Category: Health IT & HIE News

  • Can Big Data Analytics, Data Governance Restore Joy to Medicine?

    Date: September 29th, 2015Source: Health IT AnalyticsTopics: Health IT, Physician Workflow, Data Analytics
    Physicians who are struggling to muster up the enthusiasm to continue the practice of medicine may not feel like adding a mountain of big data to the mix will do much to help them recapture the joy of patient care. After all, burdensome reporting programs, an inundation of quality metrics, and increased documentation requirements are some of the primary reasons why clinicians are so disgruntled in the first place. But as the healthcare system evolves into a value-based, data-driven care continuum, big data analytics is poised to become the solution to physician dissatisfaction, not its cause. If providers can make meaningful changes to their information governance programs in the present, they will be positioning themselves for success in the very near future.
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  • Survey Finds Patients Prefer More Digital Healthcare

    Date: September 28th, 2015Source: CMIOTopics: HIE, Health IT, Patient Engagement
    Patients are aware of the gaps in information sharing that make it challenging for them to manage their health, according to results from Surescripts' Connected Care and the Patient Experience survey. “Dangerous voids in health information sharing can easily be solved through the use of digital communications and technology. This survey proves patients take notice and are ready for a change,” said Tom Skelton, Surescripts CEO. “As an industry, we need to come together to connect the nation’s healthcare system -- to enhance the patient experience while improving quality and lowering the cost of care.”
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  • Report: More Than 80% of Docs Now Use EHRs

    Date: September 18th, 2015Source: Healthcare IT NewsTopics: EHRs, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Health IT
    More than eight in 10 doctors across the country, or 83%, have adopted electronic healthcare record (EHR) systems, according to a new report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Counting only certified EHR adoption, however, that rate goes down to 74%. Also, 51% of doctors are using only basic EHR functionalities, according to ONC.
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  • Deloitte Survey: Hospitals & Health Systems Look to Healthcare Analytics But Lack Strategy

    Date: September 16th, 2015Source: EHR IntelligenceTopics: Population Health, Value-Based Care, Accountable Care, Data Analytics
    Despite significant interest in leveraging healthcare analytics, few healthcare organizations have the necessary strategy for blending financial, operational, clinical, and other data effectively, according to a recent Deloitte Center for Health Solutions survey. Comprising responses from CIOs, CMIOs, and senior leaders from 50 health systems, the survey also finds healthcare data analytics adoption and spending falling short of industry predictions despite support for leveraging these emerging technologies for value-based care.
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  • Oncology Group Asks Congress to Bolster EHR Interoperability & Eliminate Info Blocking

    Date: September 16th, 2015Source: iHealthBeatTopics: HIE, EHRs, Interoperability, Healthcare Policy
    On Tuesday, the American Society for Clinical Oncology released a position statement urging Congress to pass legislation that would strengthen interoperability of electronic health records, Modern Healthcare reports. The statement was released during a Capitol Hill briefing on big data. In the statement, ASCO noted that to achieve a fully interoperable health IT system "all health IT initiatives that utilize big data must have the ability to electronically share clinical information between practitioners."
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  • Social, Behavioral Data Must Be Included in EHRs, Nurses Say

    Date: September 14th, 2015Source: Health IT AnalyticsTopics: EHRs, Population Health, Primary Care, Behavioral Health
    Electronic health records (EHRs) are incomplete and potentially insufficient for use in population health management programs when they are missing social and behavioral data, states the American Academy of Nursing in a new policy brief and call to action. Without collecting data on patient behaviors and the impacts of socioeconomic circumstances on clinical health, providers are operating with an incomplete picture of the challenges patients face outside of the organization’s purview.
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  • ONC Launches Online Complaint Form for Providers to Report EHR Issues, Data Blocking

    Date: September 11th, 2015Source: EHR IntelligenceTopics: HIE, EHRs, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Health IT, Interoperability, Healthcare Policy
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has launched a new tool for reporting complaints about certified EHR technology (CEHRT) and health IT. "ONC launched [the form] to address these concerns and be the single point of entry for you to report problems or complaints about your health IT product," said Acting Deputy National Coordinator Jon White, MD. "The new reporting mechanism will help us here at ONC better triage, track, route and respond to your health IT concerns or challenges." ONC has laid out five instances where providers should contact the federal agency, including "health information blocking."
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  • Final Rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Comes Closer to Publication

    Date: September 4th, 2015Source: Health IT AnalyticsTopics: EHRs, Meaningful Use, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    The final rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use is now under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), bringing the hotly anticipated guidelines one step closer to publication.
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  • Primary Care Providers View Health IT Use in Positive Light

