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Long-term care tech summit produces calls for better, silo-busting assessment tools

Long-term care tech summit produces calls for better, silo-busting assessment tools

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More progress is needed toward standardizing beneficiary assessments across care settings, an analyst with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told a gathering of long-term care health information experts Monday.

Grants to help LTC operators coordinate care with hospitals

Grants to help LTC operators coordinate care with hospitals

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Four Maryland long-term care facilities stand to benefit from new technology grants that target medical information.

Health IT summit on tap for long-term and post-acute care providers

Information technology experts and interested stakeholders throughout long-term care and post-acute care fields will be gathering Monday and Tuesday in Baltimore for their annual IT Summit in Baltimore. The LTPAC Health IT Summit will feature policy makers, standards development organizations, vendors and grant leaders, in addition to providers. Continuing education credit will be available as they explore top issues pertaining to a national healthcare strategy.

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EHR problems are "worse than we know," a new report from the ECRI Institute contends. Transitioning from paper to electronic health records is creating problems, and "we're only now beginning to understand the extent," says ECRI's Karen Zimmer. "Mistakes are bound to go unnoticed for months or even years." The ECRI report documented 171 health IT problems that caused or could have caused patient harm.

Researchers say: IT systems are an 'unfulfilled promise'

Researchers say: IT systems are an 'unfulfilled promise'

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The healthcare industry's deployment of information technology systems has fallen short of the expectations projected by the RAND Corporation in 2005.

Accountable care organizations in focus as Health IT Summit opens Wednesday

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The Seattle IHT2 Health IT Summit, now in its seventh year, will focus on defining meaningful use as participants convene on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The opening keynote will be on the "State of the Health Care IT Union" by Advisory Board Executive Director David Garets. Other sessions will cover accountable care organizations, security and privacy in health IT, and telehealth applications. The summit will be held at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. Future summits will be held in 2012 in New York City in September; Beverly Hills, CA in November; and Austin, TX, in December.

IT 'roadmap' points to care coordination, HIT adoption

Forging partnerships and adopting health information technology are critical to the survival of long-term care providers, new guidelines recommend. Released this week at the Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health Information Technology Summit in Baltimore, the "Roadmap for Health Information Technology (HIT) In Long-Term and Post-Acute Care" identifies five key areas providers should focus on over the next two years. These priorities include: care coordination with hospitals and primary care providers; devising coordinated quality measurement and improvement activities; viewing healthcare information technology as business imperative; accelerating adoption of culture change strategies; and boosting educational efforts to keep LTC workers up with new technology.

Providers gather for health information technology summit

The 2012 Long Term and Post Acute Care (LTPAC) Health Information Technology (HIT) Summit hits Baltimore from June 17-19. Leading providers, vendors and professionals will discuss issues such as the development of health IT skills in the long-term care workforce, quality and process improvement, new payment models that rely on health technology, current research, and support for EHR implementation. The summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore at the Inner Harbor.

Long-term care stakeholders submit quality measures performance report to HHS

Long-term care stakeholders submit quality measures performance report to HHS

As required by the Affordable Care Act, the National Quality Forum convened the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) to develop a coordinated performance measurement approach across PAC and LTC settings.

Health and Human Services soliciting health IT data from nursing home vendors

Health and Human Services soliciting health IT data from nursing home vendors

The Department of Health and Human Services wants to study nursing home patient assessment data to determine whether health information technology standards can improve coordination of care.