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LUMEDX at RSNA 2017: Visit Booth 6235 for the latest in CV data intelligence

​Come see LUMEDX at the upcoming 103rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago and get the most up-to-date information about our cardiovascular service line and data intelligence tools.

RSNA 2017 will be held Nov. 26-Dec. 1 at the McCormick Convention Center. LUMEDX will be at Booth 6235, North—Hall B. The exhibition hall will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 26-29 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 30. About 25,000 attendees and 500 technical exhibitors are expected to attend the conference.

Learn more about our cardiovascular data intelligence offerings, which includes innovative software and services to help streamline care delivery, improve outcomes and dramatically reduce costs. Demos of LUMEDX’s powerful PACS and data management tools will also be available.

To schedule a meeting or demo, please click here.

Posted by Jana Ballinger Monday, November 20, 2017 10:27:00 AM Categories: analytics cardiology PACS

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Full-scale adoption of AI still a long way away, new study says

While the use of clinical and business intelligence tools is on the rise in healthcare, the hype surrounding artificial intelligence is unlikely to lead to full-scale adoption for quite some time, according to a new study by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

In the HIMSS 2017 Essentials Brief: Clinical and Business Intelligence, 23.5 percent of respondents said they expect their organizations to begin using AI within two years, 24.7 percent said within the next three to five years and 8.2 percent said six to 10 years. Only 4.7 percent said their organizations were already using AI and just 10.6 percent said they expect their organizations to begin leveraging AI within the next 12 months.

The prevailing belief seems to be that the technology just isn’t ready yet. Some 37 percent of respondents said further AI development is needed, 23.5 percent said the business case for AI was still unproven and 19.8 percent cited infrastructure constraints within their organizations. When questioned about barriers in the industry overall, 50 percent of respondents said they believe the technology is still in development and current opportunities to apply it to healthcare are difficult to understand.

Here are some of the other findings:

  • Clinical and Business Intelligence solution adoption rates for the U.S. healthcare market in 2017 are 48 percent and 62 percent, respectively.
  • Data governance, an important pre-requisite for the success of data analytics, has shown significant improvement in the “highly optimized” and “strong” categories from study respondents who were asked to qualify their efforts in this area.
  • While leveraging clinical analytics to meet Meaningful Use (MU) requirements and reporting remains the primary area of focus (nearly 70 percent of respondents), there has been an increase in the focus on population health year over year from roughly 20 percent in 2016 to 30 percent in 2017.

To learn more about the HIMSS findings, download the study here.

Clinical and financial business intelligence solutions have become essential to healthcare organizations in the move from volume to value-based care and in the development of new models of care. LUMEDX offers comprehensive, integrated cardiovascular data intelligence and imaging solutions—all with seamless connectivity to your enterprise systems (EHR/HIS).

For more information, download the Cardiovascular Performance Program Info Pack.

Posted by Jana Ballinger Monday, November 13, 2017 10:23:00 AM Categories: analytics data EHR HIMSS value-based purchasing

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Come see us at the Ohio data abstractors annual meeting

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Join LUMEDX and your fellow cardiovascular data management professionals at the Ohio Thoracic and Cardiovascular Data Managers Group 15th Annual Conference on Nov. 3.

Be sure to stop by and say hello to Brook George, LUMEDX Northeast Region Account Executive, and Jerry Varnau, Regional Vice President for Business Development, in the exhibition hall at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, 730 W. Market St., Lima, Ohio. Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Approximately 100 data managers, nurses and physicians are expected to attend the conference—a day filled with networking, learning and strategic development related to cardiovascular registry processes and challenges.

Topics this year include:

  • Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise.
  • New Kids on the Block Registries.
  • Quality Improvement Utilizing Registry Data.
  • ACC NCDR Registries and STS Registry Updates.
  • ACC Volunteer Opportunities.

Can’t make the Ohio conference this year? Email us at info@lumedx.com to learn more about our newest thoracic and cardiovascular innovations.

If there are other meetings or conferences you’d like to see LUMEDX attend, please comment below.

Posted by Jana Ballinger Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:03:00 AM

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How near-real time and even retrospective analytics can improve performance

People who work in cardiovascular departments know that retrospective clinical data is essential in the quest to improve outcomes and contain costs, but even more valuable is integrated, near real-time data analytics that illustrate how you compare to other cardiac care centers nationally.

“It’s good to be able to understand ‘this is how I did’—but that’s really reporting the news,” says LUMEDX analytics consultant Rachanee Curry, FACHE. “It’s better to be able to have real-time feedback and to be able to change your performance, finding opportunities for improvement as you go along.”

However, retrospective and real-time or even prospective analytics can all deliver crucial insights to hospitals. Even data collected for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry® (ACC NCDR) can be used to understand service line performance, view outliers and identify root causes. These are the insights that enable improvement.


Rachanee Curry, LUMEDX analytics consultant, talks about the kinds of insights that can enable improved outcomes and reduced costs.

