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BC Advantage Magazine- State of Coding

It’s been more than a year since ICD-10 implementation has happened and coders still haven’t seen an improvement in productivity. BC Advantage Magazine received expertise from Diane Rivers, CSI Healthcare IT Coding Director, to discuss why ICD-10 is still a work in progress. View the article here.

 

 

 

HCIT Wins Best of Staffing 5 Consecutive Years

CSI Healthcare IT wins Inavero’s 2017 Best of Staffing Talent Diamond Award. Diamond Award winners have won the Best of Staffing Award for at least 5 years in a row, consistently earning industry- leading satisfaction scores. Focused on helping to connect people with the right job openings with US companies, our HCIT division has earned The CSI Companies the Diamond Award distinction. Read more here.

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What the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory Mean

What the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory Mean

By Adrianna Iorillo

The 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) that was released late December will mean sharper compliance guidelines for EHR systems. Groups like the American Hospital Association (AHA) advocated for an increase in specific requirements and more transparency in the decisions.

Here is what it means for hospitals and healthcare facilities:

  • ISA will broaden its reach to include big data in medical research and public health.
  • There will be clearer definitions of data elements and expected responses to standardize results for better measurements nationally.
  • More categories of data are outlined, including nursing and medical research nutritional health.
  • Device data from medical equipment and personal health devices are included in the measurement of interoperability specs.
  • Phases of the implementation lifecycle are considered and treated separately.
  • Project links are included for improved transparency in ongoing specification changes.
  • ISA will set the stage of data collection to help achieve future data goals.

Since 2015, ISA’s focus has been on improving health care quality and improving patient outcomes through communication sharing of test results and medical records. Between 2018-20, the goal will be to evaluate the outcomes and look for ways to lower costs and improve patient health.  Then from 2021-2024, ISA is projected to have a national data registry that continuously evaluates data to improve population health and individual care.

Also worth noting is the final data element categories and content are provided on the updated website [link to: https://www.healthit.gov/standards-advisory/draft-2017].  Content is listed to show what is requested by category so that all the data is included and in the format in which it should be presented. More standardized data means better data mining results.

 

For more information on how the Interoperability Standards Advisory will affect your hospital or healthcare facility, please contact CSI Professional Services Team Member Adrianna Iorillo at aiorillo@thecsicompanies.com.

How Will ONC Health IT Certification Program Support Hospitals

How Will ONC certified1Health IT Certification Program Support Hospitals
By Adrianna Iorillo

The latest ONC Health IT Certification Program is another step in the journey of matching IT technology expectations with healthcare software functionality by setting established regulatory certification program requirements. These approved standards seek to streamline and unify the criteria and measurements to regulate and protect patients and their data, meeting the goals of phase 3 meaningful use.

Hospitals will benefit from the new standards because they can now gain more support for their IT investment dollars when vendor partners comply with standardized universal rules. In addition, hospitals can be more secure because the data transferred is more accurate and timely for physicians to make the best informed decisions on their patients care.

Phase three of meaningful use requires the software tools used by physicians to increase their electronic communications to both outside care entities and patients. This means that for physicians to have 80 percent of their prescriptions performed using e-prescribing services to reconcile medication requests, 50 percent of referrals will come electronically and 40 percent of referred patients will have records come through data exchanges. All three of these measures support the efforts of each hospital to more safely and efficiently see patients with less manual labor intervention and decreased time intervals between request and review.

The patient is another beneficiary. Due to meaningful use goals, patients have more control over their records, as they have access to view and download their own data instead of requesting paper copies, in person, for a fee. Another benefit to the patient is that the certification is an assurance of interoperability of data exchanged between care entities. Software evaluated and critiqued for efficiency in delivery helps maintain that the patient’s caregivers are making the most informed decisions on care plans based on data that is both accurate and secure.

For more information on the latest ONC Health IT Certification Program, please contact Professional Services Team Member Adrianna Iorillo at aiorillo@thecsicompanies.com.

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