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Don’t let obsolete devices jeopardize your medical data 

As anyone with a mobile phone can attest, technology is moving so fast it doesn’t take long for the next big thing to become antiquated. This rapid rate of change creates many challenges, and one of the most critical is the retention of important information even as the devices collecting and storing that information become obsolete.

In fact, a study by the University of British Columbia tracking the accessibility of scientific data over time found that 80 percent is lost within two decades thanks to outmoded storage devices and old email addresses.

Now imagine all the clinical and operational data that’s collected within hospital walls, data that must be retained when new technology and new clinical devices are installed. 


Mickey Norris, LUMEDX Southeast Sales VP and General Manager, talks about preserving crucial data.

“As devices become obsolete, we remove them from service and bring in something new,” says Mickey Norris, Southeast Sales VP and General Manager at LUMEDX. “But the problem is that when you remove these devices from service, you’re also removing all the data they collected in the past. So, as you throw out the device you risk throwing out years of relevant data.”

While some device information is transmitted to another system, like an EHR, if it is not captured as discrete data it is not available for analysis. This problem can be avoided by extracting discrete data elements, he says. LUMEDX’s database is designed to extract more than 20,000 data elements from the start, according to Norris.

“We believe that any piece of information that’s collected is going to be relevant. Maybe you don’t see the value of that data point today, but you will in the future,” he added. “Most of the time we don’t know what’s going to be relevant in the future, but if we’ve collected it we can take that information and act upon it in the future.”

With meaningful analytics that enable you to monitor, measure and improve all aspects of cardiovascular information services, LUMEDX's data intelligence tools and packages help drive performance while reducing costs.

Email info@lumedx.com to learn more about LUMEDX HealthView workflow solutions.

Posted by Jana Ballinger Tuesday, September 05, 2017 1:16:00 PM Categories: data devices health information technology

3 ways to get buy-in for predictive analytics tools  

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Predictive analytics promise better outcomes and lower costs—but they can’t deliver if the tools aren’t being fully embraced.

Getting service line leaders and physicians to use predictive analytics is sometimes more difficult than you’d think, even though the National Academy of Medicine says one-third of the U.S. healthcare system’s resources—$750 billion each year—is spent on unnecessary services and inefficient care. So what’s standing in the way of getting buy-in when it comes to the kind of tools specifically designed to reduce wasteful spending?

Meetali Kakad, Ronen Rozenblum and David Westfall Bates, writing for the Harvard Business Review, interviewed 34 key figures from leading U.S. health systems, policy makers and predictive analytics vendors to find out how to get more buy-in. Here are some of the lessons learned:

1. Engage everyone. “Success depends less on the tool itself than on getting buy-in at all levels from the start,” they wrote. This includes making sure frontline employees fully understand the value of these analytics, as well as ensuring your CEOs and top leadership are educated and fully grasp the value proposition to generate support. 

2. Communicate the value. “Demonstrating the clinical impact of a predictive tool can go a long way toward engaging those who will use them,” the authors say. Giving real examples that are results-oriented is especially helpful for clinical staff who may be skeptical of “black box algorithms.”

3. Bring in the experts. The use of implementation experts to help everyone adjust gives you a marked advantage, according to the authors’ findings. These experts can work with clinicians to map workflows and spot potential challenges when introducing a new process or tool.

LUMEDX, the leader in cardiovascular data intelligence and a pioneer in cloud-powered healthcare solutions, offers a comprehensive suite of software and services that enable meaningful analytics, high-performance workflows, optimal integration of clinical and HIS data, and improved continuity of care.

For more information on LUMEDX HealthView solutions, please visit www.lumedx.com or email info@lumedx.com.

Posted by Jana Ballinger Tuesday, July 18, 2017 9:15:00 AM Categories: analytics data health information technology

How real-time analytics can lead to better outcomes, lower costs  

The United States health care system consistently racks up higher costs but fails to produce better outcomes, according to Mirror, Mirror 2017: International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for Better U.S. Health Care.

Eleven of the world’s most prosperous nations—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, plus the United States—are included in the most recent report from the Commonwealth Fund. The United States is last in efficiency; the U.S. spent $9,364 per person on healthcare in 2016, compared to $4,094 in the U.K., which ranked first on performance overall.


Praveen Lobo, LUMEDX Vice President of Strategic Products, talks about the importance of
near real-time data analytics.

With physicians and service line leaders alike working on the front lines to improve this, having near real-time data analytics available at your fingertips is paramount, says Praveen Lobo, vice president of strategic products at LUMEDX.

“When you want to improve your core parameters that you’re playing with—your outcomes and your costs—the sooner you know information about these two key metrics, the better you can affect change,” Lobo says.

