Healthcare Technology Online: Top 10 Health IT Trends for 2013

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In an effort to uncover the true IT trends in the provider space, Healthcare Technology Online surveyed 183 contacts representing IDNs, hospitals, group practices, and other healthcare facilities to gain first-hand insight into their health IT projects and focus areas for 2013. They used this data for their Top 10 Health IT Trends for the year.

Aventura Healthcare Advisory Board member Barry P. Chaiken, MD, MPH, FHIMSS, was featured in the research and discussed how to leverage the full capabilities of IT tools and embedded clinical decision support systems (CDSS).

See the article in Healthcare Technology Online here.

Next Generation CDSS: Patient-Centered Workflow

By Barry P. Chaiken, MD, FHIMSS

January 29, 2013

In the design of successful health IT implementations, patients matter. Although the importance of addressing the workflow needs of clinicians cannot be overstated, focusing on patient needs helps ensure newly designed workflows leverage the full capabilities of IT tools and embedded clinical decision support systems (CDSS). In addition, this delivers the clinical and financial outcomes desired by organizations. Entities that ignore the needs of clinicians in designing health IT-driven workflows can expect to experience either low levels of health IT adoption among clinicians, suboptimal patient care results, or both. Focusing on patient care provides a framework in which to create effective workflows that leverage new technologies and CDSS to deliver promised value to patients and caregivers.

To effectively implement CDSS and health IT, organizations must understand in depth the capabilities of the available information technology, the requirements of the practicing clinicians, and the expected outcomes of all impacted stakeholders (i.e., patient, clinician, organization, etc.). Teams built from a cross section of disciplines and perspectives hold the greatest promise in designing effective workflows embedded with CDSS. Building a comprehensive, clinically relevant workflow across caregivers allows for efficient deployment of CDSS and the use of resources to achieve specific patient goals.

The specific needs of the healthcare industry make it an ideal match with workflow concepts. Healthcare involves complex procedures that include both clinical and administrative tasks. As a result, workflow increases efficiency and effectiveness through the maximal integration and use of relevant, timely information, the main goal of any CDSS. Readily available health information technologies also offer invaluable tools such as single sign-on (SSO), roaming desktops, location awareness, and fast-user switching to support impactful patient-centered workflows.

Patient-centered workflow requires stringing together individual steps, linking processes, and bridging activities by multiple caregivers to create an effective orchestration of resources to enhance the health of the patient. Technology provides only the toolkit to achieve these workflows. Knowledgeable professionals from multiple disciplines synergistically working together hold the potential to build effective models for care. Focusing on the patient, rather than the technology or an individual participant in the workflow, provides the greatest opportunity to achieve successful outcomes that benefit the clinician, organization, and patient.

Aventura Points to Healthcare IT “Elephant”

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Denver, CO – May 8, 2012 – Brian Stern, Senior Vice President at Aventura, yesterday helped an experienced room of hospital clinicians at the Healthcare IT Institute Conference in Sawgrass, Florida identify how to turn the tide on clinical computing. In his presentation, Clinical Computing: Friend or Foe—How Clinical Workflow Changes the Tide—Stern discussed how to move the fix for healthcare IT away from using Band-Aids and toward a more comprehensive solution that changes the way clinicians work with healthcare information.

“As a nation, we’re spending a large bucket of funds on healthcare IT, and seeing limited results in improved care,” said Brian Stern, Senior Vice President at Aventura. “New technology mandates have driven 44% of healthcare facilities to increase their IT budgets in the past three years. The challenge is that new clinical computing systems, which don’t support the clinician workflow, are becoming tools to document care activity rather than tools to enhance care. The only way to change the way doctors and nurses interact with healthcare tools—and therefore drive better care results—is to match the way they work with patients.”

Some of the points in Stern’s presentation include:

  • 44% of healthcare IT budgets have increased over the past three years [1]
  • 39% of that increase will go to implementing EMR systems, followed by 27% of spend on capital equipment [2]
  • $2.6T was the healthcare spend in 2010 compared to $256B in 1980 [3]

Computer sharing and long logon processes make it difficult to access the right information at the right time to drive critical care decisions. As a leader in using context- and location-aware computing in healthcare, Aventura presents patient information intelligently to the clinician based on location and credentials. Aventura’s clinician workflow solution gives clinicians desktop access to whatever information they need at the point of care in seconds rather than minutes.

Click here to see Brian Stern’s presentation.

About Aventura:

Aventura improves the workflow of doctors and nurses by providing the information they need, when and where they need it. Aventura’s context and location aware computing intelligence orchestrates technologies already in place, making them responsive to the user.  Aventura provides tools that help clinicians practice more productively and effectively, allowing them to spend more time with patients. Aventura improves clinician satisfaction, increases EMR use at the point of care, and allows focus on the quality of care.  Learn more at www.aventurahq.com.

[1] HealthLeaders Media Intelligence

[2] HealthLeaders Media Intelligence

[3] Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of the Actuary, National Health Statistics Group, National Health Care Expenditures Data, January 2012.

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Aventura for Speech Recognition

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Solving the Speech Recognition Dilemma

Aventura for Speech Recognition (ASR) is a workflow optimization solution that addresses common obstacles like profile load times, microphone connection issues, and extended logoff sequencing. ASR makes data entry via dictation fast and easy – driving adoption and improving clinical documentation. Leveraging Aventura’s unique situational awareness software, ASR simultaneously authenticates physicians and launches the speech application – along with the rest of their desktop – with a single secure card tap. ASR slashes start up time from minutes to seconds and automates and accelerates the logout process, eliminating the risk of data loss by shutting down prematurely.

Features:

  • Compatible with a wide variety of speech recognition software applications
  • Fast access to the desktop
  • Instant disconnect
  • Obscure screen
  • Automated timeout
  • Default printer reassignment upon roam
  • Intelligent application launch/restrict
  • Single Sign-On capable and works with any existing SSO solution

Impact for Physicians:

  • Increases efficiency of doctors by eliminating technology obstacles
  • Ensures proper microphone operation by controlling specific start up sequencing
  • Provides physicians with a greater sense of satisfaction and accomplishment by allowing them to focus on treating the patient instead of treating the computer
  • Enables real-time documentation leading to higher quality care

Impact for IT:

  • Works in virtualized environments with roaming and shared desktops (kiosks)
  • Reduces maintenance time and costs
  • Reduces help desk calls
  • Improves security

Impact for the Organization:

  • Maximizes use of expensive hardware/software technology
  • Optimizes the revenue cycle by providing more accurate documentation, better compliance to

Aventura and Brian Madden Talk Virtualization in Healthcare

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Aventura CEO, John Gobron sat down with desktop virtualization expert, Brian Madden, to discuss virtualization in healthcare and how Aventura delivers fast access to virtual and mobile clinical applications.