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Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/30/14 

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.

CCHIT Set to Close Its Operations 

According to Medical Economics, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) will end all of its business operations by November 14, 2014. The CCHIT has been certifying electronic health record (EHR) systems since 2006. 

Health IT Leader DeSalvo Takes Dual HHS Roles 

Information Week reports that Dr. Karen DeSalvo will now have dual HHS roles. She will continue to lead the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) while also taking on a role as acting assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

AMA Unwraps Mapping Tool to Locate Caregivers

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released its Health Workforce Mapper, an interactive tool that shows the geographic locations of the healthcare workforce in each state. The tool can be used to identify health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, and more. 

36 Positive Signs of Health IT Adoption Progress

This month, the ONC and HHS submitted their annual report to Congress that highlights the progress and accomplishments currently advancing healthcare IT adoption. Some of the signs identified in the report include increased EHR system adoption, additional rural community support, and increased health information exchange among physicians. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/23/14 

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.

EHR Vendors See Heightened Role in Ebola Fight

Health Data Management reports on the current Ebola crisis and how electronic health vendors are playing a bigger role than ever before. EHRs are a valuable tool in terms of screening suspected Ebola patients because the workflow can be customized to ask detailed questions about travel history, exposure to rodents, and more.

4 Goals of the Federal Health IT Safety Center

According to FierceHealthIT, the new federal health information technology safety center has recently published its four goals in a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The goals include: creating a nationwide HIT-related patient safety surveillance system, developing methods and governance structure to investigate major HIT-related safety events, creating infrastructure and methods for the assessment of large healthcare systems, and advocating for healthcare IT safety.

The Big Data Shift from Predictive to Prescriptive Analytics

Government Health IT predicts that big data will play an increasingly vital role in healthcare, including supporting the shift from predicting to prescribing. Healthcare providers should be able to use data analytics to predict certain factors (such as readmission rates),but they also need to be able to use this insight in a prescriptive way.

Global Telehealth Market to Reach $43.3B by 2019, Report Finds

iHealthBeat reports that the global market for telehealth technology is skyrocketing, and is projected to reach $43.4 billion by 2019. This figure is from a report by BCC Research, which believes that “the growing adoption of telemedicine services is expected to significantly impact larger markets such as health care, health insurance, home care, telecommunications, networking, disease management, e-health and health care IT.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:45:00 AM Categories: industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/16/14 

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.

Medicare Fines Record Number of Hospitals for Excessive Readmissions

NPR reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has reported that over the next year, 2,610 hospitals will lose some payments due to readmissions. In the three years since hospitals have started facing penalties under the Affordable Care Act, this year represents the highest penalties: up to 3% of Medicare bills. 

Health Groups Urge Changes to Meaningful Use Program

Several health care groups, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the Medical Group Management Association, have addressed a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell calling for changes to the meaningful use program that would reflect a greater focus on interoperability. 

Health IT Funding Reaches $956M in Q3 2014, Report Finds 

According to a recent report from Mercom Capital Group, venture capital funding for healthcare IT companies reached $956M in Q3 2014. This is down from Q2 2014, when funding for healthcare IT reached a staggering $1.8 billion across 161 deals. 

Healthcare IT News Unveils 2014 Best Hospital IT Department Winners

Healthcare IT News has released its winners for the 2014 "Best Hospital IT Departments" program. The award recognizes hospitals and healthcare systems that provide a positive hospital IT workplace. This year's top winner is Meridian Health System in Neptune, New Jersey. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/09/14 

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.

Groups React to New Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Deadline

According to iHealthBeat, many groups have reacted positively to CMS' decision to reopen the submission period for hardship exception applications for the meaningful use program. Eligible hospitals and providers can now file for hardship exceptions until Nov. 30. The previous deadlines were July 1 for eligible providers and April 1 for eligible hospitals. 

Reform Update: 1% of Patients Account for 22.7% of Spending, AHRQ 

A recent Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report finds that hospitals and providers seeking to lower healthcare costs need to look at the most costly patients. The costliest  1% of patients account for 22.7% of total expenses, while the top 5% account for half of overall spending. 

Telemedicine Poised for Tipping Point Despite Remaining Hurdles  

Fierce Health IT reports on a recent U.S. News and World Report Hospitals of Tomorrow Conference, during which many panelists stated that the healthcare industry has reached a tipping point for telemedicine. Despite barriers such as billing, reimbursement, and licensure, telemedicine is becoming increasingly prevalent. 

Bad EHR Workflow Played Role in Ebola Patient's Release 

According to CIO, bad EHR workflow did play a role in the case of Thomas Eric Duncan, the man with the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States, being released from Texas Health Presbyterian on September 26. This was partially due to the fact that the nurse and physician workflows were separate. 

Thursday, October 09, 2014 11:30:00 AM Categories: EHR health IT healthcare today industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 09/25/14 

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 Cloud Computing is Changing the Healthcare IT Industry 

Healthcare Global makes the argument that cloud computing is becoming increasingly important to healthcare providers. According to the article, healthcare is moving to the cloud as it becomes more patient-centered and data driven, and healthcare organizations should utilize the cloud when storing and sharing large amounts of data. 

