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. 

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

Healthcare IT and Quality Improvement at The Christ Hospital Health Network 

The following is an excerpt from the case study, “Integrated Software Supports Quality Improvement: D2B Initiatives, Discharge Processes and More at The Christ Hospital Health Network.” Download the full case study here.

The Heart and Vascular Center at The Christ Hospital is continually looking for ways to improve processes, reduce costs, and optimize patient care. Using integrated LUMEDX cardiovascular information solutions has allowed staff to quickly run reports that it needs to support quality improvement programs.

“We’ve seen great results with the open heart extubation program,” says Data Analyst Cheryl Bartone. “The staff and physicians have a better understanding of the data, and have made improvements to their methods accordingly. It’s been like night and day—now we are able to trust the data and use it in order to make procedural adjustments that benefit the patient and our overall cardiovascular service line’s performance.”

The Heart and Vascular Center also runs regular reports to identify improvement opportunities in the following areas:

  • Discharge: Using reports generated in Apollo, the hospital’s Throughput Committee analyzes how a patient moves through the system and works to streamline the discharge process.
  • Door-to-balloon times: Reports drill down to the patient level in order to determine current D2B times and make improvements in order to reduce them.

To read more, download the full case study here.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:45:00 AM Categories: best practices HIT Lumedx Users National Health IT Week

25 Years of Health IT Leadership  

This fascinating infographic shows information from the HIMSS annual leadership survey for the past 25 years. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 1:23:00 PM Categories: analytics data electronic health records health IT HIMSS National Health IT Week

ICD-10: Future Impacts on Cardiology 

By Cheryl Iseberg

With the new ICD-10 compliance date set as October 1, 2015, heart hospitals need to prepare for change and determine how their cardiovascular service lines will be affected.

Below are some of the major documentation changes in ICD-10:

For acute myocardial infarctions:

  • The acute phase of MI is now defined as eight weeks instead of four weeks
  • Codes specifying subsequent episodes of care for acute MI are now discontinued
  • There are new unique codes for distinguishing a new acute MI that happens while a patient is still in treatment for an acute MI

There is a new combination code for coronary artery disease with angina. In ICD-9, coders had to use two separate codes: “coronary atherosclerosis of native coronary artery” and “intermediate coronary syndrome.”

The term “congestive” is now a nonessential modifier for systolic, diastolic, and combined systolic/diastolic heart failure, and only one code is required to describe the specificity and acuity of heart failure.

LUMEDX can help you prepare for ICD-10 while still using ICD-9, ensuring a smooth and successful transition. LUMEDX Healthcare Consultants and Project Managers offer technical assistance and professional guidance so that you can easily navigate the challenges that will arise from the change to ICD-10. To learn more, click here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 8:47:00 AM Categories: CMS data security EHR health information technology healthcare today HIT ICD-10 ONC
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