Health IT & HIE News

Getting Patients Engaged in Care and in Meeting Meaningful Use

Physician's Practice  (March 5, 2013)

In the Stage 1 rules to meaningful use of their EHRs, physicians and their practices had to step up the way they collected and shared patient data. Now in Stage 2, they will have to continue those efforts, but also be prepared to get patients more involved with their own health information, beginning in 2014.  MORE +

Achieving EHR Optimization at Your Medical Practice

Physician's Practice  (March 4, 2013)

EHR optimization is not just about getting the most out of the technology solution your practice has invested in. Instead, notes Trenor Williams, MD, CEO and co-founder of health IT firm Clinovations, it is about how you utilize your EHR as just one tool to improve the care of individuals and populations. "At the end of the day," notes Williams, "all of us as physicians, as providers, as practices, we want to take better care of our patients. …I believe access to data, access to information, will allow us to do that more efficiently and more effectively."  MORE +

Computerized Provider Order Entry Cuts Medication Errors, Study Shows

Healthcare IT News  (February 22, 2013)

A new report, supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), demonstrates that processing prescriptions through computerized provider order entry can cut drug errors in half, and could avoid more than 17 million adverse incidents annually.  MORE +

Numbers, Numbers and More Numbers: Health care players are finding that crunching the numbers can pay off in both better care and lower costs

The Wall Street Journal  (February 14, 2013)

Under pressure to do more with less, insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and health care providers are all pushing data analysis to new heights. Insurers have been crunching numbers for years to figure out which patients are most likely to generate high costs. Now other groups are gauging probabilities of relapses, and the likelihood of a patient's not taking his or her medicine. Using models that draw on massive troves of medical and other data, some are also focusing on seemingly healthy individuals, trying to prevent problems before they occur.  MORE +

ONC Calls on EHR Vendors to Play Fair, Or Face Regulation

Healthcare IT News  (February 7, 2013)

At a Feb. 6 meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, MD, said that, by and large, electronic health record vendors have their customers’ best interests at heart. But to the few who don’t, he gave a stern warning: Abide by what is "moral and right," or face more regulation. Mostashari’s comments came by way of clarification to opening remarks he gave at last month's HIT Policy Committee meeting. He wanted to make sure that the vendors who are doing right by providers and society’s interest do not mistake him for coming down on them. He was speaking to the few exceptions, when he made remarks at the Jan. 8 meeting.  MORE +