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Reuters Health News
(September 11, 2013)
Switching from paper to electronic medical records at health clinics led to "modest reductions" in the number of people with diabetes that went to the emergency room or were hospitalized, in a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Researchers looking at before-and-after rates found both ER visits and hospital admissions dropped by between five and six percent once the computerized records were put in place, but that there was no change in the frequency of office visits.
Colorado RCCO Leadership Group
(August 22, 2013)
Colorado health care leaders are driving transformation, and in this short video, they share their vision- and how they have turned that vision into action. All were participants in the 2013 Making a Medical Neighborhood Happen, an invitation-only roundtable summit in Denver hosted by the Colorado RCCO Leadership Group.
(August 8, 2013)
The use of interoperable electronic health record (EHR) systems to share information could eventually become part of reimbursement criteria in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, according to a new position paper from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Health Data Management
(August 7, 2013)
After considering more than 200 comments to a March 2013 request for information on ways to accelerate health information exchange, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have identified a set of principles to guide new strategies.
(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.