Posts in Category: health IT

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/19/13 

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. 

My Favorite Health IT Quotes of 2013 

Healthcare Informatics Contributing Editor David Raths compiles a list of his favorite moments in healthcare IT in 2013. One favorite quote was Farzad Mostashari's statement that "...Our longer term vision is that every healthcare interaction benefits from all the world's knowledge." 

Healthcare analytics market growth to skyrocket

FierceHealthIT reports on a new report from MarketsandMarkets that projects that the global healthcare analytics market will be worth more than $21 billion by 2020. Federal mandates, technological advances, increased healthcare IT adoption, and venture capital investments are cited as strong market drivers.

Continued Troubles with May Drive Up Costs

CBS reports that the problems with the website may lead to higher prices for many Americans if the technical problems deter young people from signing up. Enrollment continues to lag behind in projections, and more younger, healthier customers are needed in order to address an age imbalance. 

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

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. 

Government Health IT Report Expected Early 2014 

According to MedPage Today, a strategy report from the FDA, ONC, and the Federal Communications Commission will come out next year with recommendations on promoting innovation in health information technology. 

Stakeholders Continue to Comment on New Meaningful Use Timeline

On Friday, December 8, 2013, CMS revised the meaningful use timeline to extend Stage 2 through 2016, and to have Stage 3 begin in 2017 for health care providers who have completed at least two years of Stage 2. Stakeholders such as the AMA, AHA, and various vendors have weighed in with their opinions on the delay. 

mHealth, Cloud Computing to Dominate Healthcare in 2014

Fierce Mobile Healthcare predicts that mobile health and cloud computing will be the top trends for healthcare in 2014. According to a study by research firm Frost & Sullivan, " more healthcare IT and patient monitoring tools are integrated, every hospital facility will eventually have to acquire a fully-enterprise wireless solution." 

Whopping $17B Paid Out So Far for MU 

Healthcare IT News reports that the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs have paid out $17 billion to eligible hospitals and healthcare providers. The incentive program's goal is to speed adoption of EHRs within healthcare facilities. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/21/13 

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. 

ACA, Health IT Changing Job Landscape 

Healthcare IT News reports on how the Affordable Care Act and the adoption of healthcare IT has changed the job landscape by opening up more positions for records technicians, medical assistants, patient navigators, and other frontline and nonclinical positions in the healthcare industry. 

The Golden Age of Healthcare Informatics? 

InformationWeek discusses the proliferation of healthcare informatics use, and how more and more providers are switching to electronic systems. The article identifies areas in which healthcare IT vendors, planners, managers, and developers should be focused. 

How federal cybersecurity measures can apply to healthcare 

Government Health IT reports on the issue of security within the healthcare industry. According to a 2012 study from the Ponemon Institute, 94% of healthcare organizations have reported at least one HIPAA breach. Because of this, healthcare organizations need to be proactive and perform audits and assessments. 

California EHR Adoption Increasing, but Other Health IT Use Lagging 

A report from the California HealthCare Foundation found that the number of doctors in California using EHRs increased from 37% in 2008 to 59% in 2013. However, only 30% of hospitals have EHRs that meet all the 12 requirements of meaningful use. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 11/7/13 

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. 

And don't forget to register for our upcoming webinar: "Cloud-based Analytics for Performance Improvement -- Reports from the Field." The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 14 at 1pm Eastern time. 

CMS CIO Steps Down 

In other news, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services CIO Tony Trenkle is stepping down. The CMS announced that his departure will be effective November 15, 2013. 

ONC Pilot Program Demonstrates Patient Control Over Protected Data 

iHealthBeat reports that the ONC has completed the pilot phase of the Health IT Data Segmentation for Privacy program. The pilot was carried out at the University of Texas-Austin, Jericho Systems, and Conemaugh Health System. 

21% of Obamacare Visitors Have Enrolled 

InformationWeek covers this week's website news. Despite the issues plaguing the website, 21% of site visitors have enrolled in a health plan. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 10/17/13 

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.

Cardiology at Saratoga Hospital Adopts LUMEDX Web-Based Information System

In LUMEDX news, the cardiology department at Saratoga Hospital has deployed LUMEDX’s HealthView in its cardiovascular service line to improve access to comprehensive patient information across the continuum of care.

Health IT Investments in Q3 Reach Record $737M, According to Report

iHealthBeat reports on Q3 2013 numbers, which show that there were a record number of health IT investments with over 150 deals totaling nearly $737 million.

Health IT Is Not a Single-Minded Monolithic Being

HIT Consultant offers up a perspective on the growth of the health IT market and argues that there are still a great deal of factions, competing ideologies, and more dividing factors within the health IT market – especially in the areas of surveillance and consolidation.  

Health IT Job Growth Has Been Underestimated?

In health IT hiring news, it appears that new data from an analysis of online job postings shows that the number of health IT jobs available has exceeded projections. The job market for employees working with EHR systems continues to be robust.  

4 ways to make EHR data more personal

Government Health IT discusses what EHR developers and providers need to do in order to provide patient-centric care. Some ideas include integration of all settings, integration of all users across the enterprise, and accurate and timely documentation.  

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

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.    

Best of Health IT News: Week of 8/29/13 

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.

ONC calls for behavioral mHealth in new app challenge

According to EHR Intelligence, the ONC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration are currently looking for innovative mobile-based solutions to behavioral health disorders and substance abuse. If you are an app developer interested in entering the contest, you can read the rules and details here.

Cloud Computing becoming more prevalent in healthcare

CIOL reports on the rise of cloud computing in the healthcare space. According to the 2013 Desktop Virtualization Trends in Healthcare report, the proliferation of desktop virtualization in healthcare continues to increase.

Health IT spending on pace to top $34.5B

According to FierceHealthIT, healthcare IT spending will reach $34.5 billion in North America in 2014. A recent report by Mercom Capital Group also found that venture capital funding in the healthcare IT sector continues to grow rapidly, with $623 million raised in Q2 of 2013.

Clinical data analytics next big thing

Healthcare IT News makes the argument that the clinical analytics market will be the next big thing as the healthcare world shifts towards new payment models and more and more healthcare facilities adopt electronic health records. Healthcare groups are now looking to analytics solutions for population health management.

Biggest challenges as hospitals prepare for patient portals

Government Health IT discusses some of the challenges as hospitals prepare for patient portals. The article highlights Catholic Health Partners, which is currently working to go live with online bill payment as the first piece of their patient portal. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 8/22/13 

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.

What is the role of social media in electronic health records?

EHR Intelligence covers how many experts – including physicians, lawmakers, and EHR developers – are currently considering ways to integrate social media concepts into the collection and use of electronic health record data.

Health IT talent in high demand

We covered the demand for health IT talent recently here, and Healthcare IT News reports on how healthcare workers are still in high demand – especially in the IT sector.

ONC turns over care compass to patients

PhysBizTech covers the ONC’s new project, MyJourney Compass – a project designed to help patients navigate cancer treatment and become more involved in their healthcare decisions.

Telemedicine improves care for kids seen in rural ERs

Reuters cover a story about how rural hospitals and doctors are now increasingly using telemedicine to gain access to specialty care for patients in rural areas. By seeking expert help remotely, rural doctors can improve quality of care for their patient populations.

Early follow-up, physician continuity may boost HF survival

In Cardiology Today, research finds that physician continuity and early follow-up after discharge are associated with lower mortality and urgent hospital readmission among patients with heart failure.


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