Health IT & HIE News

Health Information Exchange Reduced Radiology Exams by 47%

EHR Intelligence  (May 28, 2015)

Brookings Institution fellow Niam Yaraghi looked at a health information exchange platform among two emergency departments in western New York and considered the effects of accessing patient data through the health information exchange (HIE). The results from the Brookings Institution research shows that using a HIE led to a 25% decrease in the number of laboratory tests conducted as well as 26% drop in the amount of radiology examinations. When looking at the second emergency care department, Yaraghi found that the number of radiology exams fell by a total of 47% after the implementation of the HIE platform.  MORE +

Study Shows HIE Benefit on Readmissions

HIE Watch  (May 13, 2015)

From the pre-Meaningful Use days of organic, community-based health information exchange comes new evidence that HIEs can make a significant contribution to one key metric of health reform. There is promising potential for community-based HIEs to reduce hospital readmissions, according to a new study of Rochester, New York’s readmissions trends in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.  MORE +

Senators Announce Working Group To Address EHR Adoption Issues

iHealthBeat  (April 30, 2015)

On Wednesday, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced the formation and official launch of a bipartisan working group that will seek to identify ways to improve the state of electronic health records. According to the announcement, the group will work to find five or six ways to correct the "failed promise" of EHRs.  MORE +

SGR Repeal is a “Game-Changer” for Health IT

Healthcare Informatics  (April 15, 2015)

Industry stakeholders are overwhelmingly praising Congress for passing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for reimbursing physicians under Medicare.   MORE +

CMS Proposes Significant Changes to Meaningful Use Stages 1 and 2

Health Data Management  (April 12, 2015)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services late in the day on April 10 came out with yet another proposed rule to make modifications that will ease compliance with Stages 1 and 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program. The rule changes the reporting periods to attest for meaningful use, substantially scales back several Stage 2 measure thresholds, and eliminates the need to report multiple measures as conducting these measures has essentially become common practice.   MORE +