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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 05/01/14 

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.

Healthcare Analytics Enters a New Age 

Healthcare IT News reports that according to new report from KLAS, "Healthcare Analytics Pereption 2014: Analytics for Value-Based Care--A New Paradigm," there is an increased demand for healthcare analytics. The high demand is due to a shift towards more value-based care. 

Group Urges ONC to Include mHealth in EHR Incentives

According to mHealthNews, the Telecommunications Industry Association is calling on the ONC to ensure that future EHR certification guidelines for meaningful use are mHealth friendly. 

CMS Meaningful Use Incentive Payments Reach $22.9B 

iHealthBeat reports that as of March 2014, CMS has paid out $22.9 billion in incentive payments to healthcare providers participating in the meaningful use program. The incentives are paid out to healthcare providers who have demonstrated meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems. 

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 04/17/14 

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.

Most Laboratory Errors Happen Outside the Lab, ECRI Report Finds 

A new ECRI Institute report finds that most laboratory errors do not happen in the lab itself. Nearly 75% mistakes occur in the pre-analytic stage: when tests are selected and ordered, specimens are identified and transported, and patients are prepared. To reduce errors, the report recommended breaking down silos between care units and the lab. 

Accountable Care Success Requires Strong Health IT

According to InformationWeek, the accountable care organization model has produced mixed rates. To ensure success, organizations need to implement analytics in order to analyze risks and trends across the population -- and to identify opportunities for intervention. 

Health IT Investments Reached $858M in Q1 2014, Report Finds 

iHealthBeat reports that health IT companies have received $858 million in venture capital funding in the first quarter of 2014. This number is up 154% from Q4 2013, says a Marcom Capital Group Report. 

The Future of Health IT Security 

Government Health IT reports on the challenges of offering small, independent medical offices full network access to medical files while making security a priority -- especially in medical offices that have no meaningful IT staff available. 

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 04/03/14 

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.

Smart Data Key to Patient Engagement

Healthcare IT News reports on how data can open new paths in communication between patients and providers. This enables care coordination, paving the way toward population health and giving providers more insight into into chronic patient management -- and how to tailor treatments and drive behavior change. 

Highlights from the American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting

In Harvard Health Publications, Executive Editor Julie Corliss highlights the top news coming out of the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting. She discusses how since 1950, death rates from cardiovascular disease have been reduced by 70%, and summarizes two promising studies that were presented at the meeting. 

ACC.14: ACC President Touts IT Progress

Cardiovascular Business covers the ACC scientific session in Washington, D.C. and John Gordon Harold's address, in which he discusses how the ACC is working to offer innovative technologies that will improve communication and education in cardiology. He also highlights one of the college's major projects -- a renovation of CardioSource.org into a more user-friendly home for cardiology professionals. 

Thursday, April 03, 2014 10:19:00 AM Categories: industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 03/27/14 

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.

Uncertainty Clouds Federal Test EHR Program

According to Government Health IT, provider uncertainty is holding back the implementation of the Designated Test EHR Program, a data exchange initiative launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the ONC. 

Data Analytics Drive Success at Bryan Medical Center

Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology reports on how Bryan Medical Center has implemented LUMEDX data analytics software to support its cardiovascular service line. 

Blumenthal: Finding the ROI in EHRs is still tough work 

In EHR Intelligence, former National Coordinator Dr. David Blumenthal, who introduced the EHR Incentive Programs, says that finding the ROI in EHR systems is still a lot of work as providers struggle with expensive, frustrating EHR implementations. 

ONC Initiative Aims to Improve Data Exchange in Emergencies 

FierceHealthIT reports that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will be launching a campaign to promote an emergency system that is both connected and interoperable. The ONC hopes that care providers will be able to access a more comprehensive view of a patient's medical records, even in emergencies. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:18:00 PM Categories: HIT industry news Lumedx ONC

Best of Health IT News: Week of 03/06/14 

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.

Malcolm Gladwell Keynotes Health Data Interoperability Summit

At Health Care Innovation Day, an event sponsored by the West Health Institute, bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell delivered a keynote on healthcare data interoperability. 

Americans Will Be Able to Keep Old Insurance Plans Longer Under Rewrite of Healthcare Rules

The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration has announced that Americans with noncompliant healthcare plans can keep them for two years longer than expected. 

Are EHRs at a Tipping Point? 

According to Healthcare IT News, more than 50 percent of practices and 80 percent of hospitals have adopted electronic health records and attested for meaningful use. Now that EHR adoption has reached a tipping point, it is time to take the next steps to optimize the use of clinical data.

Thursday, March 06, 2014 4:20:00 PM Categories: EHR HIT industry news

New App Assesses Heart Disease and Stroke Risk 

This week, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association announced the release of a new mobile and web-based app for healthcare professionals and patients to use in determining the risk of developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). The app, the ASCVD Risk Estimator (available for free on iTunes and Google Play), uses patient data to estimate a patient’s 10-year and lifetime risk of heart attack and ischemic stroke. It also helps healthcare professionals to see whether statin therapy is appropriate for the patient.

The tool works by selecting the following patient data and calculating heart disease and stroke risk:

  •          Age
  •          Sex
  •          Race
  •          Total cholesterol
  •          High-density lipoprotein cholesterol
  •          Systolic blood pressure
  •          Blood pressure-lowering medication use
  •          Diabetes status
  •          Smoking status 

The ACC states that it hopes the tool will “help health professionals and patients work together.”

As social health applications and resources become more prevalent, what do you see being useful for cardiologists and heart failure patients? 

Friday, February 28, 2014 9:04:00 AM Categories: American College of Cardiology cardiology EHR industry news iPad iPhone

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. 

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