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. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/24/14 

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.

How ICD-10 Will Unlock a New Market for Data Analysis 

According to Smart Data Collective, ICD-10 will have a huge impact on the data analytics market, due to the healthcare industry's increasing interest in data analysis and predictive analytics. The ICD-10 system has approximately 68,000 different codes, which will be crucial data points when running analytics programs. 

Cleveland Clinic CIO: Tools are the Biggest Barrier to IT-Driven Medical Care 

In Computerworld, Cleveland Clinic CIO Dr. C. Martin Harris talks about how technology is redefining healthcare for providers and patients. His vision of healthcare IT is, "...that there's a time when anyone involved in [the healthcare] cycle will have have access to the information they need to make the right decision about that patient as part of the patient-care process or something that facilitates the care process, such as getting a bill paid." 

EHR Jobs Boom: 8 Hot Health IT Roles

InformationWeek covers the latest in job market news. The healthcare IT job market continues to grow, with a large portion of a hospital's IT budget going to EHRs, both in terms of technology and people. Some jobs in demand include health IT director, nursing informatics officer, and ICD-9/ICD-10 project manager. 

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. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/10/14 

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.

Health IT risk-based framework proposed

Gov Info Security reports that federal regulators have just released a proposed framework that addresses safety risks involved in using healthcare information technology. The framework discusses the role that cybersecurity plays in safe health IT use, and addresses how privacy concerns are the shared responsibility of vendors and other healthcare stakeholders. 

Healthcare CIO work keeps expanding

In Healthcare IT News, healthcare CIOs report that their job is growing in both scope and complexity -- and will only continue to grow more. HITECH demands have impacted healthcare and specifically, influences the role of the healthcare CIO. 

Not-for-profit group to take over ONC's CONNECT project 

iHealthBeat reports that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Federal Health Architecture just announced that Open Health Tools will take over the administration of the CONNECT project -- an open-source software development project. The project's aim is the facilitate the exchange of electronic health record data between federal health agencies and other organizations through the Nationwide Health Information Network. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:47:00 AM Categories: hospital management industry news ONC

Heart Healthy Tips 

Now that spring is in full bloom, what are you doing to stay heart healthy?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 11:14:00 AM Categories: healthcare today heart failure photos

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/03/14 

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.

Smart Data Key to Patient Engagement

Healthcare IT News reports on how data can open new paths in communication between patients and providers. This enables care coordination, paving the way toward population health and giving providers more insight into into chronic patient management -- and how to tailor treatments and drive behavior change. 

Highlights from the American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting

In Harvard Health Publications, Executive Editor Julie Corliss highlights the top news coming out of the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting. She discusses how since 1950, death rates from cardiovascular disease have been reduced by 70%, and summarizes two promising studies that were presented at the meeting. 

ACC.14: ACC President Touts IT Progress

Cardiovascular Business covers the ACC scientific session in Washington, D.C. and John Gordon Harold's address, in which he discusses how the ACC is working to offer innovative technologies that will improve communication and education in cardiology. He also highlights one of the college's major projects -- a renovation of CardioSource.org into a more user-friendly home for cardiology professionals. 

Thursday, April 03, 2014 10:19:00 AM Categories: industry news
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