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February 2012 - Posts

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Importance of Analytics
February 29, 2012 8:35 AM by Lynn
Having just returned from HIMSS, I’m still revved by the exciting technologies and movement in the healthcare IT industry. Mobility seemed to be a reoccurring theme, as well as longevity and the ability to adapt to regulations and changing paradigms. Read More...
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Taking Charge of Change
February 28, 2012 11:28 AM by Adrianne OBrien
Editor's note: This blog was written by Jackie Larson, vice president of client services at Avantas. She is responsible for the executive oversight of its consulting and education branches, including project and client management, technical implementations, Read More...
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Proposed Stage 2 MU Rules Have Many Changes
February 28, 2012 9:41 AM by Jill Hoffman
Editor's note: This blog was written by Erica Drazen, managing director, Global Institute for Emerging Healthcare Practices at CSC. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Stage 2 proposed rules for meaningful use released Thursday have many Read More...
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Company Commends CMS, ONC for Stage 2 MU Proposals
February 27, 2012 8:53 AM by Jill Hoffman
After officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced at HIMSS 12 last week the proposed requirements for Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) and 2014 certification Read More...
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What Do ACOs and PCHMs Mean For Your Lab?
February 24, 2012 8:00 AM by Jill Hoffman
Editor's note: This blog was written by Douglas Beigel, chief executive officer of COLA, an independent accreditor of clinical laboratories. Two innovative models have the potential to transform the healthcare delivery experience for both patients and Read More...
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@ExecInsight Keeps You Informed at HIMSS 12
February 23, 2012 12:09 PM by Jill Hoffman
Executive Insight Editor Adrianne O’Brien is on the scene at HIMSS 12 and keeping you in the loop via Twitter @ExecInsight . Soak up some of the wisdom of: Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder, Jason Hess, FHIMSS, research executive vice president, KLAS, HIMSS Read More...
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CHIME Asks HHS to Move Quickly in Setting New ICD-10 Compliance Date
February 22, 2012 9:18 AM by Jill Hoffman
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has submitted a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius regarding her recent announcement that HHS will initiate a process to postpone the compliance date Read More...
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HHS to Delay ICD-10 Compliance Date
February 21, 2012 3:35 PM by Jill Hoffman
As part of President Obama’s commitment to reducing regulatory burden, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen G. Sebelius has announced that HHS will initiate a process to postpone the date by which certain health care entities have to comply Read More...
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HIMSS12 Links People and Potential
February 20, 2012 4:03 PM by Jill Hoffman
With a theme of "linking people, potential and progress," HIMSS 12 promises to do just that. On Tuesday, at 8:30 a.m. Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder, gives a keynote sponsored by Siemens and EMC2 to show how Twitter is re-defining how healthcare providers Read More...
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Top Tweets of the Week (2.17.12)
February 17, 2012 11:46 AM by Adrianne OBrien
ICD-10 compliance delay. Readmissions. Nursing informatics. And, of course, HIMSS. What else was going on this week in healthcare? Check out our latest tweet roundup. And be sure to follow Executive Insight by going to @ExecInsight ! @himss HIMSS12 Twitter Read More...
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Startling News or Common Sense?
February 15, 2012 9:57 AM by Lynn
The Annals of Internal Medicine this week published a report that lends weight to the benefits of school closure during a flu pandemic. Not only did this help reduce transmission among school-age children, but it also seemed to slow the spread to others Read More...
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CMS Acting Administrator Considers Delaying ICD-10 Implementation
February 15, 2012 8:47 AM by Jill Hoffman
Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ( CMS) acting administrator, Marilyn Tavenner, said at an AMA meeting the CMS wants to reexamine the pace of implementing ICD-10 to reduce the administrative burden the unfunded mandate places Read More...
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Differences Exist on Perceived Physician Treatment of Nurses
February 14, 2012 10:56 AM by Jill Hoffman
A vast divide exists in the perception of how doctors treat nurses, according to the 2012 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. When asked how pervasive physician abuse or disrespect of nurses is, 42% of nurse leaders said it was common but only 13% of Read More...
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Anger Can Raise Cholesterol Levels
February 13, 2012 11:32 AM by Jill Hoffman
Are you a hothead or cool as a cucumber on the outside but simmering inside? If you respond to every anger-inducing situation by blowing up or holding it in, research suggests you could be setting yourself up for serious heart problems. Ohio State University Read More...
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Top Tweets of the Week (2.10.12)
February 10, 2012 12:36 PM by Adrianne OBrien
The future of mobile health. HIMSS. ICD-10 and medical fraud. We’ve broken down the week’s top healthcare issues into a list just for you. And be sure to follow Executive Insight by going to @ExecInsight ! @HIMSS News: Health IT policy committee moves Read More...
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Companion Diagnostics
February 8, 2012 9:26 AM by Lynn
‘Companion diagnostics’ is a term that’s been in the news recently as more drug/big pharma and diagnostic developers partner to focus on technical/scientific advances in predictive biomarker identifications and development and subsequent commercialization. Read More...
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E-prescribing Significantly Reduces Hospital Error Rates
February 7, 2012 8:27 AM by Jill Hoffman
A study published Jan. 3 in PLoS Medicine found implementation of commercial e-prescribing systems at two Australian hospitals resulted in statistically significant reductions in prescribing error rates. The study evaluated effectiveness of two commercial Read More...
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Scheduling HIMSS
February 6, 2012 1:44 PM by Adrianne OBrien
We've just put our January/February issue to bed, so I'm switching gears and putting the finishing touches on my HIMSS schedule. With more than 300 (!) sessions, it's a challenge, especially when I want to spend a good amount of time talking to exhibitors Read More...
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IHE Supports Healthcare Quality Improvement in 10 Countries
February 6, 2012 10:19 AM by Jill Hoffman
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to provide technical support to and facilitate networking among 10 countries participating in the Joint Learning Network (JLN). In this Read More...
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Top Tweets of the Week (2.3.12)
February 3, 2012 3:51 PM by Adrianne OBrien
Cloud-based vendor-neutral data exchanges. Cloud-based EMRs. Marketing your brand. What else is hot in healthcare management this week? We've distilled it into a handy list. Be sure to follow Executive Insight by going to @ExecInsight ! @hrana News: S&P Read More...
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Diabetics Exposed to EHRs Have Better Outcomes
February 2, 2012 1:17 PM by Jill Hoffman
A study published Jan. 17 in Health Services Research on the effectiveness of implementing an electronic health record (EHR) on diabetes care found type 2 diabetic patients being treated by doctors using EHRs are more likely to receive "optimal care" Read More...
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Gearing up for HIMSS
February 1, 2012 11:23 AM by Lynn
The staff at Executive Insight is thrilled to have the opportunity to meet many of you at the upcoming HIMSS conference. I encourage you to visit our booth (#12820) and share your stories on what challenges you’re encountering, what solutions you’ve implemented Read More...
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