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January 2010 Features

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  Payers


Forecast 2010: Payers

 January 2010

New Momentum for HIT

By Vishal Wanchoo, president and CEO, GE Healthcare IT

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For nearly two decades, healthcare-industry leaders have promoted a nationwide health-information network (NHIN) to help enable clinical-information sharing across multiple institutions and regions. In 2010, there will be unprecedented momentum at the state level to connect health information across providers.

First, the early adopters of health-information networks are showing how sharing clinical information helps drive better clinical decisions, reduce treatment errors and provide a better patient experience. In addition, the ARRA includes $564 million in funding for states to establish health-information exchanges (HIEs). Finally, the maturing of industry standards and the inclusion of HIEs as a part of the meaningful-use criteria is driving state-level adoption. This framework will play a crucial role in eventually achieving connectivity across states, regions and even nations.


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  Special Feature


Forecast 2010: Group Practices

 January 2010

HCIT Adoption To Spike

By Rose Crane, CEO, Epocrates

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The question is no longer whether physicians will adopt healthcare information technology (HIT), but when and to what extent.

In fact, adoption should escalate in 2010 as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) policy and standards committees define meaningful use, and its impact on the qualified, reimbursed purchasing decisions for many large practices ready to take the leap.

 


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  EMR / EHR


Forecast 2010: Electronic Records

 January 2010

An Aide for EMRs

By Farida Ali, CEO, Dynamic Computer

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The industry is witnessing the beginning of a trend of including automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) with electronic medical-record (EMR) adoption. EMR adoption has lagged despite a strong push from both private and public entities. Simultaneously, there has been an increase in the adoption of real-time locating systems (RTLS) and other technologies in the healthcare market. The paired adoption of EMR and AIDC systems holds the highest potential for improving patient care, reducing costs and minimizing risks.

AIDC refers to methods that automatically identify objects and then capture data about them directly into computer systems. These include radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies, bar codes, biometrics, optical character recognition (OCR), voice recognition and other electronic means of automatically identifying people and tagged objects.


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  Revenue Cycle Management


Forecast 2010: Revenue Management

 January 2010

The Next Evolution in RCM

By Tony Reisz, president, Ontario Systems

This year will bring an evolution to revenue-cycle management, bringing the focus to the front end of the revenue cycle to patient-access management. This is one of the last areas where hospitals can save substantial amounts of money.

By moving the revenue cycle to the beginning with patient access, healthcare organizations improve their upfront collections, set patient-payment expectations, manage denials and retrieve self-pay balances before the medical procedures take place. Patient-access management increases the bottom line by reducing the cost of healthcare and increasing the dollars collected. At the same time, it leads to improved levels of patient satisfaction.


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  Hospital Information Systems


Forecast 2010: Hospitals

 January 2010

The Future of Consulting

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By Rob Merkel, IBM Global Business Services

Consulting services for the healthcare industry are in the midst of tremendous change. While cost and quality issues continue to drive the need for transformation across the industry, advances in technology and government stimulus will accelerate the rate at which it is implemented. In particular, three trends will shape the future of services.

First, technology advances are providing a foundation for capturing, sharing and analyzing information. As the industry becomes more interconnected and instrumented, a proliferation of both structured and unstructured data will be captured and shared to significantly improve care delivery and individual health.


Tagged:    Hospital Information Systems


  Hospital Information Systems


Health System Improves Diagnostic Accuracy

 January 2010

Platform offers advanced radiology features, while meeting the integration and image-distribution needs of the IT staff.

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Most U.S. healthcare providers are now approaching their second- or third-generation of picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). The staff at St. John Health System in Tulsa, Okla., was no different. They were looking for a standards-based PACS that facilitated integration with existing hospital information systems and radiology information systems (HIS/RIS), as well as existing imaging archives. The St. John staff also needed a platform with advanced features to improve diagnostic accuracy, while simultaneously boosting productivity.


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  Viewpoint


A long Good-bye

 By Ken Anderberg, Publisher/Editorial Director, January 2010

Technology has obviously meant a great deal to the practice of medicine. A visit to one of today's modern hospitals or medical practices demonstrates the full array of technology solutions that enhance the delivery of healthcare services. That technology can keep us alive — even perhaps longer than justified.

I know a man who recently saw most of his internal organs completely shut down. His kidneys and liver failed. His lungs stopped working.


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  Thought Leaders


Is There Value in EHR Investment for HIEs?

 By Chris Stevens, product manager, Orion Health, January 2010

The importance of electronic health records increases exponentially when made available throughout the healthcare community.

The delivery of healthcare relies on accurate, up-to-date patient information. Unfortunately, much of that information resides in individual stores of paper, electronic records, databases and files scattered across all of the systems of numerous stakeholders. This is where electronic health records (EHRs) and health-information exchanges (HIEs) shine, and why so much of the national discussion now under way about the need to cut costs and increase care focuses on the meaningful use of EHRs within and among providers.


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  Pioneers


Enthusiasm for Reengineering Systems Slow to Catch On

 By By Carolyn Dunbar, January 2010

Carolyn DunbarThe results of two recent surveys show that information professionals and top healthcare management remain cautious — and even pessimistic — over the speed with which a truly computer-based patient record will be implemented. Interest in open-systems solutions, however, is up sharply.

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference attendees — 571 of them — stopped in the San Diego Convention Center hallway to take the fourth-annual HIMSS/Hewlett-Packard Leadership Survey. According to the response, the notion of reengineering information systems in healthcare has not caught on. Only 19 percent of respondents reported that the total quality-management movement had done anything to spur systems reengineering for increased productivity at their institutions.


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  Industry Watch


Security: Employees Are Key

 January 2010


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  Industry Watch


EMRs Challenging for Small Practices

 January 2010


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  Products and Services


Ergonomic Radiology Furniture

 By New Products, January 2010


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  Products and Services


Work-flow Solution

 January 2010


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  Products and Services


PACS Integrates with EMR

 January 2010


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  Products and Services


Multimodal PACS

 January 2010


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  Products and Services


Web-Based Image Solution

 January 2010


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  Products and Services


Vendor-neutral Archiving

 January 2010


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  Products and Services


Integrated Mammography Module

 January 2010


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  Products and Services


Multivendor Mammography Workstation

 January 2010


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  Products and Services


PACS for iPhone, Mac and Windows 7

 January 2010


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  Products and Services


Cardiovascular Information Solution

 January 2010


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  Products and Services


Image Access for Mobile Devices

 January 2010


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  Products and Services


Centralized Image Storage

 January 2010


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  Special Feature


2010 January Features

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  Information Systems


The Health IT Bet: Five Keys to Making It Pay Off

 By Derek Woo and Michael Sullivan, January 2010

Capitalize on ARRA/HITECH by implementing a fully integrated healthcare-technology system.


Tagged:    Information Systems