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It feels a bit like beating a dead horse, but the vulnerability of health ...


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By Rodger Smith, Senior VP, SCIO Health Analytics

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By Monique Pierce, Solutions Product Development at SCIO Health Analytics

Healthcare Payers are under more pressure than ever before. Industry studies have estimated that payers could be losing in excess of $100B annually, due to fraud, waste and abuse and billing and payment errors.   Recent changes in the market place have further complicated an already complicated system emphasizing the need ...


Information technology plays a central role in helping hospitals and other healthcare providers reach the Triple Aim - a better patient experience, improved population health and reduced per capita costs. The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, released today by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, lays out some critical markers for achieving those goals.

We applaud ...


So, do you query a physician even if the answer would only impact a quality measure, and not reimbursement?

It is disquieting to know that in a recent survey by the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS), only 75% of the 248 respondents report that they queried this way. This should be 100%.

It would be interesting in future surveys to find out the reasons underlying ...


By Don Crawley

When working with end users, customers, and technical support staff, often the most common feedback received relates to how much a support person cares or doesn't care. The simple act of caring about our fellow human beings is the starting point for providing great customer service. When you truly care about your brothers and sisters, your words and actions show it and the rest of your ...


Data fragmentation is prevalent across the healthcare industry. It is a known challenge to all businesses big and small. There is no shortage of data. In fact, so much information exists that the question becomes how do you take such large volumes of information that change dynamically, from distinctly different sources with different clinical definitions and make sense of it all?

Since all data has nuances, ...


Connected and mobile health technologies are now vital tools in healthcare delivery and patient engagement. Recognizing this alignment, HIMSS announced the Connected Health Conference. The newly created event will include HIMSS' industry-leading mHealth Summit and two new summits focused on cyber security and population health management, respectively-both vital areas of connected care.

The mHealth Summit, ...


By Rose Higgins, EVP of SCIO Health Analytics

Precision in surgery is an absolute must and applying that precision-like mentality to identifying patients before treatment, can have a big impact on a patient's overall health.

Traditionally, an individual's risk profile is generated by leveraging clinical or financial data. Now, with advanced predictive techniques and the combination of ...


The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) this week announced the launch of its new Sleep Technology Council, "a group whose mission will be to support and enable innovations in consumer sleep technology."

The council will include participants from several industry players, including Beddit, Emfit, Jawbone, MetroNaps, MisFit Wearables, Responsive Surface Technology (ReST) and Valencell, among others.

"The ...


A report stemming from the annual Scottsdale Institute Spring CIO Summit in April suggests seven key takeaways CIOs need to consider then execute in order to maintain a successful optimization strategy within their health systems.

1. Work with the senior leadership team to create an organization-specific definition ...


The automotive industry has long been introducing new and innovative features to cars on the basis of consumer trends, preferences, safety bulletins and market positioning. The industry is now on the verge of integrating health, wellness and wellbeing (HWW) technologies into cars.

While automotive HWW non-critical features such as reconfigurable seats and mood lighting are expected to be present in 30% to ...


Are doctors becoming highly-paid data entry clerks?

Typically a doctor spends 43% of their time on patient data entry and only 28% on patient care. Often lost in these discussions is the a doctor's time spent on direct patient care. 

The projected growth of mHealth (Mobile Health) ...


After decades of experience with ICD-9, we have learned and come to grips with its quirks. We do not yet have that comfort level with ICD-10. After all, it's still pretty new to most of us in the U.S. I'm not really concerned about the diagnosis side of ICD-10 and its Clinical Modification, ICD-10-CM. But what does concern me is ICD-10 PCS. So far, we don't have a good idea of how this is going to impact reimbursement, ...


One year after the adoption of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new study by Health eCareers found that the effect of the ACA's new policies ranked as the third most pressing concern for healthcare recruiters and hiring managers, just behind staff turnover and the projected physician shortage.

It was anticipated that the ACA would result in the creation of specific new roles in the healthcare industry, but ...


Many people who waited eagerly for the day they could stop working and enjoy a leisurely retirement find that the reality doesn't match their dreams.

"Some people are not prepared financially or mentally to retire," says Michael Bivona, a retired CPA and author of the book "Retiring? Beware!! Don't Run Out of Money and Don't Become Bored" (


Several published reports this week confirmed the data of about one million patients at New Jersey medical facilities has been compromised since 2009.

According to a database kept by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, since 2009, there have been 14 breaches of patient information ...


The healthcare industry is experiencing a surge in data breaches, security incidents, and criminal attacks-exposing milllions of patients and their medical records-according to the latest Ponemon Institute study, the "Fifth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data," ...


By Dr. Jonathan Elion, MD, FACC 

Providing a rules-based expert system requires that the "knowledge", or software system, be made available throughout a healthcare organization, a goal that is easily accomplished with the use of a hosted data model.

In the past, uses of the "Software as a Service" approach were met with concerns over security and confidentiality, causing ...


By Dr. Jon Elion, MD

An expert system for clinical documentation improvement (CDI) is a specialized type of software that provides answers to problems, eliminating the need to consult a human expert.  

When applied to a CDI program, the expert system collects and organizes ...



We will explore how CDI impacts the transition to ICD-10 and the issues that clinicians will face. www.trusthcs.com

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