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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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AHIMA Releases Patient Portal Toolkit for Health Information Management Professionals

April 21, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has developed a patient portal toolkit to provide guidance on the issues, latest regulatory requirements, opportunities and challenges of implementing a patient portal.

Baystate Health Leaders Leverage Virtualization, Convergence to Transform Their IT Infrastructure

April 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Baystate Health has launched a rebuild of its entire IT infrastructure with the aim of providing physicians and staff a technology platform that provides optimal application performance, accommodates ever-increasing demand while also controlling rising costs.

Survey: Patient Expectations and Engagement Among Hospital Execs’ Top Concerns

April 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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While care transformation continues to be a top concern, health system and hospital executives also are increasingly focused on meeting rising consumer expectations for service and patient engagement strategies, according to The Advisory Board Company’s Annual...

Study: 75% of Adults Will Use Personal Health Records by 2020, Exceeding MU Targets

April 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Researchers have projected that 75 percent of adults will use a personal health record (PHR) by 2020, even without additional incentives, exceeding the adoption targets of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 and 3 guidelines.

A Look Back at the CHIME Fall CIO Forum: CIOs, Other Health IT Leaders Broadly Discuss Patient Engagement

April 1, 2016  |  Matthew Weinstock, director of communications and public relations, CHIME
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Last October, at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Fall CIO Forum, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based CHIME conducted a roundtable discussion that broadly focused on patient engagement.

Study: Stanford Researchers Use Consumer Tech to Integrate Patient Data into EHRs for Better Diabetes Care

March 31, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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In a pilot study, Stanford School of Medicine researchers utilized available consumer technology to integrate home diabetes device data into the EHR in order to provide better patient care between scheduled clinic visits while also improving provider workflow.

In New York City, an Outpatient Cancer Surgery Center Built for the “Smart” Future

March 31, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A few months ago, New York City-based Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Josie Robertson Surgery Center opened to patients as an outpatient cancer surgery facility, with new technology innovations at the core of the facility’s infrastructure.

AHIMA Releases Consumer Engagement Toolkit for HIM Professionals

March 15, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has released a consumer engagement toolkit, a new training and educational resource to help health information management professionals more effectively engage patients.

Study Shows Race/Ethnicity and Age Disparities in Seniors’ Usage of Patient Portals

March 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Patients who are over the age of 69 and Black, Latino and Filipino are less likely to use a patient portal, indicating these patients are hampered by the eHealth digital divide from obtaining timely health information, according to a study by Kaiser Permanente...

Half of Hospitals Use Three or More Connected Health Technologies, Study Finds

March 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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More than half of hospitals currently use three or more connected health technologies and many organizations are planning to implement additional technologies to improve engagement and quality of care with patients, according to the 2016 HIMSS Connected Health...

LIVE FROM HIMSS16: At Duke Medicine, Connected Health Enables a Leap Forward in Healthcare

March 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Advances in mobile technology are enabling a leap forward in the ability for healthcare providers to collect, share and analyze patients’ health information, yet to leverage the value of mHealth, the technologies must be meaningfully integrated into clinicians...

LIVE FROM HIMSS16: How Leading Health Systems are Engaging Patients to Improve Care

February 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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At the HIMSS16 conference in Las Vegas Feb. 29, leaders at pioneering health systems shared how they are using patient engagement technologies to provide healthcare that is personal, mobile, convenient and transactional with the goal of targeting patients with...

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