Posts in Category: health information technology

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
 

ICD-10: Future Impacts on Cardiology 

By Cheryl Iseberg With the new ICD-10 compliance date set as October 1, 2015, heart hospitals need to prepare for change and determine how their cardiovascular service lines will be affected. Below are some of the major documentation changes in ICD-10: For acute myocardial infarctions: The acute phase of MI is now defined as eight weeks instead of four weeks Codes specifying subsequent episodes of care for acute MI are now discontinued There are new unique codes for distinguishing a new acute MI that happens while a patient is still in treatment for an acute MI There is a new combination code for coronary artery disease with angina. In ICD-9, coders had to use two separate codes: “coronary atherosclerosis of native coronary artery” and “intermediate coronary syndrome.” The term “congestive” is now a nonessential modifier for systolic, diastolic, and combined systolic/diastolic heart failure, and only one code is required to describe the specificity and... read more
 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 07/24/14 

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. IT, Patient-Centered Research Key to Pushing Disease Prevention Efforts A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association argues that information technology and patient-centered research will be critical to supporting disease prevention efforts. The researchers stated that a "widespread uptake" of personalized health technology is necessary to treat diseases including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Population Health, Analytics, mHealth Vendors Raise $1.8B in Q2 EHR Intelligence reports that health IT vendors have brought in over $1 billion in venture capital funding in Q2 of 2014. The $2.6 billion raised by health IT companies this year has already surpassed last year's total of $2.2 billion. Mental Health Providers Plead for Meaningful Use Payments... read more
 

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
 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/24/13 

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. 4 things to know about how consumers perceive and use HIT Government Health IT covers the four priorities that providers and policymakers need to keep in mind, including access priorities, access extent, HIE, and how patients can access healthcare information. Non-profits sets new standards for modular EHRs InformationWeek discusses how the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative just achieved all three Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements for its in-house EHR system. Obamacare goes live: healthcare cloud computing in action The big news in the healthcare IT space this week is the announcement that online enrollment of government-approved healthcare exchanges under the Affordable Care Act has gone live. Health IT takes hold around the world Healthcare IT News shines the spotlight on... read more
 

National Health IT Week – September 16-20, 2013 

You may have noticed the use of the following logo floating around these past few days and wondered what it represents. We even have it as the current profile picture for our Twitter handle here.

That’s because this week (September 16-20, 2013) marks the eighth year of National Health IT Week. National Health IT Week is an annual event put on by a collaborative group of healthcare providers, government agencies, insurance companies, research foundations, and healthcare IT vendors to address the growing role of technology in healthcare.

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Best of Health IT News: Week of 8/22/13 

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. What is the role of social media in electronic health records? EHR Intelligence covers how many experts – including physicians, lawmakers, and EHR developers – are currently considering ways to integrate social media concepts into the collection and use of electronic health record data. Health IT talent in high demand We covered the demand for health IT talent recently here, and Healthcare IT News reports on how healthcare workers are still in high demand – especially in the IT sector. ONC turns over care compass to patients PhysBizTech covers the ONC’s new project, MyJourney Compass – a project designed to help patients navigate cancer treatment and become more involved in their healthcare decisions. Telemedicine improves care for kids seen in rural ERs Reuters cover a story about how... read more
 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 8/8/13 

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. Farzad Mostashari to Leave Federal Health IT Office The Washington Post covers the big news in healthcare this week, which is that Farzad Mostashari has announced that he will be stepping down as the National Health IT Coordinator. Mostashari’s letter to ONC To get a full view of the complete email that Farzad Mostashari sent to ONC staff, head on over to Government Health IT. 12 Cardiology Center Openings and Expansions Becker’s Hospital Review publishes a list of 12 cardiology center openings and expansions that happened in the past month. Will Healthcare Look to Zappos for Inspiration – or to Comcast? Forbes poses an interesting question: as the healthcare industry becomes increasingly customer service based, how will healthcare providers have to start changing their business... read more
 

Building Your Healthcare IT Team: How to Find the Right Talent 

According to a recent HIMSS Analytics’ survey, there’s one industry where job growth isn’t slowing – and that’s in healthcare IT. According to the survey, which focused on the healthcare IT workforce, more than 85% of survey respondents said that they had hired at least one employee in 2012. And on top of that, 79% of respondents indicated that they were looking to hire additional staff in the coming 12 months. In fact, organizations are currently having a difficult time hiring enough candidates to fulfill projects and meet deadlines. Though outsourcing projects is an option, this presents a problem once healthcare organizations need to sustain IT systems with upgrades, modifications, and more. As EHR adoption continues to ramp up, healthcare organizations are facing a challenge when it comes to hiring for their IT teams. Nearly half of respondents said that they had to place an IT initiative on hold due to staffing shortages. Even when businesses did find candidates who fit... read more
 

My Job at LUMEDX: Barbara O'Brien  

Product Education Trainer Learns Something New Every Day
Barbara O’Brien is a Product Education Trainer at LUMEDX. She also is the voice behind the demos of LUMEDX’s free e-learning materials, which consist of step-by-step lessons, video demos, PDF guides, and task simulations that can be accessed 24/7. What do you do at LUMEDX? I work as a LUMEDX software product education trainer and conduct on-site instruction in Bellevue, on-site training at hospitals, and webinar classes. I started out in the Training department 10 years ago as a Documentation Writer, and I plan to stay here. Within six months of starting, I moved from being a writer to a trainer. Amazingly, I love what I do now just as much as I did when I first started. The job changes, but so do I. I work with two other long-term employees. Even though I’ve been here for 10 years, I still find that my colleagues are great mentors and have helped me grow in my career. At work, I always try to represent the company in the most positive and professional manner possible.... read more