Posts in Category: best practices

Healthcare IT and Quality Improvement at The Christ Hospital Health Network 

The following is an excerpt from the case study, “Integrated Software Supports Quality Improvement: D2B Initiatives, Discharge Processes and More at The Christ Hospital Health Network.” Download the full case study here. The Heart and Vascular Center at The Christ Hospital is continually looking for ways to improve processes, reduce costs, and optimize patient care. Using integrated LUMEDX cardiovascular information solutions has allowed staff to quickly run reports that it needs to support quality improvement programs. “We’ve seen great results with the open heart extubation program,” says Data Analyst Cheryl Bartone. “The staff and physicians have a better understanding of the data, and have made improvements to their methods accordingly. It’s been like night and day—now we are able to trust the data and use it in order to make procedural adjustments that benefit the patient and our overall cardiovascular service line’s performance.” The Heart and Vascular Center also runs... read more
 

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
 

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
 

Heart Failure Awareness Week: Improving Your HF Program 

This week, we celebrate Heart Failure Awareness Week (Feb. 9-15) along with the Heart Failure Society of America. Statistics show that heart failure. Affects 5.8 million people in the U.S., with over 600,000 more diagnosed each year; Is one of the fastest growing heart disease conditions, with an expected increase of 25% by 2030; And cost the U.S. $39.2 billion in 2010 through health care services, medications, and productivity losses. We at LUMEDX understand that in addition to educating patients on heart failure facts, symptoms, and preventative measures, it is also vital to examine the care provider’s side – namely, how to tackle the many challenges associated with managing a successful heart failure program. Heart hospitals strive to provide timely, highest quality treatment to patients across the entire continuum of care – while finding ways to reduce costs, protect reimbursements, and manage populations efficiently. With a successful heart failure program in... read more
 

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
 

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... read more
 

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... read more
 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 9/12/13 

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. Healthcare cloud changing “with a vengeance” Government Health IT reports on the changing climate when it comes to cloud computing in healthcare, as more and more care providers adopt innovative technologies that allow for secure, web-based data access. ONC to define patient matching best practices Government Health IT also discusses the ONC’s new project, which seeks best practices for patient matching. With more patient-data matching, the ONC hopes to improve patient care at hospitals. There’s a Healthcare Piece to New iPhone The big news in the tech world this week is the unveiling of the new iPhone5S. According to Healthcare IT News, the new version also has a M7 “motion compressor” which could allow it to work as an mHealth device. Medical Practices Move Health IT to Cloud... read more
 

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
 

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