Health IT Pulse:

August, 2012


August 30, 2012  10:56 AM

EHR quality improvements help hospitals settle finances

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR implementation, hospital information systems, quality of care

Last week we reported on the high cost of long-term electronic health record (EHR) implementation. Experts said that while EHRs add a major cost to hospitals' budgets for years to come...

August 29, 2012  12:14 PM

Meaningful use stage 2: Health care CIO open-book test

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
ACO, HIE, HIPAA, Meaningful use

Like you, we've read article upon article of coverage on meaningful use stage 2, and checked out the rules themselves. From our media perch, we've also had the...


August 28, 2012  12:52 PM

Electronic health record use rising amid concern of design specialists

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, EMR, meaningful use stage 2

Health care providers continue to adopt electronic health record (EHR) and electronic medical record (EMR) technology despite concerns from EMR design specialists that the current systems slow workflow and create safety concerns for patients at the facilities that have adopted new...


August 23, 2012  12:29 PM

Hospital ACOs can be financially sustainable, expert says

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
accountable care organizations, health information exchange, health reform

We hear a lot about how hospitals have present market incentives to avoid participation in coordinated-care models such as accountable care organizations. Some may see sharing information with other providers as a competitive disadvantage. Others are wary that participating in ACOs, which...


August 22, 2012  12:54 PM

ACO participation may force hospitals to play nice in HIE sandbox

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
accountable care organizations, ACO, health information exchange, HIE

BOSTON - An interesting side effect of accountable care organization (ACO) participation could be that it forces currently competitive hospitals to cooperate with...


August 21, 2012  10:46 AM

Survey indicates patient interest in increasing telehealth practices

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
electronic health care, medicare, remote patient monitoring, telehealth, Telemedicine

Patients place higher importance on cost rather than in-person health care, according to a survey released last week.  Some 98 percent of 1,723 surveyed Americans said they would prefer to receive health...


August 17, 2012  1:08 PM

VP candidate Paul Ryan plan may include support for health IT

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
electronic health records, Health IT policy, Meaningful use

Representative Paul Ryan (R-WS) has received plenty of media attention ever since presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney picked him as his running mate. And most of the coverage focuses on Ryan's plans to alter the way Medicare dispenses benefits and make major cuts to the federal...


August 16, 2012  3:19 PM

1,000 patients voice concerns about EHR security in survey

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, EHR security, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA security, patient data security

Finally, someone decided to ask patients how they feel about EHR security, or how much they trust their providers' EHR systems. No consultants, regulators or blue-sky technologists were allowed in this survey. Health IT distributor CDW Healthcare surveyed 1,000 patients (age and...


August 14, 2012  1:14 PM

Group aims to crowdsource new Blue Button applications for civilians

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Interoperability, Interoperability and health information exchange

Give the ONC some credit. At a toxic political time for health care and presidential candidates, the national HIT powers that be are using what capital they can to keep things moving - for the benefit of patients. Tomorrow at 4 p.m. eastern time, the Standards &  Interoperability Framework...


August 8, 2012  2:09 PM

New AHRQ paper on PHRs offers some sound EHR implementation advice

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
AHRQ, phr, preventive care

Despite efforts in Congress to defund the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, it's business as usual for the health care research clearinghouse. Its latest...


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