    Date: August 27th, 2015Source: EHR IntelligenceTopics: EHRs, Health IT
    Primary care providers view health IT use as a welcome addition to delivering high-quality, but remain skeptical of the benefits of accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the provisioning of high-quality, according to new research published by the Commonwealth Fund in collaboration with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Of the more than 1,600 physicians surveyed, exactly half (50%) view the impact if increased use of health IT as positive, compared to 28 percent who deemed its impact to be negative.
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  • Four People You Need For an Easy EHR Transition

    Date: August 25th, 2015Source: Healthcare IT NewsTopics: EHRs, Meaningful Use, Physician Workflow
    Facing a new electronic health record (EHR) implementation is like facing the boogeyman of the health IT world. Transition to a new system can be a nightmare. There's staff resistance, technical difficulties, disrupted workflow and a steep learning curve. But as technology advances, transition from one EHR system to the next is sometimes a necessity. A 2014 survey showed 67% of physicians do not like the functionality of their current EHR systems. But an effective EHR is key to increasing efficiency and reducing costs. For many hospitals, health systems and practices, it may be time to switch to a better system.
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  • A New Model to Track Growing Patient and Consumer Engagement Adoption

    Date: August 18th, 2015Source: Healthcare InformaticsTopics: Health IT, Patient Engagement
    In July, leaders at Scottsdale Institute (SI) announced the creation of the SI Patient/Consumer Engagement Adoption Model™. The SI Patient/Consumer Engagement Adoption Model “is an assessment tool and adoption model to help U.S. healthcare systems measure effectiveness in engaging patients and consumers in managing their own health and wellness." SI said they developed the model in response to the growing demand and necessity for patients and consumers to participate in their own care.
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  • How Big Data is Driving the Consumerization of Healthcare

    Date: August 14th, 2015Source: U.S. News & World ReportTopics: Mobile Health, Patient Engagement, Digital Health, Data Analytics
    Big data can help physicians understand patient behavior, which in turn impacts care delivery and their practice. Doctors in 2015 have a unique advantage in that their patients actively monitor their health with mobile apps, wearable devices and social media. People keep a closer eye on their workouts, caloric intake, sleep patterns and vitals than ever before, creating a resource that could only exist in the digital age. However, very few mobile and wearable apps can be accessed by both the doctor and patient. The healthcare industry's next step in mobility involves making that connection between physicians and patients so that each party benefits from the amount of available data.
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  • Denver-based Dispatch Health Hopes to be 'Uber for Healthcare'

    Date: August 12th, 2015Source: 7News Denver (KMGH)Topics: HIE, Mobile Health, Emergency Services
    A Denver-based company hopes to be the next "Uber for health care," providing a doctor on your doorstep instead of a costly trip to the hospital. For two years, Dispatch Health has worked with local fire departments when people call 911, but starting Monday, the company is expanding its services to a fleet of private vehicles staffed with doctors and nurse practitioners. Dispatch Health, previously known as True North Health Navigation, is a current CORHIO HIE participant. Their medical practitioners access the HIE from wireless enabled iPads.
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  • Web-based mHealth Tools Can Drive Patient Engagement, Care Satisfaction

    Date: August 10th, 2015Source: FierceMobile HealthcareTopics: Mobile Health, Patient Engagement
    Access to online educational content specific to medical issues and Web-based tools that enhance communication between patients and providers can help users gain a deeper understanding of care and boost patient satisfaction, reveals a new Brigham and Women's Hospital study. The use of an online patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) also facilitates patient involvement and input into the plan of care, states the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
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  • ED Physician Work Group Outlines Recommendations for National HIE

    Date: August 10th, 2015Source: iHealthBeatTopics: HIE, Emergency Services, Patient Care
    Health data exchange can provide more complete patient records to emergency physicians, but changes are needed to enable a national health information exchange, according to a paper published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, FierceHealthIT reports. The paper included suggestions by an American College of Emergency Physicians work group (Hall, FierceHealthIT, 8/7).
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  • Report: Radiology Has The Greatest Need for Image Sharing

    Date: August 3rd, 2015Source: HIT ConsultantTopics: HIE, Health IT, Radiology, Image Sharing
    Ninety-six percent of providers identified radiology on their list of departments that had the greatest need for image sharing, according to new report by peer60, a smart data software company. The report findings are based on a survey of more than 500 healthcare organizations, the report confirms while radiology departments have the greatest need for image sharing today, there is a growing need to exchange this information across departments and facilities as coordination of care is “now a critical component in the effective practice of medicine.”
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  • Cerner's Military EHR Contract Expected to Speed March to Interoperability

