Category: Health IT & HIE News

  • Senators Propose Bill to Rate EHR Systems

    Date: October 8th, 2015Source: Becker's Health IT & CIO ReviewTopics: EHRs, Health IT, Interoperability, Healthcare Policy, Information Blocking
    Newly introduced legislation seeks to create a rating system for EHR products to promote transparency around them and ensure they are functioning as promised. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), MD, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), introduced the bill earlier this week. They named the legislation the "Transparent Ratings on Usability and Security to Transform Information Technology Act of 2015," or TRUST IT Act.
    Read More
  • OIG Issues Information Blocking Alert Around Anti-Kickback Statute

    Date: October 8th, 2015Source: Healthcare IT NewsTopics: HIE, EHRs, Healthcare Policy, Information Blocking
    In case you forgot, allow a new OIG alert to remind you: Healthcare providers and EHR vendors who engage in information blocking might get in serious trouble with federal anti-kickback laws. This week, HHS Office of Inspector General released a policy reminder for industry stakeholders that information blocking can violate anti-kickback statute and in some cases does not fall in the realm of safe harbor conditions. For hospitals or healthcare providers who furnish electronic health record software to a physician practice that may act as a potential or current referral source, for instance, this may violate the statute.
    Read More
  • Senate Seeks More Interoperability, Openness for Certified EHRs

    Date: October 8th, 2015Source: Health IT AnalyticsTopics: EHRs, Health IT, Interoperability, Healthcare Policy, Information Blocking
    With the infamous specter of information blocking now hanging over industry efforts to improve the interoperability of electronic health records, Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are attempting to take a bi-partisan approach to fostering transparency and strengthening the data exchange capabilities of certified EHR technology (CEHRT). A new bill, called the Transparent Ratings on Usability and Security to Transform Information Technology (TRUST IT) Act of 2015, plans to establish a health IT ratings system that would make it simpler for healthcare organizations to understand the interoperability capabilities and other features of future EHR products.
    Read More
  • CMS Issues Meaningful Use Final Rule: Key Facts to Know

    Date: October 7th, 2015Source: HIT COnsultantTopics: EHRs, Meaningful Use, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    After facing severe criticism from members of Congress, professional medical organizations and providers pushing to delay the final rules for Meaningful Use Stage 3. On Tuesday, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the final rule for the Meaningful Use program with hopes to simplify requirements and add new flexibilities for providers. The final rule adopts flexible reporting periods that are aligned with other programs to reduce burden, including moving from fiscal year to calendar year reporting for all providers beginning in 2015, and offering a 90-day reporting period in 2015 for all providers, for new participants in 2016 and 2017, and for any provider moving to Stage 3 in 2017.
    Read More
  • Stage 2 Reporting Burden Shaved in Half

    Date: October 7th, 2015Source: Health Data ManagementTopics: EHRs, Meaningful Use
    Providers participating in the electronic health records Meaningful Use program during the next couple years will have far fewer objectives and measures to report under final rulemaking modifications to Stages 1 and 2.
    Read More
  • CMS Drops Final Stage 2 and Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rules

    Date: October 6th, 2015Source: Healthcare IT NewsTopics: EHRs, Meaningful Use, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Health IT
    It's final. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and ONC have released final rules for the EHR Incentive Programs, which they say will ease reporting requirements for providers and allow for 90-day reporting periods. They also announced major news on Stage 3 of the program. The 2015 rule builds on 2011 and 2014 and is reflective of input from industry stakeholders, according to Karen DeSalvo, MD, national coordinator for health IT and acting assistant secretary for Health at HHS. The final rules, as CMS and ONC officials announced late Tuesday, "make significant changes in current requirements." Chief among them are easing the reporting requirements for providers, said Patrick Conway, MD, of CMS, in a media call Tuesday afternoon. The rules also allow for a 90-day reporting period for providers in 2015, and new providers in 2016 and 2017.
    Read More
  • HHS Dials Back Reporting in Meaningful Use Stage 3

