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Healthcare’s Thought Leaders Offer their HIMSS19 Takeaways

Electronic Health Reporter

This content is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. The cornucopia that is the annual HIMSS conference and tradeshow – healthcare technology’s biggest event – is behind us, but what’s left in the wake is wonderful, inspiring even, if not a bit overwhelming. The reactions to this year’s event have been overwhelmingly positive. Interoperability in the form of data sharing and a ban on […].

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Telemedicine reduces ICU mortality rate at Valley Health

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Valley Health, a not-for-profit health system serving West Virginia, Maryland and part of Virginia, was facing two serious challenges for which it was looking for solutions. THE PROBLEM. First, hospitals are facing critical care staffing shortages. "There is a national problem finding enough intensivists to support an ICU," said Dr. Glen Bouder, director of valley intensivists at Valley Health and medical director of critical care at Winchester Medical Center.

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Google demos its EHR-like clinical documentation tool

Mobi Health News

News of the tool, currently in clinical pilots, comes a week after reports circulated that Google was working with healthcare system Ascension on a controversial project involving patient data.

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Most Health Consumers Expect Technology To Play a Larger Role As Tech-Angst & Privacy Concerns Grow

Health Populi

As technology continues to re-shape consumers’ experiences and expectations with health/care, retail, travel and work, peoples’ concerns about data privacy are also growing as observed by a 2020 consumer trends forecast from GlobalWebIndex, Connecting the dots. First, some overall context to the study. GlobalWebIndex “connects the dots” of consumers trends in 2020 including the topics shown in the first graphic including commerce and retail, gaming, travel, human touch, n

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HIPAA Compliance: Can Your Organization Avoid Costly Government Penalties and Fines?

Colington Consulting was established in 2013 and helps organizations achieve HIPAA compliance and ensures clients stay current with the latest enforcement trends. We provide a full range of HIPAA compliance services and consulting. What separates us from our competitors is our knowledge of HIPAA compliance regulations and their application to each of our client’s particular scenarios and requirements.

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QCapture – ONC Prize Winner Debuts at 2019 IHI Forum

Healthcare IT Today

In November 2018, Mary Ang and her team won $45,000 in the Department of Health & Human Service’s Easy EHR Issue Reporting Challenge. Then she disappeared…until last week. Almost exactly a year after her Challenge win, Ang debuted a refined, production-ready version of her prize-winning application at the 2019 IHI Forum. EHRs are a source […].

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CMS.gov - Untitled Article

CMS.gov

The U.S. Census Bureau released their annual report on health insurance coverage in the United States which shows the number of uninsured Americans rose from 2017 to 2018.

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Health IT Trends for 2019

Electronic Health Reporter

This content is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Healthcare technology continues to proliferate the sector, the developments almost too many to track. The sector abounds with innovation and push forward in the name of better – even the minutest – advancements of care and better care outcomes. The coming year will be no different.

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What Is the Patient Driven Payment Model: How Skilled Nursing Providers Can Get Ahead of PDPM

Electronic Health Reporter

This content is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. By Jayne Warwick, director of market insights, PointClickCare. The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is more than just a new name attached to Medicare payment reform. The shift from Resource Utilization Group (RUG) IV to PDPM moves the skilled nursing reimbursement model away from therapy provision as its main driver.

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What the Hell Is Going On with Healthcare Interoperability?

Electronic Health Reporter

This content is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) filed its annual year-end report to Congress at the start of 2019. The 22-page report summarized nationwide trends in health information exchange in 2018, including the adoption of EHRs and other technologies that support electronic access to patient information.

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Hot Damn, Healthcare Is On FHIR!

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Scott E. Rupp, publisher, Electronic Health Reporter. The healthcare technology world is ablaze, on FHIR. New proposed standards for interoperability are being established to allow health systems the ability to share information and facilitate patient access to data.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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EMR Optimization Is the Hottest Thing Since … EMRs

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Ken Congdon, content marketing manager, Hyland Healthcare. Due in large part to the HITECH Act and the meaningful use incentive program, electronic medical record (EMR) initiatives have dominated the IT efforts of healthcare providers for the better part of the past decade.

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Telepsychiatry saves east Texas hospitals $18 million over 7 years

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

In the early 2000s, the state of Texas was in the midst of a widely recognized, multi-decade crisis from lack of mental health services for people in need. THE PROBLEM. Psychiatric facilities were above capacity, leaving patients in mental health emergencies with either jail or emergency rooms as their only options. The ones correctly identified as in need of emergency care were taken to an ER where they could wait for days or even weeks for an open psychiatric bed.

