Health IT Pulse:

May, 2013

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May 31, 2013  10:41 AM

Tips for ICD-10 preparation: assessments, training and post go-live

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation

Though methodologies may differ, all HIPAA-covered healthcare entities have one thing in common when it comes to implementing the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Edition (

May 30, 2013  3:52 PM

Mass EHR mandate draws criticism, impact remains unclear

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHRs, health reform, Meaningful use

A lot of doctors don't like being EHR mandates. This is why proponents of the meaningful use program like to argue that the rules are not mandates. Physicians are free to...


May 29, 2013  4:38 PM

Telemedicine reimbursement transcending party politics in some states

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
ATA, medicaid, Telemedicine, telemedicine reimbursement

AUSTIN, Texas -- In attending the American Telemedicine Association's State Telemedicine Policy Summit that took place after the group's annual meeting ended, a few...


May 24, 2013  12:34 PM

$75K Mass HIway implementation grants build health information exchange capacity

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
EHR, HIE, Last Mile Program, Mass HIway, MeHI, state HIEs

More than 80 Massachusetts healthcare organizations will receive a Mass HIway Implementation Grant, courtesy of the Last Mile Program, a spinoff of the Mass HIway statewide health information exchange. The...


May 23, 2013  2:56 PM

The right platform could fuel healthcare app development

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR, halamka, Meaningful use

These days, integrated enterprise EHR systems rule the health IT realm. But the idea of putting in place a sort of API-based platform to run more lightweight applications for specific functions may be gaining ground. At the MIT CIO Symposium yesterday, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO...


May 22, 2013  1:49 PM

I’m not Fake Judy Faulkner on Twitter, and I don’t know who is

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR systems, Epic, Interoperability, Judy Faulkner

Health IT satire is hard. Just ask the Fake Judy Faulkner on Twitter, an account launched earlier this month which has been very quiet lately. For the record, it's not me behind it, and I don't know who is. This blog post is in response to rumors and...


May 21, 2013  10:53 AM

Electronic patient notes most used physician technology in 2012

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
mHealth applications, patient notes, Short Message Service

Entering notes during or after a patient's visit is the most common use of digital technology by today's physicians, according to a survey from Accenture LLP. Physicians from eight countries,...


May 15, 2013  11:15 AM

FDA site encourages patient feedback on medical devices, processes

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
FDA, google health, patient engagement, PHRs and patient engagement

The Food and Drug Administration took a step toward greater patient engagement with the development of a website aimed at receiving patient


May 3, 2013  2:41 PM

Patients should validate personal health records for data integrity

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
phr, PHRs and patient engagement

Patients who question and validate their own health data can help improve data integrity, according to a report in this month's Journal of AHIMA. Data integrity is an ongoing...


May 2, 2013  11:59 AM

ONC revokes meaningful use certification of EHR products

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR certification, EHR decertification, EHR systems, Farzad Mostashari, ONC

The process of selecting the right EHR vendor to qualify for meaningful use has been long and involved for many healthcare facilities. A recent government ruling may further complicate that process and make providers think twice before they


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