Flexibility and support helped garner support of large medical groups for the new rule. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
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.
Helping Providers Manage e-Prescribing
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 the President of DrFirst, Cam Deemer, and his company’s efforts in medication management and adherence, as well as care collaboration.
How To Overcome Mobile Connectivity Framework Challenges
Hospitals are large, complex buildings presenting unique connectivity obstacles. Aging infrastructure, unique cabling challenges, the translation of device data from numerous proprietary device formats into something that can be read and understood by EMRs, and radio frequency-blocking masonry and concrete are but a few of those obstacles. Throw in security and regulatory compliance and it’s easy to understand why healthcare is struggling to stay connected. But, stay connected we must. Hospital CIOs view Wi-Fi not as a luxury, but as an essential tool for doing business. Patient information is no longer being recorded on paper — it is now required to be kept as part of an Electronic Medical Record that needs to be shared throughout the hospital. The need for mobility and the constant struggle with BYOD only compound the problems of how to maximize connectivity, protect patient information, and deliver positive patient outcomes. Health IT Outcomes recently had to opportunity to discuss these issues and more with Eric Abbott, Director of Product Management and Strategy for ExteNet Systems, Inc., an owner and provider of Distributed Networks which creates a scalable network design utilizing its high-bandwidth fiber network to meet the network densification needs of the wireless service providers.
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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.
A global leader respected for innovation and reliability, Zebra provides enabling technologies that allow customers to take smarter actions.
PC Connection, Inc.
The PC Connection, Inc. family of companies has been trusted for more than 30 years to provide and transform technology into complete solutions that increase the value of IT. Our teams at PC Connection, GovConnection, and MoreDirect include experts who specialize in customized services and solutions for the healthcare market.
Sprint offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to the healthcare industry.
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Health IT Outcomes is the premier information resource for today’s most pressing Health IT topics. Our mission is to provide healthcare providers with expert guidance on technology system selection, integration, project management, and change management. In addition to its online presence, Health IT Outcomes produces a bi-monthly print publication focused on peer-based content centered on best practices and implementation trends.
Health IT Outcomes covers all technology solutions that impact the productivity, efficiency, patient care, and cash flow of a healthcare facility — from the latest electronic health record software (EHR), healthcare information exchange (HIE), healthcare information management Software (HIM), healthcare document management, healthcare business intelligence software, healthcare revenue cycle management software, point of care (POC) EMR (electronic medical record) and HIM (health information management) software to point-of-care solutions and medical imaging systems. The site features a comprehensive buyer's guide, daily health IT news updates on the latest technologies, contributed articles from leading healthcare industry analysts and vendors, and original success stories that highlight how leading healthcare facilities are implementing technology solutions with maximum return.
PODCASTS RECORDED AT HIMSS15
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.
The Importance Of Interoperability To Population Health Subject Of Discussion At HIMSS15
In this podcast, Dr. Tom Van Gilder, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Informatics and Analytics with Transcend Insights, lays out the company’s ’ ultimate goal within the health care IT industry and population health market as well as how it is approaching population health differently than some of the other vendors
Challenges Providers Face When Aggregating And Analyzing Data Discussed At HIMSS15
In this podcast, Validic co-founder Drew Schiller explains what his company does and how it fits into the overall healthcare ecosystem as well as provided background on the two substantial deals entered into with Cerner and Meditech.
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