Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/28/15 

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.

An Ideal Transition: Multi-Campus Rollout of Echo CVIS at Orlando Health

A new case study from Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology reveals how Orlando Health has implemented LUMEDX's physician structured reporting and image management solution across five campuses. The new system has allowed Orlando Health to reduce report turnaround time, standardize the workflow, and support quality improvement programs.

What Exactly is "Population Health," Anyway?

Healthcare IT News discusses the definition of population health with a group of industry experts, including hospital CEOs, doctorpreneurs, startup executives, and more. The CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, N.H., Richard Boehler, MD calls population health: "... the ability of a provider to effectively manage the healthcare needs of a defined group across the continuum of services either through direct provision of care or through structured relationships with other providers."

Infographic: The Future of Clinical & Business Intelligence in Healthcare

A new infographic from the HIMSS Analytics 2015 Clinical & Business Intelligence Study has found that there has been a 6% increase in the number of healthcare organizations using a C&BI solution since 2013. Additionally, 52% of those polled said that they currently use their EHR/HIS vendor for C&BI. 

Report Includes Bypass, Heart Failure in Hospital Ratings

According to Cardiovascular Business, U.S. News and World Reports now bundles heart bypass and other operations with the conditions congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in a rating called "Best Hospitals for Common Care." The new rating breaks hospitals down into three categories: high, average, and below performers. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/21/15 

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.

ACO Offers Population Health Pointers for Beginners 

Healthcare IT News reports that Rishi Sikka, MD, Senior Vice President of Clinical Transformation for Advocate Health Care, has offered some advice for healthcare organizations looking to implement population health. He states that the first step is to establish the "why" -- your organization's specific goals for population health. 

ICD-10 Implementation Vital for Value-based Care Payments

The Coalition for ICD-10 has touted the importance of ICD-10 in moving the healthcare industry towards value-based care, because ICD-9 codes do not have the same capabilities as the newer set. However, many physician groups are still opposed to the ICD-10 implementation and are pushing for additional delays. 

Global Telemedicine Market to Reach $21B by 2020 

According to HIT Consultant, the global telemedicine market reached $17B in 2014 and stands to reach $21B by 2020. This market includes telemedicine hardware, software and services -- and the growth is being driven by chronic disease treatment, the rise of mobile health, and evidence-based care initiatives. 

How Remote Monitoring Tools Reduce Costs and Hospitalizations

mHealth Intelligence has reported that remote monitoring tools impact the healthcare industry by reducing hospital readmissions, improving health outcomes, lowering costs and advancing quality care improvements. The article discusses how Bedford Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in New Hampshire has utilized remote monitoring tools to improve care across its facility. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/14/15 

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.

Healthcare Big Data Analytics: From Description to Prescription 

According to Health IT Analytics, many providers still struggle to understand how big their data is, and how to collect and use it effectively. To manage their data, healthcare organizations need to understand the three types of analytics: descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive. 

Four Ways Hospitals are Improving Behavioral Health Care

Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine discusses the different ways in which healthcare organizations are improving behavioral health care. Mental health management relies on behavioral health strategies that improve access to care while taking the burden off of emergency departments. 

Physician Education for ICD-10

​Diagnostic Imaging reports on the implementation of ICD-10, which is scheduled to go into effect in October of this year. Healthcare systems and physicians will need to begin training their staff, using the following training modalities: in-person training, online training, webinar training, and more. 

A Survey on the State of Clinical Decision Support 

A recent survey by LogicNets and HIMSS shows that over 50% of respondents are using or have established plans to acquire a clinical decision support (CDS) capablitiy within the next 24 months. The survey respondents stated that they were using CDS for: reducing errors, improving efficiency, standardization, and cost-savings. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015 2:05:00 PM Categories: analytics EHR health IT HHS HIE HIMSS HIT ICD-10 industry news mobile devices training

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 04/30/15 

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.

EHR Adoption, Health IT Use Improve Patient Safety, ONC Says 

According to a new brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), widespread EHR adoption and meaningful use are improving overall patient safety. As of December 2014, patient safety and hospital quality rates have gone up by nearly 20% in just three years. 

Healthcare Internet of Things To Reach $117B by 2020 

HIT Consultant reports that the healthcare Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to reach $117B by 2020 with a CAGR of 15.1%. With the rise of healthcare IT adoption, there will be an increased number of digital health platforms, data storage systems, and tools to support the big data infrastructure for the healthcare industry. 

No ACOs Without Coordination 

Healthcare IT News discusses how healthcare providers can assemble a viable accountable care coordination. The publication argues that one key is to have a strong care coordination system in place. This includes health information exchanges, electronic medical records and interoperability, and clinical decision support. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/22/15 

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.

