Healthcare transformation led by Big Data

Every day technology makes new things possible, and some predict that it’s just a matter of time until technology completely revolutionizes healthcare. Some believe that medical diagnoses, general patient care, and medical practices are more expensive and inferior than they need to be. Continue reading

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How ICD 10 will affect Hospital Reimbursements

An educational session at HIMSS13 in New Orleans will focus on use of data analytics to predict the impact that ICD-10 will have on hospital reimbursements.

The session presenters have considerable skin in the game–one represents a vendor that has developed analytics software, and the other represents a marketing partner. But they promise a session free of pitches. Continue reading

mHealth: It’s time to ‘grab on’

Mobile health is one of the more transformative developments in healthcare, according to Patricia Abbott, associate professor of nursing at the University of Michigan, School of Nursing, Division of Nursing Business and Health Systems. “The real winners will be the ones who grab on in the front end, and don’t wait,” she says.

The future of mHealth will be one in which, “in a very short period of time, we’ll look back and we won’t believe we didn’t have it.” The speed at which mHealth is becoming mainstream “goes hand in hand with the way technology is changing and the way people are thinking,” Abbott says. “People who have grown up with computers fundamentally think differently.” Continue reading

Microsoft Surface perfect for Hospitals?

It’s no secret that there are a few tablets that rule the tablet world. There’s the iPad, obviously, and then the Samsung Galaxy 2, and even the Google Nexus 7. And most of these tablets run with either the iOS or Android. Since many apps that physicians are probably using run with one of these two systems. Continue reading

4 ways to make IT clinician-friendly

It is no secret that there is a swarm of health IT in the marketplace, all vying for a larger user base. However, at what point does technology become more of a hindrance than a help? Doctors and nurses who are burdened with clunky or inefficient systems run the risk of becoming less effective instead of more. Joe Condurso, president and CEO of PatientSafe, spoke to Healthcare IT News about a few key factors in designing technology that aligns with the workflows of clinicians. Continue reading

EHRs help cut Medicaid costs, study says

Tracking Medicaid beneficiaries who frequently use emergency departments and adopting electronic tracking systems to exchange patient information is among one of the ways states can cut Medicaid costs, according to a new report by the Washington Health Care Authority (HCA). Continue reading

Health IT Savings Are Not Hype

The federal government has a lot riding on health IT. Government agencies have claimed that adopting technology systems, such as EHRs, can save our healthcare system nearly $100 billion annually. Moreover, the government has dedicated billions of taxpayer dollars toward motivating healthcare providers to adopt these tools.

Well, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal says these promises of health IT cost savings are nothing but hype. The authors of the article, Stephen Soumerai and Ross Koppel, base this assessment on studies by a series of well-respected institutions such as McMaster University, Regenstrief, and the Indiana University School of Medicine. I’m sure these studies are educationally sound — comprehensive, random, and controlled. However, in this editor’s opinion, they’re pointless — at least at this stage of the game. As I’ve said before, studying the impact of IT on the entire healthcare industry today is like studying the impact of the airplane on the travel industry based only on the Wright Brothers’ plane.

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ICD-10 Will Have Huge Impact on Health Information Management Industry

2013 a Year of Re-tooling for Health Information Management Planning

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here; the transition to ICD-10 compliance looms. What is a Health Information Management professional to do? We thought there would be no better time than now to discuss the challenges the health information management industry is facing. And there is no one we know better able to weigh in on the coming challenges for the HIM industry than Bonnie S. Cassidy.  Bonnie is the Senior Director of HIM Innovation for Nuance, past president of AHIMA  and serves on the HIMSS Privacy and Security Steering Committee.  Here is what she had to say. Continue reading

Person-Centered HealthCare: Leading the Way Toward Patient Engagement Through Health IT

In July of 2012, National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) convened a meeting of the Consumer Consortium on eHealth. The Consortium was created in early 2011 and has since developed into a diverse group of over 300 individuals and organizations, united in the common goal to use health IT to engage patients in their care.

During the 2012 Consumer Engagement Summit, it became clear that something had changed in the way people were talking about patient engagement. In 2011, there had been a persistent question: “Why patient engagement?” By this past summer, the questions were: “How do we do it?” and “Where do we start?”

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Finding the Silver Lining in EMR Investment

It’s been a week of doom and gloom news as far as healthcare IT goes. Apparently, providers aren’t seeing the ROI they’d hoped for from EMRs, and as I’m sure you’ve heard, RAND researchers have found that, despite predictions to the contrary some years ago, healthcare IT does not actually save money. Couple these with the 2% hike in social security tax everyone is seeing in their paychecks this month, and it’s easy to understand why the healthcare community might be a bit grumpy.

Here are just a few of the telemedicine highlights I’ve come across in the last few weeks: Continue reading