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63% of practice management software purchases are replacements

Jennifer Bresnick | EHR Intelligence | July 14, 2014

EHRs aren’t the only piece of health IT getting a makeover in a large number of healthcare organizations: providers are currently ripping out and replacing practice management (PM) and revenue cycle management (RCM) software in a bid to modernize their infrastructure and meet the challenges of ICD-10, accountable care, and compliance with other regulatory initiatives, including meaningful use.

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81% Of Healthcare Organizations Have Been Compromised By Cyber-Attacks In Past 2 Years: KPMG Survey

Press Release | KPMG | August 26, 2015

Eighty-one percent of health care executives say that their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet, or other cyber-attack during the past two years, and only half feel that they are adequately prepared in preventing attacks, according to the 2015 KPMG Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey. 

An interoperability update: Do we need more carrots and sticks?

Earlier this year, the ONC released the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), which responds to a mandate included in 2016’s 21st Century Cures Act and lays out principles, terms and conditions on which to base an interoperability framework that healthcare organizations can embrace. “This means patients who have received care from multiple doctors and hospitals should have their medical history electronically accessible on demand by any other treating provider in a network that signed the Common Agreement,” said National Coordinator for Health IT Donald Rucker in a recent blog post. To achieve that goal, TEFCA is divided into parts A, the principles, and B, the terms and conditions, which is also where the rubber meets the road for many who live in the healthcare IT world...

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Black Book Releases Research on "The Interoperability Tangle"...HIE Replacements, Middleware and FHIR

Press Release | Black Book Research | April 7, 2016

2,012 provider HIE users and 2,300 payer HIE users, as well as 4,100 prospective HIE users of all user types were polled to understand the importance of interoperability in their strategic planning initiatives, as well as their ongoing and new challenges in areas such as connectivity and data exchange. Between Q3 2015 and Q1 2016, the survey recorded growing HIE user frustration over the lack of standardization and readiness of unprepared providers and payers...“Every stakeholder in the healthcare delivery process cannot establish the infrastructure needed to support interoperability, as evidenced by 83% of physician practices responding and 40% of hospitals, that currently admit they are still in the planning and catch up stages of sending and sharing secure, relevant data, “ said Doug Brown, Managing Partner of Black Book.

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Diagnostic Errors Top ECRI Institute’s Patient Safety Concerns for 2018

Press Release | ECRI Institute | March 12, 2018

ECRI Institute names diagnostic errors the number one concern on its 2018 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations. Each year, approximately 1 in 20 adults experiences a diagnostic error, according to published studies. These errors and delays can lead to care gaps, repeat testing, unnecessary procedures, and patient harm. “Diagnostic errors are not only common, but they can have serious consequences," says Gail M. Horvath, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRCST, patient safety analyst, ECRI Institute. "A lot of hospital deaths that were attributed to the normal course of disease may have been the result of diagnostic error."
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Healthcare's Biggest Lie: Employers Can't Do Anything About Massive Pricing Failure

Dave Chase | LinkedIn | December 11, 2015

Astute observers have stated controlling healthcare costs is almost impossible. TIME magazine devoted their longest story in their history to this topic in The Bitter Pill by Steven Brill that was turned into a book. The solution to the problem that is outlined below addresses the massive pricing failure present in healthcare. That is, in most markets higher prices equates to higher quality. In healthcare, frequently the opposite is true. For example, it stands to reason that surgeons who do a procedure frequently are far more efficient and have far fewer complications than those who perform surgeries more infrequently...

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Hospitals Paying the Price of Not Investing in IT Security

The fact is, most of healthcare simply doesn’t spend enough on data security. In a study conducted by HIMSS Analytics and Symantec that polled 115 IT and security professionals in hospitals with more than 100 beds, more than half (52 percent) said their organization dedicated between zero and 3 percent of the IT budget to security. Just 28 percent said they spent between 3 and 6 percent of IT budget on security. “All of this makes healthcare organizations rich targets for cybercriminals,” reads the study summary.

Intersection of ICD-10 And Meaningful Use: Clinical Documentation Improvement

Brian Levy | Government Health IT | January 2, 2015

As hospitals, health systems and payers navigate the new risk-bearing landscape, synergies exist when clinical documentation improvement strategies are expanded to address both meaningful use (MU) SNOMED CT requirements and ICD-10. While the magnitude of the ICD-10 transition itself and the ongoing rumors of additional delays may tempt some organizations to pause in their pursuit of readiness, the bottom line is that advantages to clinical documentation can be realized even before the transition by using SNOMED CT within electronic health records...

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Medsphere Closes $32 Million Financing Led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital

Press Release | Medsphere, Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, East West Bank | December 13, 2018

Medsphere Systems Corporation...today announced the closing of $32 million in financing from Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital and East West Bank. The company will use the funds to address accelerating demand for Medsphere's comprehensive suite of healthcare IT solutions and services, and for strategic acquisitions. "Medsphere's breadth of offering combined with their depth of functionality and overall affordability differentiates it from the rest of the industry," said Bill Reiland, Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital and Head of Morgan Stanley Expansion Credit. "The company is a true innovator, giving hospitals and clinics the workflow and technology they need at prices they can pay. We're excited to invest in Medsphere as they continue to share their unique offering with healthcare organizations."

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OSEHRA Adopts New Membership Structure

At the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA), we have always been committed to the needs and desires of the open source community.  Over the years we have embraced community input by improving our website, our events, and our services.  Recently, we made another improvement--as of November 1, OSEHRA has a new dues structure for membership. We have adopted this new structure based upon requests from our community to transition from a revenue-based system to a benefits-based system of choice.

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RAIN Live Oak Demonstrates New Standard for Healthcare Provider Directories

Press Release | RAIN Live Oak | February 26, 2015

Last month, RAIN Live Oak, a member of the California Association of Health Information Exchanges, participated in the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Connectathon 2015 to demonstrate the IHE Profile for Healthcare Provider Directory (HPD). Participation in the Connectahon, a week-long interoperability-testing event, was a significant opportunity for the advancement of the HPD standard, which supports management of healthcare provider information in a directory structure, and it proved to be an undeniable success. RAIN is a participant of the California Trusted Exchange Network (CTEN), which utilizes a federated architecture for Directory Services using HPD specifications. Read More »

University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare Receive $3.8 Million to Develop Advanced Open Source Cancer Screening Tool

Press Release | Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Health | August 30, 2017

Researchers from the University of Utah Health, Intermountain Healthcare, and Huntsman Cancer Institute received a grant for $3.8 Million from the National Cancer Institute to develop an advanced cancer screening tool. The new tool will couple electronic health record technologies with advanced clinical decision support (CDS) tools to screen for several types of cancer and identify and manage high risk patients within primary care settings and the broader care delivery system.

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