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Imaging Informatics: The Keys to Launching Vendor-Neutral Data

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As healthcare organizations see their troves of imaging data grow exponentially, many are concerned about how to leverage that data to their best advantage. The restructuring of processes and image metadata practices are a must as healthcare providers...

Study: Kaiser Permanente Telestroke Program Accelerates Stroke Diagnosis and Treatment

July 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The use of a life-saving clot-dissolving treatment for patients with acute ischemic stroke increased by 73 percent following the implementation of a Kaiser Permanente telestroke program, according to a study published The Permanente Journal.

For Precision Medicine, the Future Is Now

July 29, 2016  |  Doug Given, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of Health2047, an AMA-funded integrated innovation company
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Recently, at two vastly different professional forums (one centered on health, one on technology), conversation around precision medicine provided the common denominator.

Health Systems Collaborating with Fitbit to Use Connected Health Technologies for Research and Patient Engagement

July 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Researchers at several large health systems, such as Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern Medicine, have been using Fitbit and Fitabase technologies to incorporate fitness data into clinical studies and for mHealth patient engagement projects.

EHRs Have Largely Positive Impact on Patient Care, Survey Finds

July 29, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Electronic health records (EHRs) and other patient-directed technologies are having a profound, and mostly positive, impact on patient behavior—sometimes enough to cause shifts among patients from one provider to another, according to a new survey from CareCloud.

Statewide Health Information Network for New York Reaches Milestone of 40 Million Patient Records

July 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Ten months after the Statewide Health Information Network for New York launched its statewide patient record look up service, healthcare professionals can now access the records of more than 8.8 million patients who have given consent across the state.

Revamping Radiology Workflows for Improved Billing Accuracy: A Large Hospital’s Experience

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After multiple delays, healthcare organizations across the country are now required to code diagnoses and procedures using the 10th revision of International Statistical Classification of Disease and Related Health Problems, better known as ICD-10.

Study: New EHR Go-Lives Don’t Impede Patient Care

July 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Despite concerns that the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) might unfavorably impact patient care during the technology transition period, no negative short-term affects were found for 17 U.S. hospitals, according to new research published in the...

Study: Implementation of Integrated EHR System Improved Nursing Care Quality

July 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Incorporating electronic, evidenced-based practice tools into bedside nurses’ workflow promotes decision making at the point of care, which may improve patient care quality, such as reducing hospital-acquired falls, according to a recent study.

RCM in the New Healthcare: How Hospitals and Health Systems are Adapting to Change

July 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Impact Advisors’ revenue cycle management practice director discusses the biggest RCM challenges hospitals and health systems are facing today, and RCM’s changing role in the new healthcare.

Small, Rural and Critical Access Hospitals Lagging Behind On Electronic Data Exchange

July 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Small, rural and critical access hospitals are lagging behind larger urban and suburban hospitals with regard to interoperable data exchange and use of electronic health information, according to an ONC data brief.

Ready For the New World of Mandatory Bundles? Because the Federal Payment Reform Train Is Clearly on a High-Speed Track Now

July 28, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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HHS’s announcement on July 25 of two new mandatory sets of payment bundles for cardiac care is confirming the emerging reality of Medicare reimbursement for hospitals and doctors going forward

Putting the Pieces Together: IT’s Role in Care, Collaboration and Communication

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Breakdowns in communication, according to the Joint Commission, are the top contributing factor to delays in care. In the emergency department, the seconds it takes a nurse practitioner or on-call physician to review who should be contacted and how--could be...

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Ready For the New World of Mandatory Bundles? Because the Federal Payment Reform Train Is Clearly on a High-Speed Track Now

July 28, 2016     Mark Hagland
HHS’s announcement on July 25 of two new mandatory sets of payment bundles for cardiac care is confirming the emerging reality of Medicare reimbursement for hospitals and doctors going forward

Let’s Talk Really, Really Big Numbers: How About $5.631 Trillion, For Example?

July 23, 2016     Mark Hagland
As the U.S. healthcare system moves ever closer to a gargantuan cost cliff, healthcare IT leaders are going to be called on as never before to help leverage IT to transform care delivery

Information Security Professionals in Hot Demand

July 22, 2016     Tim Tolan
IT security professionals are in great demand thanks in part to ransomware and data breaches across the industry.

Can SOLOR (SnOmed LOinc, Rxnorm) Project Create Terminology Foundation for Interoperability?

July 22, 2016     David Raths
The nonprofit Healthcare Services Platform Consortium supports the existing effort to integrate SNOMED CT and Laboratory LOINC and will seek to expand that effort to include Clinical LOINC and selected components of RxNorm.

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