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RSNA highlights potentially disruptive mobile technology for radiologists

RSNA highlights potentially disruptive mobile technology for radiologists | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Imaging quality on mobile devices, particularly tablets, continues to improve. And download speeds keep getting faster, an important consideration when you’re talking about big files. That means diagnostic-quality mobile readers soon should be commonplace. I’m not aware of anyone offering a 4G wireless tablet with 1080p resolution yet, but it’s coming.

 

As soon as that happens, diagnostic radiologists may never have to set foot in a hospital again. How disruptive would that be?

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Google+ Was Never a Facebook Competitor

Google+ Was Never a Facebook Competitor | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Google+ was never supposed to simply be a competitor to Facebook? What if Google wasn't bringing the fight to Palo Alto, swords drawn and ready to take them on. No no, Google's vision was much, much bigger than that, and it comes down to one thing. Advertising.


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The 6 hottest Health IT job skills for 2012

The 6 hottest Health IT job skills for 2012 | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Guillermo Moreno, vice president of recruiting firm Experis Healthcare, shared with Government Health IT the top six most in-demand skills for healthcare IT professionals in 2012.

  1. ICD-10/5010 expertise.
  2. EMR and EHR implementation.
  3. Applications know-how.
  4. Security and compliance skills.
  5. Data management talents.
  6. BI and analytics abilities.


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New ONC Initiative Tackles Data Segmenting in HIE

New ONC Initiative Tackles Data Segmenting in HIE | #HITsm | Scoop.it
In an effort to overcome existing obstacles, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recently began a new Data Segmentation Initiative to develop standards to electronically tag and separate sensitive health information.

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Hot Spots and Ghost Towns: 5 Observations on ACO Proliferation

Hot Spots and Ghost Towns: 5 Observations on ACO Proliferation | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Accountable care organizations are still in their infancy and states are widely uneven when it comes to ACO development. Here are 5 findings, published in Becker's Hospital Review:


1. Providers are playing a game of follow-the-leader.

2. Some states have zero ACO development.

3. Hospitals and hospital systems provide the backbone for most ACOs.

4. Providers and payors are still investing in ACOs regardless of the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

5. There is not one proven model that works best for ACOs.

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Making the Case for Social Media Marketing in Healthcare

Making the Case for Social Media Marketing in Healthcare | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Curator's Note: Social Media in healthcare is not just for marketing. When making the case for social media, you must look at all the benefits - patient education, public relations, physician recruitment, etc.

 

As the benefits are numerous and the costs are minimal, the case becomes very compelling.


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More patients seeing only allied health workers

More patients seeing only allied health workers | #HITsm | Scoop.it

A growing proportion of patients in hospital outpatient departments is receiving care from physician assistants and advance practice nurses without seeing a physician.


The AMA probably doesn't like this, but I don't think this necessarily is a bad thing. Thoughts?

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Health Care IT Sector Outlook From The General Manger Of Health Care And Life Sciences: IBM

The Wall Street Transcript has just published its Health Care IT Report offering a timely review of the sector to serious investors and industry executives. This special feature contains expert industry commentary through in-depth interviews

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Implementing QueryHealth on a Collection of HL7 CCD Documents using XQuery

Implementing QueryHealth on a Collection of HL7 CCD Documents using XQuery | #HITsm | Scoop.it

This implementation isn't quite as cooked as the hQuery implementation, primarily because it doesn't include a "working infrastructure". Instead, it relies on a conceptual infrastructure that assumes that you have a collection of CCD documents, and that you want to produce results from those.

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Meaningful Use & Radiology: Dive In, All Clear

Meaningful Use & Radiology: Dive In, All Clear | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Radiologists are behind when it comes to Meaningful Use initiatives. What's the hold up? It's time for leaders to understand the process and get involved. Radiology is too important to sit on the sidelines.

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NRC: Medicare needs to elevate IT approach and integrate IT into all of its systems

As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) confronts a large number of new IT challenges, such as supporting state insurance exchanges and testing new reimbursement and care delivery models, it must transform its approach to IT systems. So says a new report from the National Research Council, commissioned by CMS.

