Health IT & HIE News

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 +

Three Ways Health IT Helps Combat the Flu

PhysBizTech  (February 6, 2013)

The news has been abuzz about the recent explosion of influenza across the country. It becomes more alarming with every flu-related death, and its spread doesn’t seem to be slowing down. As a physician or office manager, it’s important to ensure your patients – particularly those in high-risk groups – are protected against any risks. But since you’re a veteran, you know accomplishing this is often a logistical nightmare. Can health IT help? Yes!  MORE +

Study: EHRs Boost Quality of Care at Federal Health Centers

Healthcare IT News  (February 4, 2013)

Health IT adoption at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) has yielded significant quality of care improvements, a new study has found, even as the health centers are still coming up to speed with meaningful use. A study in the journal BMC Health Services Research examined 776 FQHCs using data from the Commonwealth Fund’s 2009 National Survey of Federally Qualified Health Centers, measuring the extent of electronic health record and health information exchange use and associated quality of care across several functions.  MORE +

Report: Adoption of EHRs by Family Physicans to Exceed 80% in 2013

Annals of Family Medicine  (February 4, 2013)

Two independent data sets yielded convergent results, showing that adoption of EHRs by family physicians has doubled since 2005, exceeding other office-based physicians as a group, and is likely to surpass 80% by 2013. Adoption varies at a state level. Further monitoring of trends in EHR adoption and characterizing their capacities are important to achieve comprehensive data exchange necessary for better, affordable health care.   MORE +

Value of Structured Data to Interoperability, Meaningful Use

EHR Intelligence  (February 4, 2013)

In order for all the data capture taking place in the earliest stages of the EHR Incentive Programs to prove valuable to not only coordinated care but also population health and clinical research, the information flowing in and out of EHR and health IT systems need structure. Although data appear in two forms — structured and unstructured — the former will be more a catalyst for change than the latter as a result of how effectively it can support both primary and secondary and tertiary objectives.   MORE +