Health IT & HIE News

Ten Tech Predictions for Medical Practices in 2013

Physicians Practice  (January 11, 2013)

Yes, portals and mobile EHRs were big in 2012 — but will they continue to make headlines in 2013? And what about stuff like ICD-10 training, health information exchanges (HIEs), and telemedicine? We asked more than a dozen healthcare IT experts, including physicians, consultants, and administrators, to give us their predictions for the coming year. Here’s what we’re hearing, technology-wise...  MORE +

Many Docs Lack Access to Psychiatric Records

Healthcare IT News  (January 2, 2013)

Medical centers that elect to keep psychiatric files private and separate from the rest of a person's medical record may be doing their patients a disservice, a Johns Hopkins study concludes. In a survey of psychiatry departments at 18 of the top American hospitals, a Johns Hopkins team learned that fewer than half of the hospitals had all inpatient psychiatric records in their electronic medical record (EMR) systems and that fewer than 25 percent gave non-psychiatrists full access to those records.  MORE +

Researchers Urge Wider Access to Psych Records

Modern Healthcare (free registration may be required to view)  (January 2, 2013)

A research team from Johns Hopkins waded into the thorny debate over electronic access to patients' mental health information with a small study finding that readmission rates are lower for psychiatric patients whose records are available electronically and accessible to nonpsychiatric physicians. "Let's not keep mental health records out in the cold," said the study's lead author Dr. Adam Kaplin.  MORE +

Four Health Care & IT Areas to Watch As 2013 Unfolds

PhysBizTech  (December 31, 2012)

On this final day of 2012 we look ahead to what may lie down the road for the healthcare industry in the coming year. Here are four areas sure to attract our collective attention during 2013.  MORE +

Quality Reporting Alignment on the Way -- With Help From EHRs

Healthcare IT News  (December 31, 2012)

Certified electronic health records will make it easier for providers to report clinical quality measures not only for meaningful use but also for other federal programs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to align some of those measures. CMS wants to hear from hospitals and health IT vendors about their readiness to electronically report certain patient data under the agency’s quality reporting program using a standard document format. Comments are due on Jan. 22, 2013.  MORE +