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September 12, 2012
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Healthcare CIO SmartBrief Special Report:
Managing a changing health IT environment, Part I
Health IT is changing almost faster than CIOs can keep up. The federal government has been an active participant, through regulations and incentives, in ensuring that electronic health records are used in a meaningful way, health information exchanges are encouraged and the industry works from one set of provider codes. Physicians and other providers are seeing the benefits of these changes, but they do not always have the time or expertise to ensure optimal use of electronic advances. Patients are becoming more interested and engaged, and mobile technology is giving them more options to track their health and participate in their care. This special report, the first of two parts, looks at what is new in health IT and how health IT professionals can work in this new environment.
  Patient Engagement 
  • Why patient engagement is the new trend in health IT
    Patient engagement has gained importance in health IT because providers see that the new "fee for value" health care environment will reward communication with patients that improves outcomes, says Dr. Richard Ferrans, vice president and chief medical officer for Presence Health. Also, patients are more interested in their health information. Health IT executives have to overcome barriers to patient engagement, including trust issues and certification requirements. Healthcare Informatics online (9/5) Email this Story
  • New tool provides online portal for cancer patients
    The Patient Engagement Portal, a new tool from Seattle-based Navigating Cancer, will help oncology doctors meet meaningful use requirements while also assisting patients in setting up online access to their health records. More than 500 oncology practices nationwide have signed on to use the patient engagement tool. InformationWeek/Healthcare (9/7) Email this Story
  • Social engagement platform provides patient support
    A new social engagement platform by WellFX will be used in a pilot program at California's Redwood Community Health Coalition to allow patients to form communities and discuss their experiences with chronic conditions such as pain and diabetes. Best practices in treatment can be shared in provider-only communities. The platform, which was launched in June, can be accessed through mobile browsers and is hosted in the cloud by Amazon. eWeek (9/7) Email this Story
  • Other News
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  Management Challenges 
  • Health care providers gear up for ICD-10
    Health care providers are concerned about the transition to ICD-10 because "it's a change of such momentous proportion," according to Janice Jacobs of IMA Consulting, who notes that ICD-10 affects "every single department." Health IT professionals are concerned about vendor readiness, being able to help physicians meet demands for more documentation, counteracting the impact the transition to ICD-10 will have on revenue streams and addressing the expected shortage of coders. Health Data Management (9/1) Email this Story
  • Decision support system reduces imaging, boosts savings
    A pilot program in Minnesota that promotes the use of a standardized electronic decision support system led to decreased growth in ambulatory orders for high-tech diagnostic imaging such as PET, MRI and CT and increased imaging appropriateness, according to a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care. The system, tested at five large medical groups in the state, allowed for an estimated savings of about $84 million from 2007 to 2009, the study said. "We expect that at least 80 percent of Minnesota physicians will be using this system within the next year," researchers said. (8/30) Email this Story
  • Sprint, Vision Wireless use BYOD solution to help providers
    Sprint announced this week that it is collaborating with Vision Wireless to help large physician practices and hospitals develop policies on monitoring personal devices in the workplace through Sprint's bring-your-own-device management solution. The platform enables a service provider to perform several tasks, such as offering mobile-device management and security as well as creating reports on personal device usage. eWeek (8/30) Email this Story
  • Other News
  • Are you planning to increase the size of your IT staff?
Yes, by less than 5% of FTEs
Yes, by more than 5% of FTEs

  • Are you planning to offer a patient portal in 2013 to give patients access to their medical records?

  • Do biomedical devices currently feed information into your electronic health records system?
Yes, but only one or two types of devices
Yes, three or more devices feed in information


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