Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/18/14 

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.

Dell Study: Global Healthcare IT Leaders Eye Cloud 

According to Executive Biz, a survey conducted by Dell on global technology adoption has found that a majority of IT decision-makers at midside healthcare organizations have either adopted or are planning to adopt cloud computing. Reasons cited for moving to the cloud include cost efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, and data center optimization. 

Meaningful Use Numbers Show Signs of Life, Groups Still Lobby for Relief

Healthcare IT News reports that although Stage 2 meaningful use numbers have gone up, many providers are still struggling and have requested a shorter 90-day reporting period. The data shows that more than half of eligible providers will face penalties in 2015. 

Hospital-Acquired Conditions Mean Medicare Penalties for 700-Plus Hospitals 

According to Modern Healthcare, more than 700 hospitals will see penalties to their Medicare payments in fiscal year 2015 as a part of a federal program aimed at reducing preventable harm and improving patient safety. The Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program penalizes hospitals based on adverse events that occur during hospitals stays. 

As Health Data Volume Grows, CIOs Must Prioritize Governance Strategies, Analytics 

A report from EMC and research firm IDC predicts that by 2020, the volume of data will grow to 2,314 exabytes. IDC Health Insights Research Vice President Lynn Dunbrack believes that healthcare CIOs should focus on identifying who the data belongs to and building a consensus on data definitions. "Healthcare CIOs do need to gain control over these shadow IT initiatives to ensure they do not introduce compliance and security risks," says Dunbrack. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:38:00 PM Categories: CMS data EHR HHS HIT hospital management industry news

LUMEDX CVIS Success at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following in an excerpt from the case study, “OhioHealth Marion General Hospital Improves Data Quality, Optimizes Care with LUMEDX Cardiology Software.” Download the full case study here.

Implementing a consolidated data repository has not just made it easier for software users at Marion General Hospital to access CV service line information. It has also paved the way for the creation of specialized reports that support the hospital’s quality improvement initiatives.

“[The]Administration and physicians often ask me to run a report, and I never know what kind of request I’m going to get,” says Amy Morris, Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital. “With LUMEDX, I know that I can go in and run any kind of report that they want.”

Amy uses LUMEDX’s Apollo Clinical Data Repository to create reports on a number of topics, including:

  • Volumes (by procedure, physician, and county)
  • Mortality rates
  • Readmissions
  • Discharge medication
  •  Complications
  • Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) measures
  • And more

“I’ve even created reports for our pharmacy. They wanted to see the percentage of outpatients receiving a particular medication, and I was able to give them the information they needed,” Amy says. “The list goes on and on. Apollo is a never-ending resource.”

Want to learn more about these reports?  Download the full case study here

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 2:14:00 PM Categories: case study

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/11/14 

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.

What Factors Influence Physician EHR Adoption? 

A recent data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) found that 80% of physician surveyed said that they were already using an EHR or planned to implement the technology. The survey also found that primary care physicians and larger physician practices are more likely to adopt EHRs. 86% of multispecialty practices used an EHR as compared with 76% of single-specialty practices. 

Hospital Groups Call for Avoiding Another ICD-10 Delay 

EHR Intelligence reports that a group of hospital and health system associations have signed a petition asking Congress to avoid another ICD-10 delay. These groups include the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and America's Essential Hospitals. 

HHS Will Push Broader Reach for Information Technology 

According to Modern Healthcare, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has created a new plan that focuses on improving the penetration of healthcare IT beyond hospitals and physician practices. The new plan also takes into account long-term and post acute care, behavioral health, community-based care, and other populations.

CMS: Meaningful Use Payments Tops $25.7B 

As of December 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has paid out over $25.7B in meaningful use payments to eligible hospitals and healthcare professionals. Despite this, less than 35% of the national's hospitals have met Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014 9:20:00 AM Categories: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS EHR health IT HHS HIT hospitals ICD-10 industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/04/14 

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.

U.S. Hospitals Make Fewer Serious Errors; 50,000 Lives Saved 

Reuters reports that according to a recent government study, U.S. hospitals committed 17% fewer medical errors in 2013 than in 2010, therefore saving approximately 50,000 lives. The report also found that 1.3 million fewer patients suffered from a hospital-acquired condition in 2013 than in 2010, thus leading to savings of $12 billion from avoidable costs. 

