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. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 03/05/15 

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 next week, be sure to stop by LUMEDX Booth #523! Schedule a meeting here

Understanding the Basics of the Patient-Centered Medical Home

Health IT Analytics discusses the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) healthcare designation and what exactly it means. This is a structured approach to primary care that emphasizes putting the patient-provider relationship at the center of all healthcare decision making. It also focuses on preventative services, care coordination, and access to care. 

Will ONC Plan Protect Patient Privacy? 

Health IT Security reports on how although efforts have been made to improve the healthcare industry, some lawmakers feel that more needs to be done in order to protect patient privacy, further interoperability, and reduce costs. Some of the proposed solutions include core technical standards and functions, certification to support adoption of health IT products, privacy and security protections for health information, and more. 

5 Top Ideas for Improving Healthcare in 2015, CEO Survey Finds

According to a new survey by The Advisory Board, some of the top ideas for improving healthcare include: engaging physicians in cost and quality improvements, redesigning service portfolios for population health, strengthening primary care physician alignment, and more. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/26/15 

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.

ICD-10 Propels CAC Market to Reach $3.5B by 2019 

EHR Intelligence reports that the computer-assisted coding (CAC) market has grown as the ICD-10 transition in October approaches. CACs are instrumental in helping the accuracy of patient data in EHRs by reducing coding errors, and the market is projected to grow to $3.5B by 2019. 

FDA Calls for Medical Device Oversight

According to Healthcare IT News, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has commissioned a report by the Brookling Institution that calls for the formation of a national surveillance system for medical devices. The report states that the surveillance system would be a part of the emerging national health information infrastructure and would use data captured as an integral part of care to generate information about medical devices. 

CMS Animates ICD-10, Videos Explore Coding Changes 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delivered a series of videos designed to help explain changes in ICD-10 coding to doctors and consumers. The switch to ICD-10 for diagnostic and billing codes is scheduled to happen on Oct. 1, 2015. 

Infographic - Human Error Causes Alarming Rise in Data Breaches 

An infographic by Egress Software Technologies shows that 94% of data breaches are caused by human error. An ICO FOI request carried out by the company also shows that there has been a 44% increase in data breaches in the healthcare sector between April-June 2014 as compared with April-June 2013. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 02/19/15 

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 Redefines the Traditional Scientific Methods Used in Medicine 

Tech Republic reports that with the rise of big data in healthcare, medical professionals can now turn to shared information to understand experiences and outcomes -- and to inform their own treatment decisions. Some hospitals, like Cleveland Clinic, are already using big data and analytics on a regular basis. 

CMS Approves Transitional Payment for DCB in Outpatient Settings 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved a transitional pass-through patient for IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon for the treatment of peripheral artery disease in outpatient settings. CMS stated that the "use of the new device significantly improves clinical outcomes for a patient population as compared to currently available treatments." 

History of Value-Based, Accountable Care Models at CMS 

RevCycle Intelligence reports on the history of value-based, accountable care models that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented. For example, the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program is designed to provide a snapshot of how hospitals are performing on quality indicators including patient care, quality, efficiency, and more. 

Study: HIEs Help Reduce Repeat Imaging 

According to Healthcare Dive, the use of HIEs can significantly reduce duplicate testing by 25%. This was found in a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care, which noted that medical imaging tests are frequently repeated due to lack of access to previous images.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:04:00 PM Categories: analytics health IT healthcare analytics healthcare today HIE HIT ICD-10 industry news
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