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 Improvement

According to Modern Healthcare, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is looking to transition away from requiring healthcare providers to meet a specific batch of clinical quality measures, and instead wants to focus on a flexible approach and credits providers for their own quality-improvement programs. 

GS1-128 Barcodes: Are You Ready? 

LUMEDX trainer John Nicholls discusses the industry's move to GS1-128 barcodes, sometimes known as "healthcare barcodes." These barcodes have become the standard for healthcare inventory management because they allow manufacturers to include data such as item number, expiration dates, and batch or lot numbers.