Health IT & HIE News

EHR Use Leads to Higher Loyalty, Satisfaction Among Patients

EHR Intelligence  (August 5, 2013)

Close to half of all patients are basing the choice of a healthcare provider on digital access to their electronic health information, according to a survey conducted by Aeffect and 88 Brand Partners. This access includes viewing test results, ordering prescription refills, and making appointments online. The findings are in line with similar studies conducted by other research groups.  MORE +

What LTC Nurses Want From EHRs

Long-Term Living  (August 5, 2013)

What features do electronic heath record (EHR) systems need to offer to long-term care? Just ask the nurses. The long-term/post-acute care Chief Information Officer (CIO) Consortium and the Nurse Executive Council got together to decide just that, and they discovered that most EHR systems aren’t really built to handle long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) settings. In fact, it's not even close  MORE +

Embracing 'Quality' Medicine: Guidance for Independent Physicians Coping With Industry Change

Physician's Practice, commentary by Owen Dahl, FACHE, LSSMBB  (July 30, 2013)

There are three things in life that are certain: death, taxes, and change — especially in the healthcare world. Whether or not the Affordable Care Act fully sees the light of day, there are many aspects of healthcare reform that will continue to affect our world. Reimbursement models will change, with fewer fee-for-service plans and more "bundled" payment options. Payment will be based more on delivering optimal patient outcomes and utilizing evidence-based treatment protocols.  MORE +

Congressional EHR Interest Brings Both Opportunity and Risk

FierceEMR  (July 25, 2013)

More than 30 bills aimed directly at EHR use have been introduced since the new session began in January. In addition, while not a proposed bill, you've got lawmakers asking the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General to extend the legal protections allowing EHR donation programs, which otherwise would sunset at the end of this year.  MORE +

Using EHR, HIE to Share Vaccine Data Improves Public Health

EHR Intelligence  (July 22, 2013)

EHRs are an effective tool in the fight against infectious diseases, according to a new study by researchers at the Columbia University School of Nursing. Automated immunization reporting using EHR data helped speed the collection of vaccine data and allowed public health agencies to assemble a clearer picture of at-risk populations. EHR reporting also reduced the amount of paperwork involved in immunization tracking and freed clinical staff to pursue other tasks.  MORE +