Health IT Pulse:

November, 2011


November 30, 2011  1:56 PM

Vendors need to better support legal EHR

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
adverse event reporting, AHIMA, HIPAA audits, Legal EHR, RSNA

CHICAGO -- Here at the Radiological Society of North America's RSNA 2011 annual meeting, I had a flashback. A presenter was going over how his large radiology group handles fuzzy or errant scans. It involved a multi-step rigmarole that...

November 29, 2011  12:40 PM

Steep costs a key barrier to physician practices joining HIEs

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
electronic health record, HIE, state HIEs

Whether physician practices will be able to join health information exchanges once federal and state grants run out is a key issue given the high costs of running HIEs. This presents a thorny situation for practices that are contemplating


November 28, 2011  2:00 PM

Don’t text patient orders, Joint Commission says

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
HIPAA audits, Text messaging

A short statement from The Joint Commission encourages hospitals to put the kibosh on physicians who send patient orders as


November 23, 2011  11:06 AM

Improving patient engagement with (good) technology

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
accountable care organizations, medical devices, patient engagement, personal health records

By Brita Van Fossen, Editorial Assistant In recent weeks, the idea of collaboration has been fresh on the minds of health care leaders. The accountable care organizations (ACO) model, recently discussed at length at the


November 22, 2011  12:06 PM

New guide aims to help CIOs in health information exchange

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
CHIME, eHealth Initiative, health information exchange, HIE

With Thanksgiving only two days away, CIOs of health care organizations can be thankful for a new guide that will aid them in making decisions on how to achieve health...

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November 21, 2011  12:57 PM

Will expanding patient access to lab results overburden hospitals?

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
AHA, HIMSS, patient data security, patient engagement

A proposed rule that would provide for direct patient access to lab results has drawn the ire of two key professional organizations. The proposed rule, released Sept. 12, would modify HIPAA and the Clinical Laboratory...


November 17, 2011  2:16 PM

CMS offering 90-day HIPAA version 5010 compliance grace period

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
CMS, HIPAA version 5010, ICD-10 conversion

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering health care providers a 90-day grace period for HIPAA version 5010 compliance. Officially dubbed a "period of...


November 17, 2011  12:55 PM

Medicaid EHR incentive program open for business in six new states

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
CMS, EHR incentive program, Medicaid EHR incentive programs

The fall season has been a busy one for states launching their Medicaid EHR incentive programs: Last month, six states kicked off their programs, and this month another...


November 16, 2011  12:59 PM

EHR data spurs real-time evidence-based medicine

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
clinical decision support, Data Mining, EHR, EMR, House MD

This time, House, M.D. fans, it was lupus. The article "Evidence-Based Medicine in the EMR Era" published in the Nov. 10 issue of the New England Journal...


November 15, 2011  11:38 AM

Health IT Policy Committee looks toward stage 3, specialty inclusions

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
EHR adoption, electronic health records, Meaningful use, meaningful use incentives, ONC

Much like the final rule on accountable care organizations, which reduced burdensome requirements so health care professionals feel able to participate, meaningful use...


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