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Health IT SmartBrief Special Report:
The Changing Role of IT in Health Care, Part 3
Health care IT has gone well beyond its initial role of keeping records and confirming payments. These days, technology allows health records to be shared among providers and patients. Research has added a whole new dimension through the use of Big Data to analyze health records and discover trends. IT has transformed the provision of health care in ways that could hardly be imagined even a few decades ago, and the future is sure to hold many more changes.

This Health IT SmartBrief Special Report, "The Changing Role of IT in Health Care," is the third in a three-part series that examines how the provision of care has changed through technology and how providers, health IT professionals and regulatory agencies are working to create the foundation to support more changes in the future.

  Health Care in the Electronic Age 
  • Mobile devices are on their way to transforming health care
    Medical knowledge and demographic information are transitioning to the cloud, notes tech writer Jonny Evans in this blog post. Evans predicts the mobile technology that allows patients to monitor their health will someday be able to diagnose their conditions and perform medical tests remotely. He also writes that the cloud gives researchers a larger pool of information that will alter current treatments as more is learned about different diseases and conditions. Computerworld (5/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mining of Big Data can be used to improve care quality
    Health care providers are increasingly turning to Big Data for help in recognizing risk factors for complications in patients with certain conditions. Analyses of large numbers of EHRs are used to find which complications happen most often, and then physicians look for and treat those complications. Big Data was used to help lower the risk of potentially fatal blood clots at one hospital by a third, and it helped another hospital more accurately predict which congestive heart failure patients would need to be readmitted. Bloomberg Businessweek (5/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
 Cybercriminals’ New Target: Enterprise Communications
As more data is transferred through corporate networks, cybercriminals are intensifying their attacks. New security threats are being developed as quickly as IT departments are adopting new technology, and corporate communications are coming under fire as never before. Is your communications system cybercriminals’ new target? Learn more.

  Meeting Federal Initiatives 
  • Doctor: Stage 2 MU can benefit public health
    The federal meaningful use program is building an EHR and data exchange infrastructure that could benefit public and population health, said Dr. Michael Painter of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In an interview with Government Health IT, Painter lauded the stage 2 MU proposal's flexibility in turning public health measures into core standards and expressed support for the rule's intention to require direct reporting to public health agencies. Government Health IT online (5/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More providers embrace cloud-based EMRs, report finds
    A KLAS report finds providers increasingly are turning to software-as-a-service solutions for their EMRs, driven by ease of use, growing confidence in cloud storage and limited hardware expenses. The report, based on interviews with 290 medical providers, compared SaaS EMR products based on response time, quality, value for money and customer support. (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why inaccurate information exists in EMRs: Peter Witonsky of iSirona has identified five scenarios that often lead to data inaccuracies in EMRs, which he says tend to occur more frequently than most people believe. Healthcare IT News (5/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Only 10% of hospitals intend to participate in ACOs
    The Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence initiative of the American Hospital Association has issued a report regarding the preparedness of hospitals for population-based accountable care. The report, based on the findings of a national survey of hospitals in 2011, indicated that 1 in 10 hospitals have immediate plans to join an accountable care organization. (5/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Federal government to use 3M data tool for interoperability
    The federal government has reached a deal with 3M Health Information Systems to access 3M's Healthcare Data Dictionary. The software will allow information exchanges for 32 million beneficiaries between Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers and military medical care providers. The agreement also allows the use of the firm's translational solution and terminology by health systems, physician practices, hospitals, vendors, payers and public health agencies. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (5/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What is the biggest health IT concern your organization is experiencing right now?
    This question appeared in the May 18 Health IT Special Report.
    Keeping up with overlapping federal regulations, such as HIPAA 5010, e-prescribing, ICD-10 and stage 2 MU  57.14%
    Operating within tight budget constraints  38.10%
    Ensuring that we effectively use and monitor emerging technologies, such as the cloud and mobile devices  4.76%
    Not being able to find enough skilled IT workers to meet our needs  0.00%

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