Posts in Category: EHR

Best of Health IT News: Week of 09/25/14 

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. How Cloud Computing is Changing the Healthcare IT Industry Healthcare Global makes the argument that cloud computing is becoming increasingly important to healthcare providers. According to the article, healthcare is moving to the cloud as it becomes more patient-centered and data driven, and healthcare organizations should utilize the cloud when storing and sharing large amounts of data. Federal Healthcare IT Spending to Top $4.8 Billion by 2019 According to FierceContentManagement, federal healthcare IT spending is predicted to reach $4.8 billion by 2019. The driving factors behind this number are federal healthcare initiatives designed to help the aging population and military and veterans, among others. ACC Softens on "See It, Stent It" MedPage Today reports that the American College ... read more
 
09/25/2014 Categories: EHR HIT

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
 

National Health IT Week: Joining the Conversation 

This week we are celebrating the ninth year of National Health IT Week – a collaboration between healthcare providers, government agencies, payers, research foundations, and healthcare IT vendors designed to raise awareness about the growing role of technology in healthcare. 

Because healthcare in this country is currently undergoing many changes, all of us in the industry need to work together to advance technology that can reduce costs while improving care.

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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
 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 08/07/14 

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. Hospitals' EHR Progress is Tale of Some Progress, Some Inertia: Study According to Modern Healthcare, a recent study in Health Affairs shows that American hospitals fall into three groups when it comes to EHR adoption: high achievers who meet second-stage government standards, those who have adopted a basic or comprehensive record, and a group who has neither a basic nor comprehensive record. ONC Lays Down 10-Year Interoperability Plan Milestones Government Health IT reports that at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's monthly HIT Policy Committee meeting, the ONC revealed more details on its 10-year interoperability roadmap, including its goal that by 2017 it will be able to "ensure providers and individuals can send, receive, find, and use a basic set of essential health... read more
 
08/07/2014 Categories: EHR health information exchange HHS HIE HIT ONC

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/22/14 

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. HHS Invests Close to $1 Billion in Healthcare Innovation EHR Intelligence reports that the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is investing close to $1 billion to develop and test healthcare innovation models. The two programs include the Health Innovation Awards and the State Innovation Models initiative. Heart Failure Severity Correlated With Diabetes Risk According to Cardiology Today, researchers have found that an increased in severity of heart failure is associated with an increased risk for the development of diabetes. However, the study also found that use of renin-angiotensin system inhibitors may reduce the risk of diabetes. Update: CMS, ONC Ease EHR Certification Requirements For MU Government Health IT reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services... 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 04/24/14 

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. How ICD-10 Will Unlock a New Market for Data Analysis According to Smart Data Collective, ICD-10 will have a huge impact on the data analytics market, due to the healthcare industry's increasing interest in data analysis and predictive analytics. The ICD-10 system has approximately 68,000 different codes, which will be crucial data points when running analytics programs. Cleveland Clinic CIO: Tools are the Biggest Barrier to IT-Driven Medical Care In Computerworld, Cleveland Clinic CIO Dr. C. Martin Harris talks about how technology is redefining healthcare for providers and patients. His vision of healthcare IT is, "...that there's a time when anyone involved in [the healthcare] cycle will have have access to the information they need to make the right decision about that patient as part of the ... read more
 

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... read more
 
03/06/2014 Categories: EHR HIT

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... read more
 
02/28/2014 Categories: American College of Cardiology EHR