RosettaHealth's HealthBus solution will be used by HealtHIE Nevada, the statewide health information exchange, to improve interoperability and enhance connectivity between EHR systems. HealthBus will allow health care facilities to access the HIE from their EHR systems and exchange patient health data, as well as promote health data sharing between facilities and providers and reduce HIE use-related administrative burden.
Previous studies in the area of user acceptance and resistance to the use of health information technology (HIT) have typically excluded pharmacists. The Perspectives in Health Information Management study "A Survey-based Study of Pharmacist Acceptance and Resistance to Health Information Technology" specifically addresses the response of institutional pharmacists to HIT. Survey respondents reported that pharmacists utilize the EMR system differently, and often more comprehensively, than other health care professionals, and therefore may have unmet needs.
Past winners of the Grace Award regularly demonstrated transformative journeys toward new and innovative HIM practices that also delivered better patient outcomes. Please consider your organization's accomplishments. Take the time to apply to this year's award, documenting all that hard work and achievement. It's an opportunity to celebrate your success with both AHIMA and the broader HIM community.
A Fair Health analysis of 28 billion private health insurance claims showed behavioral health cases jumped 108% from 2007 to 2017, increasing from 1.3% to 2.7% of total medical claim lines, as the number of youths dealing with substance and mental health issues continues to increase. The most common diagnosis was major depressive disorder, and the share of claims for this diagnosis among patients up to age 22 rose from 15% to 23%.
Single employees often work long hours believing their claim to work-life balance is less valid than working parents, writes Sarah Todd. They should develop interests that commit them to leaving work at a reasonable time to avoid burnout.
The number of confirmed measles cases in the US increased by 41 to 880 cases as of May 17, the CDC reported. The outbreak has now reached 24 states after one case was confirmed in Oklahoma, but most of the new cases occurred in New York.
AHIP urged the CMS to proceed with caution on a national coverage determination for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapies, noting that there is limited evidence supporting the effectiveness of the pricey cancer treatments. AHIP said data is needed on long-term efficacy and safety as well as nonmedical costs, and more clarity is needed around patient registries for patients treated with CAR T-cell therapies.
Early onset of diabetes was associated with depressive symptoms, smoking, high stress, concentrated neighborhood poverty, intimate partner violence, financial worries, being separated or single, and having less than a high school diploma, with a 1.53 hazard ratio among those with more than three risk factors, according to a study in JAMA Network Open. Researchers also found that infrequent exercise, having less than a high school diploma, concentrated neighborhood poverty, smoking and being widowed were tied to early onset of hypertension, with a hazard ratio of 1.41 for those with more than three risk factors.
UCB's Nayzilam, or midazolam, nasal spray has been approved by the FDA for the acute treatment of intermittent, stereotypic episodes of frequent seizure activity that differ from usual seizure patterns in patients with epilepsy who are at least 12 years old. A late-stage study demonstrated treatment was associated with higher likelihood of seizure termination within 10 minutes of dosing and the absence of recurrence within six hours of initial dosing, compared with placebo.
A study in JAMA Internal Medicine found some hospitals with "Centers of Excellence" quality designations from health insurers may not have lower mortality or readmission rates for heart patients, compared with other hospitals. "Although the goal is to help guide patients to high quality hospitals that are also more cost-efficient, at this point it does not appear that these programs consistently identify such high quality hospitals," said lead author Dr. Sameed Khatana.