“Being able to focus in on those areas where your program is performing differently than best practices means you can improve the processes of care that lead to these variances and that will invariably lead to improved clinical outcomes,” Curry says.

LUMEDX offers data analytics solutions that enable physicians and service line leaders to monitor, measure, and improve all aspects of cardiovascular services—to help drive performance while reducing costs. LUMEDX is also the No. 1 provider of ACC and STS Registry Software. To learn more, email info@lumedx.com.


Posted by Jana Ballinger Monday, October 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM Categories: ACC data healthcare analytics NCDR performance Society of Thoracic Surgeons STS

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Healthcare leaders believe predictive analytics will yield significant savings

More than half of healthcare executives polled in The Predictive Analytics in Healthcare Trend Forecast by the Society of Actuaries expect the use of predictive analytics to shave a significant amount off their organization’s budget. Fifty-seven percent of study respondents believe predictive analytics will save 15 percent over the next five years, with 26 percent expecting savings of more than 25 percent over the same period.

Despite hurdles such as cost, 93 percent of those polled believe analytics are important for the future of their business. The study, which polled 223 provider and payer executives, found that while just 47 percent currently deploy predictive analytics, 88 percent plan to either launch or expand current initiatives in the next five years. 

“This data underscores the value executives place on predictive analytics across both payer and provider organizations,” says Ian Duncan, a fellow at the University of California at Santa Barbara and one of the study’s authors. “As value-based care gains prominence, smart organizations are leveraging predictive analytics to forecast health and clinical outcomes to help achieve the Triple Aim.”

In the below video, LUMEDX Vice President of Strategic Products Praveen Lobo notes that even near-real time data analysis represents a major step forward on the path to healthcare’s Triple Aim. Watch the video to learn how analytics enables improved decision-making for physicians as well as CV leadership.

 


Praveen Lobo, Vice President of Strategic Projects, talks about how analytics can help cut costs while improving your hospital's outcomes and patient satisfaction.

 

The leader in cardiovascular data intelligence and a pioneer in cloud-powered healthcare solutions, LUMEDX offers an all-inclusive suite of software and services that enables meaningful analytics, high-performance workflows, optimal integration of clinical and HIS data, and better continuity of care.

For more information on LUMEDX’s HealthView Analytics and the Cardiovascular Performance Program, visit lumedx.com/cardiovascular-performance-home


Posted by Jana Ballinger Monday, September 18, 2017 9:16:00 AM Categories: analytics healthcare analytics

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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

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Physicians must have access to data anytime, anyplace

Electronic health records could improve healthcare for millions, but heightened functionality is needed to better support clinicians and patients, according to a report from the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

“The adoption and use of electronic health records could greatly improve health care and lead to better patient outcomes, yet many clinicians are dissatisfied with current EHR systems,” says Alex Krist, M.D., the study’s lead author and associate professor of family medicine and population health in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. “Enhancements to electronic record functionality are needed to better support care.”

According to an article from VCU about the AMIA report, EHRs must go beyond documentation and start interpreting and tracking information over time. Other needed improvements cited in the article include better integration of care across settings and the advancement of information exchange to coordinate care across clinicians and settings.

Posted by Jana Ballinger Tuesday, August 01, 2017 2:57:00 PM Categories: EHR electronic health records Lumedx

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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

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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

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Increase physician satisfaction with access to relevant data anywhere, anytime

Physician satisfaction is inextricably linked to patient satisfaction, so it stands to reason that helping doctors provide unparalleled care in an efficient, streamlined way is crucial to the success of any healthcare enterprise.

“Cardiologists are very focused. They like to get their work done efficiently, effectively,” says Laurel Shearer, executive vice president at LUMEDX. “They don’t want any impediments to doing the best job that they can possibly do. They like to see good patient outcomes and they like to have the information they need to get good patient outcomes.”


LUMEDX Executive Vice President Laurel Shearer talks about the importance of physician
satisfaction and how it relates to hospital revenue.

So how do you make sure your cardiologists have all the information they need at their fingertips? Shearer offers her perspective in the video above.

Doctors don’t just want information at their desk, she says. If they’re working at the clinic, they need access to the information gathered at the hospital site or elsewhere. Sometimes they need to maximize their time at the airport or at home by reading ECGs or by reviewing a complete patient record with echos, labs and more.

The HealthView cardiovascular information system (CVIS) puts the kind of information physicians need in front of them, “When they need it, how they need it, and where they need it,” says Shearer. “Cardiologists don’t just practice in their office or don’t just practice at a hospital, they have multiple places where they impact the patient population. So, having that information accessible in all those different places is extremely important.”

And happy doctors are key to a successful cardiovascular service line, Shearer adds.

“One of the main drivers of hospital revenue is physician satisfaction,” she said. “If they don’t have a cadre of committed physicians then they don’t have referral patterns, they don’t have patients, they don’t have volume.”

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

Posted by Jana Ballinger Wednesday, June 28, 2017 1:01:00 PM Categories: cardiology health information technology hospitals patient satisfaction
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