Posts From October, 2014

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 workforce in each state. The tool can be used to identify health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, and more. 

36 Positive Signs of Health IT Adoption Progress

This month, the ONC and HHS submitted their annual report to Congress that highlights the progress and accomplishments currently advancing healthcare IT adoption. Some of the signs identified in the report include increased EHR system adoption, additional rural community support, and increased health information exchange among physicians. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/23/14 

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.

EHR Vendors See Heightened Role in Ebola Fight

Health Data Management reports on the current Ebola crisis and how electronic health vendors are playing a bigger role than ever before. EHRs are a valuable tool in terms of screening suspected Ebola patients because the workflow can be customized to ask detailed questions about travel history, exposure to rodents, and more.

4 Goals of the Federal Health IT Safety Center

According to FierceHealthIT, the new federal health information technology safety center has recently published its four goals in a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The goals include: creating a nationwide HIT-related patient safety surveillance system, developing methods and governance structure to investigate major HIT-related safety events, creating infrastructure and methods for the assessment of large healthcare systems, and advocating for healthcare IT safety.

The Big Data Shift from Predictive to Prescriptive Analytics

Government Health IT predicts that big data will play an increasingly vital role in healthcare, including supporting the shift from predicting to prescribing. Healthcare providers should be able to use data analytics to predict certain factors (such as readmission rates),but they also need to be able to use this insight in a prescriptive way.

Global Telehealth Market to Reach $43.3B by 2019, Report Finds

iHealthBeat reports that the global market for telehealth technology is skyrocketing, and is projected to reach $43.4 billion by 2019. This figure is from a report by BCC Research, which believes that “the growing adoption of telemedicine services is expected to significantly impact larger markets such as health care, health insurance, home care, telecommunications, networking, disease management, e-health and health care IT.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:45:00 AM Categories: industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/16/14 

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.

Medicare Fines Record Number of Hospitals for Excessive Readmissions

NPR reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has reported that over the next year, 2,610 hospitals will lose some payments due to readmissions. In the three years since hospitals have started facing penalties under the Affordable Care Act, this year represents the highest penalties: up to 3% of Medicare bills. 

Health Groups Urge Changes to Meaningful Use Program

Several health care groups, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the Medical Group Management Association, have addressed a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell calling for changes to the meaningful use program that would reflect a greater focus on interoperability. 

Health IT Funding Reaches $956M in Q3 2014, Report Finds 

According to a recent report from Mercom Capital Group, venture capital funding for healthcare IT companies reached $956M in Q3 2014. This is down from Q2 2014, when funding for healthcare IT reached a staggering $1.8 billion across 161 deals. 

Healthcare IT News Unveils 2014 Best Hospital IT Department Winners

Healthcare IT News has released its winners for the 2014 "Best Hospital IT Departments" program. The award recognizes hospitals and healthcare systems that provide a positive hospital IT workplace. This year's top winner is Meridian Health System in Neptune, New Jersey. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/09/14 

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.

Groups React to New Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Deadline

According to iHealthBeat, many groups have reacted positively to CMS' decision to reopen the submission period for hardship exception applications for the meaningful use program. Eligible hospitals and providers can now file for hardship exceptions until Nov. 30. The previous deadlines were July 1 for eligible providers and April 1 for eligible hospitals. 

Reform Update: 1% of Patients Account for 22.7% of Spending, AHRQ 

A recent Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report finds that hospitals and providers seeking to lower healthcare costs need to look at the most costly patients. The costliest  1% of patients account for 22.7% of total expenses, while the top 5% account for half of overall spending. 

Telemedicine Poised for Tipping Point Despite Remaining Hurdles  

Fierce Health IT reports on a recent U.S. News and World Report Hospitals of Tomorrow Conference, during which many panelists stated that the healthcare industry has reached a tipping point for telemedicine. Despite barriers such as billing, reimbursement, and licensure, telemedicine is becoming increasingly prevalent. 

Bad EHR Workflow Played Role in Ebola Patient's Release 

According to CIO, bad EHR workflow did play a role in the case of Thomas Eric Duncan, the man with the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States, being released from Texas Health Presbyterian on September 26. This was partially due to the fact that the nurse and physician workflows were separate. 

Thursday, October 09, 2014 11:30:00 AM Categories: EHR health IT healthcare today industry news
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