Posts in Category: HIT

A Technology Recipe for Service Line Excellence 

by Gus Gilbertson
In November, LUMEDX Business Analyst Gus Gilbertson spoke at the HIMSS NW Technology and Education Conference in Bellevue, Washington. Here, he shares some tips from his presentation about how healthcare providers can best leverage their technology investments in order to achieve service line excellence. Read on for tips and watch the full presentation here. To achieve service line excellence, top heart hospitals need access to a broad set of information that will allow them to monitor and act on performance metrics in real-time. Hospitals can manage and transform both clinical and business performance by leveraging analytics, which allows them to understand their data, make changes, and achieve collaborative improvement over time. In my experience, a key part of achieving excellence depends on making the most out of your hospital’s technology. Below, I’ve outlined step-by-step recommendations for cardiology departments seeking to optimize their overall performance. 1.... read more
 
02/05/2015 Categories: analytics healthcare analytics HIT

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: EHR health IT HIT hospital management ICD-10

Best of Health IT News: Week of 01/08/15 

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. $6.5 Billion Flows Into Digital Health in 2014 FierceHealthIT reports that during the year 2014, investors poured a record $6.5 billion into digital health ventures. This was an increase of 125% from 2013. The top investment areas included diagnostics, consumer health, practice management, and workflows. EHRs Threaten Confidentiality of Adolescent Healthcare Researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health have published a paper that discusses how EHRs can threat the confidentiality of adolescents. There is the possibility of disclosure to parents of health information that the minor would prefer to keep private. Also, because many teens are unable to pay for out-of-pocket costs, the explanation of benefits related to insurance may be sent to parents while patients are... read more
 
01/08/2015 Categories: HIT

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/18/14 

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. Dell Study: Global Healthcare IT Leaders Eye Cloud According to Executive Biz, a survey conducted by Dell on global technology adoption has found that a majority of IT decision-makers at midside healthcare organizations have either adopted or are planning to adopt cloud computing. Reasons cited for moving to the cloud include cost efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, and data center optimization. Meaningful Use Numbers Show Signs of Life, Groups Still Lobby for Relief Healthcare IT News reports that although Stage 2 meaningful use numbers have gone up, many providers are still struggling and have requested a shorter 90-day reporting period. The data shows that more than half of eligible providers will face penalties in 2015. Hospital-Acquired Conditions Mean Medicare Penalties for 700-Plus... read more
 
12/18/2014 Categories: CMS EHR HHS HIT 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
 

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
 

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

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
 

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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