Health IT Pulse:

July, 2015


July 30, 2015  4:01 PM

Three things I learned about the future of healthcare technology

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee

Advances in technology move at lightning speed, and it's hard not to wonder what the future holds, especially when it comes to healthcare IT. In my over-imaginative mind I envision hover-gurneys and robots wandering the hospital halls. But coming back to reality, what will the future of healthcare...

July 30, 2015  9:47 AM

ONC still putting cash behind its priorities

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIE, Interoperability, ONC

While the Obama administration may be nearing lame duck status, its health IT arm, ONC, is still doling out money to people doing things that align with the agency’s...


July 28, 2015  11:04 AM

Family physicians find meaningful use audits are expensive, unhelpful

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
CMS, EHR, EHR attestation process, Meaningful use, meaningful use audits

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) didn't get the response it desired when it sent a letter of concern about the meaningful use audit program to CMS in...


July 23, 2015  3:46 PM

As you get ready for ICD-10, plan for “what if” scenarios

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee

With ICD-10 fast approaching, some healthcare providers won't be prepared in time. In order to ensure that you aren't one of them,


July 23, 2015  1:39 PM

In wake of UCLA health data breach, security expert says providers should be forthcoming

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
breach notification, HIPAA, patient data privacy

The 4.5 million people who had their health and financial records potentially exposed in a hack of the UCLA Health provider system were not the only victims of the breach, which UCLA officials said they first started looking into nearly a year ago. Apparently, so was the full intent of the 


July 21, 2015  1:00 PM

A health IT implementation brings work interruptions

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
AHRQ, EHR implementation, health IT tools

Undertaking a health IT implementation will result in numerous interruptions to the workflows of clinicians and associated staff members, though those interruptions frequently don't involve the new technology system. Two U.S. healthcare organizations -- which included one specialty and five primary...


July 16, 2015  10:56 AM

Patient advocates: You can now get big data training

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
Big Data

With big data evolving so rapidly within healthcare, even the most engaged and informed patients and healthcare advocates might feel they don't know enough to truly take part in and evaluate the design of


July 15, 2015  4:47 PM

Meaningful use targeted

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
AMA, CHIME, Meaningful use

Meaningful use is in the spotlight again, but not necessarily in a good way. The American Medical Association’s (AMA) call this week to “reboot” government regulation of EHRs is the latest in a series of salvos against CMS’ meaningful use program, with some key healthcare and health IT...


July 14, 2015  12:12 PM

Health information management professionals foresee less coding in their futures

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
AHIMA, clinical coding, Coding and documentation, health information management, ICD-10

Health information management professionals believe proficiency in big data analysis, informatics and data mining will be more important for workers in their positions in the future than they are now. However, members of the same group -- composed of 3,370 respondents to an AHIMA study -- predict...


July 9, 2015  3:18 PM

Connecticut is the latest state to enact telemedicine law

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
Telemedicine, telemedicine services

On June 22, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a telemedicine commercial reimbursement statute into law, making Connecticut the 28th state to do so. The vote provides a stark contrast to the Texas...


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