Report recommends improvements in CMS oversight of state marketplace IT projects. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
ONC Releases 5-Year HIT Strategic Plan
Transforming healthcare delivery and community health is among new goals for HIT. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
Making Sense Of Unstructured Data In An EMR
At Health IT Outcomes, we’ve made it our mission to provide the healthcare industry with expert guidance on technology system selection, integration, project management, and change management. To help achieve this goal, we speak with industry leaders on everything from EHRs to HIEs to HIM, and then share these conversations with you.
Overcoming Healthcare’s Resistance To Change
At Health IT Outcomes, we’ve made it our mission to provide the healthcare industry with expert guidance on technology system selection, integration, project management, and change management. To help achieve this goal, we speak with industry leaders on everything from EHRs to HIEs to HIM, and then share these conversations with you. We recently travelled to Chicago to attend HIMSS15 where we had the privilege to speak with Michael Lovett, EVP and GM of NextGen. Lovett discussed what types of initiatives are currently underway to help both patients and doctors with problems regarding population health, EHR, and interoperability.
HEALTH IT OUTCOMES MAGAZINE CONTENT
2015 Health IT Change Agents
Our inaugural class of Health IT Change Agents set a high bar, but this year’s class can more than hold its own when it comes to driving positive change and advancing health IT.
Using Analytics To Build Personalized Plans For Chronic Care Management
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is leveraging functional status assessments and social determinants of health to advance its population health management efforts.
Making EHR Data Usable
EHRs provide a wealth of data, but the time it takes to make sense of that information can be overwhelming. Massachusetts General Hospital implemented a solution to efficiently mine unstructured data for clinical decision support.
Using Images To Tell The Complete Patient Story
Medical images have long been an essential tool for providing optimal patient care, but accessing and tracking those images present significant challenges. Healthcare providers such as the Cleveland Clinic are turning to technology to address these issues.
FROM THE EDITOR
Is Big Data Fueling Breaches?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
What Will It Take To Achieve True Interoperability?
There are two common reactions when the topic of interoperability is raised in conversation. The first is recognition of how important it is for providers, patients, and other appropriate stakeholders to be able to reliably and consistently exchange health data. The second is frustration we haven’t yet made enough progress with interoperability to achieve the full promise of health IT. The healthcare industry has made some progress, but many of us wonder: What will it take to achieve true interoperability? Following are a few suggested means of hastening efforts to improve health data exchange. By Paul Black, CEO and President, Allscripts
National Health IT Week: Streamlining Patient Care by Minimizing Alarm Fatigue
National Health IT Week is about recognizing the ways delivery of care is changing. Healthcare is in a period of transition that is changing how care is delivered. Health information is shared, quality is measured, reimbursements are dispersed, and patients are becoming engaged in their own. Today’s technology is advancing quickly and is a reliable tool to support these changes and advancements. Nurses are at the forefront of transforming care with increased responsibility placed on them to achieve better patient outcomes. As nurses balance delivering care at more reasonable costs with providing chronic care management to an aging, sicker, and more diverse population, supporting technology must be finely tuned to meet their needs. By Rhonda Collins, Chief Nursing Officer, Vocera Communications
Innovating Healthcare Interoperability
Innovation in healthcare is critical; it helps enhance quality patient care and improves workflow drastically. However, to encourage the innovation we need, a cultural change across the industry is required. Collaborations across the healthcare industry need to occur to improve current processes and ensure the patient is the priority in everything we do. The changes we make should encompass this mantra and focus on putting the patient at the center of quality care. By Mony Weschler, Senior Director Applications Strategy & Innovation, Montefiore Information Technology
Forget October 1, Are You Ready For October 15?
We were all focused on the start of ICD-10, but in a few short weeks healthcare organizations will begin to see the impact of the transition on their bottom lines. Here are some tips on how to mitigate the ICD-10 impact. By Bonnie Cassidy, senior director of HIM innovation, Nuance Communications
If You Can't Rest, You Can't Heal
Hospitals strive to provide a quiet healing environment. Unfortunately hospital staff alarms confuse patients with only 35% of patients thinking that hospital staff did a good job of explaining the alarms.
The Connected Hospital: Effective Leadership Strategies For Unified Communications
The healthcare industry is transitioning to a more integrated care delivery and payment management model in which multiple providers in multiple facilities are required to work more closely together, share more information electronically, and accept bundled, value-based reimbursements for care cycles.
What Nurses Like Most (And Least) About EHRs
When it comes to influence in health care, nursing has the advantage in both numbers and trust. Nursing is the largest segment of the healthcare workforce, outnumbering physicians almost four to one in the United States. Nurses are also consistently named the most trusted professionals in Gallup polls, perhaps in part because they provide the most direct care to patients.
Understanding The Health Language SNOMED CT To ICD-10 Maps
As specified by Meaningful Use Stage 2, the 2014 edition of EHR certification will require problem list entries to have SNOMED CT encoding. Since October 1, 2014, diagnoses must be encoded in ICD-10-CM for billing. After that time personnel and systems will need to convert problem list entries (in SNOMED CT) to billing diagnoses (in ICD-10-CM). Sophisticated SNOMED CT / ICD-10-CM mapping is required to allow this task to be done efficiently and accurately.
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PODCASTS RECORDED AT HIMSS15
Rush-Copley Discusses Importance Of Evidence-Based Order Sets At HIMSS15
In this podcast, Diane Homan, MD of Rush-Copley Medical Center explains how long Rush-Copley has leveraged evidence-based order sets to standardize care as well as how important this process is to patient care.
The Challenges With Medication Management Vs. Medication Adherence Explained At HIMSS15
In this podcast, DrFirst president Cam Deemer explains what his company – which focuses on medication management, medication adherence, and care collaboration – saw in the market that led it to evolve to address them. He also describes New York’s I-STOP Act, what its objectives are, and how this impacts the national conversation.
Provider’s Biggest RCM Challenges – And How To Overcome Them – Subject Of Conversation At HIMSS15
In this podcast, Greg Pelling, Senior VP and GM Networks and Insights and Kris Joshi, Insights EVP of Product for Emdeon describe what Emdeon does and their respective roles with the company.
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