Browsing articles tagged with " Health IT"
Nov
3
2011

What’s the difference between healthcare IT professionals and their peers in other industries?

What’s the difference between healthcare IT professionals and their peers in other industries? Well, the answer might depend on how the healthcare IT professional answers that classic cocktail party question: “So, what do you do for a living?” “What makes the great individuals in IT great? The answer is they don’t see themselves in IT,” said Craig Schiefelbein on the closing day of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives fall forum in San Antonio [...]

Oct
22
2011

Meaningful Use Incentive Program With Its Plan For ACOs

The new proposed regulations on accountable care organizations, released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services, show the government planning to link the HITECH meaningful use incentive program with its plans for ACOs. In a March 31 article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Donald Berwick, MD, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the creation of ACOs is one of the first delivery-reform initiatives that will be [...]

Oct
18
2011

Basic premises behind the Affordable Care Act

Two basic premises behind the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law last year by President Obama, were the high costs of healthcare and the sizable number of Americans lacking health insurance. A seemingly even more basic premise is that advances in biomedical research and development will only drive healthcare costs up, for example, biotechnology-derived drug regimens costing over $100,000 per year. With notable exceptions, that has been true in the past, will tend [...]

Oct
17
2011

Benefits of employing Telemedicine

It’s no secret telemedicine has had a profound impact on the industry, both nationally and globally.  Organizations in big and small cities are seeing the benefits of employing such technology, and the biggest impression could arguably be on those living in rural communities. “Some of our most important citizens live in rural, small cities, the countryside, or remote areas, and these areas have smaller populations and less-direct access to vital healthcare resources,” said Shahid Shah, [...]

Oct
14
2011

Delving into the healthcare vertical is not a rapid, cut-and-dried process

Influenced by heightened competition in tried-and-true verticals like retail and a push from industry experts who promote it as a hotbed of opportunity, increasing numbers of VARs are considering venturing into the healthcare vertical. There’s much to be said for such a move: A recent report by RNCOS (www.rncos.com), a global market research and information analysis firm, indicates that the U.S. health IT market will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 24 [...]

Oct
13
2011

Only few have dedicated the resources necessary to build one successfully.

ACO(Healthcare Reforms)

A majority of hospitals, medical centers and physician groups are developing accountable care organizations, but few have dedicated the resources necessary to build one successfully. An understanding of how this part of health system reform works is sometimes lacking, according to the Accountable Care Organization Readiness Study released Sept. 21 by the management consulting firm Beacon Partners in Weymouth, Mass. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act states that accountable care organizations for Medicare beneficiaries [...]

Oct
12
2011

Best practices for hospitals implementing HIEs

Online Marketing Health information exchanges are important for meeting meaningful use standards, improving the coordination of care and potentially lowering costs. In fact, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology listed achieving adoption and information exchange through the meaningful use of health IT as one of its top goals in the Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan: 2011-2015. Glenn Keet, president of Axolotl, part of OptumInsight, shares seven best practices for hospitals [...]

Oct
11
2011

Healthcare technology an enabler that will help drive efficiency in the system

The healthcare track at the Oracle OpenWorld 2011 conference, held last week at the Moscone Center, saw a nearly 60 percent increase in attendees over last year — jumping from 800 to 1,350 registered attendees. “Making healthcare work” was the theme running through the 18 sessions specific to the industry. And the “resounding” issue attendees wanted to address was trying to break the cost curve, according to Marc Perlman, global vice president of healthcare and [...]

Oct
10
2011

Taking EHR system to the next level

Whether it’s a game or in life, we all try to get to the next level. Getting to the next level is the ultimate goal.  But how we get there is a forgotten step – and the most important of all. Recently, while working on a project, I came across this beautiful picture of a lobby. As you can see, there appear to be three ways can get to the next level. Which one would [...]

Oct
7
2011

Hospitals need to do a better job of electronically gathering data on patients after discharge

Home healthcare agencies and hospitals exchange very little clinical data online, according to a new report on home healthcare IT from KLAS, a research firm based in Orem, Utah. And that misstep can be quite expensive. Because of new Medicare rules penalizing them for readmissions, hospitals are increasingly interested in breaking down the walls that separate them from post-acute-care providers, including home healthcare agencies. Other new government initiatives, including payment bundling and accountable care organizations, [...]

Oct
4
2011

Health Information Exchange Importance and Economic Value

There is no question that providers recognize the importance of HIE, and realize in combination with electronic health records that it will transform the practice of medicine,” wrote Larry Boland, director of healthcare solutions for Syracuse, N.Y.-based Systems Made Simple in a recent opinion piece for Healthcare IT News.   He ran down a laundry list of the benefits promised from a plethora of HIE initiatives currently under way – “linking providers to one another [...]

Oct
3
2011

The way health information management and electronic health records are described in textbooks does not exactly play out in real world scenarios

By Nathan Gibbon community.advanceweb.com(Source) I attended an excellent Health Information Management program at the University of Pittsburgh.  I was taught well, and I enjoyed my time there.  In my classes we learned about the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Electronic Medical Record (EMR), and how they have and will revolutionize the healthcare industry.  I learned how the electronic systems will provide ongoing documentation of patient information that doctors will be able to access from all [...]

Sep
30
2011

What’s needed to participate in an Accountable Care Organization

More than a third of healthcare providers plan to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ ACO Shared Savings Program, according to a recent KLAS survey of 197 providers. This despite their concerns that the advanced technology needed threatens to take money and IT skills away from Meaningful Use, ICD-10, and other IT projects. The report, entitled Accountable Care: Providers Forge the ACO Trail, also found that while the federal government has yet [...]

Sep
28
2011

eHealth Secure Share:efficient way to view correspondence and download patient records

eHealth Global Technologies introduces eHealth Access Record Retrieval’s newest enhancement, eHealth SecureShare. A new, even faster, more efficient way to view correspondence and download patient records securely. eHealth SecureShare allows authorized users to digitally view the complete history of communication related to their patient record retrieval request(s) and visibility as to whom and when the records were downloaded. All requested information is securely delivered in one organized patient-centric “package,” eliminating the opportunity for requests to [...]

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