What to Look for in a Healthcare Big Data Analytics Vendor

According to Healthcare IT Analytics, there are several factors that healthcare organizations should consider when choosing a healthcare big data analytics vendor. These include a commitment to interoperability and data standards, transparent business practices, and an ability to expand and grow with your organization.

As Hospital EHR Adoption Rises, What's Next for Health IT? 

Healthcare IT Analytics reports that EHR adoption has grown, with the majority of hospitals increasing their health IT capabilities and adopting clinical analytics. As of 2014, 76% of hospitals have adopted an EHR system, and 96% have agreed to implement an EHR technology that can attest to meaningful use. 

Report: Healthcare State of Security a Mixed Bag

Healthcare IT News discusses Verizon's 2015 Data Breath Investigations Report, which examined the healthcare vertical and found that there were 234 security incidents and 141 confirmed data loss breaches at healthcare organizations in the past year. Additionally, the percentage of security incidents caused by insider misuse jumped from 15% in 2014 to 20% in 2015. 

Just One-Third of Hospitals IT-Ready for Population Health 

According to a new survey unveiled at HIMSS 2015, just one-third of US hospitals and health systems "indicated that population health tools were in place in their organization." The survey also found that one-fourth of respondents said that they didn't provide any population services such as telemedicine, remote coaching or education of patients, and real-time remote patient monitoring. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:44:00 PM Categories: analytics CMS data EHR industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 04/09/15  

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.

Operationalizing Healthcare Analytics: A 'Plecosystem' Approach 

CIO Magazine discusses how many business stakeholders are unclear about how to use analytics to influence clinical or operational outcomes. However, by creating a "plecosystem" (platform ecosystem), healthcare providers can use analytics effectively. Components of a successful "plecosystem" include: data integration, analytics models, platform infrastructure and security, and visualization and dissemination. 

Why Wearables are Loudly Knocking on the Doctor's Door

With new wearables like the Apple Watch and the increasing pervasiveness of mobile health applications, HealthData management argues that the power of personal data collection will bring a new transformation in healthcare. By investing in data science and cloud technologies, healthcare providers can better understand and build relationships with their patients. 

Examining Three Decades of Health IT Change 

FierceHealthIT reports on an interview with Donald Lindberg, outgoing director of the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine. He states that in his 30 years of working at the organization, he has witnessed firsthand how innovative technology has shaped the healthcare industry and improved patient care.

Why Health Isn't Just Health Care's Problem 

According to The Huffington Post, health should not just be healthcare's problem. The key to improving health on a large scale is by bridging the gap between healthcare and other players in order to gain insight into population health. Healthcare should be partnered with other sectors, including transportation, business, and urban planning. 

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. 

LUMEDX-moderated Healthcare Analytics Twitter Chat 

Search the #HITsm hashtag on Friday, March 20 at 9am PT to join in a LUMEDX-moderated discussion on the topic of healthcare analytics. 

LUMEDX Consultant Rachanee Curry, FACHE, will lead participants through a conversation focused on the following questions: 

#HITsm T1: What are the most important improvements that healthcare analytics is driving today? How is your healthcare organization using analytics to drive results/outcomes?
#HITsm T2: How can we prevent information overload and “noise” when using analytics?
#HITsm T3: What are the obstacles to widespread adoption of healthcare analytics? How can we get physicians on board?
#HITsm T4: How will patients influence the development and use of analytics in their health/healthcare?
#HITsm T5: What will healthcare analytics look like in 2020?

Learn more about the Twitter Chat here.

Best of Health IT News: Week of 03/12/15 

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.

And if you're attending ACC.15 in San Diego this week, be sure to stop by LUMEDX Booth #523! Schedule a meeting here

ACC 2015 Scientific Sessions: Contemporary Cardiology Embellished With San Diego Sunshine 

Medscape reports on ACC.15, taking place from March 14-16, 2015 in San Diego, CA. The conference will cover the latest trials and discussions on issues facing cardiology every day, including studies exploring imaging modalities for chest pain, optimal antiplatelets post PCI and in chronic CAD, and much more. 

How CPOE Can Reduce Length of Stay 

According to Health IT News, computerized provider order entry (CPOE) can help reduce length of stay when used in conjunction with bedside bar coding and electronic health records. A study published in Applied Clinical Informatics in July 2014 found that 63% of the reduction in LOS correlated with the rise in CPOE. 

Study: Patients Would Change Healthcare Providers Over Security Concerns

A study sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance found that 79% of respondents considered it important for providers to protect their information. 48% stated that they would consider changing healthcare providers if their medical records were stolen or lost. 

Next Generation ACO Launched by CMS, Tightens Financial Benchmarks

Healthcare Finance reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new model of accountable care organization called The Next Generation ACO. Participants of this program will have more predictable financial targets as well as goals linked to patient engagement. 

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