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Best of Health IT News: Spotlight on Cardiology PACS 

The focus for this week's healthcare IT round-up is cardiology PACS and the cardiology imaging market. Read on to see the top industry news stories we've compiled from around the Web. You can also learn more about LUMEDX's HealthView CardioPACS solution here

Interoperability is Biggest Issue Facing CVIS/Cardiac PACS

Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology reports that the largest barrier to hospitals seeking to upgrade their CVIS or cardiology PACS systems is interoperability. The article states that: "... an ideal CVIS should be standards-based, vendor neutral, [and] use[s] structured reporting (to enable comprehensive searches and data mining)." 

Global PACS Market to Top $5.3B by 2020

GBI Research's lastest report on the global PACS market shows that the industry will surpass $5.3 billion in value by 2020. The global PACS market is currently valued at $2.9 billion, with the United States leading the charge. According to the report, "... many U.S. hospitals are considering upgrading their conventional PACS and are seeking interoperability with different vendors of EMRs and other information systems." 

Appropriate Use Criteria Improved Some Cardiac Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging reports on a recent study published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology that shows that appropriate use criteria (AUC) for cardiac imaging have led to some improvements in volumes of cardiac imaging requests. AUC resulted in improvements for some types of cardiac imaging tests but not all. 

Cardiology PACS Market to Increase 5.9% Through 2019

According to a report from market research firm MicroMarket Monitor, the North American cardiology PACS market is projected to grow 5.9% from 2014 to 2019. As of 2013, the industry was valued at $206.7 million. 

Will the Ubiquitous EMR Invade Cardiology Informatics?

Diagnostic Imaging discusses how EMR vendors are beginning to make forays into the cardiology PACS market, one that was previously controlled by a "core set of image-centric vendors." According to the article, major vendors are looking to expand into the cardiology image and information systems (CIIMS) space. 

LUMEDX-moderated #HITsm Twitter Chat: Friday, June 26, 2015 

Search the #HITsm hashtag on Friday, June 26 at 9am PT to join in a LUMEDX-moderated discussion on the topic of healthcare analytics. 

LUMEDX Custom Analytics Analyst Gus Gilbertson will lead participants through a conversation focused on the following questions: 

#HITsm T1: What healthcare performance standards provide the best benchmarks for assessing success in healthcare? 
#HITsm T2: What measures are driving healthcare strategy conversations beyond LOS, Readmissions, and Mortality? 
#HITsm T3: How are healthcare providers using predictive analytics to improve their financial and clinical outcomes? 
#HITsm T4: How do you measure the value of healthcare analytics? How can providers measure the success of their analytics initiatives? 
#HITsm T5: What best practices in workflow management have you seen? How has analysis of workflow benefited providers the most? 
#HITsm T6: What new uses of technology will change cost, consumer & provider landscape in healthcare over the next 5-10 years? 

Learn more about the Twitter Chat here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 9:37:00 AM Categories: analytics health information technology health IT healthcare today HIT Lumedx

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 05/21/15 

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. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/07/15 

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.

Will Healthcare Data Analytics Suffer if DeSalvo Leaves ONC? 

According to Healthcare IT Analytics, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, may soon move from her role as the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT (ONC) to become the HHS Assistant Secretary for Health. In her short time at the ONC, DeSalvo has overseen early attestations for Stage 2 meaningful use while promoting interoperability, clinical analytics, and population health management. 

HHS, USDA Invest $1B in Rural Health, Care Coordination 

The Department of Health and Human Services is working with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to financially support rural communities as they take on health IT improvement projects including EHR adoption, health information exchange, telehealth services, and more. 

Health IT Holds the Promise to Help Improve Health

In a column for Health IT Buzz, Chief Medical Officer of Million Hearts Thomas A Mason, MD, and Executive Director Janet Wright, MD, FACC, argue that a critical component of chronic disease management is EHR integration. In order to manage conditions like high blood pressure, healthcare providers must increase their use of EHRs, clinical analytics, and population health management programs. 

43% of Orgs use Clinical Decision Support for Patient Safety 

According to a HIMSS15 survey conducted by LogicNets, 43% of healthcare organizations believe that clinical decision support technology reduces the occurrence of errors. The study also found that a third of providers who already have CDS in place believe that it improves efficiency. Additionally, a recent ONC study found that automatic medication calculators reduced dosage errors between 37-80%.

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/09/15  

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.

Operationalizing Healthcare Analytics: A 'Plecosystem' Approach 

CIO Magazine discusses how many business stakeholders are unclear about how to use analytics to influence clinical or operational outcomes. However, by creating a "plecosystem" (platform ecosystem), healthcare providers can use analytics effectively. Components of a successful "plecosystem" include: data integration, analytics models, platform infrastructure and security, and visualization and dissemination. 

Why Wearables are Loudly Knocking on the Doctor's Door

With new wearables like the Apple Watch and the increasing pervasiveness of mobile health applications, HealthData management argues that the power of personal data collection will bring a new transformation in healthcare. By investing in data science and cloud technologies, healthcare providers can better understand and build relationships with their patients. 

Examining Three Decades of Health IT Change 

FierceHealthIT reports on an interview with Donald Lindberg, outgoing director of the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine. He states that in his 30 years of working at the organization, he has witnessed firsthand how innovative technology has shaped the healthcare industry and improved patient care.

Why Health Isn't Just Health Care's Problem 

According to The Huffington Post, health should not just be healthcare's problem. The key to improving health on a large scale is by bridging the gap between healthcare and other players in order to gain insight into population health. Healthcare should be partnered with other sectors, including transportation, business, and urban planning. 

LUMEDX-moderated Healthcare Analytics Twitter Chat 

Search the #HITsm hashtag on Friday, March 20 at 9am PT to join in a LUMEDX-moderated discussion on the topic of healthcare analytics. 

LUMEDX Consultant Rachanee Curry, FACHE, will lead participants through a conversation focused on the following questions: 

#HITsm T1: What are the most important improvements that healthcare analytics is driving today? How is your healthcare organization using analytics to drive results/outcomes?
#HITsm T2: How can we prevent information overload and “noise” when using analytics?
#HITsm T3: What are the obstacles to widespread adoption of healthcare analytics? How can we get physicians on board?
#HITsm T4: How will patients influence the development and use of analytics in their health/healthcare?
#HITsm T5: What will healthcare analytics look like in 2020?

Learn more about the Twitter Chat here.

Best of Health IT News: Week of 03/05/15 

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.

And if you're attending ACC.15 in San Diego next week, be sure to stop by LUMEDX Booth #523! Schedule a meeting here

Understanding the Basics of the Patient-Centered Medical Home

Health IT Analytics discusses the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) healthcare designation and what exactly it means. This is a structured approach to primary care that emphasizes putting the patient-provider relationship at the center of all healthcare decision making. It also focuses on preventative services, care coordination, and access to care. 

Will ONC Plan Protect Patient Privacy? 

Health IT Security reports on how although efforts have been made to improve the healthcare industry, some lawmakers feel that more needs to be done in order to protect patient privacy, further interoperability, and reduce costs. Some of the proposed solutions include core technical standards and functions, certification to support adoption of health IT products, privacy and security protections for health information, and more. 

5 Top Ideas for Improving Healthcare in 2015, CEO Survey Finds

According to a new survey by The Advisory Board, some of the top ideas for improving healthcare include: engaging physicians in cost and quality improvements, redesigning service portfolios for population health, strengthening primary care physician alignment, and more. 

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
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