Posts From February, 2015

Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/26/15 

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.

ICD-10 Propels CAC Market to Reach $3.5B by 2019 

EHR Intelligence reports that the computer-assisted coding (CAC) market has grown as the ICD-10 transition in October approaches. CACs are instrumental in helping the accuracy of patient data in EHRs by reducing coding errors, and the market is projected to grow to $3.5B by 2019. 

FDA Calls for Medical Device Oversight

According to Healthcare IT News, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has commissioned a report by the Brookling Institution that calls for the formation of a national surveillance system for medical devices. The report states that the surveillance system would be a part of the emerging national health information infrastructure and would use data captured as an integral part of care to generate information about medical devices. 

CMS Animates ICD-10, Videos Explore Coding Changes 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delivered a series of videos designed to help explain changes in ICD-10 coding to doctors and consumers. The switch to ICD-10 for diagnostic and billing codes is scheduled to happen on Oct. 1, 2015. 

Infographic - Human Error Causes Alarming Rise in Data Breaches 

An infographic by Egress Software Technologies shows that 94% of data breaches are caused by human error. An ICO FOI request carried out by the company also shows that there has been a 44% increase in data breaches in the healthcare sector between April-June 2014 as compared with April-June 2013. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/19/15 

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.

Big Data Redefines the Traditional Scientific Methods Used in Medicine 

Tech Republic reports that with the rise of big data in healthcare, medical professionals can now turn to shared information to understand experiences and outcomes -- and to inform their own treatment decisions. Some hospitals, like Cleveland Clinic, are already using big data and analytics on a regular basis. 

CMS Approves Transitional Payment for DCB in Outpatient Settings 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved a transitional pass-through patient for IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon for the treatment of peripheral artery disease in outpatient settings. CMS stated that the "use of the new device significantly improves clinical outcomes for a patient population as compared to currently available treatments." 

History of Value-Based, Accountable Care Models at CMS 

RevCycle Intelligence reports on the history of value-based, accountable care models that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented. For example, the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program is designed to provide a snapshot of how hospitals are performing on quality indicators including patient care, quality, efficiency, and more. 

Study: HIEs Help Reduce Repeat Imaging 

According to Healthcare Dive, the use of HIEs can significantly reduce duplicate testing by 25%. This was found in a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care, which noted that medical imaging tests are frequently repeated due to lack of access to previous images.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:04:00 PM Categories: analytics health IT healthcare analytics healthcare today HIE HIT ICD-10 industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/12/15 

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.

Analytics Predict Which Patients Will Suffer Post-Surgical Infections 

The Wall Street Journal reports that the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has reduced its rate of surgical infections by using predictive analytics. By the end of 2014, the healthcare provider saw a 58% decrease over two years for patients who had undergone colon surgery. 

Few Patients Use IT Tools to Access Health Data, Survey Finds 

According to a survey conducted by Salesforce, 21% of patients are currently using the Web to access their health data. Furthermore, 36% of respondents said that they use electronic health records to keep track of their information, whereas 28% rely on a paper record. 

Analytics a Top Priority for Majority of Healthcare Companies in 2015

A new report by CDW has found that the majority of healthcare organizations name analytics as one of their top three priorities for the year. The factors driving analytics adoption include: the rising cost of healthcare, Medicare/EHR incentive programs, and accountable care. 82% of survey respondents said that using analytics helps to improve patient care. 

Friday, February 13, 2015 1:18:00 PM Categories: analytics health IT healthcare analytics healthcare today HIT ICD-10 industry news

A Technology Recipe for Service Line Excellence 

by Gus Gilbertson

In November, LUMEDX Business Analyst Gus Gilbertson spoke at the HIMSS NW Technology and Education Conference in Bellevue, Washington. Here, he shares some tips from his presentation about how healthcare providers can best leverage their technology investments in order to achieve service line excellence.

Read on for tips and watch the full presentation here.

To achieve service line excellence, top heart hospitals need access to a broad set of information that will allow them to monitor and act on performance metrics in real-time. Hospitals can manage and transform both clinical and business performance by leveraging analytics, which allows them to understand their data, make changes, and achieve collaborative improvement over time. 

In my experience, a key part of achieving excellence depends on making the most out of your hospital’s technology. Below, I’ve outlined step-by-step recommendations for cardiology departments seeking to optimize their overall performance. 

1. Start with flexible data architecture.

2. Use workflow management tools and interfaces to integrate your data. By integrating your data, you achieve comprehensive control over your cardiovascular service line’s information, increased data integrity, and more streamlined workflow.

3. Integrate benchmarking statistics. Combining benchmarking statistics and your reporting processes allows management to better track and manage your hospital’s performance goals. I also recommend using color-coded performance statistics in order to save valuable time and make it easier to understand your data.

Color-coded markers in the HealthView Analytics Service Line Dashboard enable users to understand performance at-a-glance.

4. Provide stakeholders with analytics tools. Using sophisticated analytics allows you to set and track objectives, identify trends and root causes, improve patient care, and better understand your hospital’s performance.

Above all, I recommend collaborating with stakeholders. Only in taking the time to communicate about performance will you find yourself on the path to excellence.

View the rest of the presentation here.

We’d like to hear from you! How else can cardiovascular service lines improve their overall performance? Let us know in the comments below.

Thursday, February 05, 2015 9:58:00 AM Categories: analytics healthcare analytics HIT Lumedx LUMEDX Consulting Group video
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