Health IT & HIE News

Study: Parents Using PHRs More Likely To Attend All Well-Child Visits

iHealthBeat  (October 11, 2013)

Parents who used an integrated personal health record were more likely to take their young children to the recommended number of well-child care visits, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the journal Pediatrics, News-Medical reports.The federal 2010 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set recommends that children ages 0 to 15 months attend at least six well-child care visits, which include physical examinations.   MORE +

Mobile EHRs Can Make Technology Disappear in the Exam Room

Physicians Practice (free log-in required)  (October 11, 2013)

I have been a physician long enough to remember the earliest days of the EHR. The bulky desktop computers made it hard to look at the patient while documenting. You could get swivel chair fatigue from turning back and forth. It was distracting and tedious. Many physicians who remember those days hesitate to implement an EHR today because of those early frustrations. The need for more flexible, mobile solutions is one the reasons I got involved in the technical side of EHR development, and it’s why I focused on mobile technology when I began my other career as an EHR designer.   MORE +

Electronic Records Tied to Fewer Hospitalizations For Patients With Diabetes

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.  MORE +

Making a Medical Neighborhood Happen - Video

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.  MORE +

Will Health Information Exchange Become Medicare Payment Criterion?

InformationWeek Healthcare  (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).  MORE +