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Editor's e-Note
Health care organizations lacking the resources or time to complete complicated projects on schedule are increasingly turning to consultants for help. It’s a viable decision, but it can turn costly if the correct candidate isn’t chosen.

This month’s E-News Exclusive suggests five questions to pose to potential business intelligence experts seeking to join your organization.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
What to Ask When Hiring a Business Intelligence Expert
By Laura Madsen

These days you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a health care business intelligence (BI) expert. The advent of the Affordable Care Act, EHRs, and the increasing need for reliable data analytics in all corners of the health care industry has given birth to legions of so-called BI experts and the sharply rising need among clinics and organizations to hire someone fast.

So how do you separate self-proclaimed experts from real expertise in health care BI? Ask these five foolproof questions of your BI partner (and yourself), and they’ll get any organization on the right tracks quickly.

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Industry Insight
Survey: Meaningful Use Goals Met, but Potential Unrealized

In a recent survey by HIT consulting firm Stoltenberg Consulting, 70% of respondents noted that, while their organizations have met meaningful use requirements, they haven’t been able to maximize meaningful use’s full potential.

The survey also revealed that lack of resources (50%) is or has been the biggest barrier to achieving meaningful use, followed by restricted time frames (23%), lack of buy-in from their organizations (15%), and competing HIT projects (12%).

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NCRA Conference News
CHAMPS’ Spoden Weighs in on Changing Role of Cancer Registrars

In CHAMPS Oncology’s recent blog post, “The Changing Role of the Cancer Registrar,” Rhonda Spoden shared her thoughts on the topic. She discussed how last month marked the National Cancer Registrars Association’s 40th Annual Education Conference, held in Nashville. Fitting with the Music City location, the conference theme was “Working in Harmony to Deliver Excellence.”

Those familiar with the role of the cancer registrar and others on the cancer care team know harmony is an appropriate theme, as it addresses the need for a multidisciplinary team approach in the delivery of care to cancer patients, Spoden explained. The difficult task patients face in understanding and navigating the complexities of cancer care—from diagnosis to treatment to (hopefully) remission—can be daunting without involvement from multiple levels.

The cancer registrar’s role often has been focused on providing retrospective information to their cancer program, yet it’s clear by the topics discussed at this year’s conference that this role is changing. With that in mind, CHAMPS Oncology unveiled a short film about the cancer registrar’s role.

Spoden closed her blog post by asking readers to share their thoughts on how they envision the cancer registrar’s role changing in the future as the need for more concurrent information becomes necessary.

— Source: PRWeb
HFMA Conference Preview
ANI 2014 Promotes Big Themes
By Heather Hogstrom

The Healthcare Financial Management Association’s 2014 National Institute is set to take place from June 22 to 25 in Las Vegas. The conference will promote the following eight themes:
  • regulatory impact of reform/rules (featuring “Healthcare Reform: Where Are We Now?”);
  • business intelligence and analytics (featuring “Health Services Business Unit: IT Ramifications of the Era of Accountability”);
  • clinical integration/culture (featuring “Catalyzing Change: Aligning Nurses and Finance Professionals to Drive Value”);
  • organizing for value (featuring “Leveraging the New Business Model to Improve Value”);
  • revenue cycle (featuring “Patient Financial Communication in the Revenue Cycle”);
  • payment trends (featuring “Emerging Payment Models in Response to Purchaser Needs”);
  • finance and operations (featuring “The Capital Markets and the Health System Sector”); and
  • cost management/margin transformation (featuring “Engaging Physicians to Deliver High Value Care”).
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Tech & Tools
Lippincott Advisor Mobile App
A Lippincott Advisor app is available from Wolters Kluwer Health for institutional customers who use Lippincott Advisor, an online clinical decision-support software solutions used at the point-of-care. The mobile app allows health care institutions to give their staff full access to Lippincott Advisor from any mobile device, both online and offline, and includes information on diseases and conditions, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests, treatments, hospital-acquired conditions, core measures, care plans, and drug information plus access to all of the customized content developed by users’ own institutions. Learn more »

MH-CURE Smartphone App Camera Module
Mobile Heartbeat has introduced the Mobile Heartbeat CURE (Clinical Urgent REsponse) Camera Module for taking and viewing high-resolution photos via the MH-CURE smartphone application. With the module, care team members can document patient wounds, abuse cases, and patient valuables held in the hospital. The photos immediately are transferred to the secure MH-CURE application server or to the patient’s EMR. Learn more »

Cancer-Specific Mobile App to Promote Physical Activity
Childhood cancer survivors face significant health risks, including early cardiovascular disease. Physical activity may help reduce this risk, but this population is less likely to meet federally established physical activity guidelines. Researchers are developing a cancer-specific mobile app to promote physical activity and fitness for adolescent and young adult survivors. The app will provide information about common side effects of treatments that a patient received and recommend modifications to an individual’s physical activity plan. Participants will use the mobile app to set personal fitness goals that will be monitored in real time, earn achievements for completing their goals, access videos depicting group exercise activity, and send messages to other participants for social support. A weekly group fitness program will complement the technology. Learn more »
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Our coding team is evaluating how a new procedure done via clinical trial should be reported. However, we haven’t been able to determine the appropriate ICD-9 procedure code assignment.

Physicians at Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital recently implanted a tiny pacemaker in a Columbus woman as part of a global clinical trial to test its safety and effectiveness. Unlike conventional pacemakers, which require a chest incision and electrical leads that run through a vein to the heart, this device is wireless and threaded through a catheter then attached directly to the heart muscle.

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