Health IT Pulse:

March, 2013


March 29, 2013  12:33 PM

ONC launches policy crowdsourcing platform, starts with eHealth

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
eHealth, EHR, eRulemaking Initiative, ONC, PlanningRoom

The ONC wants public input to update the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, and is using a policy crowdsourcing platform to do it. The agency has partnered with Cornell...

March 28, 2013  2:19 PM

EHR adoption may not support clinical studies as proponents hope

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Clinical Documentation, clinical trials, EHR, EHR adoption

Proponents of EHR adoption often talk about how the technology will support clinical trials by making it easier to recruit patients and get them signed up for appropriate studies. By eliminating manual reviews of paper records, EHRs could, in theory, reduce the time clinical trials researchers...


March 27, 2013  12:01 PM

Rat’s nest of state telemedicine credentialing laws holding back care

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
american telemedicine association, Telemedicine, telemedicine services

In interviewing a CIO at a major Florida pediatric hospital last week who has launched an amazing telemedicine project -- story to come, soon -- it was striking to see the international reach of his practitioners: they treat patients in Europe, the Caribbean, Central America, soon to be expanding...


March 26, 2013  10:37 AM

FDA speaks on mHealth applications, medical device regulations

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
FDA, medical devices, mHealth applications, Smartphones

The FDA stated their intent to not regulate the sale of mobile devices during a three-day meeting held last week. Christy Foreman, director of the...


March 22, 2013  12:09 PM

Report says EHRs can be springboarded to clinical data analytics

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
Big Data, CDS and data analytics, Data Mining, EHR implementation, EHR systems, IHT2

Coupling EHRs with new analytics tools and normalizing best big data practices will be key to effectively utilizing big data in the health care industry, an Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2) report concludes. And those best-practices are needed, stat. The


March 21, 2013  1:54 PM

Surveys show doctors remain divided over EHR benefits

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR satisfaction, HIMSS13, Meaningful use

At HIMSS13 earlier this month, Will Underwood and Alan Brookstone, M.D., presented survey data collected by American EHR Partners indicating that physician


March 20, 2013  3:00 PM

KLAS: Providers need vendors to improve EHR usability, EHR safety

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Cerner, EHR implementation, EHR safety, EHR usability, Epic, KLAS, mckesson, Uncategorized

“As suggested by the new 2014 certification standards, vendors should take more responsibility for both the usability and safety of their products. These responsibilities shouldn’t be the sole purview of healthcare organizations and providers like they have been until now.” So said one...


March 19, 2013  11:42 AM

Lack of transparency in patient healthcare costs

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR cost, health care costs, HIE, price transparency, state HIEs

With rising healthcare costs in the spotlight, more stakeholders are calling for greater price transparency at provider facilities. But if a recent report is any indication, states have a ways to go toward improving laws requiring transparency. Only 2 states have adequate healthcare price...


March 15, 2013  2:46 PM

VT hits 85% EHR implementation, health information exchange milestones

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
EHR, HIE, VITL

The Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) released its annual progress report, which documented an increase in EHR implementation among Vermont health care providers, a successful push to connect hospitals to the state health information network and increase residents' representation...


March 13, 2013  11:39 AM

At executive conference, PHI security experts preaching patient advocacy

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA Compliance, HITECH Act, patient advocacy, PHI

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Here at the Protected Health Information (PHI) Protection Network's first conference -- attended by senior health system IT leadership, HIPAA legal authorities and vendor privacy executives -- a theme is emerging in healthcare leaders'...


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