HDM Top Stories

ZeOmega Acquires HIE Firm HealthUnity

Population health management vendor ZeOmega has acquired HealthUnity, which operates a health information exchange that also offers master person index, referral management, and patient consent management software.

House Approves SGR Bill Without ICD-10 Extension

The U.S. House of Representatives on March 26 easily passed legislation to repeal and replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate reimbursement mechanism for physicians. The bill did not include language to extend the ICD-10 deadline, as the Rules Committee report to the House floor forbid the adoption of amendments.

Survey Finds Only 15% of Hospitals Use Advanced Predictive Modeling

Despite the potential benefits and return on investment for their clinical and operational goals, just 15 percent of hospitals are using some kind of advanced predictive modeling, according to a new survey.

Security for Healthcare ‘Internet of Things’ Must Be Addressed Upfront

The explosion of networked medical devices and sensors that connect, communicate or transmit information through the Internet hold tremendous promise if security is built into the infrastructure from the outset, according to a new report.

New Program Accelerates Move to Value-Based Care Payments

The White House and healthcare industry stakeholders on March 25 officially launched a new nationwide program to rapidly move away from fee-for-service payments and adopt value-based reimbursement methods.

Proposed Stage 3 MU Rule Discontinues Paper-Based Reporting

Certain objectives and measures that could be reported via paper-based methods in Stages 1 and 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program are phased out in the proposed Stage 3 rule released for review on March 20.

New House SGR Bill Devoid of ICD-10 Language, Vote Soon

The U.S. House of Representatives on March 26 expects to vote on a Medicare physician reimbursement arrangement that would replace the current Sustainable Growth Rate formula. The bi-partisan bill being pushed by top leaders currently has no language that could lead to a further delay in the Oct. 1, 2015 ICD-10 compliance date. However, there is no guarantee that will hold.

Lack of EHR Interoperability Prevents Registries from Achieving Potential

A lack of interoperability among electronic health records systems is hindering the ability of registries—large databases that collect information on groups of patients treated for a particular medical condition—to extract clinical and outcomes data from EHRs for the medical device approval process.

Public Opinion Screams 'Share My Data, With No Fees'

Nearly 75 percent of American adults surveyed believe it is very important that their critical health information should be easily shared between physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers, according to a survey released by the Society of Participatory Medicine and conducted by ORC International.

Understanding the Security Provisions of Proposed Stage 3 Rule

As with other stages of the electronic health records meaningful use program, the initial iteration of Stage 3 that was published as a proposed rule on March 20 includes an objective to protect electronic protected health information.

Louisville Taps Sensor Data to Tackle Asthma Citywide

A public-private partnership in Louisville, Ky., has launched AIR Louisville, a data-driven collaboration among public, private, and philanthropic organizations to use digital health technology to improve asthma.

How Does Proposed Stage 3 MU Rule Handle Transitions of Care?

Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program significantly raises the bar for providers to improve the flow of information when patients’ care is transitioned to a different setting or patients are referred to other clinicians.

IOM President Says Big Data is About More Than Just EHRs

With all the talk these days about healthcare harnessing the power of big data, the industry is just starting to take advantage of the tsunami of data being generated by a myriad of sources, according to Victor Dzau, M.D., president of the Institute of Medicine.

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CMS Awarded Project Seeks to Improve HIV/AIDS Medication Adherence

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has awarded $8.7 million to VillageCare, a New York City community-based, not-for-profit organization serving people with post-acute and chronic care, as well as rehabilitation needs, to help HIV/AIDS patients by providing a multi-layered and tailored intervention aimed at improving their medication adherence via a mobile medication planner, text reminders, social networking, peer mentoring, virtual support groups, and virtual access to health coaches.

Cardiologists Create Digital Heart Signal Map

A multi-institutional team of scientists led by Johns Hopkins cardiologist and biomedical engineer Hiroshi Ashikaga, M.D., has developed a mathematical model to measure and digitally map the beat-sustaining electrical flow between heart cells.

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