Healthcare IoT, Epic-Cerner battle focus of HIT Squad

Healthcare IoT, revenue cycle management, the Epic-Cerner battle and other EHR vendor dynamics, are topics in the latest HIT Squad podcast.

Rasu Shrestha, M.D., chief innovation officer at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, is a leading thinker about cutting edge health IT tools and systems.

One of the not-too-far-off scenarios Shrestha envisions is healthcare systems with networks of connected medical devices that, in essence, take care of themselves by alerting the network when they're not operating optimally.

The device networks, part of healthcare IoT, would be coupled with sophisticated analytics and hooked up to the cloud, Shrestha told SearchHealthIT reporter Kristen Lee.

Lee and SearchHealthIT reporter Shaun Sutner are SearchHealthIT's "HIT Squad."

In this podcast, Lee and Sutner talked about Shrestha's healthcare IoT ideas, how one Florida healthcare provider is using revenue cycle management software, and what CMS' updated meaningful use attestation numbers say about the battle for supremacy in the EHR market.

Not surprisingly, the attestation numbers from the one-million-line CMS database show that Epic Systems Corp. is the dominant EHR vendor in both the inpatient and ambulatory markets, Sutner said in the podcast.

However, Cerner Corp. is relatively close behind, and, in fact, is ahead of Epic in combined stage 1 and stage 2 attestations. Epic is number one in the more difficult stage 2 category, though, and Epic is tops in more than twice the number of states than Cerner.

In the meantime, a relatively small vendor, eClinicalWorks, is the top vendor that focuses nearly exclusively on small physician practices as opposed to larger practices and hospitals.

SearchHealthIT editorial assistant Corlyn Vorhees crunched the CMS data from a database that contains the attestation efforts of 748 vendors.

As for Lee, she also talked about how Orlando Health, a Florida healthcare system, said it is saving money by attaining greater accuracy in billing and being able to write off more bad debts using a revenue cycle management system from VisiQuate, Inc.

Let us know what you think about the story or healthcare IoT; email Shaun Sutner, news and features writer, or contact @SSutner on Twitter.

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