Tue.Feb 18, 2020

The Ill Health of Rural Hospitals in Four Charts

Health Populi

There are 1,844 rural hospitals operating in the U.S. That number is down by 19 in the 2019 calendar year, the worst year of rural hospital closings seen in the past decade. That hockey-stick growth of closures is shown in the first chart, where 34 rural hospitals shut down in the past 2 years.

Nebula Genomics launches $299 direct-to-consumer whole genome sequencing

Mobi Health News

Nebula is pitching this new product as a more secure and informative alternative to mainstream consumer genomic products.

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Patient Matching Errors Continue To Be Common

Healthcare IT Today

Patient matching problems are persistent across healthcare organizations and continue to pose patient safety risks, according to a new survey addressing these issues.

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Medtech conglomerate Medtronic purchases Digital Surgery in bid to expand their Surgical Robotics arm

Mobi Health News

The deal was announced earlier this month

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Leveraging Automated Telehealth During a Capacity Crisis

As the healthcare system faces unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 crisis, it’s more important than ever to make the most of clinical resources. Automation holds the key to drastically increasing clinical capacity and flattening the curve.

Usability in Health IT – #HITsm Chat Topic

Healthcare IT Today

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 2/21 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Bennett Lauber (@uuAbility).

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Newly Diagnosed: How T1D Changes Your Body and Mind

Insulin Nation

Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is like having to relearn how to live all over again. Suddenly there are new rules for eating, exercising, and even sleeping. It can take a lot of time to adjust to all these new demands. But diabetes doesn’t just change how you have to live.

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Lumeon makes deal with Mayo Clinic, AMSYS acquires HealthConnexx and other digital health deals

Mobi Health News

Also: EYE-SYNC inks deal with Symmetry Physical Therapy of Austin and Medtronic acquires Digital Surgery.

Industry Voices—How microgrids can keep healthcare facilities open during grid outages

FierceHealthIT

You're probably thinking: I already have backup for that. As our grid ages and emergency power requirements remain critical to hospital tools and operations, the current standard of care must innovate and adopt reliable and resilient power systems

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Oklahoma Heart Hospital IT lead: Follow the "digital golden rule" to improve outcomes, engagement

Mobi Health News

The hospital, along with appointment reminder vendor Relatient, will present at HIMSS20 about lessons learned from a successful implementation

Primary Care Is Dead. Long Live Primary Care!

The primary care system is failing patients and providers. Capacity shortages have led to long wait times and physician burnout. To fix the system, we must find innovative ways to boost capacity and meet patient-consumers’ shifting expectations.

Insurance Carriers Embrace Telehealth Part I — Medicare Advantage

Ortholive

20 million Americans enrolled in Medicare beneficiaries are about to embrace telehealth. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 takes effect this year, and with it, Medicare Advantage customers will have access to telemedicine services to improve their lives.

The Importance of Clinical Content Standardization

Optimum Healthcare IT

Read Time: 3 min It doesn’t matter which EMR software you use, the benefits of clinical content standardization far outweigh not doing so. The post The Importance of Clinical Content Standardization appeared first on Optimum Healthcare IT.

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What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know About the Coronavirus COVID-19 (Part 2)

HealthStream

If encountering patients who potentially have been infected with the coronavirus, healthcare professionals should use the following guidance—identify, isolate, and inform. This blog post includes recommended isolation precautions

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Survey: Many Medicare beneficiaries fear receiving a surprise medical bill

FierceHealthIT

A majority of Medicare beneficiaries are worried about getting a surprise medical bill as Congress ponders how to handle the issue

Big Idea: Primary Care Automation

Healthcare automation that gives primary care providers more time with their patients—and less on screens—can improve care for patients, increase satisfaction for providers, and deliver positive bottom-line results for system leaders. Download this guide to learn how to optimize automation and keep the patient-provider relationship at the heart of the healthcare experience.

Understanding the Difference Between Telemedicine Integration and Interoperability

GlobalMed

Introducing GlobalMed’s New Interoperability Tools. If you’ve been around the telehealth world , you may have experienced a bait and switch when it comes to integration promises. Often vendors will assure you they can integrate with your EHR and workflows.

