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for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expressed concerns about errors from EHR use, including hospitals' use of outdated software, lack of consistent codes, and a lack of a central data repository.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

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/29/14 

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.

Former ONC Official: "Reboot" HITECH 

FierceHealthIT reports that John Loonsk, former director of interoperability and standards at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health It, has called for a "reboot" of HITECH efforts.

Healthcare's New Friend: Avatars 

According to Information Week, healthcare providers are now using avatars in videos, portals, and other educational and support materials for patients and their families. The avatars are designed to present healthcare information in a way that is more accessible, effective, and approachable. 

Docs Turn Progress Notes on Their Heads 

Healthcare IT News explores the increasing trend towards doctors adopting the "APSO note" plan for electronic health records. This method rearranges the format so that it follows -- Assessment, Plan, Subjective, Objective. A study found that 73% of participants were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with using the APSO format to write notes, and 82% had positive reactions to reading the APSO notes. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014 3:02:00 PM Categories: hospital management industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/22/14 

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 Invests Close to $1 Billion in Healthcare Innovation 

EHR Intelligence reports that the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is investing close to $1 billion to develop and test healthcare innovation models. The two programs include the Health Innovation Awards and the State Innovation Models initiative. 

Heart Failure Severity Correlated With Diabetes Risk 

According to Cardiology Today, researchers have found that an increased in severity of heart failure is associated with an increased risk for the development of diabetes. However, the study also found that use of renin-angiotensin system inhibitors may reduce the risk of diabetes. 

Update: CMS, ONC Ease EHR Certification Requirements For MU 

Government Health IT reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT jointly circulated a proposed rule to "change the meaningful use timeline and the definition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). It would also change the requirements for reporting clinical quality measurements for 2014." 

Healthcare Data Grows From Big to Great 

Healthcare IT News makes the argument that healthcare data is both getter bigger and smarter, and will become the great differentiator. Healthcare analytics has expanded from business intelligence and financial management to include clinical care insights. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/15/14 

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.

Interoperability Beyond Doom and Gloom 

Healthcare IT News reports that the number of hospitals engaging in health information exchange has been trending upwards since 2008, with 62% of hospitals electronically exchanging health information with providers out of their system during the year 2013. 

Studies Suggest Remote Monitoring Improves Patient Outcomes

According to iHealthBeat, two studies presented at the recent Heart Rhythm Society meeting suggest that in patients with implanted cardiac devices, remote monitoring does improve patient outcomes. Remote monitoring is correlated with lower risks of mortality and hospital readmission. 

Workgroup Proposes EHR Criteria 

Health Data Management reports that the Health IT Policy Committee's Certification and Adoption Workgroup is working on a draft set of voluntary EHR certification criteria for behavioral health and long-term and post-acute care settings. 

Personal Health Connectivity Will Pervade by 2025: Report 

A recent report from the Pew Research Center Internet Project cites that a majority of technology experts believe that by 2025, there will be a "global, immersive, invisible, ambient networked computing environment built through the continued proliferation of smart sensors, cameras, software, databases, and massive data centers in a world-spanning information fabric." The report predicts that home and personal health monitors will be widespread by that date. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:50:00 AM Categories: analytics cardiology data EHR health information exchange HHS HIE HIT industry news

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. 

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