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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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The power of patients and healthcare choices

The power of patients and healthcare choices | #HITsm | Scoop.it

ACOs hold the promise to set a pattern that will hopefully extend to the private insurance market since Medicare payment trends are often adopted by healthcare insurers and self-insured groups.


It also appears that the high cost of health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket cost to the private insured patients might have reached a pricing point where consumers are willing to make tradeoffs between choice and costs.

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How social media will merge with electronic medical records

How social media will merge with electronic medical records | #HITsm | Scoop.it
Social media will merge with existing electronic medical record (EMR) technologies to produce a fully integrated communications system.
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HHS extends Stage 2 Meaningful Use deadline to 2014

HHS extends Stage 2 Meaningful Use deadline to 2014 | #HITsm | Scoop.it

HHS has extended until 2014 the compliance date for Stage 2 meaningful use for those hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals that qualify as Stage 1 meaningful users in 2011.


Under the current rules for the Medicare portion of the electronic health-record system incentive program created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, hospitals, doctors and other eligible professionals who qualified for incentive payments as Stage 1 meaningful users in 2011—the program's first year—would have to meet new and expectedly more stringent Stage 2 standards in 2013.


But according to HHS' statement, if those providers had delayed participation until 2012, "they could wait to meet these new (Stage 2) standards until 2014 and still be eligible for the same incentive payment."

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States Receive Federal Health Exchange Implementation Grants

States Receive Federal Health Exchange Implementation Grants | #HITsm | Scoop.it
The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that nearly $220 million in new grants would be awarded to 13 states bringing the total that have been awarded such assistance to 29.
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EHR Adoption To Reach 80% By 2016

EHR Adoption To Reach 80% By 2016 | #HITsm | Scoop.it

By 2016, more than 80% of healthcare providers will put an electronic health record (EHR) in place, according to an IDC Health Insights report; right now the figure stands at less than 25%.

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Should Patients Get Direct Access to Their Laboratory Test Results? An Answer With Many Questions

Should Patients Get Direct Access to Their Laboratory Test Results? An Answer With Many Questions | #HITsm | Scoop.it

JAMA: On September 14, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services jointly with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Office for Civil Rights5​ proposed a rule allowing patients to access test results directly from the laboratory by request (paper or electronic).


Although the new rule could be considered a monumental step forward to improve the safety of test-result follow-up, there is lack of consensus in the literature about best practices in direct patient notification of abnormal results. This commentary  considers patient and clinician perspectives on the potential effects of this approach and lay groundwork for issues to consider in the implementation of this proposed rule.

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Bill To Provide More Protection for EHR Users, HIEs Faces Opposition

Bill To Provide More Protection for EHR Users, HIEs Faces Opposition | #HITsm | Scoop.it

The bill -- called the Safeguarding Access for Every Medicare Patient Act -- would create a system for reporting potential medical errors that occur when using EHRs, but it would not allow such information to be used as legal admission of wrongdoing.

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Radiologists have difficulty discussing adverse events with patients and families

Radiologists have difficulty discussing adverse events with patients and families | #HITsm | Scoop.it

atient safety and errors disclosure aren't only the purview of doctors at the bedside. As awareness about medical errors and adverse events grows, more specialists must get into the act.


Radiologists will have to interact more with patients as transparency becomes more important in health care and has a greater impact on quality.


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Data Mining: The best argument for ICD-10 implementation

Data Mining: The best argument for ICD-10 implementation | #HITsm | Scoop.it

The vigorous opposition to ICD-10 is really annoying. Not because I advocate incredibly specific medical codes, costly system upgrades and loss of medical coder productivity.


But the response to the American Medical Association's (AMA) stand is predictable. All the arguments have been made already. And rehashing them in the blogosphere and Twitterverse aren't going to change anyone's mind.

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Medicare demonstration projects: From idea to implementation

Medicare demonstration projects: From idea to implementation | #HITsm | Scoop.it
Many Medicare demos never survive tryouts, but enough have made the cut that the process might be integral to a payment system overhaul.


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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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