Industry Voices—Helping emergency departments operate as intended: for emergencies 

FierceHealthIT

Skills shortages and financial constraints mean that increased ED staffing levels are rarely a suitable solution. Here's what can be done to reduce ED crowding

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The European Commission funds the launch of the EU mHealth Hub

mHealth Insight

The European mHealth Hub is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under the action “Establishing EU mHealth Hub including evidence for the integration of mHealth in the healthcare systems” (Grant Agreement No 737427) and is a project promoted by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union and the World Health Organisation that has been developed by the Andalusian Agency for Healthcare Quality and has already attracted 19 partners including the CAMPANIA REGION, EHTEL (EUROPEAN HEALTH TELEMATICS ASSOCIATION), EMPIRICA GMBH, ERICSSON NIKOLA TESLA D.D., FOUNDATION TALLINN SCIENCE PARK TEHNOPOL – CONNECTED HEALTH CLUSTER, ESC (EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF CARDIOLOGY), DOM ZDRAVLJA ZAGREB – CENTAR (HEALTH CARE ZAGREB – CENTAR), HL7 INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION, I~HD (EUROPEAN INSTITUTE FOR INNOVATION THROUGH HEALTH DATA), MDOG (MIJN DATA ONZE GEZONDHEID), SPANISH MINISTRY OF HEALTH – MINISTERIO DE SALUD, OSAKIDETZA (BASQUE HEALTH SERVICE), PCHA (PERSONAL CONNECTED HEALTH ALLIANCE), PROMIS (PROGRAMMA MATTONE INTERNAZIONALE SALUTE), JÄMTLAND HÄRJEDALEN REGION, SPMS (SERVIÇOS PARTILHADOS DO MINISTÉRIO DA SAÚDE, SHARED SERVICES FOR MINISTRY OF HEALTH), UNIVERSITY OF AGDER, and the UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES TECHNIKUM WIEN.

Healthcare CEOs say AI progress stymied by high costs, privacy risks

FierceHealthIT

Executives are bullish on the potential of artificial intelligence to improve healthcare. But they say adoption is not happening quickly enough and called out several reasons why, according to a survey by KPMG

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Virtual Front Door or Brick Wall? Care Pathways in Healthcare

Are you offering your patients a virtual front door or a brick wall? Today, 85% of healthcare visits start online. If your patients don’t have a way to access care virtually, you’re losing them to Dr. Google. Clear care pathways that start online ensure your patients get the best care they need while staying loyal to you.

My Adobe Audience Manager Certification Experience

Perficient

As I wrote previously in another blog post, I challenged myself to obtain a few different Adobe Certifications by the end of 2019. As the end of the year came and went, I ended up with three Adobe Certifications. I’m now an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Analytics, Audience Manager and Target.

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2019 broke record for most rural hospital closures: report

FierceHealthIT

A record-setting 19 rural hospitals closed last year, as researchers aim to pinpoint the leading indicators that a facility will shutter

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Turbocharge Your ERP Analytics with Oracle Analytics for Applications

Perficient

In late 2019 Oracle released Oracle Analytics for Applications (OAX). OAX is built on Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) and powered by Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse (ADW).

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Express Scripts reveals drug classes that are driving spending growth

FierceHealthIT

Express Scripts released its annual look at drug trends. Here are the classes the PBM giant says are driving higher spending

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Convenience Care Is Here, and It's Eating Your Lunch

Patients want high-quality care that is accessible and affordable. If they can’t get it from you, direct-to-consumer healthcare services make it easy for them to get it somewhere else. Give them the ability to consume your services just like they consume everything else in their lives: on their phones or computers, quickly, and where it’s convenient for them.

Oracle Analytics Server to Replace OBIEE

Perficient

Oracle Analytics Server (OAS) is the latest Oracle release to supersede Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE). Current OBIEE customers can upgrade to OAS at no additional licensing cost.

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Private equity firms are acquiring more physician practices. Which specialties are in highest demand?

FierceHealthIT

As Congress considers efforts to rein them in, private equity firms increased their acquisition of physician practices from 2013 to 2016, according to a new study that also looked at which specialties were targeted

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How To Integrate WHODrug Koda Into Your Medical Coding Process

Perficient

Have you heard about UMC’s WHODrug Koda coding engine? Not sure how you could integrate it into your coding process? Come and hear how we are prototyping integration via the web service API. Koda could help with: Your daily drug coding business. Upgrading your WHODrug version.

Industry Voices—How to make your physician practice more attractive to private investment firms

FierceHealthIT

Knowing what investment firms are looking for when evaluating a potential investment can help founder-practitioners prepare and improve their prospects in advance of pursuing an outside investment

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Stop Creating Disloyal Patients

90 percent of patients feel no obligation to stay with a healthcare system that doesn’t offer digital tools. What can you do in the face of such a sobering statistic? Patient-facing telehealth options that allow patients to get virtually instantaneous care privately, securely, and from anywhere can keep your patients from seeking care from the easiest, nearest, and cheapest provider.

CMS.gov - Untitled Article

CMS.gov

Last April, I was proud to announce the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) five-part strategy to help ensure safety and quality in America’s nursing homes. The strategy is multi-faceted, focusing on Strengthening Oversight, Enhancing Enforcement, Increasing Transparency, Improving Quality, and Putting Patients Over Paperwork.

Industry Voices—ONC is trying to regulate a market into existence. It's not the right way to achieve interoperability

FierceHealthIT

With these interoperability policies, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is attempting to regulate a market into existence—and with this approach comes a ripple of negative effects standing to undermine the very result the ONC is trying to achieve.