    Date: October 6th, 2015Source: MedCity NewsTopics: EHRs, Meaningful Use, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Health IT
    Responding to waves of public backlash, the Department of Health and Human Services is easing compliance and reporting requirements in Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use incentive program for electronic health records. HHS officials late Tuesday released the long-awaited Stage 3 rules, as well as modifications to the current Stage 2. HHS also is pushing back the start of Stage 3 yet another year, to Jan. 1, 2018. All providers will follow the calendar year.
    Read More
  • In the Trenches on Population Health: Medical Group Leaders Move Forward

    Date: October 2nd, 2015Source: Healthcare InformaticsTopics: EHRs, Health IT, Population Health, Data Analytics
    Amid all the broad, policy-oriented discussions, and the very broadly strategic discussions, about population health management, these days, what has it actually been like to execute on the population health promise, at the large multidisciplinary medical group level? In a word, challenging. Medical group leaders are clear on the fact that they’re trying to do something that essentially has never been attempted before in the U.S. healthcare system, and that is to transform the processes of care delivery. What are the common denominators? In interviews with Healthcare Informatics, the leaders of pioneering medical groups, while pursuing a wide variety of strategies, are finding common challenges and opportunities in wading into the deep end of the pool in several key, overlapping areas.
    Read More
  • Can Big Data Analytics, Data Governance Restore Joy to Medicine?

    Date: September 29th, 2015Source: Health IT AnalyticsTopics: Health IT, Physician Workflow, Data Analytics
    Physicians who are struggling to muster up the enthusiasm to continue the practice of medicine may not feel like adding a mountain of big data to the mix will do much to help them recapture the joy of patient care. After all, burdensome reporting programs, an inundation of quality metrics, and increased documentation requirements are some of the primary reasons why clinicians are so disgruntled in the first place. But as the healthcare system evolves into a value-based, data-driven care continuum, big data analytics is poised to become the solution to physician dissatisfaction, not its cause. If providers can make meaningful changes to their information governance programs in the present, they will be positioning themselves for success in the very near future.
    Read More
  • Survey Finds Patients Prefer More Digital Healthcare

    Date: September 28th, 2015Source: CMIOTopics: HIE, Health IT, Patient Engagement
    Patients are aware of the gaps in information sharing that make it challenging for them to manage their health, according to results from Surescripts' Connected Care and the Patient Experience survey. “Dangerous voids in health information sharing can easily be solved through the use of digital communications and technology. This survey proves patients take notice and are ready for a change,” said Tom Skelton, Surescripts CEO. “As an industry, we need to come together to connect the nation’s healthcare system -- to enhance the patient experience while improving quality and lowering the cost of care.”
    Read More
  • Report: More Than 80% of Docs Now Use EHRs

    Date: September 18th, 2015Source: Healthcare IT NewsTopics: EHRs, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Health IT
    More than eight in 10 doctors across the country, or 83%, have adopted electronic healthcare record (EHR) systems, according to a new report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Counting only certified EHR adoption, however, that rate goes down to 74%. Also, 51% of doctors are using only basic EHR functionalities, according to ONC.
    Read More
  • Deloitte Survey: Hospitals & Health Systems Look to Healthcare Analytics But Lack Strategy

    Date: September 16th, 2015Source: EHR IntelligenceTopics: Population Health, Value-Based Care, Accountable Care, Data Analytics
    Despite significant interest in leveraging healthcare analytics, few healthcare organizations have the necessary strategy for blending financial, operational, clinical, and other data effectively, according to a recent Deloitte Center for Health Solutions survey. Comprising responses from CIOs, CMIOs, and senior leaders from 50 health systems, the survey also finds healthcare data analytics adoption and spending falling short of industry predictions despite support for leveraging these emerging technologies for value-based care.
    Read More
  • Oncology Group Asks Congress to Bolster EHR Interoperability & Eliminate Info Blocking

