For Keith Neuman, senior vice president and CIO of Lutheran Health Network in Fort Wayne, Ind., his biggest accomplishment has been not "shot-gunning" everything; rather, he's found success in putting structure into all of his hospital system's processes.
Ask any hospital CIO to name their most challenging 2014 initiatives, and the transition to ICD-10 is almost certain to be at or near the top of their list. While physician practices clearly have been the most vocal about their displeasure with the mandatory switch from ICD-9--set to go into effect on Oct. 1, 2014--their hospital system brethren haven't been shy about their concerns, either.
With that in mind, last week's news that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may be open to ICD-10 testing is a (potential) breath of fresh air for the industry. All indications to date about the transition--despite a smattering of success stories here and there--are that it won't be a smooth one; that tells me that providers could use all the guidance they can get.
Facing hospital debt can seem an insurmountable challenge, but using point-of-service collection platforms can move the needle. One health system in California was able to leverage such tools to increase its collection by $2.2 million--a 48 percent increase.
Providing patients with access to their own information and reasserting the primacy of the physician-patient relationship can reverse the "information asymmetry" that favors big healthcare corporations at the expense of patients and individual physicians, according to Adrian Gropper, M.D., chief technical officer of the nonprofit Patient Privacy Rights.
Though technology exists that could help older people remain in their homes, barriers such as complexity and privacy concerns often keep adoption rates low. A report from a recent roundtable discussion "Aging Well Working Session Series: Next Generation Tech" hosted by the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business and Philips discusses these barriers.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, despite previously proclaiming it would not conduct external ICD-10 testing, may be changing its tune in the wake of ongoing issues with HealthCare.gov.
While U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park has said he's willing to testify in front of a House oversight committee about the shortcomings of HealthCare.gov, there's just one problem--he's still too busy trying to fix the glitch-ridden website, the White House said on Thursday.
OSHA wants companies to electronically file workplace injuries; Newly developed software predicts seizures;
Health IT products such as electronic health records and clinical decision support systems should be subject to a risk-based oversight framework that weighs factors such as "risk relative to intended use" with the intent to bring about patient safety, according to Scott MacLean, Chair of the HIMSS Board of Directors, and HIMSS President and CEO Steve Lieber.
Jared Rhoads, senior research specialist with the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) Global Institute for Emerging Healthcare Practices, recently spoke to Healthcare Informatics about emerging technologies to protect personal health information (PHI).
Technology is at the forefront of how New Jersey-based primary-care practice Vanguard Medical Group works with other facilities to provide quality care to its patients, according to Janet Duni, the group's director of care coordination.
HealthCare.gov could only handle 1,100 simultaneous users at once before it was launched, according to documents released Wednesday.
At a nomination hearing before a Senate committee on Tuesday, Sloan Gibson, the Obama Administration's pick to serve as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, pledged to tackle the VA's backlog problems and joint electronic health record efforts.
The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded ASM Research a $162.5 million contract to "improve the user experience" for VA's electronic health record system.
The ECRI institute released its top 10 health technology hazards list yesterday, bringing to attention that with new innovation comes great responsibility--for training, implementation and day-to-day use.