Health IT Pulse by klee34
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.
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
Survey: 57% of docs are open to patient consults via telehealth
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Aug 19 2015
Doctors are getting hip to telehealth.
Well, at least that’s what a recent survey by American Well, the big telehealth vendor, found by gauging doctors’ willingness to use video to see patients.
The nationwide survey of 2,016 primary care physicians conducted with QuantiaMD, a social media…READ MORE
Providers see employees as causes of healthcare data breaches
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Aug 18 2015
Healthcare providers fear unseen enemies will compromise the safety of patients’ protected health information, but their biggest worry is something they can’t operate without: their employees.
More than three-quarters of respondents to a Scrypt, Inc. survey of 769 providers count human error as t…READ MORE
Healthcare analytics market expected to more than double in five years
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Aug 13 2015
The expansion of the healthcare analytics market reflects the variety of available technologies that can meet organizations’ needs. Healthcare organizations are beginning to realize the value powerful analytics tools can offer; such as improving patient care, saving the healthcare organization money…READ MORE
As the Internet of Things (IoT) penetrates healthcare at a fast clip, concern is mounting across the health IT world about the security vulnerabilities of connected devices such as hospital infusion pumps.
“White hat” hackers have already completed relatively easy attacks on IoT-enabled medical d…READ MORE
Flex-IT 2: Another crack at changing meaningful use reporting requirements
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Aug 11 2015
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) influenced some change in her previous attempt to make things simpler for providers trying to keep up with meaningful use reporting requirements. So she’s trying again.
H.R. 3309, the Further Flexibility in HIT Reporting and Advancing Interoperability Act — or Fl…READ MORE
Twitter is good for many things. If you’re like me, it’s good for getting your content out there and for connecting with experts in health IT. If you’re like @EveryICD10, it’s good for publishing every single ICD-10 code. And there are a lot of them. There are 68,000 ICD 10 codes designated just for…READ MORE
WEDI foresees unsteady ICD-10 transition, urges actions from HHS
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Aug 4 2015
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), disconcerted by the responses of physicians to its eleventh ICD-10 readiness survey, used those results to make recommendations to HHS.
The survey showed that physicians are behind hospitals and health systems in their preparations for the ICD…READ MORE
Three things I learned about the future of healthcare technology
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Jul 30 2015
Advances in technology move at lightning speed, and it’s hard not to wonder what the future holds, especially when it comes to healthcare IT. In my over-imaginative mind I envision hover-gurneys and robots wandering the hospital halls. But coming back to reality, what will the future of healthcare a…READ MORE
While the Obama administration may be nearing lame duck status, its health IT arm, ONC, is still doling out money to people doing things that align with the agency’s goals of the moment.
In this case, ONC announced this week it is releasing more than $38 million to organizations working in heal…READ MORE
Family physicians find meaningful use audits are expensive, unhelpful
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jul 28 2015
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) didn’t get the response it desired when it sent a letter of concern about the meaningful use audit program to CMS in April. In fact, CMS hasn’t responded to the AAFP at all.
CMS’ silence prompted Reid B. Blackwelder, M.D., AAFP board chair, to addr…READ MORE
As you get ready for ICD-10, plan for "what if" scenarios
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Jul 23 2015
With ICD-10 fast approaching, some healthcare providers won’t be prepared in time. In order to ensure that you aren’t one of them, CIOs need to make sure they’re ready for the less obvious — yet disruptive — effects of ICD-10.
A good way for CIOs to tackle this goal is to plan for the “what if”…READ MORE
In wake of UCLA health data breach, security expert says providers should be forthcoming
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jul 23 2015
The 4.5 million people who had their health and financial records potentially exposed in a hack of the UCLA Health provider system were not the only victims of the breach, which UCLA officials said they first started looking into nearly a year ago.
Apparently, so was the full intent of the HIPAA…READ MORE
A health IT implementation brings work interruptions
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jul 21 2015
Undertaking a health IT implementation will result in numerous interruptions to the workflows of clinicians and associated staff members, though those interruptions frequently don’t involve the new technology system. Two U.S. healthcare organizations — which included one specialty and five primary …READ MORE
Patient advocates: You can now get big data training
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Jul 16 2015
With big data evolving so rapidly within healthcare, even the most engaged and informed patients and healthcare advocates might feel they don’t know enough to truly take part in and evaluate the design of big data in healthcare.
That’s what a new program, recently announced by the Reagan-Udall Fo…READ MORE
Meaningful use is in the spotlight again, but not necessarily in a good way.
The American Medical Association’s (AMA) call this week to “reboot” government regulation of EHRs is the latest in a series of salvos against CMS’ meaningful use program, with some key healthcare and health IT gr…READ MORE
Guest post by Dr. Michael G. Mathews, president, COO, & co-founder, CynergisTek, Inc.
Designed as a piece in a four-part series, this article will provide a brief primer on encryption before the remainder of the series addresses integrity and nonrepudiation, then encryption of data in motion …READ MORE
Health information management professionals foresee less coding in their futures
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jul 14 2015
Health information management professionals believe proficiency in big data analysis, informatics and data mining will be more important for workers in their positions in the future than they are now. However, members of the same group — composed of 3,370 respondents to an AHIMA study — predict mo…READ MORE
Connecticut is the latest state to enact telemedicine law
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Jul 9 2015
On June 22, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a telemedicine commercial reimbursement statute into law, making Connecticut the 28th state to do so. The vote provides a stark contrast to the Texas Medical Board’s new rules released back in April that make it harder for doctors to prescribe dr…READ MORE
New CMS data digs into big money paid to docs by manufacturers
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jul 8 2015
Last year, manufacturers of drugs and other medical products, along with group purchasing organizations, spent $6.49 billion on U.S. physicians and teaching hospitals for such items as travel expenses, meals, entertainment, gifts, educational materials and participating on paid advisory boards.
CMS, AMA announce plans to help providers through ICD-10 conversion
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jul 7 2015
After formerly questioning how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is handling the upcoming ICD-10 conversion, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced it will work with CMS on programs and educational sessions to assist providers in switching over to ICD-10.
The two groups wil…READ MORE
New research: Physicians key to wearables taking off
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Jul 2 2015
What’s the key to wearables truly taking off? According to a report by MedPanel, it’s physicians who have the power.
“As long as tech companies view wearables and apps as consumer-driven markets, these products will remain a fad,” Jason LaBonte, president of healthcare market research firm MedPan…READ MORE
Until recently cyber-security was one of many issues for health IT executives; now it is top of mind for most.
Anecdotally, it is abundantly clear how widespread increased worry about cyber-attacks on healthcare data networks is. Also, a recent SearchHealthIT survey found that security systems ar…READ MORE
FDA group to support combined EHR, electronic data capture systems
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jun 30 2015
Clinical research and patient information captured during treatment are kept in different electronic systems and by separate organizations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to support projects that bring point-of-care data and research data together by combining EHR and electronic d…READ MORE