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Health Management Technology News
  April 1, 2014
In this issue:

► HMT Exclusive: Getting the most from an analytics solution

► Wolters Kluwer Health enhances professional development courseware to help clinicians improve critical thinking skills

► AHIMA: Disappointed with another ICD-10 delay, seeks clarification on date of new implementation deadline

► Healthcare site goes down briefly as deadline nears

► Sound off on today's healthcare companies and trends!

► The frightening truth about the security of our healthcare data

HMT Exclusive: Getting the most from an analytics solution

Big data refers to the volume and variety of information being generated and the speed at which it is being moved in and out of systems. In the hospital setting, massive amounts of clinical, financial and operational information are generated with every transaction, interaction and observation between caregivers and patients, payers, and employers. Each piece of information created has the potential to improve decision making in new and innovative ways. But accessing that data is often a challenge, since much of it is fragmented, locked in silos and disparate systems, preventing departments from being able to effectively interpret and collaborate on the information in a meaningful way.

In today’s healthcare market, the ability to analyze, understand and act on that real-time information is more important than ever. An analytics solution offers organizations the means to integrate and manage large volumes and collections of structured and unstructured data and content. By tying together information and linking it to outcomes, analytics tell an organization where it has been, where it stands today and, most importantly, where it is headed in the future.

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Wolters Kluwer Health enhances professional development courseware to help clinicians improve critical thinking skills

Wolters Kluwer Health introduced a sleek new user interface and an abundance of new Joint Commission Resources (JCR)-approved courses for Lippincott Professional Development, an online education solution for practicing nurses and clinicians.  Lippincott Professional Development helps hospitals and other healthcare institutions promote critical thinking and competency in clinical settings.

The new user experience makes the Lippincott Professional Development website more user-friendly and even easier to navigate.  Based on the Lippincott Nursing Solutions’ integrated approach, the new user-intuitive layout allows nurses and clinicians to expand their clinical knowledge through the course material while seamlessly using the course to increase competency and boost confidence.

The company also released a new Disease-Specific Care Program—developed with JCR—that focuses on Stroke.  The content of the new JCR program is based on suggestions from experts at The Joint Commission and the courses were reviewed to ensure that they comply with Joint Commission accreditation and certification requirements.  The new Stroke courses join the other JCR courses—the Heart Failure Disease-Specific Care Program; the Compliance Program; and the Patient Safety Program—in the Lippincott Professional Development online corporate education solution.

Other notable additions to the Lippincott Professional Development library are new tutorials on Neurologic care topics and additional new topics in the Pediatrics and Leadership/Management programs.

“Strengthening critical thinking is paramount to professional development for nurses and clinicians,” said Jennifer Cline, Digital Product Manager, Wolters Kluwer Health, Professional & Education.  “All of our courses are specifically geared toward this end, as is our development plan for new courseware moving forward.”

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AHIMA: Disappointed with another ICD-10 delay, seeks clarification on date of new implementation deadline

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) expressed deep disappointment that the U.S. Senate voted today to approve H.R. 4302, Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, which included language delaying implementation of the ICD-10 code set until at least October 1, 2015.

“On behalf of our more than 72,000 members who have prepared for ICD-10 in good faith, AHIMA will seek immediate clarification on a number of technical issues such as the exact length of the delay,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA.

Since the transition to ICD-10 remains inevitable and time-sensitive because of the potential risk to public health and the need to track, identify and analyze new clinical services and treatments available for patients, AHIMA will continue to help lend technical assistance and training to stakeholders as they are forced to navigate the challenge of continuing to prepare for ICD-10 while still using ICD-9.

It has been estimated that another one-year delay of ICD-10 would likely cost the industry an additional $1 billion to $6.6 billion on top of the already incurred costs from the previous one-year delay.  This does not include the lost opportunity costs of failing to move to a more effective code set.

“AHIMA will continue our work with various public sector organizations and agencies such as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, and the National Center for Health Statistics along with our industry partners such as the ICD10 Coalition so that ICD-10 will realize its full potential to improve patient care and reduce costs. These are goals that AHIMA and other healthcare stakeholders and our government leaders all share,” Thomas Gordon said.

The United States remains one of the only developed countries that has not made the transition to ICD-10 or a clinical modification, a more modern, robust and precise coding system that is essential to fully realize the benefits of the investments in electronic health records and maximize health information exchange.

The delay casts a cloud on the employment prospects of more than 25,000 students who have learned to code exclusively in ICD-10 in health information management (HIM) associate and baccalaureate educational programs.

“As demands for quality healthcare data continue to increase, this delay will add an additional significant hurdle for the healthcare system to fill these important HIM positions,” Thomas Gordon said. “It is truly unfortunate that Congress chose to embed language about delaying ICD-10 into legislation intended to address the need for an SGR fix in their effort to temporarily address the long outstanding and critically important physician payment issues.”

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Healthcare site goes down briefly as deadline nears

The federal government's healthcare enrollment website -- -- went down or stalled briefly on Monday as heavy traffic was building on the last day of open enrollment for 2014. At one point, the site told visitors that it was "down for maintenance" and asked people to "please try again later."

Even after the main site appeared to be operating normally, a second message was posted on other pages blaming the slowdown on a large volume of traffic.

" has a lot of visitors right now!" the message read. "We need you to wait here, so we can make sure there's room for you to have a good experience on our site."

It was not immediately clear how long the site was down or how widespread were the continuing problems.

The Department of Health and Human Services told NBC News that it was aware of the problem and was working to bring the system back online as soon as possible.

The site was restored before 8 a.m. ET and appeared to be working normally. During the outage, the site promised that when the site came back up it would send an "one-time email" to frustrated visitors "for you to return and complete your enrollment."

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Sound off on today's healthcare companies and trends!

Help us rank the healthcare industry’s “best” suppliers in key product, service and technology areas. We will report your shared opinions in an upcoming issue of Health Management Technology.

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The frightening truth about the security of our healthcare data

Is your healthcare data safe? That’s not something most people think about on a regular basis. We take for granted that our medical records, family histories, insurance coverage and the rest of the data associated with our health is protected carefully by those who create and store it.

But the truth is that we are struggling right now as a society to figure out how to secure digital information–both legally and against the threat of data hacking, theft or loss.

The United States’ recent adoption of new healthcare laws and procedures includes requirements for hospitals and other care providers to digitize medical records. Digitization of health data is cost-effective, efficient and offers a wealth of benefits. Eventually, patients will be able to log in and access their entire medical history in one place, helping them become more informed consumers of healthcare. Some states, like Massachusetts, have already taken major steps in this direction.

But having our healthcare data readily available for positive purposes online means it’s also readily available for those who are interested in exploiting or misusing the information.

Recent technological advances have made medical data both richer and more valuable–and thus more dangerous in the wrong hands.

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