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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...

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.

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.

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.

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

HIMSS Study Finds Gender-Based Pay Gaps in Health IT Widened in the Past 10 Years

July 27, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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According to a longitudinal assessment by HIMSS, female health IT workers in the U.S. have been consistently paid less over the past 10 years than their male peers, with the pay gap disparity worsening over time.

CMS Releases Updated Quality Star Ratings for Hospitals

July 27, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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After much anticipation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finally published the first release of its overall hospital quality star ratings on the agency’s Hospital Compare website.

AMA, Omada Health and Intermountain Healthcare Collaborate on Diabetes Prevention Initiative

July 27, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The American Medical Association, digital health company Omada Health, and Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare are collaborating on an evidence-based online diabetes prevention program with the aim of reducing the incidence of type 2 diabetes.

Ransomware Now Most Profitable Malware Type, Weaker Security Makes Healthcare a Target, Research Says

July 27, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Cisco recently released its 2016 Midyear Cybersecurity Report and, according to its latest threat intelligence and trend analyses, while ransomware is not a new threat, it has evolved to become “the most profitable malware type in history.”

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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