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AMA, partners on initiative to develop integrated platform for big data analytics

Editor's Note The American Medical Association (AMA) and its partners, including the American Medical Informatics Association, IBM, and Cerner, are developing an integrated platform for clinical informatics and big data analytics, the October 16 HealthIT Analytics reports. The aim of the physician-led Integrated Health Model Initiative is to help healthcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 18, 2017
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Low-cost, high-volume services account for most of unnecessary healthcare spending

Editor's Note Low-cost, high-volume healthcare services account for a high percentage of unnecessary spending, adding strain to the healthcare system, this study finds. In this analysis of 5.5 million patients in Virginia, researchers found that services providing no net health benefits cost the state’s healthcare system more than $586 million…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 12, 2017
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Data analytics tops list of challenges for healthcare execs in 2018

Editor's Note In a survey from the HealthCare Executive Group, clinical and data analytics was was the top of 10 challenges the healthcare industry will face in 2018, the October 9 Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review reports. Value-based payments was third, cybersecurity was sixth, and mobile health technology was…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 11, 2017
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CMS moving MU attestation to QualityNet Secure Portal

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is moving submission of 2017 meaningful use (MU) data from the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System to the QualityNet Secure Portal (QNet), effective January 2, 2018, the October 4 EHR Intelligence reports. QNet is currently…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 9, 2017
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Factors linked to readmission after total hip

Editor's Note All-cause readmission is the only metric in widespread use, but it overlooks important information that enables readmission risk to be understood, this study finds. Of 514,455 patients in the UK analyzed over a 10-year period, there were 30,489 all-cause readmissions, 16,499 readmissions related to the surgical site, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2017
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2016 OR Business Management Conference

The 2016 OR Business Management Conference will take place February 21-24, 2016, at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale in Glendale, AZ. This interactive, informative conference provides participants with the opportunity to learn about the most up-to-date operating room (OR) practices, develop ways to optimize efficiencies in surgical services, and network with…

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The financial cost of physician burnout

Editor's Note A lack of awareness of the financial burden of physician burnout and uncertainty about what can be done to reduce or prevent it have been barriers to organizations taking action to address the problem, finds this study. Reviewing available evidence and analyzing the financial costs of physician burnout…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 28, 2017
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ECRI Institute's new SERVICEguide helps reduce costs of outsourced services

Editor's Note SERVICEguide is the ECRI Institute’s new membership-based advisory service that helps hospitals maintain and manage their outsourced services. SERVICEguide includes an interactive assessment dashboard with spend analytics that reveal the highest potential areas for savings. Recently, for example, ECRI Institute helped a large healthcare system save more than…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 25, 2017
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Nearly a third of consumers lack easy access to medical records

Editor's Note An Ambra Health survey found that 31% of more than 1,100 healthcare consumers were not able to easily access their medical records, and only half of those had access to their records online through their health care practitioner, the September 19 Healthcare Informatics reports. The survey also found…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 25, 2017
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Joint Commission: Top five most challenging requirements for 2017

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on September 20 announced the top five most challenging requirements for the first half of 2017. The top five requirements identified most frequently as “not compliant” during surveys and reviews for hospital accreditation were: 86%--LS.02.01.35: The hospital provides and maintains systems for extinguishing fires. 74%--LS.02.01.30:…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 21, 2017
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Physicians spend more than half their time on EHR tasks

Editor's Note Primary care physicians spend more than half of their workday typing data on a computer screen and completing other electronic health record (EHR) tasks, this study from the University of Wisconsin and the American Medical Association finds. During a typical 11.4-hour workday, physicians spent nearly 6 hours on…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 20, 2017
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Surgical Business Trend Watch: Chronicles from Three Innovative Programs

OR Business Management Track: This panel of experts in innovation will highlight business trends in surgical services departments. Three cutting-edge entrepreneurial projects were chosen to showcase their trials and triumphs in this dynamic workshop. You’ll go behind the curtain to hear about the projects’ pros, cons, and current statuses. •…

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