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BYOD in healthcare: It's all about maintaining a healthy balance
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Apr 23 2014
Guest post by Jonathan Foulkes, vice president of mobile product management at Kaseya
Few industries have been affected by the proliferation of mobile devices as much as the healthcare sector. The industry is known for its forward thinking with regards to adoption of technology in order to suppo…READ MORE
Automated software not ready to reduce hospital readmissions
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Apr 16 2014
Automated systems that predict hospital readmissions are in the works – but are not yet ready for deployment, according to several recent studies. Some systems show promise, as the U.S. healthcare system refines progressively more precise metrics to predict what causes readmissions.
Authors of …READ MORE
HIMSS Analytics study measures EHR governance programs
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Apr 9 2014
According to study data collected by HIMSS Analytics, 60% of healthcare organizations have a formalized EHR governance program in place. And almost two-thirds of the time, it’s not just IT staffers doing the governing: Physicians and nurses are having their say in how the application and its use are…READ MORE
Guest post by Charles Settles, content writer, TechnologyAdvice
An ever-increasing number of physicians, hospitals, and clinics are implementing electronic health record systems. Providers are scrambling to choose the right software as deadlines for meaningful use approach.
To qualify for mean…READ MORE
Big data projects uncommon in healthcare, executives hopeful for future
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Apr 2 2014
The majority of healthcare executives believe big data will positively influence patient care, though not all of them have gotten around to utilizing big data to meet organizational goals.
More than half (60%) of American healthcare executives agree that big data will improve preventive care and …READ MORE
The challenges and promise of population health management
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Apr 2 2014
Guest post by Greg Chittim, senior director, Arcadia Healthcare Solutions
It’s no secret that healthcare is changing. Traditional fee-for-service payment models are going away, and new capitated, quality-based payment models are here to stay. The challenge for providers is to position themselves …READ MORE
FDA must be clearer with rules on mobile medical applications
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Mar 26 2014
A bipartisan group of six U.S. Senators pressed FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to share the FDA’s regulatory plans with the public to avoid consumer, vendor and healthcare practitioner confusion. The group also cautioned the FDA against overly-aggressive regulations.
In a letter, the Senators …READ MORE
Patients worry over privacy, ownership of personal health data
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Mar 20 2014
While the “quantified self” movement is widely written about, who is quantifying what patients actually care about? Three new studies shed light on this trend.
Three-quarters of patients believe they should own their personal health data, including that which is self-tracked or captured by patien…READ MORE
ONC asks for $14 million health IT budget increase for 2015
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Mar 12 2014
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s budget request for 2015 is $14.3 million more than the enacted budget for 2014. The 2015 health IT budget request comes in at $74.7 million and includes funds for establishing a Health IT Safety Center.
“New investments would support a new pu…READ MORE
Physicians capturing data with mobile devices, finds HIMSS analytics
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Mar 6 2014
Three research reports confirm that clinician and patient mobility — and the technology that serves them — will be a focus of investment for the next several years.
According to the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Mobile Survey, more than a third of physicians (36%) use mobile devices to record patient da…READ MORE
How EHR adoption changes the role of the medical transcriptionist
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Mar 5 2014
Guest post by Karen Clay, vice president of operations, Amphion Medical Solutions Transcription Division
From meaningful use compliance to value-based purchasing, the ability to compete for today’s healthcare organizations is driven by the accuracy of structured narrative reports and the speed wi…READ MORE
ONC's proposed 2015 EHR certification standards open to comment period
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Feb 27 2014
Following through on their promise to update certification criteria more frequently, the ONC has released its proposed rule for 2015 voluntary EHR certification standards. The federal agency currently is seeking feedback on its rule and specifies that providers using products certified to the 2014 s…READ MORE
HIMSS survey respondents say more money needed to help meet stage 2
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Feb 25 2014
More than 90% of respondents to the annual HIMSS Leadership Survey reported that their organizations have met the requirements for stage 1 of meaningful use. The survey also found a shift in the primary barrier to successful health IT implementations. This year’s respondents cited limited financial …READ MORE
Guest post by Greg Chittim, senior director, Arcadia Healthcare Solutions
Every year the healthcare industry reflects on what worked and what didn’t. At the heart of it all we are hoping to have achieved the one thing that everyone is driving towards: Increasing the quality and efficiency of care…READ MORE
Electronic submission of medical device reports now a requirement
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Feb 19 2014
The Food and Drug Administration’s finalized rule for medical device surveillance requires manufacturers to submit reports for individual medical device adverse events. The medical device reports (MDRs) are now required to be submitted electronically to the FDA, which can then analyze and store the …READ MORE
Meaningful use incentive payments top $19 billion, 88% of hospitals included
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Feb 11 2014
Nearly 88% of eligible hospitals have received a payment for participating in the EHR incentive program, as noted in data shared at a recent Health IT Policy Committee meeting. The payments were either given to providers who could attest to having fully installed and were using EHRs according to mea…READ MORE
Physician texting grows as patients demand real-time communication
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Feb 5 2014
Guest post by Cliff McClintick, COO, Doc Halo
Physicians have long made the decisions on when and how to communicate with patients. For test results, follow-up questions or words of advice, patients have had to wait for a callback — or make another appointment.
That model is quickly changing …READ MORE
CLIA update makes way for direct disclosure of patient lab results
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Feb 4 2014
Laboratories are now allowed to give patients access to their full test reports as a result of an update to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988. The rule also grants the same permission to personal representatives designated by a patient. Disclosure of patient lab results f…READ MORE
Prescribing tablets: Survey reveals importance of mobile deployments
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Jan 29 2014
Guest post by Tracy Crowe, director of product marketing, NetMotion Wireless
The kind of tablets healthcare providers are prescribing for themselves these days are not the medicinal kind, rather they are of the mobile computing variety, according to a new survey released by Seattle-based mobile s…READ MORE
Health IT on the rise, independent physicians lag behind with EHRs
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jan 28 2014
Adoption and use of health IT increased significantly from 2009 to 2012, though there is a sizable gap between the adoption levels of large and small practices.
A study by The Commonwealth Fund measured changes in health IT use over that four-year period. The study found that the percentage of ph…READ MORE
WEDI makes suggestions to HHS leading up to ICD-10 transition
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jan 21 2014
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has more work to do in overseeing the upcoming ICD-10 transition, according to recommendations from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI). In a statement released on their website and sent to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, WEDI asked HHS…READ MORE
Trusted health IT solutions: Survey identifies gaps, opportunities
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Jan 15 2014
Guest post by Roberta Katz, director, healthcare solutions, EMC, @Roberta_Katz
Healthcare providers are becoming increasingly reliant on electronic health records and are operating in a complex landscape of governance, security, and availability. As a result, trusted IT has become a necessity to …READ MORE
SearchHealthIT has compiled a list of healthcare IT events for the upcoming year.
Know of an event that’s not included below? Suggest it in a comment and we’ll add it to the list!
The Digital Health Summit (at 2014 International CES)
January 7 – 10 * Las Vegas, NV
National ACO readiness survey returns varied results
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jan 14 2014
The accountable care organization (ACO) model has returned inconsistent results for providers trying to optimize their use of pharmaceuticals, according to responses to the National Survey of Accountable Care Organizations. Many (70%) providers reported being ready to electronically transmit presc…READ MORE
Younger people report enthusiasm for patient self-monitoring devices
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jan 9 2014
Digital patient self-monitoring in healthcare will continue to rise if developers respond to current demand, particularly from younger patients. More than half of consumers (52%) are interested in buying wearable devices that measure their health or activity levels, as reported in the Accenture Digi…READ MORE