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Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/07/15 

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.

Will Healthcare Data Analytics Suffer if DeSalvo Leaves ONC? 

According to Healthcare IT Analytics, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, may soon move from her role as the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT (ONC) to become the HHS Assistant Secretary for Health. In her short time at the ONC, DeSalvo has overseen early attestations for Stage 2 meaningful use while promoting interoperability, clinical analytics, and population health management. 

HHS, USDA Invest $1B in Rural Health, Care Coordination 

The Department of Health and Human Services is working with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to financially support rural communities as they take on health IT improvement projects including EHR adoption, health information exchange, telehealth services, and more. 

Health IT Holds the Promise to Help Improve Health

In a column for Health IT Buzz, Chief Medical Officer of Million Hearts Thomas A Mason, MD, and Executive Director Janet Wright, MD, FACC, argue that a critical component of chronic disease management is EHR integration. In order to manage conditions like high blood pressure, healthcare providers must increase their use of EHRs, clinical analytics, and population health management programs. 

43% of Orgs use Clinical Decision Support for Patient Safety 

According to a HIMSS15 survey conducted by LogicNets, 43% of healthcare organizations believe that clinical decision support technology reduces the occurrence of errors. The study also found that a third of providers who already have CDS in place believe that it improves efficiency. Additionally, a recent ONC study found that automatic medication calculators reduced dosage errors between 37-80%.

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/02/15 

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 Analytics Can prevent Health Care Fraud. Here's How 

VentureBeat reports on how the adoption of online health records, remote patient care, and data-driven care makes it more critical than ever to advance security. Healthcare analytics tools can help providers to secure patient privacy and mitigate prescription fraud. 

Healthcare Analytics: 4 Things Impacting the Adoption Rate 

CIO Magazine discusses the challenges that healthcare analytics adoption faces. Although 82% of respondents in a recent survey by CDW indicated that they saw improved patient care with analytics use, challenges included: data integration issues, data breaches and data security concerns, low levels of analytics investments, and more. 

New Challenges, New Pressures in Cardiology 

A presentation at the 2015 Annual Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology (ACC.15) by Michael E. Chernew, PhD discussed how the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has impacted cardiology, especially in terms of payment models and accountable care organizations (ACOs). 

How Cloud Computing Enables Interoperability 

According to Healthcare IT News, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has renewed its focus on interoperability. To achieve this, healthcare providers can rely on the cloud to break down barriers to data exchange and move away from siloed data. 

ICD-10: Future Impacts on Cardiology 

By Cheryl Iseberg

With the new ICD-10 compliance date set as October 1, 2015, heart hospitals need to prepare for change and determine how their cardiovascular service lines will be affected.

Below are some of the major documentation changes in ICD-10:

For acute myocardial infarctions:

  • The acute phase of MI is now defined as eight weeks instead of four weeks
  • Codes specifying subsequent episodes of care for acute MI are now discontinued
  • There are new unique codes for distinguishing a new acute MI that happens while a patient is still in treatment for an acute MI

There is a new combination code for coronary artery disease with angina. In ICD-9, coders had to use two separate codes: “coronary atherosclerosis of native coronary artery” and “intermediate coronary syndrome.”

The term “congestive” is now a nonessential modifier for systolic, diastolic, and combined systolic/diastolic heart failure, and only one code is required to describe the specificity and acuity of heart failure.

LUMEDX can help you prepare for ICD-10 while still using ICD-9, ensuring a smooth and successful transition. LUMEDX Healthcare Consultants and Project Managers offer technical assistance and professional guidance so that you can easily navigate the challenges that will arise from the change to ICD-10. To learn more, click here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 8:47:00 AM Categories: CMS data security EHR health information technology healthcare today HIT ICD-10 ONC

National Health IT Week: Joining the Conversation 

This week we are celebrating the ninth year of National Health IT Week – a collaboration between healthcare providers, government agencies, payers, research foundations, and healthcare IT vendors designed to raise awareness about the growing role of technology in healthcare. 

Because healthcare in this country is currently undergoing many changes, all of us in the industry need to work together to advance technology that can reduce costs while improving care.

Our National Health IT Week blog topics are:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 16: Learn about why data analytics is a growing segment of the healthcare technology industry, and how providers can use analytics to monitor performance and drive quality improvement initiatives
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17: Prepare for the new ICD-10 compliance date with information about documentation changes that will impact cardiology departments
  • Thursday, Sept. 18: Read about how The Christ Hospital Health Network is using technology to support quality improvement initiatives

And on Twitter:

  • Friday, Sept. 19: Patrick Cambas, Vice President of Consulting and Strategic Services at LUMEDX, will weigh in during the @HIMSS Twitter Chat on September 19, 9am PT/11am CT/Noon ET. The discussion will focus on successes, pain points, and the future of defining and realizing health IT value. Join us on Twitter @LUMEDX

Best of Health IT News: Week of 08/07/14 

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.

Hospitals' EHR Progress is Tale of Some Progress, Some Inertia: Study

According to Modern Healthcare, a recent study in Health Affairs shows that American hospitals fall into three groups when it comes to EHR adoption: high achievers who meet second-stage government standards, those who have adopted a basic or comprehensive record, and a group who has neither a basic nor comprehensive record. 

ONC Lays Down 10-Year Interoperability Plan Milestones 

Government Health IT reports that at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's monthly HIT Policy Committee meeting, the ONC revealed more details on its 10-year interoperability roadmap, including its goal that by 2017 it will be able to "ensure providers and individuals can send, receive, find, and use a basic set of essential health information." 

California Health Care Exchange to Share 9 Million Patient Record Online 

This week, the California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) announced that it plans to develop a statewide health information exchange. The exchange will use innovative technology to connect healthcare providers and securely share 9 million patient records.

