Posts From September, 2013

Best of Health IT News: Week of 9/26/13 

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.

Doctors spending more money on IT

According to Healthcare Finance News, doctors are spending more money on healthcare IT purchases. The amount of expenditures in medical practices has gone up 27.8 percent since 2008, according to a study by the Medical Group Management Association.  

FDA to Regulate Medical Apps that Imitate Devices

This past Monday, the FDA released a 43-page document that guides developers of medical apps on how to stay within the parameters of safety. This has been put into place to address concerns about mobile apps that monitor user health and offer medical advice.

A Chat With Dr. Farzad Mostashari – Head of ONC

In Forbes, we see an interview with Dr. Farzad Mostashari where he discusses topics including his legacy at the ONC, the ONC’s future, The Affordable Care Act, and the progress that is being made in terms fo interoperability.

Healthcare data exchange mired in paper

According to Healthcare IT News, healthcare information exchange organizations often continue to use paper and fax to share data among hospitals. A new HIMSS report urges organizations to integrate HIE strategies with their output/print environments.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 2:53:00 PM Categories: analytics data EHR health IT HIT industry news

LUMEDX in Boston 

We've been in Boston this week for a Regional Training and the LUMEDX Annual User Group Conference prior to STS AQO meeting. These past few days have provided a chance for us to reconnect with our wonderful clients, and we took some photos of LUMEDX employees and clients hard at work. As LUMEDX Senior Education Trainer John Nicholls puts it, "We are so grateful to have clients like Boston Medical Center to partner with as we provide educational opportunities to our users!" 
 

Until next time!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 3:25:00 PM Categories: Lumedx Users photos

Healthcare IT: Looking to the Future 

By Gus Gilbertson and David Wayne

In honor of National Health IT Week, we would like to examine the value of investing in healthcare IT as we look to the future of healthcare. Technology has already changed the way that many other industries – from retail, to customer service, to publishing – operate and engage with customers. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that technology is currently disrupting the healthcare industry and giving care providers a way to improve operations and quality of care.

As the healthcare landscape continues to shift, providers are being prompted to adopt more evidence-based systems. Healthcare providers need accurate, comprehensive data that can be made readily available for government payers, insurers, registries, and other parties in order to remain competitive and maximize reimbursements. With healthcare IT solutions, care providers have an efficient way to disseminate and access patient information. Using a computer-based system as opposed to a paper-based one also significantly reduces the risk of adverse events.

In addition, healthcare IT solutions provide real-time insight into patient care for clinicians, staff members, and patients. As consultants, we have worked closely with healthcare providers who are surprised when they find out how much useful knowledge can be derived from their facility’s existing data. With easily accessible and comprehensive data at their fingertips, providers can spot and understand trends in their current programs. And armed with this knowledge, healthcare providers can then make the informed decisions necessary to improve clinical and operational performance.

It is clear to us that the healthcare IT industry is here for the long term, and we consider revolutionary healthcare IT solutions positive opportunities for the healthcare industry. The use of innovative technology in healthcare is driving improved efficiency and quality of care, and has enabled providers to make data-driven changes for their patient populations and care processes. It is critical that government agencies, care providers, vendors, and other stakeholders continue to work hand in hand as we deliver the next generation healthcare IT industry solutions and continue to improve the patient care experience.

To learn more about the LUMEDX Consulting Group, visit our website here 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 9/19/13 

Happy National Health IT Week! There are plenty of healthcare IT related stories on the Web this week, so we’ve captured the top industry news that you won’t want to miss. And if you’re looking for ways you can participate in National Health IT Week, check out yesterday’s blog post here.

3 ways FCC is fostering telemedicine

Government Health IT covers the ways in which the Federal Communications Commission is supporting telemedicine technologies, including allocating more money to rural providers for broadband services so that they can reach more patients.

ONC: HIE governance framework puts emphasis on trust

FierceEMR covers an announcement from the ONC that it will continue to make “trust” a priority as it supports HIE governance.

