Health IT & HIE News

An Archipelago of Health Information Islands

Brian Klepper, PhD  (December 27, 2012)

My wife Elaine was hospitalized for 6 days recently with an array of ailments related to her advancing cancer, so diagnosing and addressing her problems required a multidisciplinary approach. In addition to the nursing and support staffs, she was tended by an emergency physician, two hospitalists, three gastroenterologists, a pulmonologist, an infectious disease physician and an interventional radiologist. With the exception of one specialist who had performed a procedure on her two weeks earlier, this episode was the first time any had met Elaine.  MORE +

If Interoperability is the Future of Healthcare, What's the Delay?

Becker's Hospital Review  (December 20, 2012)

In order for the healthcare industry to move toward preventive care and population health management, clinical information needs to flow freely across networks and between hospitals and physicians. For this reason, healthcare organizations need interoperability — efficient yet secure means for IT systems and software applications to communicate and exchange patient data.  MORE +

Researchers: More Doctors Using More Sophisticated EHRs

Modern Healthcare (free registration may be required to view)  (December 12, 2012)

A growing number of office-based physicians are using more-robust EHRs that have higher-level functions needed to help the doctors qualify for federal EHR incentive payments and assist them in providing better, safer care for patients, according to researchers with the Office of Economic Analysis, Evaluation and Modeling at HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.  MORE +

KLAS Research: More Than Half of Providers Now Using Patient Portals

Healthcare IT News  (December 3, 2012)

More than half of all healthcare providers in the U.S. are now using patient portal technology, according to a new report conducted by KLAS. After interviewing providers from health systems, hospitals and clinics, authors of "Patient Portals: the Path of Least Resistance" found that 57 percent of providers are currently using a patient portal solution.  MORE +

Colorado Docs' Difficult Digital Transition

Colorado Public Radio  (November 30, 2012)

If you’ve been to the doctor lately, you’ve probably seen them using a computer. The number of Colorado physicians using electronic medical records has roughly doubled the last six months. A lot of that has to do with the federal government offering them incentive payments to go digital. Doctors can get up to $63,000 for making the switch from paper records. But CPR Health Reporter Eric Whitney says the transition is proving to be a bumpy ride for some.  MORE +