    Date: September 16th, 2015Source: iHealthBeatTopics: HIE, EHRs, Interoperability, Healthcare Policy, Information Blocking
    On Tuesday, the American Society for Clinical Oncology released a position statement urging Congress to pass legislation that would strengthen interoperability of electronic health records, Modern Healthcare reports. The statement was released during a Capitol Hill briefing on big data. In the statement, ASCO noted that to achieve a fully interoperable health IT system "all health IT initiatives that utilize big data must have the ability to electronically share clinical information between practitioners."
    Read More
  • Social, Behavioral Data Must Be Included in EHRs, Nurses Say

    Date: September 14th, 2015Source: Health IT AnalyticsTopics: EHRs, Population Health, Primary Care, Behavioral Health
    Electronic health records (EHRs) are incomplete and potentially insufficient for use in population health management programs when they are missing social and behavioral data, states the American Academy of Nursing in a new policy brief and call to action. Without collecting data on patient behaviors and the impacts of socioeconomic circumstances on clinical health, providers are operating with an incomplete picture of the challenges patients face outside of the organization’s purview.
    Read More
  • ONC Launches Online Complaint Form for Providers to Report EHR Issues, Data Blocking

    Date: September 11th, 2015Source: EHR IntelligenceTopics: HIE, EHRs, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Health IT, Interoperability, Healthcare Policy, Information Blocking
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has launched a new tool for reporting complaints about certified EHR technology (CEHRT) and health IT. "ONC launched [the form] to address these concerns and be the single point of entry for you to report problems or complaints about your health IT product," said Acting Deputy National Coordinator Jon White, MD. "The new reporting mechanism will help us here at ONC better triage, track, route and respond to your health IT concerns or challenges." ONC has laid out five instances where providers should contact the federal agency, including "health information blocking."
    Read More
  • Primary Care Providers View Health IT Use in Positive Light

    Date: August 27th, 2015Source: EHR IntelligenceTopics: EHRs, Health IT
    Primary care providers view health IT use as a welcome addition to delivering high-quality, but remain skeptical of the benefits of accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the provisioning of high-quality, according to new research published by the Commonwealth Fund in collaboration with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Of the more than 1,600 physicians surveyed, exactly half (50%) view the impact if increased use of health IT as positive, compared to 28 percent who deemed its impact to be negative.
    Read More
  • Four People You Need For an Easy EHR Transition

    Date: August 25th, 2015Source: Healthcare IT NewsTopics: EHRs, Meaningful Use, Physician Workflow
    Facing a new electronic health record (EHR) implementation is like facing the boogeyman of the health IT world. Transition to a new system can be a nightmare. There's staff resistance, technical difficulties, disrupted workflow and a steep learning curve. But as technology advances, transition from one EHR system to the next is sometimes a necessity. A 2014 survey showed 67% of physicians do not like the functionality of their current EHR systems. But an effective EHR is key to increasing efficiency and reducing costs. For many hospitals, health systems and practices, it may be time to switch to a better system.
    Read More
  • A New Model to Track Growing Patient and Consumer Engagement Adoption

    Date: August 18th, 2015Source: Healthcare InformaticsTopics: Health IT, Patient Engagement
    In July, leaders at Scottsdale Institute (SI) announced the creation of the SI Patient/Consumer Engagement Adoption Model™. The SI Patient/Consumer Engagement Adoption Model “is an assessment tool and adoption model to help U.S. healthcare systems measure effectiveness in engaging patients and consumers in managing their own health and wellness." SI said they developed the model in response to the growing demand and necessity for patients and consumers to participate in their own care.
    Read More
  • How Big Data is Driving the Consumerization of Healthcare

