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Healthcare industry cheers meaningful use modifications

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:36

Finally, CMS has acknowledged a months-long chorus of frustration from industry groups that existing meaningful use rules are just too onerous. One typical reaction: "Hip, hip hooray!"

[See also: CMS signals an ease to meaningful use reporting]

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ONC calls for interoperability by 2017

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:56

The Office of the National Coordinator released this morning a draft roadmap, along with proposed actions to take in order to achieve interoperability and a learning healthcare system in the next two years.

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With ICD-10, KPIs worth keeping track of

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 21:46

Whether it's denial rates or average time for claims to be paid, there are "hundreds" of key performance indicators any smart provider should be keeping close tabs on in the days leading up to -- and immediately following -- the Oct. 1, 2015, switchover to ICD-10.

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CMS signals an ease to meaningful use reporting

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:50

It's official. The federal government has announced its willingness to ease up on meaningful use reporting requirements for the EHR Incentive Programs. 

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From airplanes to doctors' offices: Improving population health outcomes

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:31

To consider how to improve population health outcomes, let’s start in an unlikely place—an airplane. If you’ve ever flown on an airliner, chances are good that you’ve browsed through the inflight magazine. If so, you’ve likely seen one of the ads for New York Magazine's "Best Doctors in New York."

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What has SHARP accomplished for EHRs?

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:13

After four years and $60 million, the ONC's Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects program is essentially done, and each project has made strides in improving various elements of EHRs. Those involved in SHARP believe their work has advanced the health IT field, but it remains to be seen if any of their innovations find their way into widespread use.

[See also: Object of beauty, or ungainly nuisance?]

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Five accelerants to the adoption of connected health

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:32

I’m often asked, ‘If you could snap your fingers and do some things to accelerate the adoption of connected health, what would they be?’  I’ve resisted responding, thinking that things are not so simple and reducing the keys to adoption to a list is unrealistic.  However, I have been thinking lately about the cultural and business phenomena that are currently shaping and accelerating the adoption of connected health and, in that context, came up with five accelerants.

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Call for nominations: H.I.T. Men & Women Awards

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:20

Every year, Healthcare IT News pays tribute to the leaders and trailblazers who are advancing health technology through their dedication and vision. 

The H.I.T. Men & Women Awards, sponsored by Emids, are presented each year during a ceremony at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition.

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Epic takes back 'Best in KLAS' title

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:20

Last year, athenahealth toppled long-favored Epic from its No. 1 spot on the 2013 Best in KLAS list. This year is a different story, with Epic tops in two of three overall categories: Overall Physician Practice Vendor and Overall Software Suite.

The award for the one other overall category, IT Services Firm, went to Impact Advisors.

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Chicago doc joins ONC as CMO

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:00

Thomas Mason, MD, will join ONC as the chief medical officer, effective Feb. 23.

Mason, an internist, will have clinical oversight of ONC programs and clinical coordination within ONC. He will also regularly engage with physician organizations.

ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, announced the addition today in an email to ONC staff.

Mason is a board certified internist with an emphasis on primary care and preventative medicine with 14 years of experience. Throughout his career, he has led the implementation of multiple EHR systems.

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Value of healthcare IT hard to pin down

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:27

The uptake of healthcare information technology, especially EHRs, has been rapid, but how to measure the value? So far, in spite of several studies, none has been able to assess health IT's true effect on the healthcare system, according to an ONC-funded study published online by the American Journal of Care Management on Jan. 26.

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Patient engagement: Are docs doing it all wrong?

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 09:41

Real patient engagement is far more than patient portals and technology pushing. It's about changing behavior, both on the patient and provider end – and that's not something all docs do well. But as Kyra Bobinet, MD, health engagement instructor at Stanford University's Behavior Design Lab, sees it, that's not the fault of the clinicians.

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Health gadgets enter active new era

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 21:38
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  • Consumer health technology comes into its own

    Although meandering through the International Consumer Electronics Show’s 2.2 million square feet of exhibits in Las Vegas earlier this month was definitely exhausting, this roundup of our favorite health and fitness gadgets is by no means exhaustive.

    Amongst the literally hundreds of companies in the health, wellness, fitness, sports tech and/or biometric space, a few dozen ingenious devices jumped out at us. Many are award winners, literally game changers in their respective categories. And while most of the devices could easily fall under multiple headings, here are the eleven emerging trends they describe in the quickly growing consumer health gadget space.


    (Pictured: Diamond Kinetics’ SwingTracker system, which aims to help baseball players optimize their mechanics.)

From biosensors to brainwave monitors -- to say nothing of tiny devices that could improve your tennis swing or keep tabs on sun exposure -- we've entered a brave new world for wireless wellness technology. Year:  2013

Putting security first: the right priorities for real protection

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 15:02

Your average healthcare IT organization tends to be ruled by two primary concerns: HIPAA compliance and preventing breaches. Both are smart priorities, but many teams assume that achieving the first will prevent the second – and that can be a disastrous mistake.

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The future of healthcare analytics is prescriptive

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 15:00

If the healthcare industry hopes to tackle many of the pressing issues it faces today – from cost of providing care, to lost revenue, to providing higher quality care, institutions need to start adopting more prescriptive analytics into their practices.

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HIE sees 450 percent growth

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:14

In just six months, the number of data sources sharing information through the Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange has grown by 450 percent.

[See also: UMC taps Cerner for 10-year EHR stint]

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Healthcare IT News presents Patient Engagement Summit, Feb. 9-10

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:32
Patient engagement may be considered by many to be the "blockbuster drug of the 21st century," but convincing patients to take more responsibility for their own care is easier said that done – but not impossible.  

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Huron Consulting to acquire Studer

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:20

Huron Consulting Group, a public company that provides healthcare business and performance advice, is poised to spend $325M to acquire healthcare consulting firm Studer Group, which is focused on helping providers improve clinical outcomes and financial results.

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ICD-10 deadline tries nation's hospitals

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 15:27
Despite ICD-10 having been delayed three times already by the federal government, industry analysts say healthcare officials should treat Oct. 1, 2015, as the official set-in-stone kickoff date.   

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HHS plans big Medicare reimbursement changes

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 15:09

In what it's calling a 'historic' announcement, the Department of Health and Human Services has set new goals to speed the U.S. healthcare system toward value-based care.

[See also: Value-based payment models expected to reach tipping point by 2018, study finds]

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