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: EHRs

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: EHRs

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
02/12/2014 Categories: Best Practices Health IT Heart Health

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 01/23/14 

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. Survey says: EHR incentive program is on track According to the annual National Ambulatory Medical Care Surgery, numbers are on track for EHR adoption. Nearly 80% of office-based physicians now use an electronic health record system, and almost 70% of office-based physicians noted intent to participate in the EHR incentive program. 3 Trends are Reshaping Healthcare IT Information Week reports on three current trends that are shaping healthcare IT today, including: gaming (as a means of improving patient fitness and cognitive health), telehealth, and health-specific social networks. Health data security improves despite IT lagging behind other sectors SearchHealthIT reports on how even though the technology in health IT can be lagging in some areas, data security -- which is driven by... read more
01/23/2014 Categories: EHRs ONC

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
01/09/2014 Categories: Best Practices EHRs Health IT

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 May Drive Up Costs CBS reports that the problems with the website... read more
12/19/2013 Categories: Best Practices EHRs Health IT

Learn with LUMEDX  

Sally Carter, Senior Technical Writer, LUMEDX Today we spoke to Sally Carter, Senior Technical Writer at LUMEDX, about the LUMEDX CVIS e-learning initiative. Hi Sally! How are you involved with e-learning for LUMEDX clients? I’m on the Product Documentation team at LUMEDX and wear two hats – Senior Technical Writer and Instructional Designer. I am primarily responsible for organizing the e-learning initiative at LUMEDX and created the set of materials now available on My Documentation colleagues and I work together with the training group and other experts to create content that will provide value to our clients. What e-learning opportunities does LUMEDX offer? Currently we offer registry training for ACC, STS, ACC to STS cross-population, and registry updates. We also offer training on STEMI data entry, which was created in response to a customer request. In early 2014, we are planning to release e-learning on interfaces, and training... read more
12/05/2013 Categories: LUMEDX Users

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/14/13 

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. Meaningful Use Payouts Top $16.5 Billion FierceEMR reports that over 325,000 unique providers have received incentives of more than $16.5 billion in payouts. Participation in the Meaningful Use incentive program continues to grow. Why Integrating EMRs and digital images is an ethical and practical imperative Radiologist Dr. Andrew Litt talks about why he believes that improving access to patient information and unifying the patient record across different authorized caregivers will improve patient care. Experts Reshape Treatment Guide for Cholesterol The New York Times covers one of the top healthcare stories of this week, which is that the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have released updated guidelines on statins use to reduce the risk of heart attack... read more
11/14/2013 Categories: Mobile Devices