Posts in Category: Health IT

The Best of HealthIT News: Week of 2/8/16  

Population health, Obamacare, and cost containment
Did you have a chance to check out the latest news from the healthIT community? Let us help keep you up to date on the stories you won't want to miss. Companies Form New Alliance to Target Healthcare Costs Hoping to hold down the cost of healthcare benefits, 20 large companies—including American Express, Macy’s and Verizon—have come together to use their collective data and market power. Members of the new alliance will share data about employee healthcare spending and outcomes, possibly using the data to change how they contract for care. "Some members say they could even form a purchasing cooperative to negotiate for lower prices, or try to change their relationships with insurance administrators and drug-benefit managers," Yahoo news reports. Federal Insurance Marketplace Signs Up Millions of New Obamacare Users The Obama administration reports that approximately 12.7 million new patients signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or automatically... read more
 

The Best of Cardio and Healthcare News for the Week of 2/1/16 

Trending topics in HealthIT
Leave the researching to us! LUMEDX surveys the top healthcare and health IT stories of the week. Healthcare economics: Basing healthcare decisions on Medicare data might not be best practice A recent study found that the correlation between total spending per Medicare beneficiary and total spending per privately insured beneficiary was 0.14 in 2011, while the correlation for inpatient spending was 0.267. “What that suggests is that policy for Medicare doesn’t necessarily make better policy for the privately insured,” one researcher told Health Exec. Reducing readmissions among minorities: 7 population health strategies A new guide from Medicare gives hospitals methods for addressing ethnic and racial healthcare disparities in readmissions. The guide comes amid increasing concerns about racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare outcomes, and frustration about federal penalties that some say unfairly punish providers in high-risk communities. Sharing of medical-claim... read more
 

The Best of HealthIT News: Week of 1/25/16 

ERHs, ACOs, healthcare hackers, and more
Did you have a chance to check out the latest news from the healthIT community? Let us help keep you up to date on the stories you won't want to miss. Healthcare execs advised to focus on consolidations, emergency preparedness, value-based care for 2016 Healthcare trends to watch this year include hospital consolidations and the continued shift away from fee-for-service payment models to value-based care, say hospital executives surveyed by FierceHealthcare. “'Providers will come together in a range of affiliations/partnerships as part of growth and cost reduction strategies, short of full-on mergers and acquisitions,’ according to Chris Van Gorder, CEO and president of Scripps Health in San Diego.” Ambulatory EHRs should gain steam through 2020 There are many reasons to shift toward ambulatory inpatient electronic health records, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan. The report predicts that low returns and on-premise EHR limitations will motivate... read more
 
Posted by 01/25/2016 Categories: Data Security Health IT

Building a Comprehensive, Customizable STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database Module 

A Case Study

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta built a customizable STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database Module that improves the quality of patient care through the use of STS National Database benchmarks and evidence-based medicine. By adding additional fields to those defined by STS, Children’s has a more complete, patient-focused congenital database. Find out more.
 

Posted by 01/21/2016 Categories: Best Practices Health IT Pediatric Cardiology

The Best of Cardio, Health IT News: Week of 12/21/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest news from the cardiology community? Let us help keep you up to date on the stories you won't want to miss. Mount Sinai heart director predicts cardio care will focus more on prevention In the future, healthcare providers will put more emphasis on prevention, and (it is hoped) less on treating disease, Valentin Fuster, M.D., Ph.D., said during a Dec. 17 panel discussion at the United Nations. Fuster, director of Mount Sinai Heart and physician-in-chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital, added that the transition “will require that cardiovascular specialists and healthcare workers are trained in ambulatory and home-based care.” Heart disease still top cause of deaths, but rate is decreasing in U.S. Heart disease-related deaths are down, but still account for nearly one-third of all deaths in the United States, according to the American Heart Association's (AHA's) annual Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update. Cardiovascular... read more
 
Posted by 12/21/2015 Categories: Health IT Heart Failure

The Best of Cardio, Health IT News: Week of 12/14/15 

Telehealth trend continues its upward climb
2015 sees digital health funding top $4.3 million More than $4.3 million flowed into the digital health market this year, with consumer engagement tools, personal health tools, and tracking categories by themselves making up 23 percent of overall funding. Consumerization in healthcare is also driving mergers or funding deals, according to a report by Rock Health. Doctor shortages, readmission fines drive up use of remote patient monitoring systems A new report from Frost & Sullivan predicts that the remote patient monitoring market will grow by 13.2 percent during the next five years. The market growth is thought to be caused in part by fear of readmissions penalties, an anticipated doctor shortage, and an increase of chronic health conditions. Kaiser betting telehealth is the wave of the future Kaiser Permanente Ventures has invested $10 million in Vidyo, a visual communications company that integrates hi-def video communications into workflow and patients’... read more
 
Posted by 12/15/2015 Categories: EHRs Health IT Hospital Management Mortality

Hospitals drowning in paperwork 

Did you know that in many hospitals, every two hours of patient care causes one hour of paperwork? It's even worse for emergency rooms, which have a 1-to-1 ratio of paperwork to patient care. Those are just two of the findings in "Patients or Paperwork? The Regulatory Burden Facing America’s Hospitals." The report, by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), was commissioned by the AHA. 

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Posted by 12/04/2015 Categories: Health IT Hospital Management

Best of Health IT News: Week of 08/16/15  

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 urged to review disaster planning in wake of Paris attacks Saying that French hospitals' mass casualty response can be a guide for United States, U.S. federal agencies called on providers and hospitals to review their disaster plans and to exercise "enhanced vigilance" in the days ahead, fiercehealthcare.com reports. The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Health and Human Services this week recommended that providers and hospitals review security plans and conduct drills, hold organizational safety briefings, and make sure emergency communications equipment is functioning properly. More than 1,000 hospitals named Joint Commission 'top performers' The Joint Commission recognized more than 1,000 hospitals for their scores on health care quality measures, according to The Joint... read more
 
Posted by 11/20/2015 Categories: ACC Health IT

Best of Health IT News: Week of 08/16/15 

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 urged to review disaster planning in wake of Paris attacks Saying that French hospitals' mass casualty response can be a guide for United States, U.S. federal agencies called on providers and hospitals to review their disaster plans and to exercise "enhanced vigilance" in the days ahead, fiercehealthcare.com reports. The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Health and Human Services this week recommended that providers and hospitals review security plans and conduct drills, hold organizational safety briefings, and make sure emergency communications equipment is functioning properly. New technology supports CT as prime cardiac imaging modality The past 20 years have seen rapid growth in computed tomography over all segments of medicine, with advances in cardiac CT including FFR-CT,... read more
 
Posted by 11/20/2015 Categories: ACC Health IT

Best of Health IT News: Week of 07/23/15 

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. CMS Updates Hospital Star Ratings, More than 500 Earn Top Marks The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published its latest patient satisfaction survey results, which shows that the number of hospitals earning a 5-star rating has more than doubled. 548 hospitals earned a 5-star rating for the reporting period between October 2013 and September 2014. Health Specialists Call for $2 Billion Global Fund for Vaccines Several global health experts have written a paper calling for the creation of a $2 billion global fund to support vaccine development. The fund would come from governments, foundations and the pharmaceutical industry, and would be used to develop new shots against high priority diseases such as Ebola, MERS and the West Nile virus. AMA Docs Fed Up with EHR Woes At a... read more
 
07/23/2015 Categories: EHRs Health IT Healthcare Reform