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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 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 04/17/14 

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. 

Case Study: Improving Heart Failure Readmissions Rates 

During Heart Failure Awareness Week (Feb. 9-15), the LUMEDX blog will post on topics related to heart failure program management.

In this case study, we will examine how a hospital system utilized performance improvement processes and data analysis to lower heart failure readmissions rates.

Background:

A hospital system found that its largest expense category over several years was in heart failure (HF) patients due to high readmissions rates. Hospital administrators determined that reducing readmissions rates would enable cost reduction and improve patient care.

The Model for Improvement:

With guidance from the LUMEDX Healthcare Consultants, the hospital employed the Model for Improvement as a foundation for change.

The model asks three questions:

  • What are we trying to accomplish?
  • How will we know that a change has resulted in improvement?
  • What changes can we make that will lead to improvement?

By working with LUMEDX to answer the questions above, the hospital developed concrete goals. They determined that charting current trends would provide the best basis for prediction and rapid detection of changes.

Next, LUMEDX and staff at the hospital went through a series of PDSA Cycles to test, adapt, and implement the new improvement plan – deploying a nurse case manager who would provide coaching for individual heart failure patients who had left the hospital.

During the cycles, the hospital:

  • Designed and reviewed the case manager concept with doctors, nursing staff, and hospital administration
  • Conducted small-scale tests with select groups of patients before evaluating and modifying the plan based on results
  • Summarized learnings, and implemented the final plan across the entire patient population

Conclusion:

After full implementation of the case management plan, data showed that the strategy was effective in that readmissions rates declined (see graph below).

By using data analysis, the hospital system can continue to make methodical, informed improvements in its heart failure program.

For more information on LUMEDX Healthcare Consulting, click here.

 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/10/13 

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.

Two million-dollar studies target heart health via health IT

EHR Intelligence covers a recent research award from PCORI designed to help organizations and researchers develop health information technology tools and services for treating heart disease.

HIMSS Innovation Center opens its doors

According to Healthcare IT News, the HIMMS Innovation Center opened its doors this week in Cleveland. The goal of the new center is to engage people and give them opportunities to learn about healthcare IT. The facility includes a Health IT Simulation Center and a Healthcare Technology Showcase.

Meaningful Use Still on Target During Shutdown

During the government shutdown, meaningful use programs will continue to be in place, as healthcare IT incentives do not come from annual appropriations. Federal incentives for electronic health records will continue to roll out.

ONC Study Shows Encouraging Increase in Electronic Prescribing  

iHealthBeat covers a recent study conducted by the ONC that shows that electronic prescribing has grown significantly over the past few years. As of December 2012, 94% of urban pharmacies were accepting e-prescriptions, and 93% or rural pharmacies were accepting them. 

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 

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