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Healthcare IT and Quality Improvement at The Christ Hospital Health Network 

The following is an excerpt from the case study, “Integrated Software Supports Quality Improvement: D2B Initiatives, Discharge Processes and More at The Christ Hospital Health Network.” Download the full case study here.

The Heart and Vascular Center at The Christ Hospital is continually looking for ways to improve processes, reduce costs, and optimize patient care. Using integrated LUMEDX cardiovascular information solutions has allowed staff to quickly run reports that it needs to support quality improvement programs.

“We’ve seen great results with the open heart extubation program,” says Data Analyst Cheryl Bartone. “The staff and physicians have a better understanding of the data, and have made improvements to their methods accordingly. It’s been like night and day—now we are able to trust the data and use it in order to make procedural adjustments that benefit the patient and our overall cardiovascular service line’s performance.”

The Heart and Vascular Center also runs regular reports to identify improvement opportunities in the following areas:

  • Discharge: Using reports generated in Apollo, the hospital’s Throughput Committee analyzes how a patient moves through the system and works to streamline the discharge process.
  • Door-to-balloon times: Reports drill down to the patient level in order to determine current D2B times and make improvements in order to reduce them.

To read more, download the full case study here.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:45:00 AM Categories: best practices HIT Lumedx Users National Health IT Week

25 Years of Health IT Leadership  

This fascinating infographic shows information from the HIMSS annual leadership survey for the past 25 years. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 1:23:00 PM Categories: analytics data electronic health records health IT HIMSS National Health IT Week

The Latest Big Thing in Healthcare – Data Analytics: What Do You Think?  

One of the major topics in healthcare today is data analytics. According to Healthcare IT News, “…The more information generated by a growing contingency of apps, devices, electronic health records, mHealth sensors and wearables, the broader and stronger the desire for that data becomes,” (June 2014).

Most providers want to know how to: 1) efficiently capture all the data they need, and 2) use that data for analytics so they can improve care and grow their business.

Now more than ever, providers need to be able to record and store valuable information – and to access that information with ease. It is also critical for providers to have the ability to then create reports that help them understand performance trends, patient outcomes, fluctuation in volumes, and more.

We expect that in the near future, data analytics will become increasingly important for:

  • Quality improvement initiatives: Drilling down into problem areas and identifying where improvements can be made—and how to make them
  • Predictive healthcare: Enabling easier identification of high-risk patient populations and creating prevention and treatment plans accordingly
  • Business growth: Providing an in-depth, real-time understanding of a hospital’s financial performance and how it ties to volumes, costs, inventory and more
  • Meeting mandated standards of care: Real-time reports show hospitals if they are performing up to the standards mandated by the Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use regulations, and other benchmark-setting entities

We’d like to hear from you! What is your hospital’s plan for using its data? Which areas are if highest priority to you? 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 8:42:00 AM Categories: analytics data industry news National Health IT Week

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

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?

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