HHS Finalizes ICD-10 Compliance Deadline

According to Healthcare IT News, the Department of Health and Human Services has finalized the new ICD-10 compliance date as October 1, 2015. The deadline for ICD-10 had initially been set at a deadline of October 1, 2014, which healthcare organizations were struggling to meet. Learn more about how LUMEDX can prepare your hospital for ICD-10 here

Thursday, August 07, 2014 9:03:00 AM Categories: EHR health information exchange healthcare today HHS HIE HIT industry news Lumedx ONC Washington

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/22/14 

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.

HHS Invests Close to $1 Billion in Healthcare Innovation 

EHR Intelligence reports that the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is investing close to $1 billion to develop and test healthcare innovation models. The two programs include the Health Innovation Awards and the State Innovation Models initiative. 

Heart Failure Severity Correlated With Diabetes Risk 

According to Cardiology Today, researchers have found that an increased in severity of heart failure is associated with an increased risk for the development of diabetes. However, the study also found that use of renin-angiotensin system inhibitors may reduce the risk of diabetes. 

Update: CMS, ONC Ease EHR Certification Requirements For MU 

Government Health IT reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT jointly circulated a proposed rule to "change the meaningful use timeline and the definition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). It would also change the requirements for reporting clinical quality measurements for 2014." 

Healthcare Data Grows From Big to Great 

Healthcare IT News makes the argument that healthcare data is both getter bigger and smarter, and will become the great differentiator. Healthcare analytics has expanded from business intelligence and financial management to include clinical care insights. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/08/14 

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.

Economic Uncertainty Not Impeding Growth of Healthcare IT Jobs 

According to Digital Journal, the healthcare IT job market continues to grow at a high rate. While health IT once accounted for only 5-10% of a hospital's IT budget, it now represents 25-35%. Analysts project that approximately 272,286 people will be EHR technicians by 2022, as opposed to 186,300 two years ago. 

EHR Incentive Payouts Climb to $23B

​Healthcare IT News reports that hospitals and providers have now received $23 billion in electronic health record incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 94% of all U.S. hospitals are also now participating in the meaningful use program. 

Karen DeSalvo: Health IT Needs to "Get Real for People" 

Karen DeSalvo, the national coordinator for health information technology, spoke at a POLITICO breakfast panel on connected health and said that the U.S. needs a national embrace of electronic health records and related systems and devices. This is critical for improving care and preventing natural disasters from disrupting patient care. 

Hospitals Making Headway in HIE 

Government Health IT reports that HIE among U.S. non-federal acute care hospitals has been increasing since 2008. 62% of hospitals reported that they electronically exchanged health information with providers outside of their system during 2013. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/10/14 

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.

Health IT risk-based framework proposed

Gov Info Security reports that federal regulators have just released a proposed framework that addresses safety risks involved in using healthcare information technology. The framework discusses the role that cybersecurity plays in safe health IT use, and addresses how privacy concerns are the shared responsibility of vendors and other healthcare stakeholders. 

Healthcare CIO work keeps expanding

In Healthcare IT News, healthcare CIOs report that their job is growing in both scope and complexity -- and will only continue to grow more. HITECH demands have impacted healthcare and specifically, influences the role of the healthcare CIO. 

Not-for-profit group to take over ONC's CONNECT project 

iHealthBeat reports that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Federal Health Architecture just announced that Open Health Tools will take over the administration of the CONNECT project -- an open-source software development project. The project's aim is the facilitate the exchange of electronic health record data between federal health agencies and other organizations through the Nationwide Health Information Network. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:47:00 AM Categories: hospital management industry news ONC

Best of Health IT News: Week of 03/27/14 

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.

Uncertainty Clouds Federal Test EHR Program

According to Government Health IT, provider uncertainty is holding back the implementation of the Designated Test EHR Program, a data exchange initiative launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the ONC. 

Data Analytics Drive Success at Bryan Medical Center

Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology reports on how Bryan Medical Center has implemented LUMEDX data analytics software to support its cardiovascular service line. 

Blumenthal: Finding the ROI in EHRs is still tough work 

In EHR Intelligence, former National Coordinator Dr. David Blumenthal, who introduced the EHR Incentive Programs, says that finding the ROI in EHR systems is still a lot of work as providers struggle with expensive, frustrating EHR implementations. 

ONC Initiative Aims to Improve Data Exchange in Emergencies 

FierceHealthIT reports that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will be launching a campaign to promote an emergency system that is both connected and interoperable. The ONC hopes that care providers will be able to access a more comprehensive view of a patient's medical records, even in emergencies. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:18:00 PM Categories: HIT industry news Lumedx ONC

Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/27/14 

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.

Don't believe the naysayers -- HIE is flourishing

In an interview with Healthcare Informatics, Micky Tripathi, PhD, states that it is currently an unprecedented time for CIOs and other healthcare IT leaders as the importance of healthcare IT rises. He states that HIEs are flourishing -- but in silos. 

ONC issues voluntary 2015 certification criteria for EHRs 

Last Friday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced a proposed rule that includes voluntary certification criteria for EHRs in 2015. Some of the criteria proposed include: developing a way for non-meaningful use EHR systems to become certified, enhancing interoperability efforts, and improving alignment with other HHS programs. 

Providers ramp up meaningful use

Healthcare IT News reports that healthcare providers are ramping up meaningful use -- and nearly 90% of eligible hospitals have received an EHR incentive payment. The report also states that about 60% of Medicare EPs are meaningful users of EHR systems. 

App can help doctors calculate heart risks

According to The Boston Globe, a new app has been release by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association to calculate the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients. The app allows healthcare professionals and patients to determine the risk of developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and is available for free on iTunes and Google Play. 

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