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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 12/12/13 

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. 

Government Health IT Report Expected Early 2014 

According to MedPage Today, a strategy report from the FDA, ONC, and the Federal Communications Commission will come out next year with recommendations on promoting innovation in health information technology. 

Stakeholders Continue to Comment on New Meaningful Use Timeline

On Friday, December 8, 2013, CMS revised the meaningful use timeline to extend Stage 2 through 2016, and to have Stage 3 begin in 2017 for health care providers who have completed at least two years of Stage 2. Stakeholders such as the AMA, AHA, and various vendors have weighed in with their opinions on the delay. 

mHealth, Cloud Computing to Dominate Healthcare in 2014

Fierce Mobile Healthcare predicts that mobile health and cloud computing will be the top trends for healthcare in 2014. According to a study by research firm Frost & Sullivan, "...as more healthcare IT and patient monitoring tools are integrated, every hospital facility will eventually have to acquire a fully-enterprise wireless solution." 

Whopping $17B Paid Out So Far for MU 

Healthcare IT News reports that the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs have paid out $17 billion to eligible hospitals and healthcare providers. The incentive program's goal is to speed adoption of EHRs within healthcare facilities. 

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. 

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 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. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 8/15/13 

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.

10 memorable ways Mostashari promoted HIT

With the big news of Farzad Mostashari’s departure from the ONC, Government Health IT leads us through ten highlights from his time at the ONC, and how he worked to promote the wider adoption of healthcare IT.

6 steps to health information superiority

In Government Health IT, we see six ways in which organizations can use the healthcare data resources available in order to improve clinical and business outcomes.

ONC announces Health IT Fellows to advance meaningful use

EHR Intelligence covers the ONC’s announcement of its inaugural class of Health IT Fellows. The 28 practicing providers and office staff were chosen for their success with meaningful use and will help providers overcome the challenges of EHR adoption through peer mentoring.

Nearly 7,500 Meaningful Use Payments Awarded in July, Official Says

iHealthBeat reports on how a CMS official recently announced that nearly 7,500 meaningful use incentive payments were distributed in July 2013.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 10:20:00 AM Categories: best practices EHR healthcare today HIT hospitals industry news ONC

Best of Health IT News: Week of 7/11/13 

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.

These Graphs Show How Fast Hospitals Are Adopting Computers – And How Far They Have to Go

In Forbes, we see a visual representation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s annual report on health information technology in the United States. The graphs show that hospitals are adopting healthcare IT at a rapid pace, but that there is still a need for hospitals to continue investing in technology.

Cardio Notes: ICD Codes Don’t Capture All Strokes

According to Med Page Today, researchers have found that an uncommon type of stroke needs its own ICD-9 code. Cardiologists and researchers believe that with a dedicated or modified code, they would be able to identify these cases more accurately.

5 Ways IT helps make sense of costs

Jeff Rowe of Healthcare IT News discusses the different ways in which adopting healthcare IT can help a facility to collect and synthesize cost data.

Healthcare jobs growth tops all others

Healthcare IT News reports on the growth of jobs in the healthcare space. According to Brookings Institution, the healthcare industry has added 2.6 million jobs in the U.S. in the past decade – accounting for a 22.7 percent employment growth.

New health data outs doctors whose patients die more often

VentureBeat covers a new plan from the U.K. government that requires doctors and consultants to submit performance data in order to show patients how different healthcare providers across England are performing.

 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 6/21/13 

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.

North American Health IT Market Forecast to Reach $31.3B by 2017

According to HIT Consultant, the North American health IT market is forecast to reach $31.3 billion by 2017, up from $21.9 billion in 2012.

11 Ways to Make Healthcare IT Easier

CIO covers 11 ways to help healthcare CIOs make improvements in their business. Tips include integrating data analytics, hiring the best EHR trainers, using mandates to enforce change, and more.

Former ONC deputy coordinator is new AMA president-elect  

FierceHealthIT reports that Robert M. Wah, M.D., has been named the president-elect of the American Medical Association. Wah served as the first deputy coordinator for the ONC from 2005-2006.

Government agency launches health IT webpage for long-term care providers

In other ONC news, the agency just launched a new webpage with info and resources for long-term and post-acute (LTPAC) providers.

HHS, CMS, and ONC Release Federal Health Data  

On Friday we talked about how meaningful data can help physicians and other providers improve care and achieve business success. This Monday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that HHS, CMS, and ONC have released new federal health data as part of a mission to create a more transparent health care marketplace and to help researchers and consumers make informed decisions.

This release of information highlights the importance of monitoring your facility’s data, improving clinical and financial performance metrics, and ensuring that numbers are accurate. As health care data becomes more public, it is likely that more consumers will turn to metrics when choosing care options and providers. It is therefore critical that health care facilities not only deliver the highest quality care but also maintain accurate data that reflects their success.

Some notable information released includes:

What do you think of the latest release of federal health data? How has your facility used meaningful data to improve health care? 

The Importance of Data in Health Care  

On the White House Blog this week, United States CTO Todd Park speaks of a data-powered revolution in health care. He argues that data-powered tools change the way that clinicians and health care facilities respond to patient need and provide care – for the better. As Park puts it, “[Data-powered IT tools] are helping clinicians and patients get the latest and greatest evidence-based, life-saving best practices at their fingertips. And much more.”

As we move into an increasingly evidence-based health care system, it becomes critical for providers to embrace data for numerous reasons.

Meaningful data allows clinicians and hospital staff to make informed decisions to improve quality of care.

In his post, Park talks about how data-powered IT tools are “enabling clinicians to analyze their patient population, understand who needs help (including and especially patients who haven’t been able to come into their office), and proactively reach out and give those patients the care they need.”

In addition, being able to monitor and analyze clinical data allows facilities to understand where programs are working – and where they need improvement.

Aggregating data from different areas allows facilities to see the bigger picture.

Instead of keeping data separate across various repositories, creating a comprehensive system allows health care providers to see how their organization is doing on a macro level. By seeing the full picture of a facility’s data – financial and clinical – management can see how business practices affect clinical performance.

Quality data means higher facility performance.

Registries, insurance companies, and third-party payers are now, more than ever, closely examining a facility’s numbers. By ensuring that the data they provide is error-free, health care facilities can accurately represent their performance and receive maximum reimbursements.

At LUMEDX, we believe that the data-powered revolution in health care is well underway and look forward to seeing how innovations continue to shape and improve patient care. How do you see data shaping care delivery at your facility?

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