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

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. Implementing this new coding system has been a pain point for many hospitals. With more than 68000 codes (up from ICD-9’s 14000), ICD-10 brings a variety of mapping and other technology issues that can hinder provider workflows and interfere with timely reimbursements. But with the October 15, 2015 deadline now passed, the onus is on hospitals, both in the business office and in the treatment room, to find creative ways to make it work. 

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Washington Debrief: Ransomware Subject of Senate Hearing

May 23, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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The Senate Committee on the Judiciary examined what authority the nation’s law enforcement agencies need to pursue botnets and to prosecute those illegally accessing or manipulating data.

Most Interesting Vendors 2016: Leidos: Healthcare IT’s “Quiet Company" Becoming Less Quiet By the Day

May 23, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Snaring the Defense Department’s EHR implementation contract (in partnership with Cerner) last year helped open new doors of market recognition for Leidos Health—and its senior executives see tremendous opportunity ahead

Study: Hospitals Making Significant Investments in Smartphone-Based Communications

May 20, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Sixty-three percent of hospitals and health systems have deployed or plan to deploy a mobile communications platform supporting more than 500 smartphones in the next year, according to a new survey from Spyglass Consulting Group.

UConn Health Appoints Dirk Stanley, M.D., as First CMIO to Oversee EMR Implementation Project

May 20, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The University of Connecticut Health Center (UConn Health), based in Farmington, Conn., has announced the appointment of Dirk Stanley, M.D., as its first Chief Medical Information Officer.

Potential Data Breach at Children’s National Health System Due to Vendor Misconfiguration

May 20, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has issued a notice about a potential data breach after a third-party vendor inadvertently misconfigured a file site that enabled patient information to be accessed online.

MUSC Health Invests $36M in Patient Monitoring Technology Partnership

May 20, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Charleston-based Medical University of South Carolina Health (MUSC Health) announced an 8-year, $36 million strategic partnership with Philips to implement integrated patient monitoring technologies.

Searching for the Cure to Healthcare Security

May 20, 2016  |  Jeremy Wall, director at Stax Inc.
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The healthcare security threat environment should create significant opportunity for managed security service providers (MSSPs) and security providers willing to take the plunge into the complicated world of healthcare.

CIOs Under Pressure to Keep Up With Interoperability, Big Data and Security Challenges

May 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Healthcare CIOs expect IT budgets to increase in the next two years, but, at the same time, healthcare IT leaders are facing pressing challenges related to security and compliance and the role of IT in driving revenue, according to a new survey report.

EMRAM 2.0: HIMSS Analytics Raises the Bar in its Push for Hospitals to Reach Stage 7

May 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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As IT implementation and optimization becomes more sophisticated across provider organizations, HIMSS Analytics plans to launch an updated version of its EMR adoption model.

Looking at the M&A Dance in Healthcare IT: How Will 2016 End Up, Trend-Wise?

May 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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The analysis by Michelle Mattson-Hamilton and Ben Rooks of ST Advisors of merger and acquisition activity in 2015 speaks to some of the fundamental realities of the U.S. healthcare system’s broader trajectory

AHA Supports Draft Legislation to Include Hospitals in MU Flexibility

May 18, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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In a letter to Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), the American Hospital Association voiced it support for proposals in draft legislation that would make changes to the meaningful use program.

Up and Comers 2016: Tableau: Data Visualization Catching on in Healthcare

May 18, 2016  |  David Raths
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Most companies chosen for our Up and Comers List are startups that have caught fire recently because they address a pain point in the provider space. Tableau Software Inc. is a different case.

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