Waiting for monthly or quarterly reports just isn’t an option anymore. “Retroactive data is delayed,” he says, adding that by the time reports come out so much has happened and “there’s already a lot of money that has bled by that time.”

LUMEDX helps heart hospitals collect point-of-care data and delivers actionable insights, facilitating better clinical decision-making and helping to improve business operations through increased efficiency and cost savings. For more information about LUMEDX’s approach to cardiovascular performance improvement, request a Complete Cardiovascular Performance Plan Info Pack.

Posted by Jana Ballinger Monday, July 10, 2017 9:32:00 AM Categories: analytics data

Why clinical insights eclipse raw data  

analyticsHealthcare providers are realizing that massive amounts of data don't do anyone any good unless this data is distilled into relevant information that improves quality of care and helps contain or reduce costs.

In fact, companies that just sell information won't last long unless they turn that raw data into analytics and clinical insights, according to an article written by three managing directors of L.E.K. Consulting and published in the Harvard Business Review.

One option is to become the authoritative source for a particular kind of information, the article says, but a better solution is to evolve from providing data to deriving insight -- transforming information to support better decisions.

"In healthcare, providers don't want data, they want solutions that lower costs and improve outcomes," the authors wrote. "(Healthcare IT) firms that deliver those solutions are the ones that will be around in five years' time."

LUMEDX, the leader in cardiovascular data intelligence and a pioneer in cloud-powered healthcare solutions, offers a comprehensive suite of technology and services that enable meaningful analytics, streamlined CV workflows, and optimal integration of clinical and EHR data. The data our systems collect and transmit can be leveraged into real-time performance insights, enabling better healthcare, reduced costs, and the best measure of good data: positive outcomes.

For more information about how we help our customers make the leap from data to insight, read about our Cardiovascular Performance Program.

Posted by Jana Ballinger Wednesday, June 21, 2017 2:49:00 PM Categories: analytics data Lumedx

Data accessibility viewed as key to closing the gap between value-based care and health IT 

​Although much progress has been achieved in digitizing the healthcare system, today's health IT infrastructure still struggles to support a transition to "value-based care," according to a new report from the American Medical Informatics Association.

"Provider organizations pursuing new models of health care delivery and payment are finding that their electronic systems lack the capabilities needed to succeed," the study asserted. "The result is a chasm between the current health IT ecosystem and the health IT ecosystem that is desperately needed."

The report, titled, "Crossing the health IT chasm: considerations and policy recommendations to overcome current challenges and enable value-based care," outlines policy recommendations for patients, providers and researchers to improve access to healthcare data for all the groups and proposes new standards for IT systems and applications.

LUMEDX, the leader in cardiovascular data intelligence and a pioneer in cloud-powered healthcare solutions, offers a comprehensive suite of software and services enables meaningful analytics, high-performance workflows, optimal integration of clinical and HIS data, and improved continuity of care.

For more information on LUMEDX HealthView solutions, please visit www.lumedx.com or email info@lumedx.com.​

Report shows registries advancing patient care for heart patients  

Two doctors inserting stent Registries continue to improve the effectiveness and safety of patient care of heart disease in hospitals throughout the U.S.

A recent report shows registry data is providing unique perspectives into the care and outcomes of heart disease and outlines the strength of national quality programs, like NCDR, in advancing the effectiveness of patient treatments.

Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the study addressed trends in heart disease care from the American College of Cardiology's National Cardiovascular Data Registry.

The authors examined patient populations, participating centers and patterns of care based on 2014 data from four of the 10 NCDR programs -- CathPCI Registry, ICD Registry, ACTION Registry-GWTG and IMPACT Registry.

"We were able to report on the care and outcomes of patients undergoing common cardiovascular procedures, including percutaneous coronary interventions, implantable defibrillators, and interventions for congenital heart disease as well as for patients with acute heart attacks," NCDR Management Board Chair and lead author of the study Frederick A. Masoudi, MD, MSPH, FACC , said. "In some cases, hospitals are consistently providing excellent care; the registries, however, allow us to identify those aspects of care where the cardiovascular clinical community can improve."

The full report can be accessed here.

LUMEDX, as the leading independent provider of ACC and STS registry software, believes registries are key to Cardiovascular Information Systems. For more information about LUMEDX registry solutions, view a video highlighting LUMEDX Registry Interoperability.

 

How the CVIS Strengthens the EHR  

Electronic Health Records are essential tools for healthcare organizations. But they don't obviate the need for a Cardiovascular Information System (CVIS). In fact, changing payment models, new government mandates, and evolving care practices are making the CVIS more important than ever.

