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Imaging Informatics: The Keys to Launching Vendor-Neutral Data

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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Health IT Leaders Address Cybersecurity Responsibilities at HHS during Congressional Hearing

May 25, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
During a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing, healthcare IT leaders and security experts testified in support of proposed legislation to elevate and empower the CISO at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

How Big a Role Is Health IT Playing in Physician Burnout?

May 23, 2016  |  David Raths
blog
I spoke recently with Philip Kroth, M.D., associate CMIO at the University of New Mexico Hospitals, about an AHRQ-funded study of the health-IT related factors associated with clinician stress and burnout.

Study: Hospitals Making Significant Investments in Smartphone-Based Communications

May 20, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
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.

ONC Task Force: No ‘Show-Stopping’ Barriers to API Requirements

May 15, 2016  |  David Raths
article
A task force of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has prepared a series of recommendations to address privacy and security concerns around application programming interfaces.

Is Dr. Halamka Right When He Says that MDs Might Leave Practice over Health System Reform?

May 9, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
When Dr. John Halamka says that excessive complexity in the required measures under the proposed new rule issued by CMS could cause him to leave medical practice, federal healthcare officials might want to pause to consider

At Datapalooza, Biden Makes Case for Open Data to Play Role in Cancer Moonshot

May 9, 2016  |  David Raths
article
In a moving speech to the Health Datapalooza conference in Washington, D.C., Vice President Joe Biden tied the health data liberation movement to both the cancer moonshot effort he is charged with leading as well as his own son’s battle with cancer.

GAO Appoints New Health IT Policy Committee Members

May 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently announced the appointment of three members to the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee.

ONC, HHS Announce Challenges at Health Datapalooza

May 9, 2016  |  David Raths
article
The 7th Health Datapalooza Conference in Washington, D.C., opened with several funding opportunity announcements designed to help overcome hurdles in data access and sharing.

Yale New Haven Health System Shares Lessons Learned On its Value Journey

May 4, 2016  |  Heather Landi
blog
Hospitals and health systems can glean significant lessons learned from Yale New Haven Health System's ongoing journey to improving quality and lowering costs, including the health system's willingness to openly share its challenges and best practices.

MIPS Mobile Challenge Aims to Give Clinicians Real-Time Information and Assistance

May 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a competition to develop a mobile platform to help educate physicians and clinicians about the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program.

Watching CMS Listen to Providers

May 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
Last week’s announcement on the part of CMS officials proposing significant changes to Medicare payment for physicians signaled an increasing willingness on their part to dialogue iteratively with providers about what needs to be changed---and when

Survey: Most Digital Health Users Are Not Using EHRs to Manage Their Health

May 2, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
While 60 percent of consumers who use digital health tools say they have an electronic health record (EHR), only 22 percent of these patients are accessing EHRs to help make medical decisions, according to a survey by HealthMine.

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