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01/30/2024

4 High-Tech Approaches That Could Mitigate Suicide Risks

Article Excerpt: Can evidence-based technology help identify and mitigate suicide risk? And if high-tech solutions have the research to support their value, what is the best way to get these tools into practice? Researchers, technology developers and mental health leaders hope to find out soon. Under a five-year, $17 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Center for Accelerating Practices to End Suicide through Technology Translation (CAPES) initially will focus on four technology projects. CAPES includes a network of organizations working with UMass Chan Medical School, including UMass Memorial Health, UMass Lowell and UMass Amherst, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Zero Suicide Institute and more than 100 other collaborating institutions.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/3ezzvdv8

Article Source: American Hospital Association

08/14/2023

Urgency Lies in Technology Management Solutions That Assure Patient Data Security

Article Excerpt: Because of the heightened urgency during the pandemic for streamlining remote work, adopting new technologies, enhancing telehealth and remoting monitoring for patient care, the shift to automation and increasing use of AI, has also brought a host of concerns. There is an alarming imbalance between technological advancements and the necessary resources to manage and secure such devices. This leaves healthcare organizations exposed to operational issues, cyberattacks and data breaches.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/524et25c

Article Source: Fierce Healthcare

06/26/2023

Close The Behavioral Health EMR Gap

Article Excerpt: There is increasing consensus that we must act to improve the nation’s behavioral health outcomes and capabilities. And the critical first step to fulfilling this goal is modernizing our behavioral health information technology infrastructure.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/yfupzd8b

Article Source: Health Affairs

03/15/2023

ONC: Majority of Office-Based Physicians Used Telehealth in 2021

Article Excerpt: A report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology found that telehealth use grew noticeably over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, with high rates of not only provider adoption but also satisfaction. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it became apparent that telehealth was an effective method for providing and receiving care. However, as the severity of the public health emergency diminished, questions surrounding telehealth and its continued use arose.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/4cru2w4c

Article Source: mHealth Intelligence

12/06/2022

The Future of Medical Technology: Key Trends in Virtual Care and Telemedicine

Article Excerpt: From Internet of Things (IoT) technology and electronic medical records (EMR) in hospitals, to remote patient monitoring devices, the industry is finding new ways to provide patients with better care. nnovations in virtual care have been explored for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic increased demand exponentially as patients were unable to attend in-person appointments. Whilst face-to-face clinic visits will not be entirely replaced, several key trends are anticipated in virtual care and telemedicine for 2022 and beyond.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/y5vaeazj

Article Source: Medical Device Network

10/17/2022

Designing an electronic medical record alert to identify hospitalised patients with HIV: successes and challenges

El-Nahal W, Grader-Beck T, Gebo K, Holmes E, Herne K, Moore R, Thompson D, Berry S. Designing an electronic medical record alert to identify hospitalised patients with HIV: successes and challenges. BMJ Health Care Inform 2022;29:e100521. doi:10.1136/bmjhci-2021-100521

An electronic medical record (EMR) alert system was developed to use readily available data elements to accurately identify hospitalized people with HIV. Authors described the design and implementation of the EMR alert and methods to evaluate its accuracy for identifying people with HIV. Over 24 months, the EMR alert was used to notify an intervention team and data abstraction team in real time about admissions of people with HIV. Sensitivity was assessed by comparing the machine-learning alert system to manual chart reviews. Positive predictive value (probability that a patient with a positive test result actually has the disease), was assessed by false positives identified in chart review (not having HIV despite alert triggering). Results demonstrated high sensitivity (sensitivity=100%, 95% CI 82-100%) and good predictive value (84%, 95% CI 82-86%). A combination of data (diagnosis, prescriptions, and lab orders) in the EMR alert system achieved high sensitivity and positive predictive value in identifying people with HIV. ICD Code diagnoses were the strongest contributors to predictive value, compared to the other criteria. Use of data-driven alerts in electronic health record systems can facilitate the deployment of multidisciplinary teams for medication review, education, case management, and outpatient linkage to follow-up.

09/22/2022

Artificial Intelligence Tools Quickly Detect Signs of Injection Drug Use in Patients’ Health Records

Article Excerpt: An automated process that combines natural language processing and machine learning identified people who inject drugs (PWID) in electronic health records more quickly and accurately than current methods that rely on manual record reviews. Currently, people who inject drugs are identified through International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes that are specified in patients’ electronic health records by the health care providers or extracted from those notes by trained human coders who review them for billing purposes. But there is no specific ICD code for injection drug use, so providers and coders must rely on a combination of non-specific codes as proxies to identify PWIDs—a slow approach that can lead to inaccuracies.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/2p9b7wc3

Article Source: Medical XPress

08/24/2022

ONC, CDC say Integration Framework Can Combat Opioid Crisis

Article Excerpt: For the past five years, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been working together on an interactive resource for states and health systems called the Integration Framework. The tool is meant to give guidance to help improve integration of state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) within clinicians’ workflows. It includes best practices for implementing advanced clinical decision support systems to help flag potential opioid abuse, and it outlines steps to help advance and scale PDMP integration with IT systems, such as electronic health records, health information exchanges and pharmacy systems.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/2w5z9smr

Article Source: Health IT News

08/19/2022

HIMSSCast: Using EHRs to Confront the Opioid Crisis

Article Excerpt: Electronic health records systems are at the core of health IT. They are essential tools in the delivery of healthcare. Further, they can be used to help solve complex healthcare problems. This HIMSSCast podcast focuses on how EHRs can be used to fight the opioid crisis in the United States. The guest is David Bucciferro, vice chair of the Electronic Health Record Association. He also is co-chair of the EHRA’s Opioid Crisis Task Force and a special advisor to Foothold Technology.

Full Article: https://tinyurl.com/2nrw526r

Article Source: Healthcare IT News