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HHS launches $1B innovation initiative

HHS launches $1B innovation initiative | #HITsm | Scoop.it

The government will award up to $1 billion to fund innovative projects across the country that test creative ways to deliver high quality medical care and save money.

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AMA to host free ACO webinar

The American Medical Association is presenting a free webinar about accountable care organizations on Nov. 21.

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ONC chief responds to IOM report

Farzad Mostashari, the national health IT coordinator, said Wednesday that agencies in the Health and Human Services Department will work closely to craft a surveillance and action plan to keep patients safer through health IT, and it will be done sooner than called for by the Institute of Medicine.

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NRC Seeks To Marry Biomedical Research, Patient EHR Data

Tapping into the wealth of data stored in electronic health records (EHRs) could advance medical research and improve clinical outcomes for patients with cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, according to a new report from the National Research Council (NRC). With that possibility in mind, the NRC is calling for a new data network, one that integrates the molecular makeup of diseases with clinical data from patients' digitized medical records.

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Ask the Experts: Accountable Care Organizations

Ask the Experts: Accountable Care Organizations | #HITsm | Scoop.it

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 directs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to create a national voluntary program for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) by January 2012. CMS released the final guidelines for creating an ACO in late October 2011, and now healthcare executives are tasked with assessing whether to move their organization towards a shared savings program. Following are the frequently asked questions about ACOs.

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Vanderbilt University study touts HIE savings

Emergency departments in the Memphis, Tenn., area realized an annual cost savings of nearly $2 million as a result of sharing electronic health information through the MidSouth eHealth Alliance, according to a Vanderbilt University study that was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

 

That's not chump change!

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Supreme Court and Healthcare Reform

Brian Ahier gives his thoughts on the Supreme Court ruling on the Accountable Care Act, including a brief background on each Justice and how she/he will likely vote.

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Could ICD-10 have as big a financial impact as the mortgage crisis? Yes. Here's why

U.S. National Healthcare Expenditures (NHE) are $2.7 trillion in 20111 and are forecasted to grow 34% in five years. This multi-trillion dollar economy will shift its reimbursement paradigm to ICD-10 in under 24 months.

 

ICD-10 will introduce opportunities and risks to hospitals and health plans that may be equivalent to the $148.2 billion to $500 billion in losses to the U.S. economy in the mortgage crisis. This is because ICD-10 introduces favorable and unfavorable reimbursement results.

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Smartphone health apps have high drop rate

Smartphone apps have a high rate of dropouts with 26% being used only once and 74% being discontinued by the tenth use.
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NIST: Make EHRs More User-Friendly

The National Institute of Standards (NIST), in conjunction with public and private sector stakeholders, has called on the healthcare community to help evaluate electronic health records (EHRs), examine the human factors that are crucial to their design, and assist with guidance on the development of usability engineering practices.

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A new policy paper from the Urban Institute examines a range of issues surrounding accountable care organizations

The paper covers the concept and history of ACOs, current status of government and private initiatives, and the substantial changes in the final rule following significant provider concerns. The authors also consider whether ACOs will save money, increase care quality, raise prices for private insurers, and spread rapidly.

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A survey of more than 340 hospitals finds almost 80% have joined or plan to join a HIE

A survey of more than 340 hospitals finds almost 80 percent have joined or plan to join a HIE.

 

32% percent of respondent hospitals already are part of an HIE while 47% plan to join such an initiative. The primary driver toward HIE is meeting electronic health records meaningful use criteria, cited by 48% of respondents. Other reasons include connecting to the community (21%), connecting to impatient/ambulatory environments (15%), connecting to the state (12%) and driving toward accountable care organizations (2%).

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Colorado Communities to Benefit From Expansion of HIE

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CORHIO, the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization, announced last week that 12 new hospitals have been connected to the state's secure health information exchange (HIE) network.

 

The hospitals are all operated by Centura Health, and serve hundreds of 1,000s of patients in Metro Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Summit County and Canon City.

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Preparation for ICD-10 codes varies tremendously among providers

Some providers are more prepared for the move to ICD-10 codes than others. This article is the first in a series examining what must be done, why and how.
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Supreme Court to Hear Case Challenging Health Law

The justices agreed to hear a challenge to the 2010 health care overhaul law, setting the stage for a ruling in the midst of the 2012 presidential race.
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Progress Report: Health Insurance Exchanges

Each state seems to be in a different stage of implementing Health Insurance Exchanges (HIXs), which are the centerpiece of the private health insurance market reforms section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Even in a time of political uncertainty and opposition, many states are forging ahead and applying for federal grants. Almost $500 million has been awarded to date. Many requests for proposals (RFPs) continue to be announced, most recently by New York and Maryland.

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Wal-Mart Plans Big Expansion Into Medical Care : NPR

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The nation's biggest retailer is planning to offer a wide range of medical care in U.S. stores.

 

The move would also capitalize on growing demand for primary care in 2014, when the federal health law fully kicks in and millions more Americans are expected to have government or private health insuran

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Panel recommends new agency to investigate safety of health information technology

Panel recommends new agency to investigate safety of health information technology | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Health information technology has been touted as crucial to better health care, but a new report says an entirely new agency is needed to investigate this largely unregulated sector, which can also injure or kill patients if it’s not operating properly. In pushing for a new oversight body, the respected Institute of Medicine, an independent research and advisory organization, is explicitly advising that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not be tasked with the job at this time — a recommendation that is bound to be controversial.

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Health IT’s Role in Measuring Social Media ROI

Whether you embrace it or not, leveraging social media in healthcare is here to stay. This article is not to debate the benefit of social media (website, blog, eNewsletter, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) in healthcare, but rather to discuss the importance of IT involvement.

 

IT should be involved on several fronts, but one in particular is in the area of “measuring” the benefits, or Return on Investment (ROI) of social media in healthcare.

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Study shows more than 30 percent of consumers are interested in sending health data to their doctors

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The number of consumers who are willing to communicate with their physicians via wireless devices is on the rise as confirmed by a study from the CEA.
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Just what is HL7 v3?

HL7 v3 is an umbrella framework for publishing multiple different specifications. It’s not exactly clear quite what defines v3, but it seems that at least operationally it means, models derived by constraint from the RIM, whether not those models are provided through messaging, documents such as CDA, or services as published in assooiation with the OMG.

 

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Jawbone Launches the Up: Will This $99 Wristband Rule Your Life?

Jawbone Launches the Up: Will This $99 Wristband Rule Your Life? | #HITsm | Scoop.it
If Jawbone has its way, you'll soon be wrapping this bendable, waterproof gadget around your wrist, tracking your health with it -- and hardly ever taking it off.
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Hospital CIOs Turn To Social Media

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), representing hospital CIOs, is trying to position its members as leaders in IT implementation and knowledge sharing at the state level by incorporating more social media into a redesigned website.

 

At its annual Fall CIO Forum last week in San Antonio, CHIME unveiled an updated CHIME CIO State Network, StateNet, now with social networking as a focal point.

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5 ways IT can manage chronic diseases

1.Patient monitoring tools/medical devices

2.Mobile applications.

3.Clinical decision support systems.

4.Health information exchanges/patient portals.

5.Telehealth.

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Microsoft, Miami-Dade County Develop Health Exchange for Student Data

Doctors and teachers in Miami-Dade County are using Microsoft Amalga, Dynamics and HealthVault  for a HIE that combines electronic health and academic records for students in Florida's Miami-Dade County.

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