Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/16/14 

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. 

10 Up-and-Coming Healthcare Jobs for 2014 

Interested in going into the healthcare industry or contemplating a job change for 2014? Becker's Hospital Review reports on the top-growing occupations within the industry for 2014. 

ONC offers guidelines on curbing health IT safety risks

The ONC is making efforts to improve safety within hospitals and health care providers utilizing health care IT solutions. Newly released guides provide sets of checklists and recommended methods of dealing with safety risks. 

Study calls for shift in focus in EHR, meaningful use studies 

iHealthBeat reports that reporting on contextual and implementation details of clinical decision support tools and computerized provider order entry systems has been poor. Researchers recommend changing the way that EHRs and meaningful use are evaluated. 

Consumers now call for meaningful use

According to Healthcare IT News, patients are now demanding meaningful use of electronic health data. At the Digital Health Summit last week, keynote speakers revealed that consumers want control over their own health information.

Thursday, January 16, 2014 3:46:00 PM Categories: health IT HIT industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/09/14  

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. 

Meaningful Use Comes to CES

At the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the federal government's plan to drive health IT adoption was a part of the conversation at the Digital Health Summit. Keynote speakers presented on how devices and solutions should be focused on giving consumers control over their healthcare information. 

Report Says Connected Health Device Market Will Reach $8B by 2018 

In other healthcare IT news, iHealthBeat reports that the sale of connected health and wellness devices will increase by 142% from $3.3 billion in 2013 to more than $8 billion in 2018. These numbers are according to a report from the Consumer Electronics Association and was produced with Parks Associates. 

6 Musts for Healthcare Execs for 2014

Healthcare IT News makes recommendations for healthcare executives in 2014. Tips include a focus on physician executives, expanding the CIO role, increasing finance knowledge, and more. 

Health IT is Growing Rapidly Through 2017

According to Information Week, the North American health IT market is poised to grow at an annual  rate of 7.4% and will reach a total value of $31.3 billion in 2017. In 2012, the market's total value was $21.9 billion. 

Thursday, January 09, 2014 11:48:00 AM Categories: best practices cardiology EHR electronic health records health IT HIT industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/02/14 

Happy New Year! 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. 

North American Health IT Market to Reach $31.3B by 2017

In more good news for the healthcare IT sector, iHealthBeat projects that according to a recent report from Research and Markets, the healthcare IT market is poised to reach $31.3B by the year 2017. 

2014: Big HIT Market Expansion Ahead

Government Health IT forecasts that in the coming year, there will be a large expansion of the healthcare IT market. This expansion will be driven by factors including the pressure to cut healthcare costs, increasing demand of healthcare system integration, financial support from the U.S. government, and more. 

Digital Health in 2014: the Imperative of Connectivity 

Forbes discusses how in 2014, healthcare IT providers and decision makers will need to tackle the issue of connectivity. Critical areas to consider include initial patient connectivity to a device, the connection between the health care provider and the patient, compliance and adherence, and more. 

Extended safe harbor to aid meaningful use, interoperability 

EHR Intelligence reports that the Office of Inspector General has extended the sunset data for electronic health records safe harbor to December 31, 2021. 

Thursday, January 02, 2014 9:41:00 AM Categories: industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/19/13 

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. 

My Favorite Health IT Quotes of 2013 

Healthcare Informatics Contributing Editor David Raths compiles a list of his favorite moments in healthcare IT in 2013. One favorite quote was Farzad Mostashari's statement that "...Our longer term vision is that every healthcare interaction benefits from all the world's knowledge." 

Healthcare analytics market growth to skyrocket

FierceHealthIT reports on a new report from MarketsandMarkets that projects that the global healthcare analytics market will be worth more than $21 billion by 2020. Federal mandates, technological advances, increased healthcare IT adoption, and venture capital investments are cited as strong market drivers.

Continued Troubles with Healthcare.gov May Drive Up Costs

CBS reports that the problems with the Healthcare.gov website may lead to higher prices for many Americans if the technical problems deter young people from signing up. Enrollment continues to lag behind in projections, and more younger, healthier customers are needed in order to address an age imbalance. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/12/13 

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. 

