Category: Healthcare Industry News

  • Congressional EHR Interest Brings Both Opportunity and Risk

    Date: July 25th, 2013Source: FierceEMRTopics: EHRs
    More than 30 bills aimed directly at EHR use have been introduced since the new session began in January. In addition, while not a proposed bill, you've got lawmakers asking the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General to extend the legal protections allowing EHR donation programs, which otherwise would sunset at the end of this year.
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  • Using EHR, HIE to Share Vaccine Data Improves Public Health

    Date: July 22nd, 2013Source: EHR IntelligenceTopics: EHRs, Public Health Reporting
    EHRs are an effective tool in the fight against infectious diseases, according to a new study by researchers at the Columbia University School of Nursing. Automated immunization reporting using EHR data helped speed the collection of vaccine data and allowed public health agencies to assemble a clearer picture of at-risk populations. EHR reporting also reduced the amount of paperwork involved in immunization tracking and freed clinical staff to pursue other tasks.
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  • Electronic Medical Records May Boost Patient Safety

    Date: July 15th, 2013Source: NPR, All Things ConsideredTopics: EHRs, Health IT, Patient Engagement
    Audie Cornish speaks with Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health information technology who leads the federal government's efforts to have doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical records. The goal is to make sure the medical practices are using those systems well, and that those IT systems talk to each other to make medicine more efficient.
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  • In A Digital World, Health Care Stuck on Paper

    Date: July 15th, 2013Source: Colorado Public RadioTopics: EHRs, Health IT
    Despite incredible advances in medical technology, health care still remains behind the times when it comes to information technology. In the last couple of decades, information technology, or IT, has transformed other kinds of businesses—like banking, retail and manufacturing—which are radically more efficient now and it’s because they can quickly gather information, analyze it and act on it to be more competitive and to improve customer service. But, for the most part, that hasn’t happened in health care. And with health care being pretty close to 20% of the U.S. economy, the fact that they’re so far behind is a pretty big deal. In this story a Colorado doctor shares her thoughts on moving from paper to digital records.
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  • Doctors Heed Prescription For Computerized Records

    Date: July 15th, 2013Source: NPR, All Things Considered Topics: EHRs, Health IT, Patient Engagement
    Uncle Sam wants your doctor go to digital. And the federal government is backing that up with money for practices that start using computerized systems for record keeping. Nearly half of all physicians in America still rely on paper records for most patient care. Time is running out for those who do to take advantage of federal funds to make the switch. So practices like are scrambling to get with the program.
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  • Health Information Exchanges Gain Doctor Interest

    Date: July 1st, 2013Source: American Medical News, a publication of the AMATopics: HIE, EHRs, Physician Workflow
    Now that physicians have become comfortable with having electronic health records in their practices, they are ready for more advanced uses of the technology, including participation in health information exchanges.
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  • ONC Focuses on Long-Term Care Providers to Reduce Readmissions

    Date: June 21st, 2013Source: EHR IntelligenceTopics: Hospital Readmissions, Long-Term Care
    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.
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  • ONC: Slow But Steady Interoperability Progress

    Date: June 11th, 2013Source: HIEWatchTopics: HIE, Meaningful Use, Health IT
    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.
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  • 5 Reasons You Need HIE Now

    Date: June 11th, 2013Source: HealthLeadersTopics: HIE, Health IT, Accountable Care
    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.
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  • Practices Embracing HIE, Replacing EHRs

    Date: June 6th, 2013Source: Healthcare IT NewsTopics: HIE, EHRs
    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.
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  • EHRs and HIE Critical in Oklahoma Tornado

    Date: May 28th, 2013Source: Healthcare IT NewsTopics: HIE, EHRs, Emergency Services
    Everyone expects a hospital to be ready to jump into action when disaster strikes. But what about when the disaster devastates the hospital itself? Turns out, it helps a lot to have an electronic medical record system in place. At least that was the case at Moore Medical Center in Oklahoma, a small hospital right in the path of the tornado that ripped through the suburbs of Oklahoma City on Monday. Three-hundred people — staff, patients and community members — hunkered down in the cafeteria, stairwells and chapel as 200-miles-per-hour winds demolished the building around them.
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  • In a Disaster, Could an Electronic Health Record Save Your Life?

    Date: May 28th, 2013Source: AARP blogTopics: EHRs, Emergency Services
    Everyone expects a hospital to be ready to jump into action when disaster strikes. But what about when the disaster devastates the hospital itself? Turns out, it helps a lot to have an electronic medical record system in place.
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  • The Impact of Outdated Communications Technologies in Health Care

    Date: May 23rd, 2013Source: MedPage Today / KevinMD.com Blog Topics: EHRs, Physician Workflow
    As a physician, I experience first-hand the impact that internal communication at a hospital—both good and bad—has on patient care. If I am able to quickly access clinical systems, analyze patient information and collaborate with colleagues, I can diagnose and interact with the patient much more efficiently and effectively. Conversely, breakdowns and inefficiencies in the communications process can inhibit the delivery of quality patient care by bogging down workflows, creating delays and disrupting the care team’s collective thought process.
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  • A Consensus on the Need for Collaboration to Implement the Coming "Revolution"

    Date: May 16th, 2013Source: Healthcare InformaticsTopics: Health IT
    In a wide-ranging panel discussion that brought together leaders from a variety of stakeholder groups across healthcare—hospital organizations, physician practices, integrated health systems, organized healthcare, and vendor organizations—industry luminaries agreed on May 16, in the opening panel discussion of the Healthcare Informatics Executive Summit being held in San Francisco, on the urgent need for cross-stakeholder collaboration. The panel discussion followed immediately upon the opening keynote address by Russell Branzell, president and CEO of the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and Branzell was a panelist. The coming healthcare “revolution” that Branzell had just spoken of was broadly cited by panelists during the discussion.
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  • Communication Skills Key to Exam Room Computing: AMA Report

