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Health Management Technology News
  March 4, 2014
In this issue:

► Path of next hospital EMR buying wave beginning to form

► AHIMA contributes expertise on achieving a successful ICD-10 transition

► Malcolm Gladwell keynotes healthcare data interoperability summit

► CHIME and HL7 announce partnership

► New research to revolutionize healthcare through remote monitoring of patients

Path of next hospital EMR buying wave beginning to form

Almost half of large hospitals interviewed indicated that they will be making a new EMR purchase by 2016, but only 22 percent of those buying decisions may still be up for grabs. This and other key findings were released in the latest KLAS report, entitled Acute Care EMR 2014: The Next Buying Wave.

Of the providers considering a change, 34 percent have already selected a vendor and another 44 percent are strongly leaning toward a specific vendor.

“Where the last round of EMR purchases was fueled by meaningful use requirements and enticing reimbursements, this next round is being fueled by concerns about outdated technology and health system consolidation,” said report author Colin Buckley. “This shift in focus will play a major factor in which EMRs are being considered.”

Read the full KLAS report here ► 

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AHIMA contributes expertise on achieving a successful ICD-10 transition

ICD-10 implementation is critical to the healthcare industry and its more robust and detailed data will help meet the goals of national healthcare initiatives, according to testimony presented by Meryl Bloomrosen, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) vice president, Thought Leadership, Practice Excellence and Public Policy to the Standards Subcommittee of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS).

Bloomrosen discussed industry readiness, outlined steps for a smooth transition and listed the myriad ways AHIMA is helping stakeholders with their preparations. AHIMA applauded the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) announcement that it will be conducting end-to-end ICD-10 testing.

"The increasing demands for high-quality data set the stage for innovation and transformation, and illustrate the importance of improving clinical documentation," Bloomrosen said. "Many healthcare goals rely on the specificity ICD-10 provides and soon the industry will more fully realize the benefits of having the most up-to-date, detailed data.

Read the full AHIMA release here ► 

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Malcolm Gladwell keynotes healthcare data interoperability summit

The global narrative for “digital health” is relatively easy because the opportunities are so enormous. The only real limit is our imagination. Some of the more recent developments have been breathtaking – and include everything from genomics and personalized medicine to 3-D printing to putting healthcare literally in the palm of our hands (or the embedded sensors we will all wear or consume). At the core of it all is a single strategic component – data.

But the challenges are equally enormous – and nowhere is that more evident than data interoperability. This key alignment is at the heart of enormous (often competing) financial interests, true patient engagement and the health (both financial and clinical) of nations – including our own. The lack of this alignment is more than just inconvenient because it often results in gross inefficiencies, fraud, misaligned incentives and errors – all of which result in outcomes that are more expensive and less than desirable (including death).

There were a fair number of healthcare events last month including the largest healthcare IT event of the year – HIMSS. Now in its 53rd year, HIMSS attendance is nearing 40,000 with about 1,000 vendors and hundreds of educational tracks – all of which descended on Orlando, Florida for the better part of last week. As the CEO of Aetna AET +1.72%, Mark Bertolini’s keynote stood out, and Hillary Clinton was standing room only.

But HIMSS wasn’t the only significant event last month. There was a second, smaller event that took place in the nation’s O.R. of healthcare policy – Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by West Health Institute , the daylong event – Health Care Innovation Day – was notable for three reasons. First, it had a singular focus on healthcare data interoperability; second because it was co-sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC); and third because it included a compelling keynote by master storyteller and serial-bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell.

Read the full Forbes article here ► 

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CHIME and HL7 announce partnership

As part of a partnership to advance healthcare interoperability, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Health Level Seven International (HL7) will work together to promote a standardized approach to interoperable data exchange.

“CHIME is pleased and eager to collaborate with HL7 to combine our efforts in achieving greater interoperability and health information exchange,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell FCHIME, CHCIO. “This partnership emphasizes our commitment to drive the effective use of data sharing to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of patient care.”

“By providing universal common framework for interoperability of healthcare data, HL7 standards make organizations across the healthcare continuum more successful at achieving their business goals,” said HL7 CEO Dr. Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD. “We hope that the collaboration with CHIME will serve as a catalyst to drive interoperability in our industry and improve the state of healthcare delivery across the nation and worldwide.”

Read the full CHIME press release here ► 

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New research to revolutionize healthcare through remote monitoring of patients

Researchers from the University of Surrey have launched a new program of research called eSMART (Electronic Symptom Management using ASyMS Remote Technology), that uses mobile phone technology to remotely monitor patients who are undergoing chemotherapy to treat breast, bowel and blood cancers.

The Advanced Symptom Management System (ASyMS) allows patients to report the side effects from their chemotherapy via a mobile phone. This information is immediately sent securely to a computer, which assesses their symptoms and triggers alerts to doctors or nurses within minutes if they require specialist intervention.

The system also provides patients with real-time information and advice on how to manage their symptoms at home, without the need to travel to hospital.

Researchers believe that using ASyMS will reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, and help to identify and treat those which are life-threatening much quicker than current care systems. In addition, it is anticipated that the use of ASyMS will significantly reduce healthcare costs.

A €6 million grant from the European Union will fund a large 1,000 patient trial in England, Austria, Greece, Holland, Ireland and Norway, with the hope that the new system will be integrated into routine cancer care in the future. The research team is also developing and testing the system for use by people with other types of cancer and long-term conditions such as heart failure.

"Over 3 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year in Europe and it is likely that this number will increase by at least 65% over the next 20 years," said Nora Kearney, Professor of Cancer Care at the University of Surrey and Principal Investigator.

Read the full release from The University of Surrey here ► 

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