Posts From November, 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 services. Although this is generally considered a step in the right direction, analysts state that this could potentially lead to misaligned incentives among payers, providers, physicians, and patients. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014 9:06:00 AM Categories: industry news

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

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.

Nine in 10 Providers Pursuing Telemedicine, Despite Hurdles - Health IT Stays High on Agenda at AMA Meeting

According to Politico, telemedicine continues to grow amongst healthcare providers. Nine in 10 provider have begun developing or implementing a telemedicine program, and 64% already provide remote patient monitoring services. 

Report: EHRs Could Save Health Industry Up to $78B Over Five Years

According to iHealthBeat, a recent Juniper Research report has found that electronic health records could save the health care industry up to $78 billion over the next five years. 

Health Providers are Embracing Value-Based Care: Survey 

Medical Marketing & Media reports that of a survey of senior executives at 115 payers and 350 healthcare providers, the lack of clinician engagement was cited as the top concern. The survey also found that 90% of payers and 81% of providers now use value-based reimbursements (VBR) combined with fee-for-service. 

AMA Wants Penalties Removed from MU 

At the American Medical Association's Interim Meeting, the group called for penalties to be abolished from meaningful use. The AMA argues instead that the program should be reframed to focus more on interoperability. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014 2:04:00 PM Categories: industry news

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 Smaller Groups 

FierceHealthIT reports that according to an AHIMA survey, healthcare organizations are now preparing for testing and switching to ICD-10. However, smaller providers still anticipate difficulties. The survey also found that 70% of providers have planned additional training and practice in order to transition staff into using the new code set. 

Using Clinical Data Analytics to Support your Clients' Most Important Goals

In Business Solutions, Megan Williams discusses ways in which healthcare providers can use clinical data analytics in order to support their goals. These uses include supporting goals such as: clinician engagement, organizational information governance, and improving quality measures for accountable care and reporting. 

Thursday, November 06, 2014 10:43:00 AM Categories: analytics data ICD-10 industry news
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