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Some providers more 'mature' than others

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:13
Effective use of analytics is "not something you can buy from a vendor; it's an organizational and cultural value that has to grow and mature."   So said James E. Gaston, speaking Thursday at the Healthcare IT News/HIMSS Media the Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum in Washington.  

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Tablet rollout puts money in the bank

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:11

A California-based home care and hospice group has undergone a digital overhaul after providing tablet computers for its some 1,300 care providers. And, although far from an inexpensive rollout, the digitization has saved the group big bucks. 

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Hospitals get into doc rating business

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:05

After some doctors at University of Utah Health Care noticed scathing online reviews about themselves in 2012, the hospital system decided the best way to respond was by posting its patients' ratings of physicians on the hospital's own website.

The hospital was already randomly surveying patients about their experiences with physicians.

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Geisinger shows how data drives change

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:05

Geisinger Health System, the pioneering integrated care network, is "perfectly designed to do a huge number of experiments in both the provider and payer sides," said its Chief Executive Officer Glenn Steele Jr., MD, on Thursday.

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mHealth still untapped resource for docs

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:49

For the most part, providers are still weary over the mHealth movement. And this weariness just might be preventing them from big care improvement opportunities, say the findings of a new study.

The study, commissioned by mobile professional services firm Mobiquity, finds some 70 percent of consumers use mobile apps every day to track physical activity and calorie intake, but only 40 percent share that information with their doctor.

[See also: mHealth market scales to new heights.]

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Why does healthcare resist encryption?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:51

The most basic security truth in 2014 is that encryption done properly -- a high enough level of encryption, proper safeguarding of the encryption key -- is the best thing an IT department can do.

[See also: Where will HIT security be in 3 years?.]

Sill, many industries resist encryption -- and healthcare is arguably the most strident.

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mHealth consultation launched

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 05:44

European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes was unequivocal in her support for the emerging area: “mHealth will reduce costly visits to hospitals, help citizens take charge of their own health and well-being, and move towards prevention rather than cure. It is also a great opportunity for the booming app economy and for entrepreneurs,” she said.

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Hey clinical IT, stop hogging the limelight. Sincerely, operations

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 15:50
It seems almost unfair. Clinical IT systems, in the last few years, have generally enjoyed a monopoly of the applications spotlight, often leaving operational apps sitting in the shadows, on back burners and positioned at tail ends of healthcare's to-do list. But that might be poised to change.    

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MU gets low marks for improving care

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:08
Sure, the EHR Incentive Program – with its $22 billion paid out thus far to meaningful users – might have helped bring the healthcare sector out of the Dark Ages and into the 21st Century, but do these systems really improve the quality of patient care?    For the most part, a new study says, 'no'.   

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Where will HIT security be in 3 years?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:01

Security is a nightmare for all companies, but the very nature of healthcare makes it far worse. It's not merely onerous government requirements for medical data, or the popularity of security-adverse mobile devices. It's the need to give tiny medical offices – small, independent businesses, with typically no meaningful IT staff – full network access to all files, physical building access to its employees and privileges to change/add to that ultra-sensitive data.

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AHIMA demands 2015 start for ICD-10

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:42
The American Health Information Management Association has called for the Department of Health and Human Services to announce Oct. 1, 2015, as the new implementation date for ICD-10 as soon as possible.  

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BlackBerry enters healthcare IT arena

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:18
Telecommunication behemoth BlackBerry Limited is testing out the healthcare IT waters, after it announced this week it was buying a stake in a cloud-based medical IT provider company.    BlackBerry, in fact, bought a stake in NantHealth, and the companies said they intend to "collaborate on the development of HIPAA and other government privacy certified, integrated clinical systems."  

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Practice management sees big investments

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:31

In yet another record quarter for venture capital, health information technology companies raked in $858 million since January, across 163 deals -- a 154 percent increase compared to Q4 2013.

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Top 25 MU docs rake in Medicare cash

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:17

Meaningful use just might have its financial perks. That's according to the top 25 highest performing meaningful users under the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, all of whom brought in some $171 million in Medicare payments back in 2012.

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Tale of kickbacks in healthcare IT

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:17

Is it wrong to be skeptical about the integrity of quality measures in meaningful use, particularly in the wake of what one quality-improvement expert called "patient safety's first scandal"?

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How to make Medicare data mean something

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:05

Medicare's release this past week of physician reimbursement data may be, as U.S. CTO Todd Park puts it, an "unprecedented" opportunity for transparency. But what will researchers -- and ultimately seniors and taxpayers -- be able to actually learn from it?

[See also: Doc data release sparks dissent]

Quite a bit, the government is hoping.

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Heartbleed 'top of food chain' for healthcare industry, says CISO

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:02
When it comes to security threat severity, the Heartbleed bug doesn't miss a beat. That's according to Phil Lerner, chief information security officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who, on a scale from 1 to 10, ranks the bug a solid "high priority" at 7.5.  

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Healthcare due for technology 'shake up'

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:40
With consumers entranced by fast-evolving technologies and accustomed to price competition, healthcare is set to be transformed by innovations from other sectors of the economy such as retail and telecommunications, according to a new study by PwC's Health Research Institute.   [See also: Consumer demand for healthcare IT 'never stronger,' survey shows.]

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Big pharma on big data collaboration

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:13
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The overwhelmingly positive vote (547 to 17) is also aimed at clinical trial data transparency but only targets new trials commencing after the law takes effect. Assuming it is enacted, the benefits of a legislative model will be:

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DeSalvo sets her sights on big data

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:13

ONC chief Karen DeSalvo said it’s time for ONC to drive healthcare beyond the meaningful use of electronic health records toward the use of big data.

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