    Date: August 1st, 2015Source: Modern Healthcare (registration may be required to view)Topics: Military Health, Interoperability
    The U.S. military's giant electronic health-record contract announced last week with a consortium including EHR vendor Cerner Corp. likely will have a major impact on advancing interoperability in health information technology across the entire U.S. healthcare system, experts say. The military's goal is to use its new system to achieve health IT interoperability with thousands of civilian healthcare partners. That's because 60% to 70% of the care provided to the 9.6 million Military Health System beneficiaries—active duty military personnel, retirees and their families—is delivered by providers in the private sector.
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  • Maximizing Your EHR: 5 Strategies

    Date: July 30th, 2015Source: Physicians PracticeTopics: EHRs, Physician Workflow
    The way in which physicians interact with data as it pertains to patient care has clearly identified the EHR as a critical tool. The statistics speak for themselves — approximately 78 percent of all office-based physicians had an EHR in place as of 2013, according to a 2014 study in Health Affairs. However, this doesn't mean that physicians are satisfied with the EHRs they have; recent studies, including a 2014 report in JAMA Internal Medicine, have shown that even experienced EHR users find decreases in productivity. It becomes critical, then, to find ways to maximize the use of existing EHRs in an effort to improve efficacy for patient care and reduce end-user frustration.
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  • Dept. of Defense Awards Cerner, Leidos, Accenture EHR Contract

    Date: July 29th, 2015Source: Healthcare IT NewsTopics: Military Health
    The US Department of Defense handed down the largest and most-anticipated electronic health record system contract in history late Wednesday. And the winner is (drumroll, please) … Cerner, Leidos and Accenture. The contract's initial piece, valued at $4.3 billion, calls for the team to provide "an electronic health record off-the-shelf solution, integration activities and deployment across the Military Health System," a DoD spokesperson told Healthcare IT News.
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  • Information Blocking Discussed in July 23 Senate Hearing

    Date: July 24th, 2015Source: Health Data ManagementTopics: EHRs, Interoperability, Healthcare Policy
    Information blocking—both by providers and vendors—is preventing the sharing of patients’ electronic health records and dashing any hope of realizing true EHR interoperability, according to witnesses who testified during a Senate health committee hearing on Thursday, July 23.
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  • Proposed CMS Rule Would Require Health Information Exchange for Long-Term Care

    Date: July 16th, 2015Source: Health IT AnalyticsTopics: HIE, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Long-Term Care, Transitions of Care
    A new proposed rule released this week in conjunction with the White House Conference on Aging would require long-term care (LTC) facilities and nursing homes to participate in health information exchange, CMS says. During a patient transfer or discharge, long-term care facilities would be required not only to document an event in the patient’s clinical record, but also to transmit that information to the receiving facility in order to promote continuity of care.
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  • Analytics Tip: Stop Cleaning Your Data

    Date: July 15th, 2015Source: Health Data ManagementTopics: Health IT, Population Health, Data Analytics
    Adopting a basic set of principles is the key to success with healthcare data analytics, according to John Showalter, M.D., chief health information officer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. During a presentation at the Healthcare Analytics Symposium sponsored by Health Data Management, Showalter said the top two principles are: healthcare analytics is all about the individual patient, and don’t waste time and money cleaning your data before analyzing—just start using it.
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  • EHRs and Patient Portals: Key Contract Considerations

    Date: July 10th, 2015Source: Physicians PracticeTopics: EHRs
    Most practices now use EHRs and slightly more than half use patient portals, but a significant percentage is still exploring their options when it comes to acquiring both technologies, according to our 2015 Technology Survey. If you are a manager or physician at one of these practices, doing your homework upfront may reduce the likelihood that you'll experience common post-implementation challenges, such as interoperability issues or work flow problems.
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  • See Which Hospitals Made the 2015 'Most Wired' List

    Date: July 10th, 2015Source: Healthcare IT NewsTopics: Health IT, Colorado Hospitals & Health Systems
    Out of more than 2,200 U.S. hospitals, only 338 made it to this year's Most Wired list, demonstrating some of the most advanced health IT use and adoption in the nation.
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  • Medicare Pushes Home Health to Adopt EHR, HIE

    Date: July 8th, 2015Source: Health Data ManagementTopics: HIE, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Home Health
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants home health agencies to accelerate their use of health information technology. The agency is issuing no mandates yet, but certainly is leaving the door open. CMS’ encouragement of electronic health records and health information exchange is in a proposed rule for the calendar year 2016 Medicare home health prospective payment system.
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