Posts in Category: Health IT

Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/19/15 

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. Big Data Redefines the Traditional Scientific Methods Used in Medicine Tech Republic reports that with the rise of big data in healthcare, medical professionals can now turn to shared information to understand experiences and outcomes -- and to inform their own treatment decisions. Some hospitals, like Cleveland Clinic, are already using big data and analytics on a regular basis. CMS Approves Transitional Payment for DCB in Outpatient Settings The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved a transitional pass-through patient for IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon for the treatment of peripheral artery disease in outpatient settings. CMS stated that the "use of the new device significantly improves clinical outcomes for a patient population as compared to currently available ... read more
 
02/19/2015 Categories: Analytics Health IT HIE

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/29/15 

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. 90% of Medicare Will Be Value-Based Reimbursement by 2018 Health IT Analytics reports that HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell has announced a new timeline that hopes to see 90% of Medicare payments transformed into value-based reimbursements by the end of 2018. HHS has outlined three strategies to achieve this goal: incentives, care quality improvement tactics, and health IT and data analytics adoption. Consumer Interest in Telemedicine Continues to Rise According to Fierce Health IT, a recent survey by EHR comparison site Software Advice has found that 75% of patients who have not used telemedicine are at least "moderately interested" in using it. However, the survey also captured consumer concerns about telemedicine, with 21% of respondents calling telemedicine visits "less personal." 1,700... read more
 
01/29/2015 Categories: Health IT

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/22/15 

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. Chronic Disease Management Lowers Heart Failure Hospital Rates A study from the American Journal of Managed Care finds that improved chronic disease management for heart failure patients with one or more comorbidities lowers the rate of readmissions. The study found that for every twelve patients put on a CV disease management program, at least one hospitalization can be prevented. 5 Trends That Will Redefine Your Healthcare Experience in 2015 Fortune Magazine releases its predictions for the five top healthcare trends that we will see in 2015. These trends include increased interoperability among healthcare IT systems, widespread use of digital tools, the rise of patient portals, and more. 2015 a Year of Changes in Revenue Cycle with Population Health, ICD-10 Healthcare Finance projects... read more
 
01/22/2015 Categories: EHRs Health IT Hospital Management

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/11/14 

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. What Factors Influence Physician EHR Adoption? A recent data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) found that 80% of physician surveyed said that they were already using an EHR or planned to implement the technology. The survey also found that primary care physicians and larger physician practices are more likely to adopt EHRs. 86% of multispecialty practices used an EHR as compared with 76% of single-specialty practices. Hospital Groups Call for Avoiding Another ICD-10 Delay EHR Intelligence reports that a group of hospital and health system associations have signed a petition asking Congress to avoid another ICD-10 delay. These groups include the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and America's... read more
 
12/11/2014 Categories: CMS EHRs Health IT HHS

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/30/14 

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. CCHIT Set to Close Its Operations According to Medical Economics, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) will end all of its business operations by November 14, 2014. The CCHIT has been certifying electronic health record (EHR) systems since 2006. Health IT Leader DeSalvo Takes Dual HHS Roles Information Week reports that Dr. Karen DeSalvo will now have dual HHS roles. She will continue to lead the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) while also taking on a role as acting assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). AMA Unwraps Mapping Tool to Locate Caregivers The American Medical Association (AMA) has released its Health Workforce Mapper, an interactive tool that shows the geographic locations of the healthcare... read more
 
10/30/2014 Categories: EHRs Health IT

Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes with the Million Hearts Project  

Watch the latest Million Hearts whiteboard animation video, which shows how you can leverage your healthcare IT investments to prevent heart disease and stroke. Million Hearts is a national initiative partnering with other federal organizations, healthcare providers, and private-sector groups with the goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The video explains how healthcare providers can use the PDSA cycle as a way to plan interventions and drive improved patient outcomes. For more on how your heart hospital can use the PDSA cycle to support quality improvement initiatives, request your complimentary webinar CD: Driving Change in Readmissions and Length of Stay: Proven Performance Improvement Methods. In this webinar, you will learn how to use the PDSA cycle to understand your hospital's data in order to manage readmissions and length of stay. read more
 
08/25/2014 Categories: Analytics EHRs Health IT Heart Failure

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... read more
 
05/08/2014 Categories: EHRs Health IT HIE Hospital Management ONC

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. Background: 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 ... read more
 
02/12/2014 Categories: Best Practices Health IT Heart Failure

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. 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... read more
 
01/09/2014 Categories: Best Practices EHRs Health IT