Spotlight on Analytics, Part 4 

Q & A with Gus Gilbertson, Product Manager for LUMEDX
Exploring CV Service Line Analytics Q: Where should heart hospitals begin if they want to start using data analytics? A: Digitization is the key. Start by identifying areas where paper continues to hide data rather than illuminate care process dynamics. For all digital information, build standards for producing and consuming data so that the data collected has meaning, and those who need the information have access and know what to do with the information available. Q: What unique challenges do heart hospitals face that can be addressed by healthcare analytics? A: Understanding biometrics, imaging data, labs, medications, process, and outcomes measures make for a richly complex set of data to leverage to drive value in cardiovascular care. Q: How can data analytics improve clinical care in a cardiology department? A: With good data governance, a cardiology department can efficiently care for a variety of patients. With well-controlled processes to ensure proper... read more
 
Posted by 07/12/2016 Categories: analytics healthcare analytics healthcare reform performance

Spotlight on Analytics, Part 3 

Q&A with Gus Gilbertson, LUMEDX Products Manager
Financial Impacts on Healthcare Q: What are some of the key financial challenges facing healthcare providers today? A: One of the big challenges is the rapid technology change from health tracking, diagnosis, and risk modelling. That, combined with growing care quality and population management solutions, will change the way we look at health. Q: What are the financial benefits of using data analytics for healthcare providers? A: The key financial benefits for providers are the ability to manage patient risk and tailor care plans more efficiently to improve patient health. Healthier patients will likely get better jobs and be able to afford more healthcare. (Who isn’t willing to spend on their family’s health?) Remember, value equals cost / quality, so lower cost increases value and higher quality increases value. The U.S. healthcare industry is spending a lot of time looking at value in recent years. Patients, too, are slowly shifting to an awareness that they need ... read more
 
Posted by 06/27/2016 Categories: analytics healthcare reform HIT

CVIS for management and analysis of cardiovascular data insights 

The CVIS: What It Is Today and Where It’s Headed It's no secret that healthcare in the United States is moving away from the fee-for-service model toward a value-based system that reimburses for positive health outcomes. The value of improved clinical outcomes is obvious—for patients, for providers, and for payers. As the healthcare industry shifts to value-based care, measuring and monitoring outcomes becomes increasingly important. Hospitals and payers must seek new and deeper ways to track performance. In the cardiovascular specialties, the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR®) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ (STS) national databases have set the standards for care for decades. The data sets required by the registries, and systems that have developed around managing that data, were the foundation of the original cardiovascular information management systems. Over time, Cardiovascular Information Systems (CVIS) grew to... read more
 
Posted by 06/06/2016 Categories: analytics

See you at ASE! 

Tell us what you're most looking forward to at this event
The 27th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), coming up June 10-14 in Seattle, will bring together practitioners and top luminaries from across the country. The event will include the Inaugural Echovation Challenge competition, designed to foster and showcase novel approaches, technologies, and processes in echocardiography—and featuring a cash prize. Other offerings at the event include: n Chalk Talks, an opportunity to get answers from experts in the field of echo in an intimate setting. n I ♥ Echo, a unique session allowing participants to practice all aspects of a focused cardiac ultrasound exam during the hands-on portion. n Science and Technology Theater’s industry-supported symposia sessions during all four lunch breaks n Posters featuring cutting-edge research on the latest advances in cardiovascular ultrasound or clinical cases illustrating evolutions in patient care Are you going to ASE? Comment below and let us... read more
 
Posted by 05/24/2016

Spotlight on Analytics 

The Role of Analytics in Healthcare
Industry Overview (continued) Q&A With Gus Gilbertson, Product Manager for LUMEDX Part 2 of our new series​. In this week’s installment, we continue our overview of the role of analytics in the healthcare industry. Q: There’s been an increased focus on big data in other industries recently. How is the healthcare industry responding? A: Data management is becoming an increasing focus in healthcare. Electronic Medical Records, HL-7 feeds, imaging systems, genomics, labs, and medications are all being gathered and increasingly mined for insight into health risks and outcomes. With the growing use of health, consumer, and business data--and shifts in regulatory guidelines, data governance and data resource management are growing in importance in healthcare. Q: How is the healthcare industry different from other industries when it comes to data analytics? A: In some ways, the EMR has been a black hole sucking in data for years, with limited options for analysis.... read more
 

