Massachusetts Efforts To Reduce Readmission Rates Produce Mixed Results

A Center for Health Information and Analysis report finds that while unplanned readmissions fell, wide variations also existed. By Christine Kern, contributing writer

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    CIO Struggles And Triumphs

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    The Promise And Pain Of EHRS

    EHRs have provided faster access to patient data and billing information, but workflow disruptions have prevented many providers from realizing efficiency and patient care benefits from the technology.

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    Secure Clinical Communications Makes Real Patient Impact

    MemorialCare Health System’s new secure clinical communications solution has done more than streamline communications among physicians. It has helped decrease patient wait times and length of stay as well.

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    Improving Price Transparency With IT

    Providers are leveraging technology and enhancing education efforts earlier in the treatment process to better inform patients of their financial responsibility while gaining a competitive business edge.

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    Data breaches continue to dominate healthcare headlines, leading one to wonder if the unprecedented growth of Big Data is to blame? Health Data Consortium CEO Chris Boone shares his thoughts on this subject and more.

HIMSS15 Provides Both Clarity & Confusion

Interoperability and Population Health Management were once again the hottest topics at the health IT industry’s largest conference. The event helped to clarify efforts in one of these areas while muddling the messages delivered in the other.

The Problem With Consumerism In Healthcare

Many industry leaders championed a free market approach to healthcare during the 12th Annual World Health Care Congress last week. Here are a few key reasons why I don’t think this model is “the fix” our industry so desperately needs.

Is Technology To Blame For Physician Burnout?

According to a recent Medscape survey, 46% of physicians say they are burned out. How much is the drive towards health IT adoption contributing to this epidemic?

The ONC’s Olive Branch

Just when the Meaningful Use program was on life support, the ONC makes two key announcements that seem to have healthcare leaders rallying around the program (and the organization) once again.

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    ICD-10 PCS – We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

    After decades of experience with ICD-9, we have learned and come to grips with its quirks. We do not yet have that comfort level with ICD-10 – after all, it’s still pretty new to most of us in the U.S. I’m not really concerned about the diagnosis side of ICD-10 and its Clinical Modification, ICD-10-CM. But what does concern me is ICD-10 PCS. So far, we don’t have a good idea of how this is going to impact reimbursement, and what documentation requirements are really going to be needed. We really don’t know what we don’t know.

  • Virtual Visits Can Widen Access To High-Quality Healthcare
    Virtual Visits Can Widen Access To High-Quality Healthcare

    If you live in an urban area, you likely take for granted there will be numerous hospitals and physician practices (including those with high-level subspecialty care) within a short distance of home. But for much of the world, access to even basic healthcare can be difficult. Those who live in rural areas of the U.S. and other countries often must travel long distances to see a primary care physician. Critical access hospitals, which provide much of the care for rural Americans, are struggling. Many are expected to close in the near future. And access to specialists and subspecialists is even more difficult. By Sid Nair, VP & Global General Manager, Dell Services Healthcare & Life Sciences

  • 5 Reasons Clinical Data Analytics Are Worth The Effort
    5 Reasons Clinical Data Analytics Are Worth The Effort

    Recent survey results by CDW Healthcare found more than two-thirds of healthcare decision makers say analytics is one of their organizations top three priorities, while other recent survey results from KPMG found only 10 percent of organizations are using advanced tools for data collection with analytics and predictive capabilities. This incongruity is not surprising. With all the health information technology (HIT) projects occurring at healthcare organizations right now: optimizing electronic health records (EHR), increasing electronic health information exchange (HIE) and expanding and securing wireless networks for mobile devices and hospital equipment, HIT professionals are understandably preoccupied with other projects. By M. Evan Hétu, SVP, data & analytics, Altegra Health

  • Changing Patient Behavior: How Data From Wearables And Sensors Will Transform Healthcare
    Changing Patient Behavior: How Data From Wearables And Sensors Will Transform Healthcare

    Today’s wealth of innovation in wearables and sensors gives patients access to more data about their health than ever before. And while this access has increased patient engagement, it has yet to lead to a shift in overall patient behavior and persistent lifestyle changes that are necessary to affect long term outcomes. Part of this seeming disconnect is due to the fact that fitness data without context does not automatically translate to easily actionable positive behaviors for many patients. By Joseph Frassica, MD, CMIO/CTO, Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions, Philips

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    Factors That Make Data Security Tough Discussed At HIMSS15

    In this podcast, Sean Murphy, VP, HSBU HIPAA/Information Security Officer for Leidos Health discusses if HIPAA compliance is the main reason why information security in the healthcare space is so challenging, or if there are other factors that make data security tougher.

  • How To Leverage Big Data To Support PHM Initiatives Revealed At HIMSS15
    How To Leverage Big Data To Support PHM Initiatives Revealed At HIMSS15

    In this podcast, Anthony Deighton, CTO and David Bolton, Senior Director Global for Qlik talked about where are we today in terms of our ability to use Big Data to support initiatives like population health management and value-based care and, how with so much data available today, Qlik is helping providers make sense of it all and take action based on it.

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    Two-Factor Authentication For EPCS Topic Of Conversation At HIMSS15

    In this podcast, Imprivata CMO Dr. Sean Kelly provides a brief overview of Imprivata and his role with the company. Kelly discusses how the reliance on electronic data and digital information systems has impacted physician authorization and access to these systems, as well as how problematic log-in and password management scenarios are for physicians today.

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