Both the clinical and operational aspects of cardiovascular services are highly complex, and they require a technology solution that can match the complexity of the services themselves. A comprehensive CVIS is specifically designed to collect and manage the vast amount of data required by cardiovascular services, and works in tandem with the EHR by:

  • Capturing queryable data to enable analytics and support outcomes improvements
  • Facilitating structured reports
  • Providing the level of detailed information needed to care for heart patients

Learn why cardiovascular services require dedicated information systems in our white paper, "Bridging the Gaps: A True CVIS and the EHR." This document outlines how the CVIS complements the EHR so cardiovascular services can improve efficiency, reduce costs and deliver best-quality patient care. The paper is the result of communications and observations with current LUMEDX clients, as well as with prospective clients who have completed a deep-dive comparison of our CVIS with their EHR systems.

Download your copy today.

See You at NCDR! 

Join LUMEDX and more than 1,500 registry professionals, quality experts, cardiovascular administrators and physician from across the country at the NCDR Annual Conference next week. LUMEDX will be at Booth 5 -- stop by and say hi!

Set for March 13-15, 2017 in Washington, D.C., the conference will feature pre-conference ACC Accreditation Services Workshops. ACC Accreditation Services (formerly Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care) will offer CathLab and Chest Pain Accreditation Workshops on Sunday and Monday, March 12 and 13, prior to the conference. On Monday, March 13, there will also be NCDR Orientation 101 and LAAO Registry.

Attendees can customize the program to their own educational needs and their role on the quality team, selecting from deep-dive concurrent workshops on:

  • Registry-specific information
  • Challenging case studies
  • Engaging physicians
  • Engaging physicians

In addition to concurrent workshops and general sessions, the NCDR conference will focus on opportunities to significantly increase knowledge about using data to transform practice. Presentations from national quality leaders will present on topics including:

  • Insights into the role of registries within national quality improvement effort
  • New government payment models
  • Public reporting

We hope to see you there! Click here for an agenda overview.

Posted by Wednesday, March 08, 2017 11:20:00 AM Categories: ACC American College of Cardiology analytics best practices cardiology data Lumedx NCDR

Cardiovascular World Gearing Up for ACC.17 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardiovascular professionals from around the world will be in Washington, D.C., this month for the American College of Cardiology's Scientific Session and Expo -- and LUMEDX will be there as well.

Set for March 17-19, the event will feature interactive debates, education and scientific presentations. ACC.17 also offers 11 learning pathways, allowing participants to focus on their choice of topics. More than 300 sessions will offer dual CME/MOC credit.

A myriad of clinical topics will be discussed, among them:

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Acute heart failure
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Invasive cardiovascular angiography and intervention
  • Nuclear imaging
  • Pediatric/congenital cardiology
  • Vascular medicine

If you're going to ACC, stop by and say hi at LUMEDX Booth 2411: We'll be presenting the latest CV data-management tools and our new Cardiovascular Performance Program, which offers a no-charge analysis of your facility's CV service line performance on complication rates, including the associated costs -- and opportunities for improvement.  

If you'd like to schedule a one-on-one meeting with LUMEDX, click here

For ACC.17 registration information, click here

We hope to see you in D.C.!

The Promise of Predictive Analysis 

If hospitals could accurately predict which patients were going to experience complications down the road, they could intervene early with those patients, and perhaps prevent them from having to be rehospitalized. Reducing readmissions is one of the potential benefits of predictive analysis, and it’s a big one.

“We have 750 patients every day. Instead of looking at everybody, if we can look at 20 patients, that would be a great advantage,” said Jose Azar, M.D., of Indiana University Health, in an H&HN article.

Also highlighted in the Hospitals & Health Networks article is Christiana Care Health System, which has been using predictive analytics for about five years. The Wilmington, Delaware, nonprofit health system set up its homegrown analytics system in 2012 with $10 million in grant funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Center.

Predictive analytics has helped Christiana Care improve on financial and utilization metrics, but administrators cautioned that predictions are no help if an organization doesn’t have the resources to respond to them. That means everyone – from doctors and care managers to nurses and social workers, and even clerical staff – needs to be ready to intervene based on predictions about patients.

“You need to be able to respond to and receive information in real time,” said Terri Steinberg, M.D., chief health information officer at Christiana Care. “That’s the cost of entry,” Steinberg told H&HN. “Without a robust care-management program, there’s no point” in making predictions.

Complimentary webinar recording available

A recent LUMEDX/Christiana Care webinar is now available as an online download or on CD. "Delivering Clinical and Business Excellence — The Power of Data Transparency: How Christiana Care Leverages Cardiology Data to Improve Care Quality and Contain Costs" can be downloaded by clicking hereIf you prefer to have a CD mailed to you, please click here.

 

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