Government Health IT Report Expected Early 2014 

According to MedPage Today, a strategy report from the FDA, ONC, and the Federal Communications Commission will come out next year with recommendations on promoting innovation in health information technology. 

Stakeholders Continue to Comment on New Meaningful Use Timeline

On Friday, December 8, 2013, CMS revised the meaningful use timeline to extend Stage 2 through 2016, and to have Stage 3 begin in 2017 for health care providers who have completed at least two years of Stage 2. Stakeholders such as the AMA, AHA, and various vendors have weighed in with their opinions on the delay. 

mHealth, Cloud Computing to Dominate Healthcare in 2014

Fierce Mobile Healthcare predicts that mobile health and cloud computing will be the top trends for healthcare in 2014. According to a study by research firm Frost & Sullivan, "...as more healthcare IT and patient monitoring tools are integrated, every hospital facility will eventually have to acquire a fully-enterprise wireless solution." 

Whopping $17B Paid Out So Far for MU 

Healthcare IT News reports that the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs have paid out $17 billion to eligible hospitals and healthcare providers. The incentive program's goal is to speed adoption of EHRs within healthcare facilities. 

Learn with LUMEDX  


Sally Carter, Senior Technical Writer, LUMEDX

Today we spoke to Sally Carter, Senior Technical Writer at LUMEDX, about the LUMEDX CVIS e-learning initiative. 

Hi Sally! How are you involved with e-learning for LUMEDX clients?

I’m on the Product Documentation team at LUMEDX and wear two hats – Senior Technical Writer and Instructional Designer. I am primarily responsible for organizing the e-learning initiative at LUMEDX and created the set of materials now available on www.lumedx.com. My Documentation colleagues and I work together with the training group and other experts to create content that will provide value to our clients.

What e-learning opportunities does LUMEDX offer?

Currently we offer registry training for ACC, STS, ACC to STS cross-population, and registry updates. We also offer training on STEMI data entry, which was created in response to a customer request.

In early 2014, we are planning to release e-learning on interfaces, and training on the Cath Report Editor and Echo Report Editor. This library of materials will continue to expand in the future, so stay tuned!

How can clients use LUMEDX e-learning at their own facilities?

LUMEDX e-learning is intended to supplement our instructor-led training. It provides 24 x 7 training and support on common topics such as how to do a registry validation and harvest. If you have new employees who are unfamiliar with the harvest process, or employees who need a refresher at harvest time, LUMEDX e-learning provides immediate training and assistance. The great thing about this is that these materials can be reviewed anytime and as often as you like!

The materials are designed for all levels of users and are broken down into several easy-to-use components. Lessons and demos show users how to perform tasks step-by-step, and the PDF Quick Guides remind users of key steps in a process to follow up on other training and e-learning materials. We also offer “Try Its” that allow users to actually complete a software task. Finally, each topic has a self-quiz at the end so that users can check their own learning progress.

How can clients sign up for e-learning?

To view LUMEDX e-learning you must have an account on www.lumedx.com and be registered for e-learning. Follow the steps below to sign up for a new account and activate the account for e-learning.

  1. Go to www.lumedx.com.
  2. Click the Register link in the upper right corner.
  3. Enter the information in all fields on the page, including User ID (you can choose your own), Email, Password, Confirm Password, Time Zone, First Name, and Last Name.
  4. In the Registration Code box, enter the special registration code. If you don’t have this code, contact your LUMEDX Client Manager.
  5. Change the Newsletter Subscriptions selections (optional).
  6. Type the code displayed on the screen in the Enter the code shown box.
  7. Click Create Account.

(If you already have a lumedx.com account, sign into your account and enter the registration code in your Profile. Contact your LUMEDX Client Manager if you don’t have this code.)

After registration your lumedx.com account will be active immediately, but please allow up to 6 hours for us to activate e-learning on your account. (You will not receive a confirmation email after you create your lumedx.com account or when e-learning is active.) After e-learning has been activated, log on to lumedx.com and select E-Learning from the Support tab to view the course offerings. 