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FBI, DOJ bust 24 people in $1.2 billion telemedicine fraud scheme

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Hundreds of thousands patients were lured into worldwide criminal healthcare fraud schemes involving telemedicine and durable medical equipment (DME) executives, according to the FBI and Department of Justice. WHY IT MATTERS. The illegal kickback scheme allegedly involved companies that received money in exchange for referral of Medicare beneficiaries by medical professionals for back, shoulder, wrist and knee braces that are medically unnecessary.

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Telehealth helps one hospital reduce ER overflow hours from 1,700 to 148

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Gastonia, North Carolina-based, 435-bed CaroMont Regional Medical Center is the anchor facility of a five-county, two-state, not-for-profit health system and value-based care provider, CaroMont Health. The medical center features a Level III trauma center. THE PROBLEM. The hospital has approximately 250,000 patient encounters every year, and because of its location in the growing Charlotte region, continues to experience increases in patient volume.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About FACIS, but Didn’t Know to Ask

Speaker: Amy Anderson

FACIS® helps organizations mitigate patient and organizational risk. Maintaining compliance and safeguarding against fraud and abuse in today’s changing healthcare landscape can be challenging. Most healthcare organizations screen and monitor providers against the OIG but that’s only ONE of FACIS®’ primary sources. FACIS® pulls data for every taxonomy from the lowest level employee to the highest level licensed professional.

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Digital health apps could save NHS billions, says report

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Digital health could save public health services in England £7.5 billion (nearly $10 billion) across England, according to a report from Now Healthcare Group. WHY IT MATTERS. The study found the use of telehealth and digital consultations removed the need for a National Health Service general practitioner appointment in more than half (56 percent) of cases, and a hospital appointment in 3 percent of cases if digital health through app-based tech was rolled out across the population.

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Telehealth links ALS patients to care teams, saving travel and restoring quality of life

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Penn State Health provides healthcare to patients and communities across 29 counties in Central Pennsylvania, with more than 2,000 physicians and direct-care providers at 127 medical office sites. THE PROBLEM. The health system’s goal is to enhance the quality of life for its patients, yet for those struggling with neurological conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, treatment requires an extensive – and often burdensome – amount of time, energy and resources.

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Telehealth is past the 'tipping point' – how's it doing with interoperability?

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As the American Telemedicine Association annual conference kicks off in New Orleans this week, the organization has published a white paper focused on the status of telehealth interoperability. WHY IT MATTERS. The opportunities and challenges for healthcare stakeholders include standards, governance and workflows as telehealth, which "has passed the tipping point of market momentum," gains traction nationwide, according to the ATA’s report Telehealth Interoperability: Driving Cho

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Telehealth holds appeal for seniors, survey shows

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Better access to healthcare professionals and faster service are among the top reasons senior citizens are willing to embrace telehealth technologies, according to a survey sponsored by vendor American Well. WHY IT MATTERS. The survey of 400 American seniors (aged 65 years or older) revealed more than half (52%) are willing to use telehealth. Access to faster healthcare service was identified by nearly three-quarters (73%) of seniors as the main driver behind their willingness to use the technol

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Ensure Continuous Patient Care: How to Avoid Disruptions Due to Ransomware

The industry has seen an increasing pace of ransomware, zero-day, and remote-code execution attacks. Learn how to defend against these against these attacks in this eBook.

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Telehealth set for big boost with $100M in new funding from FCC

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has announced the agency will vote to advance a $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program, enabling telehealth expansion for low-income Americans nationwide. WHY IT MATTERS. Speaking in rural Laurel Fork, Virginia, Carr announced that the new funding is meant to increase access to care to patients and veterans in remote areas such as Appalachia.

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Bringing precision medicine to patients with telehealth

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Home genetic testing kits have been popular for a while and with a variety of retail services now available, it is easy for anyone to get a glimpse at their genetic makeup. But understanding that information and the potential health issues it might indicate is a different story. Genome Medical, a national telegenomics technology company, and Renown Health, a northern Nevada health system, have partnered in a trial program to connect patients who've had genetic testing with experts who can he

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Telemedicine improves care, keeps patients in place at skilled nursing facility

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The skilled nursing sector has undergone a major transition over the past ten years. Because of shifting demographics and the challenges they place on hospitals, skilled nursing facilities are receiving patients who are struggling with more significant health concerns than in the past. As such, there is a need to provide a greater range of care in the facility.

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As technology proliferates, human factors matter more than ever for healthcare

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

CLEVELAND – At the Cleveland Clinic and HIMSS Patient Experience Summit on Wednesday, two experts showed how skills of human interaction are essential to the success of organizational missions. Technology is transforming communication, and artificial intelligence is becoming more mature and capable every day. But some bedrock human qualities are what will truly enable positive transformation for healthcare organizations: civility, respect, empathy, collaboration, storytelling.

