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 into a more user-friendly home for cardiology professionals. 

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

Best of Health IT News: Week of 03/27/14 

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.

Uncertainty Clouds Federal Test EHR Program

According to Government Health IT, provider uncertainty is holding back the implementation of the Designated Test EHR Program, a data exchange initiative launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the ONC. 

Data Analytics Drive Success at Bryan Medical Center

Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology reports on how Bryan Medical Center has implemented LUMEDX data analytics software to support its cardiovascular service line. 

Blumenthal: Finding the ROI in EHRs is still tough work 

In EHR Intelligence, former National Coordinator Dr. David Blumenthal, who introduced the EHR Incentive Programs, says that finding the ROI in EHR systems is still a lot of work as providers struggle with expensive, frustrating EHR implementations. 

ONC Initiative Aims to Improve Data Exchange in Emergencies 

FierceHealthIT reports that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will be launching a campaign to promote an emergency system that is both connected and interoperable. The ONC hopes that care providers will be able to access a more comprehensive view of a patient's medical records, even in emergencies. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:18:00 PM Categories: HIT industry news Lumedx ONC

Best of Health IT News: Week of 03/06/14 

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.

Malcolm Gladwell Keynotes Health Data Interoperability Summit

At Health Care Innovation Day, an event sponsored by the West Health Institute, bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell delivered a keynote on healthcare data interoperability. 

Americans Will Be Able to Keep Old Insurance Plans Longer Under Rewrite of Healthcare Rules

The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration has announced that Americans with noncompliant healthcare plans can keep them for two years longer than expected. 

Are EHRs at a Tipping Point? 

According to Healthcare IT News, more than 50 percent of practices and 80 percent of hospitals have adopted electronic health records and attested for meaningful use. Now that EHR adoption has reached a tipping point, it is time to take the next steps to optimize the use of clinical data.

Thursday, March 06, 2014 4:20:00 PM Categories: EHR HIT industry news

New App Assesses Heart Disease and Stroke Risk 

This week, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association announced the release of a new mobile and web-based app for healthcare professionals and patients to use in determining the risk of developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). The app, the ASCVD Risk Estimator (available for free on iTunes and Google Play), uses patient data to estimate a patient’s 10-year and lifetime risk of heart attack and ischemic stroke. It also helps healthcare professionals to see whether statin therapy is appropriate for the patient.

The tool works by selecting the following patient data and calculating heart disease and stroke risk:

  •          Age
  •          Sex
  •          Race
  •          Total cholesterol
  •          High-density lipoprotein cholesterol
  •          Systolic blood pressure
  •          Blood pressure-lowering medication use
  •          Diabetes status
  •          Smoking status 

The ACC states that it hopes the tool will “help health professionals and patients work together.”

As social health applications and resources become more prevalent, what do you see being useful for cardiologists and heart failure patients? 

Friday, February 28, 2014 9:04:00 AM Categories: American College of Cardiology cardiology EHR industry news iPad iPhone

Crouse Hospital and LUMEDX's Cloud-Based CVIS  


Watch the latest LUMEDX video to see how our cloud-enabled solutions support the cardiovascular service line at Crouse Hospital. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:26:00 AM

Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/27/14 

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.

Don't believe the naysayers -- HIE is flourishing

In an interview with Healthcare Informatics, Micky Tripathi, PhD, states that it is currently an unprecedented time for CIOs and other healthcare IT leaders as the importance of healthcare IT rises. He states that HIEs are flourishing -- but in silos. 

ONC issues voluntary 2015 certification criteria for EHRs 

Last Friday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced a proposed rule that includes voluntary certification criteria for EHRs in 2015. Some of the criteria proposed include: developing a way for non-meaningful use EHR systems to become certified, enhancing interoperability efforts, and improving alignment with other HHS programs. 

Providers ramp up meaningful use

Healthcare IT News reports that healthcare providers are ramping up meaningful use -- and nearly 90% of eligible hospitals have received an EHR incentive payment. The report also states that about 60% of Medicare EPs are meaningful users of EHR systems. 

App can help doctors calculate heart risks

According to The Boston Globe, a new app has been release by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association to calculate the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients. The app allows healthcare professionals and patients to determine the risk of developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and is available for free on iTunes and Google Play. 

Case Study: Improving Heart Failure Readmissions Rates 

During Heart Failure Awareness Week (Feb. 9-15), the LUMEDX blog will post on topics related to heart failure program management.

In this case study, we will examine how a hospital system utilized performance improvement processes and data analysis to lower heart failure readmissions rates.


A hospital system found that its largest expense category over several years was in heart failure (HF) patients due to high readmissions rates. Hospital administrators determined that reducing readmissions rates would enable cost reduction and improve patient care.

The Model for Improvement:

With guidance from the LUMEDX Healthcare Consultants, the hospital employed the Model for Improvement as a foundation for change.

The model asks three questions:

  • What are we trying to accomplish?
  • How will we know that a change has resulted in improvement?
  • What changes can we make that will lead to improvement?

By working with LUMEDX to answer the questions above, the hospital developed concrete goals. They determined that charting current trends would provide the best basis for prediction and rapid detection of changes.

Next, LUMEDX and staff at the hospital went through a series of PDSA Cycles to test, adapt, and implement the new improvement plan – deploying a nurse case manager who would provide coaching for individual heart failure patients who had left the hospital.

During the cycles, the hospital:

  • Designed and reviewed the case manager concept with doctors, nursing staff, and hospital administration
  • Conducted small-scale tests with select groups of patients before evaluating and modifying the plan based on results
  • Summarized learnings, and implemented the final plan across the entire patient population


After full implementation of the case management plan, data showed that the strategy was effective in that readmissions rates declined (see graph below).

By using data analysis, the hospital system can continue to make methodical, informed improvements in its heart failure program.

For more information on LUMEDX Healthcare Consulting, click here.


Heart Failure Awareness Week: Improving Your HF Program 

This week, we celebrate Heart Failure Awareness Week (Feb. 9-15) along with the Heart Failure Society of America. Statistics show that heart failure.

  • Affects 5.8 million people in the U.S., with over 600,000 more diagnosed each year;
  • Is one of the fastest growing heart disease conditions, with an expected increase of 25% by 2030;
  • And cost the U.S. $39.2 billion in 2010 through health care services, medications, and productivity losses.

We at LUMEDX understand that in addition to educating patients on heart failure facts, symptoms, and preventative measures, it is also vital to examine the care provider’s side – namely, how to tackle the many challenges associated with managing a successful heart failure program.

Heart hospitals strive to provide timely, highest quality treatment to patients across the entire continuum of care – while finding ways to reduce costs, protect reimbursements, and manage populations efficiently. With a successful heart failure program in place, hospitals can improve patient outcomes by reducing readmissions and mortality rates while also saving time and money.

It is critical for clinicians, hospital administrators, vendors, and other stakeholders to come together and share ideas on how to optimize management and treatment of heart failure patient populations – both now and moving forward.

To add to this conversation, LUMEDX invites you to join us for a complimentary webinar next week on Heart Failure outcomes analytics: Using Analytics to Identify and Manage Heart Failure Patients. The webinar will take place next Thursday, February 20 at 1pm Eastern Time. You can register by clicking here.

We will continue to post on topics related to heart failure awareness for the rest of this week, and look forward to reading your thoughts in the comments. Follow us on Twitter and Google+ for more. 

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