A recent survey shows doctors feel that healthcare technology is impeding their ability to see more patients. By Katie Wike, contributing writer
Brennan Named Head Of Office Of Enterprise Data And Analytics
CMS creates new office to oversee data collection and dissemination in transparency efforts. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
EHR’s Powers Of Suggestion Dictating Drug Prescriptions
A study out of Pennsylvania shows physicians are more likely to choose cheaper prescription drugs when the EHR system lists generics first. By Katie Wike, contributing writer
2 NY HIEs To Merge As HealthlinkNY
The aim of the new collaborative is to unify the exchange of health data in New York State. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
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Top 10 Health IT Trends 2015
Our annual reader survey may have identified the top 10 health IT trends for the coming year, but three initiatives clearly rank above the rest when it comes to provider mindshare.
Direct Messaging Streamlines Healthcare Document Management
When the Mental Health Center of Denver replaced fax with a cloud-based direct messaging solution, it was able to go green, reduce costs, and improve security.
Bedside Bar Coding Puts Patient Safety First
Patient safety is one of the main pillars of care at Memorial Hermann. Bedside patient ID, medication administration, and specimen collection are central to this initiative.
The Ongoing Health IT Interoperability Struggle
While health providers praise the ONC’s interoperability vision, they’re demanding increased standardization and an accelerated roadmap to achieve the Triple Aim.
FROM THE EDITOR
Medical Practices Strive To Regain Patient Focus With IT
This year’s MGMA (Medical Group Management Association) conference featured a ton of great technology solutions, but the medical practices in attendance only seemed interested in those that would allow them to return their focus back to patient care.
Editor In Chief Ken Congdon explains why the health IT industry shouldn’t be surprised or disappointed that Apple’s big iPhone and smartwatch launch ignored HealthKit.
Healthcare providers across the country express their disappointment in the final Meaningful Use ‘Modifications’ Rule issued by CMS, and question the long-term viability of the program.
In an era of team-driven care coordination and value-based reimbursement, it makes more sense than ever for providers to establish their own point-of-care pharmacies.
IBM’s exclusive partnership with Apple could mean a giant leap forward for healthcare mobility. Here’s why.
9 Ways To Boost Patient Recruitment For Health IT Tools
For hospitals investing in technology tools to help patients better manage their care, the question of how best to get – and keep – patients engaged is an ongoing challenge. We can offer these great tools, but if the patients aren’t using them, then what’s the point? I can tell you firsthand that it’s not uncommon to set up and launch a patient application for a hospital, only to have the organization left wondering, “Now what?” By Cortney Nicolato, VP, marketing and strategy, Get Real Health
Digital Signage In Healthcare Settings
Healthcare facilities have long utilized digital signage for employee communication, program marketing and to enhance the patient experience. Digital communications installations provide the ability to communicate instantaneously and can be used to effectively reduce perceived wait times, and reduce patient and visitor anxiety, as well as provide way finding throughout a healthcare facility.
RTLS Helps Manage Equipment Fleet Size And Increase Nurse Satisfaction
Using a real-time location system (RTLS) has proven to be exceptionally beneficial to cost containment at Christiana Care Health System, a not-for-profit teaching health system in Wilmington, Delaware, that includes two hospitals with more than 1,100 beds. One of the most significant benefits has been that the RTLS helps us understand how to manage our equipment fleet.
The New Middle Ground – Hybrid Clouds
Without dispute, cloud computing ranks as one of the most significant technological developments in recent years. And like many major advancements, it comes with controversy and challenges. Still being disputed is the suitability of the cloud in compliance-centric industries. Many healthcare organizations still question whether the essential benefits of the cloud – elasticity and quicker deployments – are outweighed by the perceived risks related to security, compliance, and reliability. By Mika Javanainen, senior director of product management, M-Files Corporation
Empowering And Engaging Human Capital In Healthcare
Today, the healthcare industry is plagued by significant challenges that impact everything from workload, to quality of care, to patient safety.
Quality Improvement In The Advent Of Population Health Management
for healthcare organizations whose reimbursement and revenue are tied to patient outcomes, achieving performance on quality measures for the Centers for medicare and medicaid Services (CmS) and other stakeholders drives high-priority quality improvement projects. organizations face challenges, however, in the execution of quality initiatives due to disparate data systems, inefficient clinician workflows, and time-consuming measurement processes. adding to these challenges are the quality demands of risk-based contracts that have grown with the advent of population health management.
Clinically Integrated Networks And Population Health
Healthcare organizations increasingly face the demands of value-based reimbursement as hospitals and physicians are held accountable for higher quality care delivered at a lower cost. As organizations plan and prepare for value-based care, they also must remain focused on margins threatened by increased cost structure and declines in reimbursement in the current fee-for-service environment.
The Top 10 Health IT Trends For 2015: Complete Survey Results
To identify the top technology trends, Health IT Outcomes asked each of the survey respondents to rank a series of technology initiatives in line with their implementation plans for 2015. For each initiative, respondents were asked to clarify whether the initiative was a “Top Priority,” a “Priority,” “Important,” “Somewhat Important,” or “Not Important At This Time.” Each response was then weighted. For example, all “Top Priority” responses were given a rating of one (1), while “Not Important At This Time” responses were given a rating of five (5). An average of the total ratings was then calculated for each IT initiative. The lower the cumulative rating, the higher the priority the technology project was to our survey respondents. This rating system was used to determine the top 10 health IT trends for 2015. A list of how all technology initiatives scored in our survey is presented below. In an instance of a tie in the average score, the percentage of “Top Priority” votes determined the higher trend number.
A2iA Corporation, Artificial Intelligence and Image Analysis, is a worldwide leading developer of natural handwriting recognition, Intelligent Word Recognition (IWR) and Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR) technologies and products for the payment, mail, document and forms processing markets.
Motion Computing, Inc.
Motion Computing® is a global leader in mobile computing solutions, combining world-class products with services customized for the unique needs of target vertical markets, including healthcare.
Infor Healthcare’s solutions include supply chain, human capital, and financial management software that help people and systems work better together so healthcare organizations can focus on delivering quality patient care.
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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.
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