Health IT Pulse:

December, 2011


December 29, 2011  12:18 PM

Regional extension centers, EHR vendors trying to play nice

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
EHR vendor, REC, regional extension centers

By Brita Van Fossen, Editorial Assistant Since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009, the focus throughout the health care industry has been compliance with meaningful use requirements and, consequently, EHR...

December 28, 2011  12:46 PM

ONC tracking health IT implementation grants through online dashboard

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
EHR incentives, electronic health record, health IT innovation, ONC, regional extension centers

Given the amount of grants the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) doles out to health care organizations for health IT implementation, the idea of monitoring the effectiveness of those grants would seemingly be a wise initiative. That's why ONC announced it's creating a national database to...


December 27, 2011  1:19 PM

Issuing patient discharge summary drops odds of hospital readmission

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
hospital readmission, personal health records

Philadelphia-area hospitals participating in a patient readmission study saw a 7% drop in 30-day, same-facility readmissions if they provided a patient discharge summary complete with data pulled from an electronic health record (EHR) system. For the 18 participating hospitals, this amounted to 400...


December 22, 2011  2:47 PM

CMS announces participants in Pioneer ACO Model program

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
ACO, CMS, Medicare payments, Pioneer ACO Model

CMS provides incentives for accountable care organizations (ACOs) through its Medicare Shared Savings Program, which aims to improve the quality of care for Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) beneficiaries while reducing unnecessary costs. But CMS...


December 21, 2011  1:51 PM

Show me the money: Federal health IT budget to skyrocket

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
health data storage, health IT security, HIPAA, Meaningful use

Paul Allen, the federal budget bureaucrats in charge of health IT spending, and you walk into a bar. The Microsoft cofounder is building a jet with a 385-foot wingspan to take people into space. The...


December 20, 2011  12:21 PM

Costco jumps into the EHR market

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
e-prescribing, EHR, electronic health record, Meaningful use

Physicians shopping at Costco discount warehouse stores have more to choose from than jumbo packs of granola bars and mouthwash as they can now purchase electronic health record (EHR) technology. Costco has partnered with Etransmedia to sell Allscripts MyWay EHR systems as well as practice...


December 19, 2011  2:16 PM

Maine connecting HIE to all-payer claims database

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
All-payer claims database, health information exchange

The state of Maine is a leader in health information exchange, with more than two-thirds of year-round residents accounted for by state HIE...


December 15, 2011  3:19 PM

Some payers see value in the push for EHR adoption and mHealth

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
accountable care organizations, EHR adoption, payers, PCMH

As the federal government continues to push EHR adoption, many commercial payers are also testing the water, and finding it to be pretty...


December 14, 2011  12:44 PM

Meaningful use stage 2 deadlines: Giving way to ICD-10 implementation?

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
CMS, hhs, ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation, Meaningful use, meaningful use stage 2, ONC

The meaningful use stage 2 schedule has given way to the demands of ICD-10, but yes Virgina, there will be no extension for coding upgrade deadlines. Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human...


December 13, 2011  12:02 PM

GE, Microsoft team up to create new health IT joint venture

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
GE Healthcare, Interoperability, Microsoft, Microsoft Amalga

General Electric Co.'s health IT business, GE Healthcare, and Microsoft Corp. announced a new joint venture that will aim to create an interoperable health IT...


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