Tavenner announces no delays to ICD-10 roll-out at HIMSS. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
Telemedicine Keeps Seniors Out Of ER
Study reveals after-hours telemedicine significantly reduced hospitalization rates of those in nursing homes. By Katie Wike, contributing writer
Tavenner Talks RAC
CMS assures hospital leaders of plans to fix RAC program, asks for feedback. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
Health Data Analytics Improves Self-Pay Collections
An upcoming webinar presented by MedeAnalytics shows how predictive analytics and data insight help providers tackle the issues surrounding self-pay situations. By Katie Wike, contributing writer
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Proactive Partnerships Key To ICD-10
According to practicing pediatrician Dr. Peter Masucci, a successful transition to ICD-10 requires physicians to be proactive and maintain a close relationship with their EHR vendor.
Don’t Ignore The Business Benefits Of Health Data Analytics
LifeCare Management Services leverages analytics technology to provide a comprehensive, consistent, and accurate view of census and financial data throughout its 27 hospitals — information vital to the organization’s overall business development.
Population Health Management Provides Regional View Of Care
The addition of population health management (PHM) technology to the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization is resulting in more specific measures of processes and outcomes, as well as the ability to gather that information from EHRs in all of their PCP offices and hospitals.
Clinical Mobile Apps Lead To Speedy Data Turnaround
At Rockdale Medical Center, clinical mobile apps are accelerating the transmission of data among departments, meeting HIPAA requirements and pleasing physicians.
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The Quest For Evidence At HIMSS14
A clear sense of urgency to gather actionable health data that improves care and cuts costs was on display at this year’s HIMSS conference. Here are a few of my key observations and takeaways from the event.
I only have time to see a tiny fraction of the hundreds of educational sessions and keynotes on tap for HIMSS14, but these are the six I’m making sure to carve out time for in my schedule.
A smart card solution has helped Resolute Health reduce administrative labor and claims denials while improving the overall patient experience.
Behind on your ICD-10 planning? Don’t panic. Instead, take a look at how Palomar Health is preparing for the transition, and adopt similar principles in your facility.
Several new attractions make their debut at the Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition this year. Here are the ones I’m most looking forward to.
Charting A Course For Patient Safety
Ten percent of diagnoses are wrong, delayed, or missed. What can be done to correct this problem and save the 40,000 or more lives that are lost each year as a result? By Melissa Cole, BSN, MSW, FACHE
Patient Portals: Privacy Vs. Convenience
Patient portals promise efficiency and convenience, a solid way for healthcare professional to communicate, and a gateway for patients to follow their own medical history. Patient portals have become much more commonplace under the Meaningful Use Incentive Program, which breaks patient engagement into two stages. Stage 1 requires providers offer electronic copies of test results, discharge summaries, and the like when the patient requests it. Stage 2 goes further by requiring physicians offer online access of medical records to more than 50 percent of unique patients seen by clinicians. The most efficient way to do this is through the patient portal. But even as the convenience of patient portals makes it clear that they are a step forward for patient and physician, privacy concerns threaten to overshadow the convenience that the portals provide. By Shannon Lee
How Will Obamacare Affect Private Practice?
Ask a room full of doctors about what Obamacare will do to the private practice and brace yourself for a flurry of opinions. Some believe the Affordable Care Act is absolutely necessary to rein in a healthcare system run rampant for far too long. Others see the significant changes coming for healthcare as a shot in the dark that will do much more harm than good. In the sea of all the opinions, only one thing is absolutely certain: Big changes are coming. By Shannon Dauphin Lee
Big Data Fantasies Of A Primary Care Doctor
As I spend yet another weekend in the office catching up on my charting, I find my mind wandering to how my EHR was designed to taunt me. Let me explain. I am a big preventive medicine proponent and have spent hours developing measures in my EHR system of what preventive health services my patients need, as well as when they need them. When a patient comes in with a sore throat, I am alerted by a pop up box that they need a prostate exam. When I receive an electronic task that they need their blood pressure medication refilled, that pop up box again appears, reminding me of the overdue prostate exam. As I go through my account receivables at the end of the month, I am once again alerted by the pop up box of the same patient and his overdue prostate exam. By Linda M. Girgis, MD, FAAFP
Test Compendium Framework Electronic Directory Of Services
A significant challenge in establishing a laboratory order and result interface is population of the reference laboratory’s Directory of Services (DOS) within an Ordering Provider’s System. Historically, laboratories have provided DOS information via proprietary solutions. Until the introduction of the eDOS Implementation Guide (IG), there have been no standards for the provision of a laboratory’s DOS.
Manage Mobility And Be HIPAA Compliant
See how Montrose Memorial Hospital has leveraged a mobility platform to prevent unauthorized e-mail access.
ICD-10: Making The Complex Simple Infographic
This infographic takes a look at the facts of ICD-10, the pros, the cons, associated costs, problems within your organization, and the solution to successful ICD-10 transition.
Get With The Times: Hospitals Need To Update Data Storage Practices Infographic
When it comes to best practices for data backup and archiving, hospitals are doing well in some places but lacking others - and those gaps will only be more exposed as they race to comply with the upcoming ICD-10 deadlines and the 2015 requirements to meet the patient care milestones on Meaningful Use Stage 2.
Linoma Software | GoAnywhere MFT
We specialize in secure file transfer solutions and data encryption, helping healthcare clients and their business partners keep data secure and audited to help meet HIPAA and HITECH compliance requirements.
Greenway Medical Technologies
Greenway Medical Technologies provides innovative electronic health record (EHR), practice management and ambulatory healthcare business solutions and services to more than 40,000 healthcare providers nationwide, optimizing practices in 30 specialties and subspecialties by enhancing the delivery of patient care through advanced health IT software and on-demand services that can be meaningfully used allowing physician practices to function at their highest level of efficiency.
McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500 list, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better.
Xenon 1900h Color - Corded Model
Xenon™ 1900h Color, designed specifically for healthcare users, is redefining the capabilities of hand-held scanners.
UltraLite Cart Storage Personalized Medication Delivery
JACO UltraLite mobile carts provide the ideal platform for true bedside medication administration lightweight, durable and offered in numerous configurations, this sophisticated storage system allows health care professionals a secure and flexible solution to help meet stringent medication delivery regulations.
Captuvo SL22h Enterprise Sled For Apple® iPod touch®
For healthcare organizations committed to being the most progressive provider in their community, deploying the Apple® iPod touch® mobile device with hospital-proven bar code scanning technology from Honeywell Scanning & Mobility represents a true sign of leadership.
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