A report in a special edition of the American Journal of Managed Care seeks to answer the question all providers want to know By Katie Wike, contributing writer
Healthcare Technology In November: A Look Back
What was most important to our readers in November? Take a look back at last month by reviewing the 10 most popular articles that appeared on Healthcare Technology Online.
Baby Boomers Bringing Technology To Senior Years
Medicare-eligible baby boomers worry providers attempting to meet MU requirements, but one survey’s results say there may be no reason to fret By Katie Wike, contributing writer
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Unlock Patient Data With Natural Language Understanding
Natural language understanding (NLU) technology is helping Lancaster General Health improve physician documentation, prepare for ICD-10, and translate patient notes into discrete data measurable by analytics.
Document Management Helps Cleveland Clinic Take Epic One Step Further
Systemwide integration of a document management solution helps Cleveland Clinic derive more value from its EMR.
Desktop Virtualization Takes Pain Out Of EHR Install
By replacing 600 PCs with 1,100 cloud displays, Olympic Medical Center has created a virtualized environment that has improved clinical workflows, IT maintenance, and overall EHR utilization.
Electronic Medical Billing Essential For Reform
Implementation of electronic billing in revenue cycle management is aiding providers such as Baystate Medical Center in their efforts to meet new healthcare reform laws and keep up with ICD-10.
FROM THE EDITOR
Change Is Good
For many, change is a painful process. This was evident when reviewing the results of our first annual community hospital survey, which are summarized in our cover story Are Community Hospitals Behind The Health IT Curve? It’s clear that many community hospitals are struggling to adjust to the changing healthcare landscape.
In January 2014, we’re changing our name and brand to Health IT Outcomes. Here’s the story behind the name change and what you can expect from us going forward.
For St. Vincent Health System, EHR Meaningful Use is about much more than stimulus dollars. Here’s how the health system strives to make the process “meaningful” for its providers and, most importantly, its patients.
While ICD-10 appeared to dominate the 85th Annual AHIMA Convention & Exhibit on the surface, a much more compelling HIM story was unfolding at the event if you looked a little deeper.
If you question whether Meaningful Use is benefitting healthcare, look no further than Catholic Health. This health system credits the program for many of its recent clinical improvements.
Telehealth And Its Applications
Telehealth, sometimes called telemedicine, offers patients and physicians a way to communicate that bypasses the traditional office visit yet provides excellent care through the magic of webcam and smartphones. Telehealth began as a way to reach those in very remote areas who didn't have ready access to a doctor. Today, telehealth has crept into everyday healthcare, allowing doctors to extend their services, monitor chronic conditions, and possibly halt a health problem before it becomes serious. By Shannon Dauphin Lee
Driving In A Blinding Snowstorm Is A Lot Like Alert Fatigue
We talk a lot about alert fatigue in HealthIT. It’s a real thorny problem; of that there is no argument. When I think about this problem, I liken it to that experienced during a dark winter’s night when driving in a blinding snowstorm with thousands of snowflakes illuminated by your headlights creating hypnotizing effect on the driver. This effect distracts the driver so much that they may run off the road, or rear end the car ahead or even worse – hitting poor little Bambi! By George Robinson, RPh, senior product manager, FDB
The New Business Of Healthcare
Let’s face it. Healthcare as an industry is in a tizzy right now. With health insurance exchanges making headlines, providers looking for new ways to keep current patients and attract new ones, payers doing their best to adjust to last-minute regulations, and patients scrambling to make sense of it all, it is a wild time to be in this industry. By Cynthia Porter, president, Porter Research
Top 3 Health IT Trends To Be Thankful For
It has been an interesting few years in the healthcare IT (HIT) industry and no doubt it will continue to be so moving forward. Not too long ago the Federal stimulus package went into effect to support Meaningful Use (MU) and most everyone was supportive of the goals and cautiously optimistic of the goals. Optimism was high in part because new funding was available, but also because there was a realization that the technology had finally reached a sustainable level. But as these early stages of Meaningful Use have been executed and providers move from getting funding to a state of “now what?”, pessimism has started to creep in. Rollouts like Healthcare.gov do not help this negative thinking. By Greg Chittim, Senior Director of Strategic Marketing, Arcadia Solutions
Electronic health records (EHRs) are getting a lot of attention these days, but amid the hype there are skeptics out there arguing that the EHR is old news. However, I’d like to argue that the EHR is not dead; in fact, it’s growing up.
In December 2013, Healthcare Technology Online surveyed more than 100 technology leaders from community hospitals to identify their top health IT implementation challenges and priorities.
Smart, hands-free, two-way, interactive voice solutions have arrived in the healthcare industry, and progressive CIOs are taking the power of voice to the next level – leveraging advances in natural-language voice communication to improve patient care and ascend the HIMSS EMRAM ladder.
Butler Health System wanted to realize a productivity improvement in its physical therapy department, where assessments and progress visits involve detailed documentation. The Butler Memorial Hospital IV team currently uses an earlier version of voice-enabled technology from Honeywell, so the hospital knew the potential for productivity gains with voice-controlled EMR data entry.
A2iA Corporation, Artificial Intelligence and Image Analysis, is a worldwide leading developer of natural handwriting recognition, Intelligent Word Recognition (IWR) and Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR) technologies and products for the payment, mail, document and forms processing markets.
Greenway Medical Technologies
Greenway Medical Technologies provides innovative electronic health record (EHR), practice management and ambulatory healthcare business solutions and services to more than 40,000 healthcare providers nationwide, optimizing practices in 30 specialties and subspecialties by enhancing the delivery of patient care through advanced health IT software and on-demand services that can be meaningfully used allowing physician practices to function at their highest level of efficiency.
Wellcentive is a pioneer in responsible population health management and data analytics for physicians and their organizations. Since 2005, we have continuously anticipated and met the needs of the rapidly-evolving healthcare industry.
Thousands of providers and their organizations use Wellcentive solutions to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care for millions of patients nationwide. Our industry-leading interfacing platform has over 1,300 live interfaces, and exchanges millions of messages every week with a wide variety of leading systems.
A global leader respected for innovation and reliability, Zebra provides enabling technologies that allow customers to take smarter actions.
Captuvo SL22h Enterprise Sled For Apple® iPod touch®
For healthcare organizations committed to being the most progressive provider in their community, deploying the Apple® iPod touch® mobile device with hospital-proven bar code scanning technology from Honeywell Scanning & Mobility represents a true sign of leadership.
Sandlot Metrix (Data And Analytics Toolset)
Sandlot Metrix is an analytics toolset from Sandlot Solutions for the healthcare industry. Sandlot Metrix works within a physician’s workflow to provide clinical decision notifications at the point of care. It also tracks data to allow for retrospective review and reporting of outcomes data.
Sandlot Connect (Health Information Exchange & Master Patient Index)
Sandlot Solutions Connect results in reduced time for patient data clearing, lower administrative costs and improved patient safety by lowering the frequency of patient misidentification and medication errors.
A2iA Mobility: A New Way For Mobile Recognition
The same capabilities that the Global payment systems and document processing markets have trusted for nearly 22 years are now available for mobile devices.
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