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What HIE needs to mature: Regional critical mass

Looking for clinical and business value for HIEs.


The HIE market is not mature and what's required to reach that point in the journey is a critical mass of participating healthcare providers in the region and volumes upon volumes of data.

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RWJF: The Future of Accountable Care Organizations

The final rule for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) received positive reactions, but what’s next? These resources from RWJF and its grantees take a look at the final rule and consider where ACOs go from here.

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Why Doctors Hate ACOs | Information Week

For providers to cash in on a variety of financial rewards, they will have to collect, analyze, and report their success at meeting those quality measures. But before they can do all this data crunching, they actually have to perform; that is, clinicians must offer patients the kind of high-quality care that CMS expects.

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How Doctors Are Using Social Media to Connect With Patients | US News

Primary care doctors are turning (slowly) to outlets like Facebook and Twitter to connect and share.

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HIT Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the New ACO Ruling

How much do you know about the final ACO rule?
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Supreme Court ruling or not, health reform is here to stay

Supreme Court ruling or not, health reform is here to stay | #HITsm | Scoop.it

This article has almost the exact same headline as a post I wrote two months ago.

http://www.healthcareitnews.com/blog/healthcare-it-road-reform-regardless-what-happens-court


But, this one may be a little better, I admit... at least it has artwork.

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On HIPAA and Social Media in Healthcare

There are clearly things to be concerned about when embarking upon the implementation of social media tactics in the service of broader strategies and organizational goals. Decisions about goals must be made. Terms and conditions for staff, on the one hand, and patients, families and caregivers, on the other, need to be clear and comprehensive. And expectations regarding employee use of social media, whether as an "official" voice of the organization, or as a person known to be associated with the institution and therefore acting as a brand ambassador whenever on line or in real life, need to be carefully developed and communicated.

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Move over Dr Google, the future of health is social

Move over Dr Google, the future of health is social | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Curator's Note: I love the quote, "For those of you that block social media in your workplaces, let me introduce you to the iPhone."

 

The Mayo story brings so much credibility to using social media in healthcare.  As Lee states, Mayo had an aweful lot to lose if it's social media experiment went awry.

 

Great examples of the types of videos that they place on YouTube.


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EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup Releases Technical Specifications

The EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup released its initial technical specifications Nov. 8, 2011. The specifications aim to standardize connections between healthcare providers, health information exchanges (HIEs) and other entities involved in communicating patient health information. The specifications can be downloaded from the group’s website: www.interopwg.org.

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Health Information Exchange: Bridging the Digital Divide

The future for community hospitals and health information exchange is bright. The government awarded states $161 million last year in the forms of grants to encourage HIE development, and several have begun operation. And, according to a study published Nov. 14, 92% of critical access hospitals have implemented EMR systems or are in the process of doing so – hopefully with the goal of connecting to a local HIE.

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What the Healthcare Industry Can Learn From Technology Start-Ups

What the Healthcare Industry Can Learn From Technology Start-Ups | #HITsm | Scoop.it

In the current medical start-up model, researchers spend years developing a product without any idea of whether it will work or be accepted

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PwC names top 10 healthcare issues for 2012

I like #5: Health informatics catch on.

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Booz Allen Lists Top Nine Ways Information Technology is Transforming Health Care

As health care moves into a transformational era of efficiency, effectiveness and improved patient outcomes through health information technology (health IT), Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH) has examined the broad impact of this trend and today identified the top nine ways health IT is transforming health care.

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ACOs Could Mean Greater Radiology Role in Patient Care

Radiologists could have a greater role in patient care through Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), but now’s the time to get involved.


The radiology industry is familiar with the quality reporting and IT infrastructure that the ACOs will rely on. In many ways, radiology is far more prepared than the primary care, particularly those practices just starting to adopt electronic health records.


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Studies of EHR's impacts on outcomes produce mixed results

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) found mixed results when researchers looked at the impact of EHRs on health outcomes at three Minneapolis area emergency departments(EDs).

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AMA Wants To Put Brakes On ICD-10 Implementation

While the AMA resolution goes further than the AMA or any other physician society has gone before in the long, tortured history of ICD-10, it seems to reflect physicians' frustrations with the wide range of burdens being placed on them right now, as much as their problems with ICD-10.

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How Leona Helmsley Is Revolutionizing Health Care in the Midwest

How Leona Helmsley Is Revolutionizing Health Care in the Midwest | #HITsm | Scoop.it

The South Dakota prairie is a world away from the luxury hotels of New York City, where the late Leona Helmsley ruled a $5 billion real estate empire.


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National electronic health records network gets closer

National electronic health records network gets closer | #HITsm | Scoop.it
An electronic health records network is becoming a reality, as the national attitude towards health IT is shifting towards acceptance.

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mHealth and Social Fitness: Why Tweet Workouts or Your Weight?

mHealth and Social Fitness: Why Tweet Workouts or Your Weight? | #HITsm | Scoop.it
Spending too much time with technology is often blamed for fitness problems, but Ted Vickey is looking to technology for a solution.


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7 ways ICD-10 will affect CMS

Curious as to what impact the forthcoming ICD-10 mandate might have on The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services? An analysis of CMS determined the seven major business realms that ICD-10 will touch.

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Recommended Reading: Prevention Saves Lives – And Money

A new policy brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation looks at the return on investment for prevention, based on four groundbreaking studies released in recent years.


The report notes that, “investments in proven, community-based prevention programs could result in significant U.S. health care cost savings and overall economic cost savings”—not to mention saving lives.

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HL7 and Regenstrief Institute (LOINC) connect on standards

Health Level Seven (HL7) International and the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. announced on Monday an agreement to create a complementary process to develop and extend comprehensive standards in the healthcare industry.

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HIMSS Responds to Draft Guidance on Testing EHR Usability

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has submitted comments (pdf) on the National Institute of Standards and Technology's draft guidance on Technical Evaluation, Testing and Validation of the Usability of Electronic Health Records.

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Survey examines roles of CNOs in IT decisions

Identifying the changing roles and responsibilities of chief nursing officers and chief medical informatics officers, HIMSS Analytics announced the results of a research report that examined topics such as the roles of CNOs and CMIOs within a healthcare organization and their influence on IT decisions.

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ACO Service Industry Booms; New Poll Finds Spike In Support For Mandate

Modern Healthcare reports on the many companies that are lining up to play a role in the services, marketing and other related ventures to support accountable care organizations. Meanwhile, Politico Pro reports on a poll released Monday that shows support for the health law's individual mandate is growing.

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