EHRs Are Not a “Digital Menace”

InformationWeek tackles the misconception that EHR systems are more dangerous for patients than paper files. According to a recent report, 0.2% of adverse events involve healthcare IT systems as opposed to 2.9% when paper files are used.

An industry retrospective demands a call to action

In response to National Health IT Week, mHealthNews has published a “call to action” for the healthcare IT industry with a look at several challenges that have contributed to the strain that hospitals and health systems are facing.

Mostashari Reflects on Tenure at ONC

In iHealthBeat, Farzad Mostashari reflects on his work at the ONC, and gives advice to his successor. He also discusses his decision to step down and what he plans to do in the future.    

National Health IT Week – September 16-20, 2013 

You may have noticed the use of the following logo floating around these past few days and wondered what it represents. We even have it as the current profile picture for our Twitter handle here.

That’s because this week (September 16-20, 2013) marks the eighth year of National Health IT Week. National Health IT Week is an annual event put on by a collaborative group of healthcare providers, government agencies, insurance companies, research foundations, and healthcare IT vendors to address the growing role of technology in healthcare.

The official National Health IT Week website states that: “Comprehensive health care reform is not possible without system-wide adoption of health information technology, which improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.”

So how can you get involved?

  • Educate yourself about the healthcare IT climate and current policies and stories. We have a weekly news round-up here.
  • Participate in the HIMSS Value of Health IT Twitter Chat this Friday, Sept. 20 at 12 noon ET. Details here.
  • Look up more National Health IT Week news by searching for the hashtag #NHITweek on social media.

How is your organization celebrating National Health IT Week this year?

Best of Health IT News: Week of 9/12/13 

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.

Healthcare cloud changing “with a vengeance”

Government Health IT reports on the changing climate when it comes to cloud computing in healthcare, as more and more care providers adopt innovative technologies that allow for secure, web-based data access.

ONC to define patient matching best practices

Government Health IT also discusses the ONC’s new project, which seeks best practices for patient matching. With more patient-data matching, the ONC hopes to improve patient care at hospitals.

There’s a Healthcare Piece to New iPhone

The big news in the tech world this week is the unveiling of the new iPhone5S. According to Healthcare IT News, the new version also has a M7 “motion compressor” which could allow it to work as an mHealth device.

Medical Practices Move Health IT to Cloud

According to InformationWeek, medical practices are increasingly looking to adopt cloud-based EHRs. A Black Book survey showed that most hospitals and physicians are seeking to upgrade to new software.

How UPMC Plays to Win in Healthcare IT

InformationWeek interviews UPMC CIO Dan Drawbaugh on how the company is working to improve operations at its hospitals by prioritizing healthcare IT. The company looks to find technology that meets the needs of each service line.  

Heart Failure Management at St. Peter's Hospital  

 

Monday, September 09, 2013 10:50:00 AM

Best of Health IT News: Week of 9/5/13 

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.

3 Ways to Foster Healthcare Innovation

The editors at InformationWeek discuss how organizations can foster a culture of innovation within a healthcare environment. The article also addresses the challenges of doing so in a complex regulatory landscape.

White paper says FDA should change to keep pace with health IT

According to iHealthBeat, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm recently submitted a 12-page white paper to the ONC that suggested the FDA “adopt significant fundamental changes to keep pace with medicine and technology.”

National Health IT week to draw hundreds

September 16-20, 2013 will mark the 8th annual National Health IT Week. According to Healthcare IT News, the event already has 300 sponsoring organizations and will focus on how health IT can support healthcare transformation.

Docs flock to cloud to save bottom line

Also in Healthcare IT News, a new survey finds that 87% of all physician practices agree that their billing and collections systems need upgrading, and would like to move to a product that is accessible through the cloud on any browser or device.

Cloud computing reduces HIPAA compliance risk in managing genomic data

According to Healthcare IT News, cloud-based solutions actually help healthcare organizations reduce their compliance risk. With cloud-based solutions, computer and storage resources are instantly available and on demand. 

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