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November 8, 2012
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  • Patient-reported data creates opportunities, challenges
    Patient-reported information has the potential to improve care management and outcomes by automating patient admissions, reducing wait times, facilitating triage and spotting medical issues that clinicians miss, experts said at a recent conference. However, challenges such as integrating that data into EHR systems and clinician workflows remain, they said. InformationWeek (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bill Spooner comments on incorporating patient-reported data
    Few doubt that patient engagement will lead to better patient care and far greater patient satisfaction. Portals and personal health records were integral to personalized care, the third step of Dr. David Brailer’s strategic EHR framework in 2004. Today, the patient portal is a key component of meaningful use stage 2. The old adage “the devil is in the details” applies strongly, though. CMS has indicated that it encourages creativity as we develop our portals to incentivize maximum patient engagement and meet the 5% utilization threshold.

    Key questions around patient-reported data include the data to be collected, its perceived reliability and our ability to incorporate it into the provider workflow. Data entered online through portals or kiosks in advance of the visit will reduce waiting time and improve productivity of office staff and caregivers alike. While science may challenge the validity of self-reported clinical outcomes data, these can certainly indicate trends in the health of patients with chronic conditions. Similar opportunities reinforced through effective discharge education could help us watch the patient’s progress closely and reduce our 30-day readmission problem, benefiting both the patient’s health and our bottom lines.

    Both our HIT vendors and our internal processes need to become increasingly agile to join patient-reported data with that recorded by our clinicians in a manner that will allow the clinicians to effectively consider the information during the care process. The data may be entered via a website or come from a wearable device or originate from a modality not yet invented. Cognizant of the goals of better, more accessible and more affordable patient care, this is indeed worthwhile work. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • Effective EHR implementation hinges on data accuracy
    EHRs rely on unique patient identifiers to succeed in making medical information available across multiple medical settings and providers. But, ensuring accuracy is a major challenge, and mistakes can easily result from typos and patient life changes such as moving, marrying, having children or just forgetting important information, writes Jennifer Bresnick. Health information exchange vendors are exploring solutions to this problem, including biometrics and sophisticated algorithms. EHR Intelligence (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Computer-Assisted Coding: Are you REALLY Ready?
Computer-Assisted Coding (CAC) technology is helping hospitals improve coding efficiency and accuracy, but does your facility have the technology, documentation, and other resources needed to reap the full benefits? Learn the three vital steps you can take today to assess your hospital's readiness. Download this free CAC white paper today.
  Technology Spotlight  
  • VNA, PACS market to show significant growth by 2018, report says
    A report from Frost & Sullivan estimates that the vendor-neutral archive market will amount to $210 million by 2018, and the picture archiving and communication systems market will grow to $168.2 million by the same year. This growth will be paralleled by the growth in image data volumes, driven by the increasing imaging patient population and the growth in imaging adoption by clinical entities, the report notes. Healthcare IT News (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Healthcare revolves around data and reporting, so building a connected community is a no-brainer.
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  Management & Operation 
  • Emergency system for health infrastructure recovery is launched
    An emergency response system called the National Healthcare and Public Health Cyber Response System has been activated by the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center in the wake of superstorm Sandy. The system was established to promote care-critical infrastructure recovery, mitigation and protection. "We do have communications resources to get to folks within hospitals, as those systems and networks and everything start to come up off the generators, or they've been without power, to really be vigilant about any type of cyber incident or cyberattacks," said Deborah Kobza, executive director and CEO of NH-ISAC. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/5), Healthcare IT News (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sponsored Poll 
  • As part of your EMR adoption initiatives, are you planning for ongoing clinical IT systems support for physicians?
    Check out the results of this poll in next month's CHIME SmartBrief Best of 2012 report.
Yes, well positioned with existing IT help desk and staff
Yes, currently exploring clinical help desk options
Maybe, but a clinical help desk is probably too costly
No, a clinical help desk is not a priority at this time

  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • Election result mirrors rising value of data, Mostashari says
    President Barack Obama's re-election highlights the increasing importance of data and analytics in our society, which is mirrored in the provision of health care, National HIT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari said. The election result also allows the administration more time to build on the "incredible progress in the past four years on health IT," he said. Government Health IT online (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Vendor Watch 
  • EHR vendors are sought to test stage 2 MU certification criteria
    EHR certifier ICSA Labs is looking for vendors who can help test the certification criteria for stage 2 meaningful use, also called the 2014 Edition, in an upcoming pilot program. Participants will provide feedback to the ONC and ICSA after examining logistics, testing times and test methodologies for all the criteria. The deadline to apply for the pilot program is Nov. 19. Health Data Management (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • Meet the new face of myCHIME - Monday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. EST
    CHIME has issued a website upgrade, redesigned and fully integrated with a brand-new membership database that will enable us to better serve you. Join CHIME members Gary Barnes and Donna Roach to learn about the new features and how best to use the system. CHIME Members and Affiliates only - register now (login required). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Jon the conversation on StateNet: What are providers doing about patient data matching?
    Patient data matching is just one of the many health care IT topics of discussion on CHIME StateNet. StateNet is a 50-state (and the District of Columbia) network of stakeholders created for the purposes of gathering and communicating relevant in-state health IT developments. The mission of StateNet is to foster statewide coalitions charged with advancing and standardizing the adoption of health information technology and health information exchange. Join the conversation today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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