    Date: May 13th, 2013Source: Modern Healthcare (free registration may be required to view)Topics: EHRs, Health IT, Physician Workflow
    There is no consensus about the best way to incorporate computers into a patient visit, but whether computers are a negative or positive influence in the exam room appears to depend on the communication skills of the physician, according to a report from the American Medical Association board of trustees.
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  • Nearly Half of Eligible Professionals Have Received EHR Payments

    Date: May 1st, 2013Source: Modern Healthcare (free registration may be required to view)Topics: EHRs, Meaningful Use
    More than a quarter million physicians and other professionals eligible for the federally funded electronic health-record incentive payment programs have received payments, according to the latest government data.
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  • Sharing is Caring: HIE and Turning Data Into Knowledge

    Date: April 26th, 2013Source: Healthcare InformaticsTopics: HIE, EHRs, Care Coordination
    According to a recent discussion paper released by the Institute of Medicine, most people who receive healthcare in the United States recognize that the system is complicated and fragmented. What they are less likely to know is that opportunities to learn from the care provided in hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ offices are most often lost. As healthcare records move to electronic systems, the data routinely collected as part of medical care (such as blood pressure measurements, weight, medications lists, disease diagnoses, and past medical histories) hold the promise to dramatically increase the opportunities for learning and improving care on a national scale. Turning data collected at the time of care into knowledge that can be used in clinical practice is essential if we are to achieve a learning health system—a system that continuously and seamlessly uses healthcare data from across the entire system to answer important questions that matter to patients and their healthcare providers.
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  • Hot Horizons: CMIOs Look to the Near Future

    Date: April 24th, 2013Source: Healthcare InformaticsTopics: Meaningful Use, Accountable Care
    The lead medical informaticists in hospitals, medical groups, and health systems are juggling an unprecedented number of "menu" items on their to-do lists these days. Which are the most strategically important? And do the CMIOs in those positions have what it takes to deliver the goods? Healthcare Informatics asked a virtual roundtable of industry-leading CMIOs for their perspectives.
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  • New Federal Rules Propose to Extend Program to Donate EHRs to Physicians

    Date: April 9th, 2013Source: Health Data ManagementTopics: EHRs
    Existing exemptions to federal physician self-referral and anti-kickback laws that enable hospitals and other entities to donate electronic health records systems to physicians would be extended under two proposed rules issued on April 9.
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  • Final HIPAA Rule Becomes Effective

    Date: March 26th, 2013Source: Health Data ManagementTopics: Data Security, HIPAA
    The final omnibus rule published on Jan. 25, 2013 to modify the HIPAA privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement rules, as well as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, became effective on March 26. However, the compliance date for the rule is September 23, 2013. Organizations have one year from the compliance date to modify business associate agreements to match new requirements.
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  • Medical Device, Health IT Interoperability Could Save $30 Billion Annually

    Date: March 21st, 2013Source: Healthcare Finance NewsTopics: HIE, Health IT, Interoperability
    A new report from the West Health Institute contends that improvements in the ability of medical devices and health IT systems to communicate and exchange data could lead to more than $30 billion a year in savings.
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  • Technology Alone Isn't Healthcare's Savior

    Date: March 14th, 2013Source: InformationWeek HealthcareTopics: EHRs, Health IT
    If you believe everything you read and hear, technology is the Holy Grail of our industry. It will "fix" just about everything that's broken in healthcare. That's a presumption fueled by human nature: Gravitate toward simplicity and immediate gratification. Technology is tangible, something we can install, turn on and it works. But what exactly should we expect from this working technology? Have we done a thorough job of defining what we want to accomplish and then addressed all of the components that go into ensuring we succeed?
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  • The Case for an HIE: How State's Providers Are Improving Care, Coordination

    Date: March 6th, 2013Source: Physicians PracticeTopics: HIE, Meaningful Use, Care Coordination
    Health information exchanges (HIE) can improve care coordination. They're also helping providers meet challenging Stage 2 requirements for CMS' meaningful use program. But still, the lion's share of practices still aren't connected to one. Click here to find out more! That's less so the case in Kansas, one of a growing number of states that' s recognized for establishing a successful HIE that providers are adopting. And though there are still those reticent doctors who prefer paper, more and more of them are opting to connect to HIE networks for purposes of sharing and exchanging data.
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  • ACO Success Requires Taking Health IT to Next Level

    Date: March 5th, 2013Source: Physicians PracticeTopics: Health IT, Accountable Care
    Health IT can help physicians improve the quality of care they provide patients; it can also help physicians identify and prevent potential patient health problems from occurring; it can even help them do these things while reducing healthcare spending. The trick, however, is that to do all of these things, providers need to leverage technology in the right ways. That’s according to internal medicine physician Charles Kennedy, CEO of Aetna Accountable Care Solutions, which collaborates with and assists providers with transitioning to accountable care organizations (ACOs). ACOs are groups of providers (practices, medical groups, hospitals) that partner up to improve care quality while reducing care costs. If successful, providers share in the cost savings.
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  • Getting Patients Engaged in Care and in Meeting Meaningful Use

    Date: March 5th, 2013Source: Physicians PracticeTopics: Meaningful Use, Patient Engagement
    In the Stage 1 rules to meaningful use of their EHRs, physicians and their practices had to step up the way they collected and shared patient data. Now in Stage 2, they will have to continue those efforts, but also be prepared to get patients more involved with their own health information, beginning in 2014.
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