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 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Government Health IT reports that the Department of Defense is now looking to replace outdated legacy healthcare systems and is accepting proposals for its technology modernization initiative.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

Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes with the Million Hearts Project  

Watch the latest Million Hearts whiteboard animation video, which shows how you can leverage your healthcare IT investments to prevent heart disease and stroke. Million Hearts is a national initiative partnering with other federal organizations, healthcare providers, and private-sector groups with the goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. 

The video explains how healthcare providers can use the PDSA cycle as a way to plan interventions and drive improved patient outcomes. For more on how your heart hospital can use the PDSA cycle to support quality improvement initiatives, request your complimentary webinar CDDriving Change in Readmissions and Length of Stay: Proven Performance Improvement Methods. In this webinar, you will learn how to use the PDSA cycle to understand your hospital's data in order to manage readmissions and length of stay. 

Monday, August 25, 2014 12:54:00 PM Categories: analytics data EHR electronic health records health IT heart failure HIT industry news

Monitor CV Service Line Business Metrics with a Service Line Dashboard 

By Gus Gilbertson 

In today’s changing healthcare environment, many heart centers struggle to monitor and manage business and clinical performance. To gain actionable program data from a large depository of information, every heart hospital requires a way to access key performance statistics. With this critical information on hand, hospitals can manage the cardiovascular service line and identify areas for improvement.

The LUMEDX Service Line Dashboard supports this need by allowing cardiac care leaders to better manage their service lines. Users can: 

  1. Stay current on changing reimbursement trends in their service organizations
  2. Manage costs across the service line
  3. Set goals and benchmarks, and receive color-coded feedback regarding actual and target performance levels
  4. Track volumes mix, dynamics, and trends across the cardiac service line
  5. Manage the broad mix and dynamics of inpatient services by DRG for:
    1. Cath
    2. CABG, Valve
    3. Heart Failure
    4. Implantable Devices
    5. AMI/Chest Pain
    6. VAD
    7. Heart Transplants
  6. Manage the dynamics of direct and indirect costs, LOS, readmissions and mortality for the service line 

The Service Line Dashboard provides users with interactive graphs that allow for at-a-glance monitoring of readmissions, outcomes, financial performance, and more.

For more information about LUMEDX Analytics and the Service Line Dashboard, click here

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:34:00 AM Categories: analytics Lumedx LUMEDX Consulting Group

Best of Health IT News: Week of 08/07/14 

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.

Hospitals' EHR Progress is Tale of Some Progress, Some Inertia: Study

According to Modern Healthcare, a recent study in Health Affairs shows that American hospitals fall into three groups when it comes to EHR adoption: high achievers who meet second-stage government standards, those who have adopted a basic or comprehensive record, and a group who has neither a basic nor comprehensive record. 

ONC Lays Down 10-Year Interoperability Plan Milestones 

Government Health IT reports that at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's monthly HIT Policy Committee meeting, the ONC revealed more details on its 10-year interoperability roadmap, including its goal that by 2017 it will be able to "ensure providers and individuals can send, receive, find, and use a basic set of essential health information." 

California Health Care Exchange to Share 9 Million Patient Record Online 

This week, the California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) announced that it plans to develop a statewide health information exchange. The exchange will use innovative technology to connect healthcare providers and securely share 9 million patient records.

HHS Finalizes ICD-10 Compliance Deadline

According to Healthcare IT News, the Department of Health and Human Services has finalized the new ICD-10 compliance date as October 1, 2015. The deadline for ICD-10 had initially been set at a deadline of October 1, 2014, which healthcare organizations were struggling to meet. Learn more about how LUMEDX can prepare your hospital for ICD-10 here

Thursday, August 07, 2014 9:03:00 AM Categories: EHR health information exchange healthcare today HHS HIE HIT industry news Lumedx ONC Washington

Best of Health IT News: Week of 07/24/14 

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.

IT, Patient-Centered Research Key to Pushing Disease Prevention Efforts 

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association argues that information technology and patient-centered research will be critical to supporting disease prevention efforts. The researchers stated that a "widespread uptake" of personalized health technology is necessary to treat diseases including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. 

Population Health, Analytics, mHealth Vendors Raise $1.8B in Q2

EHR Intelligence reports that health IT vendors have brought in over $1 billion in venture capital funding in Q2 of 2014. The $2.6 billion raised by health IT companies this year has already surpassed last year's total of $2.2 billion. 

Mental Health Providers Plead for Meaningful Use Payments 

According to Politico, mental health providers appealed to Congress to pass a law that will extend meaningful use incentive payments to mental health care. Providers argue that mental health work is underfunded and suffering from faulty connections to other health care providers. 

Wearables in Healthcare: Privacy Rules Needed

Information Week reports on how John Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay out $190 million to settle claims from former patients of gynecologist Dr. Nikita Levy. The case brings to light the need for CIOs and security officers to create privacy rules around the use of wearable technology in order to protect patient data. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 07/17/14 

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.

83% of Healthcare Organizations are Using Cloud-Based Apps Today 

Forbes reports that an overwhelming of healthcare provider organizations report that they are now using cloud services. The data was taken from a HIMSS Analytics' survey of cloud computing adoption, and found that most healthcare organizations are using SaaS-based applications. 

CDC Patience With Errors From Lab Use of EHRs Growing Thin

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expressed concerns about errors from EHR use, including hospitals' use of outdated software, lack of consistent codes, and a lack of a central data repository. 

