Posts From December, 2015

The Right Tools for the Job 

Case study: Registry Participation Made Easy

Connecticut Children’s Hospital, one of U.S. News’ Best Children’s Hospitals for 2014-15, needed the tools to submit to the STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database quickly and easily. The solution they found makes the whole process run smoothly. Read more. 
 

Posted by 12/30/2015 Categories: best practices case study Lumedx Users

Hospital Cuts Door-to-ECG Time in Half 

Case Study Highlights 50 Percent Reduction in Door-to-ECG Times

Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, has dramatically cut its door-to-ECG time, from 15-16 minutes down to 8 minutes.  The hospital has also greatly accelerated its custom reporting time, and can now run near real-time reports for its physicians, drilling down to exactly the data they need. Click here to learn how they do it. 

Posted by 12/22/2015 Categories: analytics best practices case study EHR Lumedx Users

The Best of Cardio, Health IT News: Week of 12/21/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest news from the cardiology community? Let us help keep you up to date on the stories you won't want to miss. Mount Sinai heart director predicts cardio care will focus more on prevention In the future, healthcare providers will put more emphasis on prevention, and (it is hoped) less on treating disease, Valentin Fuster, M.D., Ph.D., said during a Dec. 17 panel discussion at the United Nations. Fuster, director of Mount Sinai Heart and physician-in-chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital, added that the transition “will require that cardiovascular specialists and healthcare workers are trained in ambulatory and home-based care.” Heart disease still top cause of deaths, but rate is decreasing in U.S. Heart disease-related deaths are down, but still account for nearly one-third of all deaths in the United States, according to the American Heart Association's (AHA's) annual Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update. Cardiovascular... read more
 

The Best of Cardio, Health IT News: Week of 12/14/15 

Telehealth trend continues its upward climb
2015 sees digital health funding top $4.3 million More than $4.3 million flowed into the digital health market this year, with consumer engagement tools, personal health tools, and tracking categories by themselves making up 23 percent of overall funding. Consumerization in healthcare is also driving mergers or funding deals, according to a report by Rock Health. Doctor shortages, readmission fines drive up use of remote patient monitoring systems A new report from Frost & Sullivan predicts that the remote patient monitoring market will grow by 13.2 percent during the next five years. The market growth is thought to be caused in part by fear of readmissions penalties, an anticipated doctor shortage, and an increase of chronic health conditions. Kaiser betting telehealth is the wave of the future Kaiser Permanente Ventures has invested $10 million in Vidyo, a visual communications company that integrates hi-def video communications into workflow and patients’... read more
 

The Best of Cardio and Healthcare News for the Week of 12/7/15 

Good news, bad news: High cholesterol rates are down, but fewer than half of patients are taking their statins
Did you have a chance to check out the latest news from the cardiology community? Let us help keep you up to date on the stories you won't want to miss. The good news: High total cholesterol rates declining among U.S. adults Rates of total high cholesterol and low high-density protein (HDL) in U.S. adults decreased between 2011 and 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). From 2009 to 2010, 13.4 percent of adults had high cholesterol and 21.3 percent had low HDL cholesterol. From 2011 to 2014, those percentages dropped to 12.1 percent and 18.5 percent, respectively. The bad news: Most patients not making changes to reduce cardio risk Fewer than half of patients considered candidates for cholesterol-lowering treatments are actually implementing the treatments, which include exercising more, taking statin medication and losing weight. “Cholesterol treatment gaps” are greater among non-white ethnic groups in the United States than they are for Americans... read more
 

Hospitals drowning in paperwork 

Did you know that in many hospitals, every two hours of patient care causes one hour of paperwork? It's even worse for emergency rooms, which have a 1-to-1 ratio of paperwork to patient care. Those are just two of the findings in "Patients or Paperwork? The Regulatory Burden Facing America’s Hospitals." The report, by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), was commissioned by the AHA. 

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The best of healthcare news, week of 11/30/15 

The future of healthcare, according to one cardiologist In the future, smart phones might help prevent heart attacks and strokes. That's according to Eric Topol, MD, a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, who wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal. Topol predicts that patients will use their smart phones to provide doctors with continuous data on themselves, as opposed to waiting for office visits--a practice that would provide for earlier diagnosis and treatment. Doctor strikes don't increase patient deaths In wealthy countries, patient mortality doesn't suffer because of work stoppages by physicians, according to a new study published in The BMJ. Mortality rates even fell during some strikes. Researchers theorized that patient mortality didn't increase during strikes because hospitals cancelled elective surgeries and continued to offer emergency care, among other reasons. They also noted that many doctors continued to work... read more
 
Posted by 12/02/2015 Categories: healthcare reform HIPAA hospital management