Posts From September, 2014

Best of Health IT News: Week of 09/25/14 

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. How Cloud Computing is Changing the Healthcare IT Industry Healthcare Global makes the argument that cloud computing is becoming increasingly important to healthcare providers. According to the article, healthcare is moving to the cloud as it becomes more patient-centered and data driven, and healthcare organizations should utilize the cloud when storing and sharing large amounts of data. Federal Healthcare IT Spending to Top $4.8 Billion by 2019 According to FierceContentManagement, federal healthcare IT spending is predicted to reach $4.8 billion by 2019. The driving factors behind this number are federal healthcare initiatives designed to help the aging population and military and veterans, among others. ACC Softens on "See It, Stent It" MedPage Today reports that the American College ... read more
 
09/25/2014 Categories: EHR HIT

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... read more
 

ICD-10: Future Impacts on Cardiology 

By Cheryl Iseberg With the new ICD-10 compliance date set as October 1, 2015, heart hospitals need to prepare for change and determine how their cardiovascular service lines will be affected. Below are some of the major documentation changes in ICD-10: For acute myocardial infarctions: The acute phase of MI is now defined as eight weeks instead of four weeks Codes specifying subsequent episodes of care for acute MI are now discontinued There are new unique codes for distinguishing a new acute MI that happens while a patient is still in treatment for an acute MI There is a new combination code for coronary artery disease with angina. In ICD-9, coders had to use two separate codes: “coronary atherosclerosis of native coronary artery” and “intermediate coronary syndrome.” The term “congestive” is now a nonessential modifier for systolic, diastolic, and combined systolic/diastolic heart failure, and only one code is required to describe the specificity and... read more
 

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... read more
 
09/16/2014 Categories: analytics 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.

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