Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner
Health IT Pulse is the blog for the writers and editors of SearchHealthIT.com, which covers health care technology and electronic health records infrastructure, applications, management and compliance.
Don’t take this the wrong way.The 2015 AHIMA Convention & Exhibition, held earlier this week in sultry New Orleans, was a productive conference. A few thousand health information management (HIM) and health IT professionals and dozens of vendors had a great time, educated themselves, did busi…READ MORE
Survey: Technology in healthcare not yet meeting patients' expectations
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Sep 30 2015
A recent survey by Surescripts — a health information network provider — found that 29% of Americans, close to 70 million individuals, still fax or physically transport their test results, X-rays or health records from one doctor’s office to another — and it’s because of the lack of electronic co…READ MORE
Blue Cross and Blue Shield to make cost and quality info available in huge new database
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Sep 29 2015
Consumers eager to review cost and healthcare quality data before making a care decision are in luck. If they are covered under the Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) umbrella, that is.
All 36 BCBS companies pledged to pool their cost and healthcare quality data to the BCBS Axis, the Blue Cross Bl…READ MORE
AHIMA conference attendees stand at brink of ICD-10 transition
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Sep 24 2015
It seems almost uncanny how the health IT conference most associated with ICD-10 and all things medical coding is being held this year literally on the eve of the historic transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.
Indeed, when the 2015 AHIMA Convention & Exhibit ends in New Orleans the afternoon of Se…READ MORE
Patient safety and cloud-based MDM: A healthcare innovation
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Sep 23 2015
Guest post by Michael Morton, CTO at Dell Boomi
Several healthcare issues are competing for attention, including the furor over how it is paid for; the increasing concern over patient privacy; fears related to the spread of specific diseases such as Ebola, MERS, and H7N9 bird flu; and the rise of…READ MORE
Health IT figures into NIH's plan for national precision medicine research group
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Sep 23 2015
The National Institutes of Health’s Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) recently detailed a framework in a report for building a national research group of one million or more Americans to expand the knowledge and practice of precision medicine by utilizing genomics and big data analytics.
A fraction of mobile health apps control download market
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Sep 22 2015
New mobile health apps face a challenge in gaining recognition and adoption in the mHealth app market, where a miniscule fraction of the apps have nearly 50% of the market.
There are more than 165,000 consumer mobile health apps, according to research from healthcare technology service provider I…READ MORE
$750,000 settlement points to the need for strong HIPAA policies
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Sep 17 2015
Many have talked about how HIPAA audits have yet to materialize. But for some providers, HIPAA-related investigations are very much a reality. Take the story of Cancer Care Group, Inc., located in Indiana, which provides a cautionary tale of what could happen if a covered entity does not do everythi…READ MORE
Guest post by John Smithwick, CEO of RoundingWell
Once upon a time, a visit to the doctor started with, “Tell me where it hurts” and ended with, “Take two of these and call me in the morning.” Getting patients diagnosed correctly and treated appropriately depends on providers gathering both quant…READ MORE
CHIME announces changes at corporate and board levels
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Sep 17 2015
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), the leading organization for health IT CIOs, has been going through changes.
First some background.
Jeff Smith, former vice president of public policy, left CHIME in June for a job with the same title at the American Medical …READ MORE
Providers can pass problems with health IT products, information blocking to ONC
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Sep 15 2015
If customer satisfaction and retention weren’t reasons enough, health IT vendors now have more motivation to quickly and thoroughly respond to complaints about their health IT products. Healthcare providers can appeal to ONC if they feel vendors don’t acknowledge and assist them with system dilemmas…READ MORE
HIMSS asks Congress to push HIE standards, cybersecurity and telemedicine
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Sep 11 2015
Count the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) among the groups that say federal healthcare agencies can do more to promote the use of health IT. Specifically, HIMSS is asking Congress to consider its recommendations for strengthening interoperability, healthcare cybersecurity and t…READ MORE
Boston Globe: When treating cancer, precision medicine is not always so precise
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Sep 10 2015
The idea of precision medicine is a simple one: Customized treatments for individual patients based on historical data. In some cases, advances in delivering precision medicine to patients have already been made. Take John Halamka, CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, for example. …READ MORE
Guest post by Lysa Myers, security researcher, ESET
As the number of cyberattacks against healthcare organizations grows, I’m often asked whether there is any one policy or behavior that is to blame for this situation. My answer is emphatically no; security is an area of concern that many people …READ MORE
HIPAA audits yet to materialize, though new guidance may be coming
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Sep 9 2015
The HIPAA audits are coming.
