Electronic health records are a great way to identify patients who satisfy predefined criteria for clinical trials, survival analysis research and other uses, but the processes used to cull this information is difficult and needs refining, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Informatics Association.
Meaningful Use, the switch to ICD-10, security and interoperability issues are consuming many healthcare IT leaders' attention, but they mustn't overlook trends that will shape healthcare in the future. Four trends, in particular, will shape future advances in healthcare, according to panelists who participated in a discussion at last month's Center for Connected Health Symposium in Boston.
Concerns over the rise in violence against healthcare workers in hospitals across the state and the country has led o ne Colorado hospital to install a mobile duress system, Denver Business Journal r eported.
Electronic health records, clinical decision support systems and health IT that focuses on transmission or storage of data should not be subject to traditional device regulation, but new risk-based oversight, according to the executive committee of HIMSS Electronic Health Records Association (EHRA).
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.