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Generative AI for Contracts Is Here: New Tools to Accelerate Drafting and Editing

The emergence of generative AI is reshaping the landscape of contract management, enabling businesses to generate and negotiate legal agreements with greater ease and speed. In this on-demand webinar, Hal Marcus, VP of Product Marketing at Evisort discusses how Evisort's generative AI transforms contract creation and negotiation, empowering legal teams to streamline processes while reducing risk.

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VA sees a surge in veterans' use of telehealth services

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a 17 percent jump in telehealth visits compared with the previous fiscal year, and says the VA delivered more than 2.6 million episodes of telehealth care in FY 2019. WHY IT MATTERS. The VA report revealed more than 900,000 veterans used the agency's telehealth services in 2019, with their use of the VA Video Connect app, which connects Veterans to their care teams through a secure video session, jumping 235% in the same period.

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Patient experience is evolving as providers embrace telehealth

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

More and more patients are able to take advantage of remote consults and other virtual care options as health systems have begun pursuing telehealth programs in earnest, new HIMSS Media research shows. WHY IT MATTERS. That's not necessarily to say that many patients – and, indeed, many providers – don't still prefer old-fashioned, in-person, one-on-one doctor-patient consults.

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How Consumers Look At Social Determinants of Health for Cancer, Diabetes and Mental Health

Health Populi

Enlightened health/care industry and public policy stakeholders have begun to embrace and address social determinants of health. These are the inputs that bolster health beyond health care services: they include economic stability like job security and income level (and equity), education, and access to healthy food, food security, safe neighborhoods, social support, clean environments (water and air), and in my own update on SDoH factors, access to broadband connectivity.

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Art As Medicine – WHO Weaves the Evidence for Arts’ Role in Improving Health

Health Populi

“What’s the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being?” asks a report from the World Health Organization ‘s Europe region team (WHO-Europe). There’s a lot of proof supporting arts-as-medicine, WHO details in this paper, which synthesizes research published in over 3,000 studies. The first chart illustrates the logic model that bridges arts to health in three segments: “Components” of arts programs, including but not limited to c

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Best Practices for Sharing Protected Health Information (PHI)

In this ebook, you will learn about the 18 PHI indicators, the legal requirements and penalties surrounding PHI, and how your healthcare teams should securely exchange this data. Key takeaways from this ebook: Gain confidence in identifying PHI. Acquire practical implementation strategies for exchanging PHI within your organization. Emphasize the importance of using compliant communication tools within healthcare teams.

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Listen Up, Healthcare: Hear The Patient’s Voice!

Health Populi

Consider the voice of a patient before the advent of the Internet in the digital 1.0 world, and then the proliferation of social networks in v 2.0. One patient could talk with another over their proverbial neighborhood fence, a concerned parent at the PTA meeting with others dealing with a children’s health issue, or a recovering alcoholic testifying in person at an AA session.

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On Amazon Prime Day, What Could Health Care Look Like?

Health Populi

Today is July 15, and my email in-box is flooded with all flavors of Amazon Prime’d stories in newsletters and product info from ecommerce sites — even those outside of Amazon from beauty retailers, electronics channels, and grocery stores. So I ask on what will probably be among the top ecommerce revenue generating days of all time: “What could health care look like when Amazon Prime’d?

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Health Care and Consumers in 2030: A Profile from KPMG

Health Populi

A “one layered delivery network through which patients can move seamlessly as they age and their needs evolve” will be the new health care platform to meet patients’ demands by 2030, according to a forecast from KPMG’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Institute. In Healthcare 2030: The consumer at the center , the KPMG team explores the demographic shifts and market drivers that will challenge the health care industry in the current U.S. delivery and financing system.

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What We Know We Know About ZIP Codes, Food, and Deaths of Despair – HealthConsuming Explains, Part 3

Health Populi

“There’s a 15-year difference in the life expectancy between the richest and poorest Americans.” That’s the first sentence of Chapter 7 in my book, HealthConsuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen. This data point comes from research published in JAMA in April 2016 on the association between income and life expectancy in the U.S.

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HIPAA: Why It Matters to Your Practice

85% of practices are not complying with the government’s HIPAA standards. The large majority of practices are likely trying to protect patients’ information, but they may not be doing all that they need to meet government requirements. Not complying with HIPAA has definite drawbacks, with one major one being massive fines. The government can fine up to 1.5 million dollars for a single HIPAA breach incident - an amount that would put most small practices out of business.