Federal Healthcare IT Spending to Top $4.8 Billion by 2019 

According to FierceContentManagement, federal healthcare IT spending is predicted to reach $4.8 billion by 2019. The driving factors behind this number are federal healthcare initiatives designed to help the aging population and military and veterans, among others. 

ACC Softens on "See It, Stent It" 

MedPage Today reports that the American College of Cardiology (ACC) has just withdrawn one of the approaches in its "Choosing Wisely" campaign. The ACC no longer recommends the "see it, stent it" approach and instead recommends targeting lesion-only revascularization in myocardial infarction (MI). 

Thursday, September 25, 2014 4:38:00 PM Categories: EHR HIT industry news

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

National Health IT Week: Joining the Conversation 

This week we are celebrating the ninth year of National Health IT Week – a collaboration between healthcare providers, government agencies, payers, research foundations, and healthcare IT vendors designed to raise awareness about the growing role of technology in healthcare. 

Because healthcare in this country is currently undergoing many changes, all of us in the industry need to work together to advance technology that can reduce costs while improving care.

Our National Health IT Week blog topics are:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 16: Learn about why data analytics is a growing segment of the healthcare technology industry, and how providers can use analytics to monitor performance and drive quality improvement initiatives
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17: Prepare for the new ICD-10 compliance date with information about documentation changes that will impact cardiology departments
  • Thursday, Sept. 18: Read about how The Christ Hospital Health Network is using technology to support quality improvement initiatives

And on Twitter:

  • Friday, Sept. 19: Patrick Cambas, Vice President of Consulting and Strategic Services at LUMEDX, will weigh in during the @HIMSS Twitter Chat on September 19, 9am PT/11am CT/Noon ET. The discussion will focus on successes, pain points, and the future of defining and realizing health IT value. Join us on Twitter @LUMEDX

Best of Health IT News: Week of 09/11/14 

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 Hospital CIOs Learn From Data, Security Breaches

FierceHealth IT reports on how seeing major security breaches in the news can often lead hospitals to enact changes at their own facilities. The article cites Beth Israel Daconess Medical Center in Boston and Boston's Children Hospital, which both proactively made moves to improve security in the wake of cyberattacks and breaches on other hospitals. 

ATA Finds Some States Falling Short on Telemedicine Policies 

iHealthBeat posted a story on how the American Telemedicine Association just released two state policy reports on telemedicine. The report analyzed performance by state in areas such as coverage and reimbursement standards, physician practice standards, and licensure regulations for telemedicine.

ONC Rule Aims to Offer More Flexibility on EHR Certification 

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has issued a new final rule on the 2014 certification criteria for electronic health records. The final rule contains revisions to the 2014 edition release "that provide flexibility, clarity, and enhance health information exchange." 

Karen DeSalvo: Everyone Can Weigh in on Path to Interoperability 

FierceHealthIT reports that National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo recently had a conversation with Sam Ho, M.D., executive director at United Healthcare and chairman of eHealth Initiative's Board of Directors. In the conversation, she noted that the ONC plans to release an updated health IT strategic plan this year, and that the organization is looking for feedback from everyone. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014 2:14:00 PM Categories: industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 09/04/14 

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.

CMS Issues Final Rule to Extend Meaningful Use Requirements

On August 29, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a final rule that providers and eligible professionals will receive an additional year to upgrade EHR systems in order to meet the requirements for Stage 2 of the meaningful use program. 

Health IT a New Sweet Spot for Investors 

Fierce Health IT reports that the healthcare IT industry is becoming increasingly popular with technology investors. A report in Reuters found that many investors now see healthcare IT as a safer investment than biotechnology. 

Meaningful Use Payments Reach $24.8B as of the End of July 

According to iHealthBeat, as of the end of July 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has paid out more than $24.8 billion in incentive payments to hospitals and professionals participating in the meaningful use program. 

Healthcare IT Hiring: No Summer Doldroms

InformationWeek reports that the demand for healthcare IT professionals continues to grow. Although technology jobs increased just 10% in June 2014, healthcare jobs grew 13%.  A CareerBuilders forecast also finds that 54% of healthcare organizations plan to hire more full-time employees this year. 

Thursday, September 04, 2014 1:38:00 PM Categories: industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 08/28/14 

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 Names New HealthCare.gov CEO 

According to Government Health IT, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell has named the new federal marketplace CEO -- Kevin Counihan, the current CEO of Access Health CT. Counihan's role will be to lead the federal exchange and manage relationships with state-based exchanges. 

CMS Returns One-Third of Open Payments Data Due to Errors 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced that it has returned one-third of records submitted to manufacturers and group purchasing organizations due to errors. CMS is requiring that flagged records must be corrected and resubmitted in order to ensure that there is accurate information in the Open Payments database. 

DoD Opens Bidding for Massive EHR and IT Modernization 

Government Health IT reports that the Department of Defense is now looking to replace outdated legacy healthcare systems and is accepting proposals for its technology modernization initiative. Christopher Miller, Program Executive Officer for Defense healthcare Management Systems, said: "We are not just buying an off-the-shelf system; we're really looking to modernize how the department delivers healthcare." 

Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:45:00 AM Categories: HIE HIT industry news
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