Health IT & HIE News

ONC Focuses on Long-Term Care Providers to Reduce Readmissions

EHR Intelligence  (June 21, 2013)

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is stepping up its focus on long-term and post-acute care providers (LTPAC) in order to improve care coordination for patients and reduce costly hospital readmissions for Medicare beneficiaries. Although LTPAC facilities aren’t eligible for incentive payments under the HITECH Act, the ONC is stressing the use of health IT for such providers as a way to efficiently communicate with hospitals and primary care offices to achieve better overall outcomes for patients.  MORE +

ONC: Slow But Steady Interoperability Progress

HIE Watch - Healthcare IT News  (June 11, 2013)

Achieving Farzad Mostashari's vision for a U.S. healthcare system where "every encounter and every patient has access to all the world's knowledge" will require a balancing of standards and innovation and a combination of IT and process change.  MORE +

5 Reasons You Need HIE Now

HealthLeaders  (June 11, 2013)

In the switch from fee-for-service healthcare to accountable care, the old ways of developing healthcare systems aren't working. The escalating cost of care is due in no small part to overspending on hospital capacity, equipment that isn't always needed, over-engineered technology, short-sighted planning and bad hunches. But there's one technology in particular I would bet on right now. That is the technology to accurately, securely, and easily transfer health data information from one system to another.  MORE +

Practices Embracing HIE, Replacing EHRs

Healthcare IT News  (June 6, 2013)

More than a third of physician practices plan to purchase, replace or upgrade ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) systems, according to HIMSS Analytics' newest Ambulatory Electronic Health Record & Practice Management Study. Meanwhile, nearly half of physician groups say they'll join an HIE.  MORE +

3 Reasons Providers Should Get Active: The Move Toward Value-Based Care Means Providers Must Be More Involved in Their Patients' Healthcare

Healthcare IT News  (June 5, 2013)

Remember when doctors made house calls? It's probably safe not to expect the return of those days any time soon, but some healthcare stakeholders are saying the time has come for providers to take a more active role in their patients' healthcare. Better yet, some say, it's time for providers to band together and provide their patients with care that is both active and well-coordinated.  MORE +