Thursday, December 05, 2013 1:00:00 PM Categories: elearning hospitals Lumedx Lumedx Users training

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/21/13 

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. 

ACA, Health IT Changing Job Landscape 

Healthcare IT News reports on how the Affordable Care Act and the adoption of healthcare IT has changed the job landscape by opening up more positions for records technicians, medical assistants, patient navigators, and other frontline and nonclinical positions in the healthcare industry. 

The Golden Age of Healthcare Informatics? 

InformationWeek discusses the proliferation of healthcare informatics use, and how more and more providers are switching to electronic systems. The article identifies areas in which healthcare IT vendors, planners, managers, and developers should be focused. 

How federal cybersecurity measures can apply to healthcare 

Government Health IT reports on the issue of security within the healthcare industry. According to a 2012 study from the Ponemon Institute, 94% of healthcare organizations have reported at least one HIPAA breach. Because of this, healthcare organizations need to be proactive and perform audits and assessments. 

California EHR Adoption Increasing, but Other Health IT Use Lagging 

A report from the California HealthCare Foundation found that the number of doctors in California using EHRs increased from 37% in 2008 to 59% in 2013. However, only 30% of hospitals have EHRs that meet all the 12 requirements of meaningful use. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/14/13 

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. 

Meaningful Use Payouts Top $16.5 Billion 

FierceEMR reports that over 325,000 unique providers have received incentives of more than $16.5 billion in payouts. Participation in the Meaningful Use incentive program continues to grow. 

Why Integrating EMRs and digital images is an ethical and practical imperative 

Radiologist Dr. Andrew Litt talks about why he believes that improving access to patient information and unifying the patient record across different authorized caregivers will improve patient care. 

Experts Reshape Treatment Guide for Cholesterol

The New York Times covers one of the top healthcare stories of this week, which is that the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have released updated guidelines on statins use to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. 

What's Hindering Healthcare IT Innovation (And How That Can Change) 

CIO discusses four trends that will help shape advances in healthcare, including a focus on data analytics, and mobile health initiatives that will reduce hospital readmissions. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013 2:38:00 PM Categories: industry news mobile devices Washington

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/7/13 

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. 

And don't forget to register for our upcoming webinar: "Cloud-based Analytics for Performance Improvement -- Reports from the Field." The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 14 at 1pm Eastern time. 

CMS CIO Steps Down 

In other HealthCare.gov news, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services CIO Tony Trenkle is stepping down. The CMS announced that his departure will be effective November 15, 2013. 

ONC Pilot Program Demonstrates Patient Control Over Protected Data 

iHealthBeat reports that the ONC has completed the pilot phase of the Health IT Data Segmentation for Privacy program. The pilot was carried out at the University of Texas-Austin, Jericho Systems, and Conemaugh Health System. 

21% of Obamacare Visitors Have Enrolled 

InformationWeek covers this week's HealthCare.gov website news. Despite the issues plaguing the website, 21% of site visitors have enrolled in a health plan. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/31/13 

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.

Focus on the Patient, Not the Device 

Dr. Iverson Bell spoke at the AHIMA Convention and Exhibit in Atlanta and discussed how doctors should adapt to the proliferation of mobile devices in their lives and practices. His tips include incorporating digital technology into a practice workflow, maintaining security, and engaging patients with digital technology. 

Sebelius Takes Responsibility for Healthcare.gov, Vows Fixes 

Government Health IT covers the big news this week, which is the problematic Healthcare.gov website. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has claimed responsibility for the issues and states that "the application at this point does not work end-to-end very well." 

Docs Making Strides on Data Exchange 

According to Healthcare IT News, a new study has found that the majority of office-based physicians are now able to view lab results and send medication data electronically. The study from the ONC goes on to state that adoption of an EHR is the single strongest predictor of an electronic exchange capability for e-prescribing, lab test viewing or ordering, and exchanging clinical summaries. 

8 Ways to Manage Change, Not Just HIT Implementation 

Over at FierceHealthIT, the chief medical officer for Healthcare IT Leaders discusses eight things that are a critical part of managing change associated with healthcare IT. 

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