Health Informatics News Roundup
In the world of health informatics, every day is a new opportunity to innovate, collaborate, and educate.
Microsoft Mobility Solutions Improve EMR Access and More
Microsoft is entrenching itself deeper into the medical realm with technologies that help to surmount a number of challenges in the areas of EMR accessibility, clinician productivity, and care delivery. New Windows 8.1 clinical-grade devices, apps, and embedded solutions are designed to improve collaboration and productivity, expand mobility among teams, and enhance patient care by allowing for fully functional EMR access via FDA-cleared apps.
Nursing Informatics on the Rise
A recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) survey of more than 1,000 nursing informatics specialists indicated that over 70 percent have a title that specifies informatics, which is double the previous number. In addition, 60 percent of nurses working with information system development, implementation and optimization have post-graduate informatics degrees.
ONC Prepares to Release Security Risk Assessment App
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced that it will soon be releasing a security risk assessment tool to improve documentation. The goal of this app is to assist providers in creating the necessary documentation to indicate a good faith effort in the reduction and prevention of patient data security risks. Small providers who are less knowledgeable about risk assessment are expected to benefit greatly from the release of this tool.
Hillary Clinton Hosts Keynote Session at HIMSS14 Conference
It was standing room only as Clinton spoke to over 6,000 health informatics industry leaders about health IT, healthcare reform, coordinated care, care delivery improvement, and population health. She discussed the importance of comparative effectiveness research, evidence-based medicine, and community-based coordination of care to the long-term success of healthcare reform, further citing that it is health IT that continues to increase efficiency, save money, and improve quality of care.
Big Data Initiatives in Healthcare Remain Slow
While research productivity, mortality rates and cost savings all improve with an increase in health data analytics, many CIOs still question the application of big data concepts in their environment. Survey results published by the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) found that healthcare executives certainly understand the importance of big data, but remain unsure about how to adopt such initiatives. This is particularly true in hospitals and health systems with fewer resources.