Best of Health IT News: Week of 07/17/14 

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. 83% of Healthcare Organizations are Using Cloud-Based Apps Today Forbes reports that an overwhelming of healthcare provider organizations report that they are now using cloud services. The data was taken from a HIMSS Analytics' survey of cloud computing adoption, and found that most healthcare organizations are using SaaS-based applications. CDC Patience With Errors From Lab Use of EHRs Growing Thin The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expressed concerns about errors from EHR use, including hospitals' use of outdated software, lack of consistent codes, and a lack of a central data repository. Why 'Systems Engineering' is Crucial to Healthcare Delivery Transformation A recent report from the President's Council of Advisors on Sicence and Technology (PCAST) cites the... read more
 
07/17/2014

Best of Health IT News: Week of 06/19/14 

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. Patient Engagement Tools Among IT Most Anticipated by Hospital CIOs Fierce Health IT reports that hospital CIOs are most excited about the integration of mobile healthcare capabilities for patients. CIOs state that patient engagement tools that can put health information into patients' hands quickly are critical in getting patients more involved in their care. Report Predicts Rapid Growth in U.S. Healthcare IT Market Business Solutions reports that the recent "U.S. Healthcare IT Market Outlook 2018" reveals that the U.S. healthcare IT market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of almost 20 percent from 2014 to 2018. This rapid growth is driven by introduction of new products, government support, and declining implementation costs. ONC Looks to New, More Flexible Approach on EHR Quality... read more
 
06/19/2014

GS1-128 Barcodes: Are You Ready?  

By John Nicholls
GS1-128 barcodes, sometimes referred to as “healthcare barcodes,” are quickly becoming the standard for inventory product management. This industry shift has been brewing for some time now, although many vendors have been inconsistent in terms of conversion. Most vendors use Code 3 of 9 (codes that typically have a plus symbol in the front), UPC formats, or other types of barcode configurations. The GS1-128 barcode is the industry standard because it allows manufacturers to include a variety of data aside from the item number for inventory tracking and management. Users can view expiration dates, batch or lot numbers, and other critical information. LUMEDX’s inventory solution has used the GS1-128 format for years, ensuring that our customers are able to track the full inventory information that they need. Our solution currently supports the item number (GTIN) portion of the GS1-128 barcode. To start using GS1-128 barcodes, you can install an updated support module – at no... read more
 
06/17/2014

Best of Health IT News: Week of 06/12/14 

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. EHR Incentive Cash Climbs to $24B According to Healthcare IT News, EHR incentive payouts have grown to $23.7 billion. As of 2013, only 3 percent of eligible providers in the U.S. have not signed up to participate in the meaningful use program. ONC Interoperability Roadmap Cites Privacy, Security Needs A story in Health IT Security reports that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a new report: "Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Ten Year Vision to Achieve Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure." In it, the ONC reveals that it plans to use clinicians, hospitals, vendors, individuals, and other stakeholders to help create the standards for efficient health information flow across different networks. Telehealth Gets Big Boost from... read more
 
06/12/2014

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/29/14 

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. Former ONC Official: "Reboot" HITECH FierceHealthIT reports that John Loonsk, former director of interoperability and standards at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health It, has called for a "reboot" of HITECH efforts. Healthcare's New Friend: Avatars According to Information Week, healthcare providers are now using avatars in videos, portals, and other educational and support materials for patients and their families. The avatars are designed to present healthcare information in a way that is more accessible, effective, and approachable. Docs Turn Progress Notes on Their Heads Healthcare IT News explores the increasing trend towards doctors adopting the "APSO note" plan for electronic health records. This method rearranges the format so that it follows -- Assessment, Plan,... read more
 
05/29/2014 Categories: hospital management

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 04/03/14 

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. Smart Data Key to Patient Engagement Healthcare IT News reports on how data can open new paths in communication between patients and providers. This enables care coordination, paving the way toward population health and giving providers more insight into into chronic patient management -- and how to tailor treatments and drive behavior change. Highlights from the American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting In Harvard Health Publications, Executive Editor Julie Corliss highlights the top news coming out of the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting. She discusses how since 1950, death rates from cardiovascular disease have been reduced by 70%, and summarizes two promising studies that were presented at the meeting. ACC.14: ACC President Touts IT Progress Cardiovascular Business... read more
 
04/03/2014