Spotlight on Analytics 

With Gus Gilbertson, Product Manager for LUMEDX
Part 1 of our new series, Spotlight on Analytics Industry Overview Q: What are some of the challenges the healthcare industry is facing today? A: Population management initiatives, service bundling programs, payor and provider consolidation, expanding regulatory oversite, an aging population, and expanding quality initiatives – all are increasing value in the U.S. healthcare industry, stretching resources, but also reducing competition. At the same time, increased healthcare coverage has increased the number of paying customers in the industry. The growing focus on risk promises to change care planning for patients with diverse health profiles, but requires new ways of looking at patient care. In addition, the increased availability of basic health monitoring data to individuals is helping people manage their health, but incentives for lifestyle change are still evolving. Telehealth is becoming an important healthcare/population health management tool that will likely... read more
 
Posted by 05/05/2016 Categories: analytics health information technology HIT

The Best of Health IT News: Week of 4/18/16 

We've found the stories you won't want to miss!
ACA, population health will be game changers in next three years, say hospital execs C-suite leaders predict that their most important areas of focus in the next three years will be high-value post-acute care networks and innovative approaches to care delivery, according to Premier Inc.'s spring Economic Outlook. The impact that the Affordable Care Act and population health management will have on care delivery is the reason these areas of focus will be so important, executives say. "About 95 percent said expanding high-value post-acute care networks is crucial to population health efforts," FierceHealthcare reports. "In addition, 94 percent said such networks are one of their greatest challenges." ACC notifies 1,400 institutions of potential data breach More than 1,000 institutions have been notified by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) that patient data from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) might have been breached. "After discovering the issue in... read more
 

The Best of Cardio and Health IT News: 4/14/16 

News stories you won't want to miss!
Higher patient ratings equal fewer readmissions, lower mortality The scores patients assign their hospitals appear to correspond with the quality of the hospitals' patient outcomes, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers analyzed the scores patients assigned to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' star-rating system for more than 3,000 hospitals. Hospitals' star ratings were inversely proportional to their rates of death within a month of discharge. Hospitals reap $1.6M from specialists, including cardiologists While the average primary care physician is generating less income for hospitals ($1.4 million in 2016 versus $1.56 million in 2013), that’s offset by specialist doctors, whose contribution to hospital revenues jumped 14% to $1.6 million, compared with $1.42 million three years ago. Among specialists, orthopedic physicians bring in the most business ($2.75 million each), followed by invasive cardiologists ($2.45 million) and ... read more
 

The Best of Cardio and Health IT News: Week of 3/28/16 

A sampling of this week's healthcare stories that you won't want to miss. Female cardiologists remain underrepresented, report more work-life challenges than men Two decades have brought little change for women in cardiology, according to a new study. Women account for only 20 percent of cardiologists who see adult patients, and are more likely than their male counterparts to face professional discrimination. Study eases concerns about antidepressants and cardiovascular risk Patients who take antidepressants are not increasing their risk of arrhythmia, MI, stroke or transient ischemic attack, according to new study. Prior research had suggested a link between depression and negative cardiovascular outcomes. ACC honors 18 people for their contributions to cardiology Eighteen people have been selected for a Distinguished Award from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The recipients will receive their awards on April 4 during the ACC’s annual scientific session... read more
 

The Best of Health IT News: Week of 3/21/16 

Interoperability, EHRs, McKesson layoffs and more
EHRs: Interoperability is all the rage. Why don't we have it? Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell recently announced that HHS is behind a major push to achieve interoperability of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). "Companies that provide 90 percent of EHRs used by U.S. hospitals, including Epic and athenahealth, have agreed to increase patient access, no information blocking, and adoption of federally recognized interoperability standards," reports Healthcare Dive. But will those goals improve patient care and EHR workflow? McKesson announces layoffs, to shed 1,600 U.S. employees McKesson plans to lay off about 1,600 employees, or about 4 percent of its U.S. workforce. The restructuring move is predicted to cost the company $300 million to $330 million. AHIMA petitions White House on national patient identifier The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is petitioning the White House to recognize the need for a national... read more