare organizations need to use marketing in order to drive consumer engagement on healthcare online portals. 

Patient Engagement Gains Momentum 

According to Healthcare IT News, patients are beginning to engage with their healthcare. Mobile health devices, sensors, and IT solutions are helping patients to participate and engage with healthcare providers more fully. 

USDA Doles Out Millions For Rural Telemedicine Initiatives 

iHealthBeat reports on the USDA's announcement that it will be awarding nearly $16 million in grants to help fund telehealth and distance learning initiatives in rural areas. 

Health, Prevention and Wellness: Our Focus This Month, Every Month

In the Huffington Post, Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, discusses how heart disease is the number-1 killer of Americans. While 1 in 30 female deaths is from breast cancer, 1 in 3 is from heart disease. As we embark on Heart Awareness Month in 2014, we need to continue the conversation around heart disease. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/21/13 

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. 

ACA, Health IT Changing Job Landscape 

Healthcare IT News reports on how the Affordable Care Act and the adoption of healthcare IT has changed the job landscape by opening up more positions for records technicians, medical assistants, patient navigators, and other frontline and nonclinical positions in the healthcare industry. 

The Golden Age of Healthcare Informatics? 

InformationWeek discusses the proliferation of healthcare informatics use, and how more and more providers are switching to electronic systems. The article identifies areas in which healthcare IT vendors, planners, managers, and developers should be focused. 

How federal cybersecurity measures can apply to healthcare 

Government Health IT reports on the issue of security within the healthcare industry. According to a 2012 study from the Ponemon Institute, 94% of healthcare organizations have reported at least one HIPAA breach. Because of this, healthcare organizations need to be proactive and perform audits and assessments. 

California EHR Adoption Increasing, but Other Health IT Use Lagging 

A report from the California HealthCare Foundation found that the number of doctors in California using EHRs increased from 37% in 2008 to 59% in 2013. However, only 30% of hospitals have EHRs that meet all the 12 requirements of meaningful use. 

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.

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Guest Post on EMR Daily News  

Today on EMR Daily News, LUMEDX consultants David Wayne and Gus Gilbertson discuss how predictive analytics can transform healthcare facilities. The post, "Leveraging Meaningful Data in Healthcare," takes readers through a step-by-step process of how to effectively use data in decision making.

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

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