    Date: August 14th, 2015Source: U.S. News & World ReportTopics: Mobile Health, Patient Engagement, Digital Health, Data Analytics
    Big data can help physicians understand patient behavior, which in turn impacts care delivery and their practice. Doctors in 2015 have a unique advantage in that their patients actively monitor their health with mobile apps, wearable devices and social media. People keep a closer eye on their workouts, caloric intake, sleep patterns and vitals than ever before, creating a resource that could only exist in the digital age. However, very few mobile and wearable apps can be accessed by both the doctor and patient. The healthcare industry's next step in mobility involves making that connection between physicians and patients so that each party benefits from the amount of available data.
    Read More
  • Denver-based Dispatch Health Hopes to be 'Uber for Healthcare'

    Date: August 12th, 2015Source: 7News Denver (KMGH)Topics: HIE, Mobile Health, Emergency Services
    A Denver-based company hopes to be the next "Uber for health care," providing a doctor on your doorstep instead of a costly trip to the hospital. For two years, Dispatch Health has worked with local fire departments when people call 911, but starting Monday, the company is expanding its services to a fleet of private vehicles staffed with doctors and nurse practitioners. Dispatch Health, previously known as True North Health Navigation, is a current CORHIO HIE participant. Their medical practitioners access the HIE from wireless enabled iPads.
    Read More
  • Web-based mHealth Tools Can Drive Patient Engagement, Care Satisfaction

    Date: August 10th, 2015Source: FierceMobile HealthcareTopics: Mobile Health, Patient Engagement
    Access to online educational content specific to medical issues and Web-based tools that enhance communication between patients and providers can help users gain a deeper understanding of care and boost patient satisfaction, reveals a new Brigham and Women's Hospital study. The use of an online patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) also facilitates patient involvement and input into the plan of care, states the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
    Read More
  • ED Physician Work Group Outlines Recommendations for National HIE

    Date: August 10th, 2015Source: iHealthBeatTopics: HIE, Emergency Services, Patient Care
    Health data exchange can provide more complete patient records to emergency physicians, but changes are needed to enable a national health information exchange, according to a paper published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, FierceHealthIT reports. The paper included suggestions by an American College of Emergency Physicians work group (Hall, FierceHealthIT, 8/7).
    Read More
  • Report: Radiology Has The Greatest Need for Image Sharing

    Date: August 3rd, 2015Source: HIT ConsultantTopics: HIE, Health IT, Radiology, Image Sharing
    Ninety-six percent of providers identified radiology on their list of departments that had the greatest need for image sharing, according to new report by peer60, a smart data software company. The report findings are based on a survey of more than 500 healthcare organizations, the report confirms while radiology departments have the greatest need for image sharing today, there is a growing need to exchange this information across departments and facilities as coordination of care is “now a critical component in the effective practice of medicine.”
    Read More
  • Cerner's Military EHR Contract Expected to Speed March to Interoperability

    Date: August 1st, 2015Source: Modern Healthcare (registration may be required to view)Topics: Military Health, Interoperability
    The U.S. military's giant electronic health-record contract announced last week with a consortium including EHR vendor Cerner Corp. likely will have a major impact on advancing interoperability in health information technology across the entire U.S. healthcare system, experts say. The military's goal is to use its new system to achieve health IT interoperability with thousands of civilian healthcare partners. That's because 60% to 70% of the care provided to the 9.6 million Military Health System beneficiaries—active duty military personnel, retirees and their families—is delivered by providers in the private sector.
    Read More
  • Maximizing Your EHR: 5 Strategies

    Date: July 30th, 2015Source: Physicians PracticeTopics: EHRs, Physician Workflow
    The way in which physicians interact with data as it pertains to patient care has clearly identified the EHR as a critical tool. The statistics speak for themselves — approximately 78 percent of all office-based physicians had an EHR in place as of 2013, according to a 2014 study in Health Affairs. However, this doesn't mean that physicians are satisfied with the EHRs they have; recent studies, including a 2014 report in JAMA Internal Medicine, have shown that even experienced EHR users find decreases in productivity. It becomes critical, then, to find ways to maximize the use of existing EHRs in an effort to improve efficacy for patient care and reduce end-user frustration.
    Read More