Why 'Systems Engineering' is Crucial to Healthcare Delivery Transformation 

A recent report from the President's Council of Advisors on Sicence and Technology (PCAST) cites the need for a nationally engineered health information infrastructure. The report states that healthcare delivery transformation will lead to improvements in affordability, quality of care, and healthy communities. 

HIT Venture Capital Hits $1B For the First Time 

According to Government Health IT, venture capital funding for healthcare information technology has gone over $1B for the first time in Q2 of 2014 -- with $1.8 billion raised in 161 deals. This figure more than doubles the $861 million raised in the previous quarter. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:21:00 AM Categories: industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 07/10/14 

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.

EHR Association Supports FDA Plans 

According to Healthcare IT News, the EHR Association has announced that it supports the proposals for regulation of healthcare IT that were put forth in a draft report from the Food and Drug Administration. The letter from the EHR Association states that, "EHRA supports the approach proposed in the draft report that categorizes health IT based on the level and nature of risk, then applying appropriate oversight mechanisms." 

Policy Committee Endorses Creating a Health IT Safety Center

iHealthBeat reports that that last Tuesday, the Health IT Policy Committee voted to endorse the creation of a Health IT Safety Center. The public-private Health IT Safety Center would be charged with developing best practices and providing an avenue for sharing information and ideas related to patient safety.

ONC Kicks Off Hypertension Developer Contest

Government Health IT reports that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT opened its EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge. As a part of Million Hearts, a nationwide project led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the challenge is aimed at helping providers to use EHR and clinical decision support tools in order to reduce high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. 

Meaningful Use Incentives Step Toward $25 Billion

This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that meaningful use incentive pay-outs have now reached a total of $24.4 billion. The number of participating Medicare eligible providers has also riven from 991 to 317,294. 

Navigating the Intersection of Medical Devices, Health IT to Boost Patient Safety 

iHealthBeat reports that one of the main concerns with healthcare is being able to interlink disparate components of medical devices, clinical systems, information systems, and communication platforms in able to streamline care. The parties involved -- including device makers, information system vendors, FDA, and the ONC -- are getting closer to making this a reality. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014 9:21:00 AM Categories: industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 06/19/14 

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.

Patient Engagement Tools Among IT Most Anticipated by Hospital CIOs

Fierce Health IT reports that hospital CIOs are most excited about the integration of mobile healthcare capabilities for patients. CIOs state that patient engagement tools that can put health information into patients' hands quickly are critical in getting patients more involved in their care. 

Report Predicts Rapid Growth in U.S. Healthcare IT Market 

Business Solutions reports that the recent "U.S. Healthcare IT Market Outlook 2018" reveals that the U.S. healthcare IT market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of almost 20 percent from 2014 to 2018. This rapid growth is driven by introduction of new products, government support, and declining implementation costs. 

ONC Looks to New, More Flexible Approach on EHR Quality Improvement

According to Modern Healthcare, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is looking to transition away from requiring healthcare providers to meet a specific batch of clinical quality measures, and instead wants to focus on a flexible approach and credits providers for their own quality-improvement programs. 

GS1-128 Barcodes: Are You Ready? 

LUMEDX trainer John Nicholls discusses the industry's move to GS1-128 barcodes, sometimes known as "healthcare barcodes." These barcodes have become the standard for healthcare inventory management because they allow manufacturers to include data such as item number, expiration dates, and batch or lot numbers. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014 9:12:00 AM Categories: industry news

GS1-128 Barcodes: Are You Ready?  

By John Nicholls

GS1-128 barcodes, sometimes referred to as “healthcare barcodes,” are quickly becoming the standard for inventory product management. This industry shift has been brewing for some time now, although many vendors have been inconsistent in terms of conversion. Most vendors use Code 3 of 9 (codes that typically have a plus symbol in the front), UPC formats, or other types of barcode configurations.

The GS1-128 barcode is the industry standard because it allows manufacturers to include a variety of data aside from the item number for inventory tracking and management. Users can view expiration dates, batch or lot numbers, and other critical information.

LUMEDX’s inventory solution has used the GS1-128 format for years, ensuring that our customers are able to track the full inventory information that they need. Our solution currently supports the item number (GTIN) portion of the GS1-128 barcode.

To start using GS1-128 barcodes, you can install an updated support module – at no cost to you. With no hardware changes or workflow modifications required, your hospital can seamlessly switch over to using the GS1-128 format today.* 

Contact the LUMEDX Help Desk or your Client Manager to receive your software update. 


*Available only with Motorola hardware for Apollo LX​

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:57:00 PM

Best of Health IT News: Week of 06/12/14 

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 Incentive Cash Climbs to $24B

According to Healthcare IT News, EHR incentive payouts have grown to $23.7 billion. As of 2013, only 3 percent of eligible providers in the U.S. have not signed up to participate in the meaningful use program. 

ONC Interoperability Roadmap Cites Privacy, Security Needs

A story in Health IT Security reports that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a new report: "Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Ten Year Vision to Achieve Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure." In it, the ONC reveals that it plans to use clinicians, hospitals, vendors, individuals, and other stakeholders to help create the standards for efficient health information flow across different networks. 

Telehealth Gets Big Boost from AMA 

Healthcare IT News reports that the American Medical Association has established guiding principals to ensure appropriate coverage and reimbursement for telemedicine services. 

AMA Inaugurates Dr. Robert Wah as New President 

According to EHR Intelligence, the American Medical Association (AMA) has inaugurated a new president, Dr. Robert Wah. Wah served as chair of the AMA's Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2012 and has served as a member of the House of Delegates for seventeen years. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:21:00 AM Categories: industry news
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