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February 22, 2012 / Issue 9

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Healthcare technology leaders identify staffing resources as top barrier to IT

Online tool offers critical pathway for providers to meet ICD-10 deadline

Study: Hospitals progressing with EMRs and meaningful use, but CIOs express major concerns about lack of interoperability

What’s happening at HIMSS12 right now? New products and solutions featured at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society show

Hot Clips: ICD-10

Big Picture

Healthcare technology leaders identify staffing resources as top barrier to IT

For the first time in years, information technology (IT) leaders at healthcare organizations did not identify a lack of financial support for IT as an obstacle to implementation; instead, concerns about staffing resources was cited as the key barrier to IT. According to the 23rd Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey, released yesterday, one-quarter of respondents said adequate staffing resources within their organizations is the top barrier to IT implementation, and approximately two-thirds of respondents said their IT staff will increase in the next year. Leading areas in which survey respondents require staff include clinical decision support, network and architecture support, and clinical informatics.

Read more about the HIMSS Analytics study. >

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Online tool offers critical pathway for providers to meet ICD-10 deadline

HIMSS and AHIMA have introduced “ICD-10 Critical Pathway for Getting Started – 2012 and Beyond.” This free, online tool appears in the HIMSS ICD-10 PlayBook and targets providers (small or large), ambulatory clinics and acute care hospitals that have not yet begun ICD-10 planning and implementation. Developed jointly, the timeline details steps healthcare providers must follow in the next 20 months (Feb. 2012 to Oct. 2013) to meet the ICD-10 compliance deadline of October 1, 2013.

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Download the online ICD-10 tool (.pdf). >

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Study: Hospitals progressing with EMRs and meaningful use, but CIOs express major concerns about lack of interoperability

A new survey commissioned by the Optum Institute for Sustainable Health (the Optum Institute) published this week provides the most up-to-date national snapshot of U.S. hospitals' information systems adoption and their strategies and concerns about the future. CIOs are concerned about the growing costs and burdens related to lack of interoperability between systems and incomplete data available through health information exchanges.

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What’s happening at HIMSS12 right now? New products and solutions featured at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society show

Mobile Computing

Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Motorola Mobility and BoxTone are collaborating to develop a comprehensive mobile solution to help satisfy the unique security, reliability and usability requirements of the healthcare industry. By providing healthcare practitioners with secure mobile devices and apps, patient care can be improved through the sharing of clinical data in near-real time to help speed decision making and control costs.

Mobile Device Management

Xerox is launching a cloud-based mobile device management (MDM) platform as part of its business cloud services. BoxTone is providing the actual MDM platform. The benefit of Xerox MDM is how it can adapt to any organization to manage virtually every type of mobile device, with pricing that’s ideal for enterprises and small businesses.

Tablet PCs

Motion Computing is demonstrating its Motion CL900, CL900 SlateMate with magnetic stripe reader and barcode scanner, F5v, C5v and J3500 Tablet PCs. These tools blend performance, durability and integrated features into highly mobile and lightweight designs.

Speech Recognition

Nuance is introducing two clinical language understanding solutions for healthcare: Dragon Medical 360 | M.D.Assist (developed in cooperation with 3M Health Information Systems) to monitor physician documentation, and Dragon Medical 360 | QualityAnalytics, which identifies key clinical and quality indicators from large volumes of narrative clinical data.

Physician Portals

The American Medical Association (AMA) and AT&T are combining care management platforms in a bid to enable hundreds of thousands of physicians, physician organizations and medical societies nationwide to connect and collaborate with hospitals, payers and patients to help enhance patient care and reduce costs. The organizations will integrate AMA’s AMAGINE physician community portal for physicians with AT&T Healthcare Community Online.

Mobile Device Security

Accellion is partnering with BoxTone to offer a secure mobility solution for centrally managing content sharing, collaboration and storage across all mobile users, devices, tablets and apps. The partnership aims to provide a secure and manageable alternative to consumer-grade file-sharing apps available on mobile devices, which pose significant security and compliance risks.


CHERRY's new EZClean 4100 keyboard features a smooth silicone cover that is easy to clean with most standard medical cleansers and disinfecting wipes, while also providing an exceptional tactile feel for typists. The patent-pending EZClean keyboard is targeted at medical providers looking to reduce the spread of healthcare-acquired infections.


MedeAnalytics is introducing its new Accountable Care Solution to address the requirements specified by the final rule for the Medicare Shared Savings Program and leading commercial ACOs. The solution includes scalable administrative and clinical integration, analytic technology and change-management expertise.

Image Viewing

Merge Healthcare is featuring Merge iConnect Access solution at the HIMSS12 Interoperability Showcase (booth #11000). Merge iConnect Access provides a true "zero-footprint" image viewing capability and can be embedded into many third-party products. iConnect Access is part of the iConnect portfolio, which a comprehensive solution for collecting, archiving, viewing, sharing and exchanging any type of image, anywhere, any time.

Power Supplies

Anton/Bauer is launching two hot-swappable power systems that set new industry standards for battery life, performance and capacity. The Dionic-LiFe is the medical industry's first lithium-iron (LiFe) phosphate hot-swappable battery, which raises the bar for long-term performance. Dionic-270 offers the highest capacity hot-swappable battery for mobile computing to deliver long run times that keep workstations on the go.

Integrated Medical Devices

The Dräger Infinity Delta patient monitor and Infinity M300 patient-worn telemetry monitor have been validated for use with the Cisco Biomedical Network Admission Control (BNAC) solution. These solutions enable the integration of medical devices throughout the healthcare facility network and provide increased security and better visibility of all patient monitors connecting to the network.


BRIT Systems is showcasing RoentgenWorks DICOM Cloud, a free personal DICOM Cloud Server with an HTML-5 image viewer for the medical imaging industry. This cloud solution is a secure, pure-browser platform for uploading and sharing medical imaging studies and reports 24/7.

See yesterday’s show products coverage by clicking here.

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: ICD-10

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning the ICD-9 to ICD-10 conversion, a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. The 7 biggest ICD-10 challenges for payers
    2013 is right around the corner. Are you ready for the biggest coding challenge of your life?
  2. ICD-10: A master data challenge
    ICD-10 is mandated at a difficult time of many changes.
  3. Mike's all-time WSJ favorite: Walked into a lamppost? Hurt while crocheting? Help is on the way
    Nine codes for macaw mishaps.
  4. The switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10
    HMT’s expert panel addresses how to reduce claims and coding errors.
  5. What ICD-10 means for doctors
    The 2013 coding update may lead to revenue loss if physicians are not prepared.

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