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Imaging IT heads toward new phase

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:56

This is the third annual "Benchmarks" columns to focus on imaging technology. Each one has been timed for November, to coincide with the mammoth RSNA Annual Meeting – it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 at McCormick Place in Chicago – and each one has had more or less the same theme: the market is pretty much saturated when it comes to RIS and PACS systems, but change is on the way.

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At RSNA, tips for Ebola preparedness

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:25

The media hype around Ebola may have subsided in recent weeks, but that doesn't mean preparedness for hospitals and medical practices is any less essential when it comes to this deadly virus. At RSNA on Dec. 2, radiologists will learn about CDC guidelines and strategies to help imaging professionals manage the right response to Ebola.

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For radiology, MU not 'right direction'

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:22
Weill Cornell's Keith Hentel, MD, will be the first to tell you: His radiology department intentionally failed to meet Stage 1 meaningful use.    Bottom line? They could have done it, says Hentel, executive vice chairman in the Department of Radiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. But it would have meant pouring their already limited resources into something that "doesn't really move our practice anywhere in the right direction," he said.  

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CMS extends 2014 MU attestation deadline

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:03

Offering a bit of leeway, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has pushed out the deadline for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to attest to meaningful use for the 2014 reporting year, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31.

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New ONC chief privacy officer to speak at mHealth Privacy & Security Symposium

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:50

Lucia Savage, who joined the National Coordinator for Health IT as chief privacy officer this past month, will join other top security officials from the HHS Office for Civil Rights and the U.S.

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Giving #HITthanks: Share your health IT gratitude!

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:02

A year without negative or challenging headlines would be an unreal one. Life always has challenges, just as health IT does. Here are just a few sample headlines of the challenges with electronic health records, interoperability, and patient engagement:

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Big data 'not for the weak'

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:36

The University of Mississippi Medical Center is poised to deliver EHR data to in-house patients, starting in the next two weeks, to help determine whether they are at risk for a heart attack in the immediate future.

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Funding for digital health not slowing

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 15:07

Funding for digital health is expected to be almost double what it was in 2013, according to a new study from StartUp Health. And that growth shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

The study found 347 companies raised $5 billion through the third quarter of 2014. In all of 2013, 2.8 billion was raised for digital health.

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Easing the journey from hospital to home

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 15:03

People living with chronic conditions usually have their health data collected in the physician’s office every few months – and quite often, only at that time. This type of episodic care doesn't help either the doctor or the patient in between those visits.

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Workarounds undermine BYOD policies

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 15:01

In June 2013, Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia took the ambitious step of simultaneously going live with an EHR system and a BYOD policy. After 14 years on a legacy EHR, the shift to a new system and access to it from hundreds of employee-owned devices happened all at once.

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Hospital hit with $100K HIPAA bill

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:12
HIPAA breaches not only take a hit to your organization's reputation and can result in an administrative nightmare. They can also cost a pretty penny, as one Boston-based hospital is realizing this month.   

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Will Google Glass make it in healthcare?

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:33
The lifespan of Google Glass might just be short-lived, with the technology facing an increasing amount of public criticism in recent months. But does it fare a little better in healthcare? Industry stakeholders say, "yes."  

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Portals aren't just for outpatients

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:22

With all the talk about patient engagement as a component of both meaningful use and of healthcare quality improvement, it seems to be lacking in one of the most obvious places of all: the hospital room.

[See also: PHRs aren't working: tips on fixing them]

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Patients willing to share research data

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:55

As debate swirls about a recent Institute of Medicine report suggesting that electronic health records collect more non-clinical patient data for population health research, a new poll suggest patients are mostly willing to offer access to anonymized health information – to an extent.

[See also: IOM wants more data logged in EHRs]

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5 lessons healthcare leaders can learn from the imaging industry

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:37

The imaging industry has been under a microscope for many years due to concerns about potential over-utilization, resulting in payment reduction every year for almost a decade. In response to that challenge, medical imaging practices have been doing more with less for longer than most other specialties. In fact, there are many ways in which imaging can serve as a blueprint for other stakeholders as healthcare moves toward value-based and accountable care delivery models.

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Telehealth progress may stall in DC

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:11
The American Telemedicine Association is hoping an unlikely alliance in Congress between a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat will produce some strong momentum for telemedicine in the coming years.  

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CommonWell broadens data sharing efforts

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:07

CommonWell Health Alliance is marching toward "a new phase" of its vendor-driven interoperability efforts, extending its availability to providers, signing on new corporate members and eyeing new opportunities for nationwide expansion.

[See also: CommonWell gets rolling on data exchange]

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CMS launches chief data officer position

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:48

Earlier this month, we reported how healthcare is increasingly embracing a new C-suite position: chief data officer. Now, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is getting in on the act, with the appointment of its first CDO, Niall Brennan.

[See also: Chief data officers come to healthcare]

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Why purchasing your own VNA is an investment in the past, not the future

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:14

It is taken as gospel by most radiologists and hospital IT professionals that a vendor-neutral archiving application is critical for unifying diagnostic imaging workflows. And VNAs are a great tool. But that doesn’t mean you should buy one.

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