Information Technology

GAO gets it right with need for more IT

GAO gets it right with need for more IT

It's good to have a "big dog" recognize that the long-term and post-acute care sectors should be given more help with information technology and exchange.

Locking the box

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The HIPAA landscape evolves for providers as cloud storage, mobile devices and large-scale cyber attacks present new challenges to security and privacy efforts

Proper protection

Proper protection

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Long-term care operators need to ensure that their lifeblood β€” data β€”is adequately guarded in the case of natural disaster, power outage or cyber attack

How to do it ... information technology

Acquiring a software package completes one process for providers, but it also initiates another: A quest to enhance staff knowledge and skills for using the new information technology. In this special "How To" article, experts offer advice on how to best train employees who will be working on new software systems.

Edentech adds I.T. services

Edentech has expanded to include Information Technology-related professional services for healthcare marketplaces.

How to do it ... IT hardware

Information technology today has become sophisticated and complex. With many long-term care facilities now facing looming mandates to adopt electronic medical records, security and reliability of hardware is a paramount concern. Careful infrastructure planning and hardware acquisition will help meet these challenges.

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.

Health info expert: Time for long-term care providers to raise their hands for inclusion

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Long-term care providers must collaborate and create partnerships with their acute care counterparts in order to make efficient use of new technology, a health information management expert told listeners at a special McKnight's webcast Tuesday.

Information technology interoperability: How to get it right in LTPAC

Information technology interoperability: How to get it right in LTPAC

To enhance facility communications with other providers and vendors while improving patient care, one of the most important information technology considerations must be interoperability. There are varying degrees of sophistication for both vendors and providers. If the right level isn't reached, caregiving and facility efficiency could suffer.

 Why federal funding for nursing-care information technology would be a good investment

Why federal funding for nursing-care information technology would be a good investment

Long-term care is the stepchild of the healthcare industry. So it's not surprising that none of the $27 billion extended by the federal government for health information technology is available to nursing homes and other LTC facilities.

Healthcare information will be plentiful for providers at this meeting

The Healthcare Information Management Systems and Society is hosting its annual conference Sunday through Wednesday in Orlando, FL. More than 400 educational sessions will be offered at HIMMS11, covering topics such as the HITECH Act, standards, interoperability, Meaningful Use provisions, and more. More than 29,000 individuals are expected to attend.

IT project aims to reduce hospital readmissions

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As the government strives to limit rehospitalizations, one nursing home and a couple of hospitals in New York City are staying ahead of the pack.

CMS explains how to qualify for Medicaid IT administrative funding match

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Tuesday sent a letter to state Medicaid directors detailing the qualification terms for a 90% matching fund rate for administrative expenses that go toward information technology.

Healthcare reform law includes information technology funding for long-term care

Long-term care facilities could be receiving funding for health information technology initiatives under the recently passed healthcare reform law, according to reports.

Healthcare information technology has not saved hospitals money, report says

Healthcare information technology has not saved hospitals money, report says

Despite claims of significant cost savings, so far implementation of healthcare information technology in hospitals "hasn't saved a dime," according to a new report from researchers at Harvard Medical School.

State privacy laws could be slowing electronic medical record adoption

The call for widespread adoption of electronic medical records has prompted some states to pass stringent privacy laws to protect their residents against fraud or identity theft. But a new analysis finds these laws seem to significantly diminish the effectiveness of the new technology.

Electronic health records timeline in stimulus bill could be unrealistic, senior health IT official says

Lawmakers might have underestimated how long it would take the healthcare industry to implement new healthcare information technology when setting a timeline for its adoption under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, one prominent healthcare official says.

TWO DAYS AND COUNTING: Expo session on IT comes on heels of naming of new national health information technology coordinator

TWO DAYS AND COUNTING: Expo session on IT comes on heels of naming of new national health information technology coordinator

Long-term care providers are liable to hear the name David Blumenthal, M.D., a lot in the coming months and years if all goes as planned at the Department of Health and Human Services. On Friday, HHS named Blumenthal the new national coordinator for health information technology.

How to do it: implementing IT solutions

How to do it: implementing IT solutions

New information technology products are vital, but they are seldom inexpensive. That makes it critical for providers, who are typically saddled with tight budgets, to learn how to implement new IT products as economically as possible. Experts advise how providers on a tight budget can make the most of what they have.

Economic stimulus package offers funds for IT, housing

Economic stimulus package offers funds for IT, housing

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which the president signed into law last month, provides desired funding for long-term care providers.

Obama: Economic recovery package should include funds for IT

President-elect Barack Obama Thursday outlined plans for an economic recovery package that includes funding to improve healthcare information technology.

Study: Internet stimulates the elderly brain

The Internet contains many important things--instantaneous communication, unlimited access to information and the often-honored McKnight's Web site (www.mcknights.com), among them. But researchers at UCLA have discovered there may be other bonuses for Web-savvy seniors: It also might stimulate brain function and improve cognitive ability.

Studies find 'minimal' use of IT in nursing homes

Studies find 'minimal' use of IT in nursing homes

Scrutiny of information technology use in nursing homes has been put under a new microscope and the findings are not pretty, researchers say.

Information technology only works if staff is adequately trained

Information technology only works if staff is adequately trained

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Developing a technologically savvy workforce is the secret to a facility's success when it comes to upgrading systems

No time like the present to grab mouse by the horns

No time like the present to grab mouse by the horns

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It's April. Do you know where your year has gone? That's not entirely a rhetorical question because even if your fiscal year isn't nearing an end, you could have reason to be feeling a squeeze.

EXPO DAY 2: IT, unions on final day's program

EXPO DAY 2: IT, unions on final day's program

The last day of the McKnight's Online Expo will begin this morning with a discussion of how long-term care providers can use information technology to their financial advantage.

Report: Medication mismanagement leading to nursing home stays

Report: Medication mismanagement leading to nursing home stays

Up to half of all seniors will mismanage at least one of their medications, which can account for "about 23 percent of nursing home admissions," according to a new analysis in the Baltimore Sun.

Leaders say full e-prescribing could be around the corner

Leaders say full e-prescribing could be around the corner

The full implementation of e-prescribing technology could come within three years, according to one of its foremost proponents. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich declared that possibility last week when he joined and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) for the introduction of a bill designed to stimulate the adoption of e-prescribing.

Malpractice caps, required EHRs part of Bush Medicare proposal

Malpractice caps, required EHRs part of Bush Medicare proposal

Forced by a mandate in the 2003 Medicare law, the Bush administration has proposed caps for noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits and a mandate for providers to use electronic health records.