We’ve heard that refrain before. But now it appears the of real (as opposed to pilot) HIPAA audits by the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is finally getting close.
That’s the report on the blog of Seattle-based law firm Dav…READ MORE
Telehealth and home health technologies expected to quadruple by 2020
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Sep 3 2015
The telehealth and home health technologies market, valued last year at $3.4 billion, is expected to quadruple in size to more than $13.7 billion by 2020, a recent report by Tractica, a market intelligence firm in Boulder, Colo., said.
“Home health technology is becoming increasingly recognized b…READ MORE
Vermont recently became the 50th state to allow electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS).
Amid a national furor over abuse of prescription opioid-based drugs, the Green Mountain State’s move comes as good news for state and local government officials combatting what they see as an …READ MORE
Unlock the chronic disease management potential in your appointment reminder system
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Sep 3 2015
Guest post by Scott Zimmerman, president, TeleVox
Healthcare providers know the statistics: Seven out of every ten deaths in the U.S. are linked to chronic illness, and approximately 45% of Americans have at least one chronic condition. The numbers are real and patients are the proof. There are a…READ MORE
Providers' investments don't relieve healthcare cybersecurity doubts
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Sep 1 2015
More than 85% of healthcare providers invested in information security in the previous year, but only about half are prepared to handle a cyberattack, according to the responses of 223 healthcare executives surveyed by KPMG LLP.
Four-fifths of healthcare providers experienced a cyberattack within…READ MORE
Guest post by Dr. Michael G. Mathews, president, COO, & co-founder, CynergisTek, Inc.
This second installment in a four-part series examines non-repudiation and data integrity healthcare; some of the lesser-known, fringe benefits of cryptographic algorithms that can help reduce fraud of e-pre…READ MORE
Survey results show concern among consumers about privacy with wearables and mobile apps
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Aug 27 2015
In 2014, there were an estimated 21 million wearable tech devices sold worldwide, according to a survey by Healthline, a health IT publishing and marketing company. In 2019, that number could grow to 150 million.
Despite the popularity of wearables—especially among consumers– and the benefits …READ MORE
President’s precision medicine initiative looking for fresh tech ideas
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Aug 26 2015
While opinions differ, to say the least, on President Obama’s healthcare policy, his precision medicine initiative (PMI) has drawn praise.
But up to now there have not yet been many concrete results to come out of the initiative other than private undertakings around genomics and precision medi…READ MORE
Finances, not codes, worry Texas physicians as they jump from ICD-9 to ICD-10
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Aug 25 2015
The increase in the amount codes is an often-discussed topic when healthcare professionals weigh in on the move from ICD-9 to ICD-10, but a new survey found that 30% of Texas physicians said they would retire prematurely if ICD-10 presents them with financial problems. That statistic reinforces that…READ MORE
Survey: Data integration challenges costing healthcare agencies billions
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Aug 20 2015
Due to system and integration challenges, many IT executives and program managers working with healthcare and other social service benefits — 44% to be exact — are unable to use all available data, which costs health and human services agencies dearly and has resulted in an estimated $342 billion …READ MORE
Accountable care model depends on meaningful use of EHRs
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Aug 20 2015
Guest post by Richard Royer, CEO of Primaris
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is trying to make the accountable care model a more compelling option for healthcare providers. The Affordable Care Act established the Medicare Shared Savings Program to improve care coordination an…READ MORE