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

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 EHRs Hospital Management

LUMEDX CVIS Success at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital 

The following in an excerpt from the case study, “OhioHealth Marion General Hospital Improves Data Quality, Optimizes Care with LUMEDX Cardiology Software.” Download the full case study here. Implementing a consolidated data repository has not just made it easier for software users at Marion General Hospital to access CV service line information. It has also paved the way for the creation of specialized reports that support the hospital’s quality improvement initiatives. “[The]Administration and physicians often ask me to run a report, and I never know what kind of request I’m going to get,” says Amy Morris, Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital. “With LUMEDX, I know that I can go in and run any kind of report that they want.” Amy uses LUMEDX’s Apollo Clinical Data Repository to create reports on a number of topics, including: Volumes (by procedure, physician, and county) Mortality... read more
 
12/16/2014

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
 
12/11/2014 Categories: CMS EHRs Health IT

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/04/14 

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. U.S. Hospitals Make Fewer Serious Errors; 50,000 Lives Saved Reuters reports that according to a recent government study, U.S. hospitals committed 17% fewer medical errors in 2013 than in 2010, therefore saving approximately 50,000 lives. The report also found that 1.3 million fewer patients suffered from a hospital-acquired condition in 2013 than in 2010, thus leading to savings of $12 billion from avoidable costs. Coordination of Heart Attack Care Trims Time to Treatment: Study An initiative coordinated through Duke University called Mission: Lifeline has found that improving the coordination between paramedics and hospitals can reduce heart attack deaths by nearly fivefold. The study found that 2.3% patients who waited less than 30 minutes in an emergency room for treatment died, as opposed... read more
 
12/04/2014

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/20/14 

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. ONC Plots Quality Improvement Plan Government Health IT reports that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has developed a decade-long vision for continuous quality improvement in health information technology. US Healthcare Cloud Market to Reach $3.5B by 2020 RevCycle Intelligence cites a recent report from Frost & Sullivan stating that the healthcare cloud market in the US and Europe is one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare IT investment. As of the end of 2013, the US healthcare cloud market has generated $903.1 million in revenue. Potential Pitfalls in CMS' New Telehealth Reimbursement Codes According to mHealthNews, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced seven new codes for reimbursing telehealth... read more
 
11/20/2014

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/06/14 

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. Future Points to Healthcare IT as a Service According to CIO Magazine, a recent MeriTalk report has found that healthcare providers are increasingly adopting the "SMAC stack" -- a combination of social, mobile, analytics, and cloud technology. The report points to healthcare providers using analytics in order to reduce readmissions and complete risk analysis. Healthcare IT: User Empathy Comes First In InformationWeek, Todd Dunn argues that in order for healthcare IT vendors to succeed, they must approach software design with customer empathy in mind. Some questions that he recommends that vendors ask themselves include: "What do customers think and feel? What are their major concerns and worries?" and "What are their major pains?" Large Organizations Press on with ICD-10; Worries Plague... read more
 
11/06/2014 Categories: Analytics

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
 
10/30/2014 Categories: EHRs Health IT

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: EHRs

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