Coordination of Heart Attack Care Trims Time to Treatment: Study 

An initiative coordinated through Duke University called Mission: Lifeline has found that improving the coordination between paramedics and hospitals can reduce heart attack deaths by nearly fivefold. The study found that 2.3% patients who waited less than 30 minutes in an emergency room for treatment died, as opposed to 11.2% of those who waited over 45 minutes. 

CMS Taps ACA Rules to Clamp Down on Fraud, Waste and Abuse 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced new measures designed to prevent physicians and other providers with unpaid debt from re-entering Medicare. The measures also remove providers who have patterns of abusive billing, and are designed to improve oversight and save taxpayers money. 

Healthcare Payer IT Market Poised for Substantial Growth 

According to RevCycle Intelligence, the North American payer IT industry accounts for a share of 58.2% of the global healthcare payer IT market as of 2014. Forecasts show that through 2018, the marketplace is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.7%. 

Thursday, December 04, 2014 9:56:00 AM Categories: industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/20/14 

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.

ONC Plots Quality Improvement Plan 

Government Health IT reports that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has developed a decade-long vision for continuous quality improvement in health information technology. 

US Healthcare Cloud Market to Reach $3.5B by 2020 

RevCycle Intelligence cites a recent report from Frost & Sullivan stating that the healthcare cloud market in the US and Europe is one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare IT investment. As of the end of 2013, the US healthcare cloud market has generated $903.1 million in revenue. 

Potential Pitfalls in CMS' New Telehealth Reimbursement Codes

According to mHealthNews, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced seven new codes for reimbursing telehealth services. Although this is generally considered a step in the right direction, analysts state that this could potentially lead to misaligned incentives among payers, providers, physicians, and patients. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014 9:06:00 AM Categories: industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/13/14 

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.

Nine in 10 Providers Pursuing Telemedicine, Despite Hurdles - Health IT Stays High on Agenda at AMA Meeting

According to Politico, telemedicine continues to grow amongst healthcare providers. Nine in 10 provider have begun developing or implementing a telemedicine program, and 64% already provide remote patient monitoring services. 

Report: EHRs Could Save Health Industry Up to $78B Over Five Years

According to iHealthBeat, a recent Juniper Research report has found that electronic health records could save the health care industry up to $78 billion over the next five years. 

Health Providers are Embracing Value-Based Care: Survey 

Medical Marketing & Media reports that of a survey of senior executives at 115 payers and 350 healthcare providers, the lack of clinician engagement was cited as the top concern. The survey also found that 90% of payers and 81% of providers now use value-based reimbursements (VBR) combined with fee-for-service. 

AMA Wants Penalties Removed from MU 

At the American Medical Association's Interim Meeting, the group called for penalties to be abolished from meaningful use. The AMA argues instead that the program should be reframed to focus more on interoperability. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014 2:04:00 PM Categories: industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/06/14 

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.

Future Points to Healthcare IT as a Service

According to CIO Magazine, a recent MeriTalk report has found that healthcare providers are increasingly adopting the "SMAC stack" -- a combination of social, mobile, analytics, and cloud technology. The report points to healthcare providers using analytics in order to reduce readmissions and complete risk analysis. 

Healthcare IT: User Empathy Comes First 

In InformationWeek, Todd Dunn argues that in order for healthcare IT vendors to succeed, they must approach software design with customer empathy in mind. Some questions that he recommends that vendors ask themselves include: "What do customers think and feel? What are their major concerns and worries?" and "What are their major pains?" 

Large Organizations Press on with ICD-10; Worries Plague Smaller Groups 

FierceHealthIT reports that according to an AHIMA survey, healthcare organizations are now preparing for testing and switching to ICD-10. However, smaller providers still anticipate difficulties. The survey also found that 70% of providers have planned additional training and practice in order to transition staff into using the new code set. 

Using Clinical Data Analytics to Support your Clients' Most Important Goals

In Business Solutions, Megan Williams discusses ways in which healthcare providers can use clinical data analytics in order to support their goals. These uses include supporting goals such as: clinician engagement, organizational information governance, and improving quality measures for accountable care and reporting. 

Thursday, November 06, 2014 10:43:00 AM Categories: analytics data ICD-10 industry news

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. 

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