Health IT Pulse:

March, 2010

March 17, 2010  2:03 PM

SNOMED: Privately owned public standard

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger

In researching a story about how U.S. health care providers will be comingling the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) insurance billing codes with the SNOMED CT (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine -- Clinical Terms) databases in time for...

March 16, 2010  9:47 AM

Blueprints tell what states will do to roll out health information exchange

JeanD Profile: JeanD
health information exchange

States that received funding through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's Health...

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March 15, 2010  6:33 AM

Thoughts on meaningful use criteria, EHR certification

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
AHA, AHIMA, CCHIT, CHIME, EHR, electronic health records, HIMSS, Meaningful use, MGMA

Today marks the end of the public comment period for the proposed meaningful use criteria drafted late last year by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

March 12, 2010  3:03 PM

Shedding light on patient engagement

JeanD Profile: JeanD
data transparency, Meaningful use

Data transparency and patient engagement are the name of the game for a workgroup preparing its latest round of recommendations for the federal Health IT Policy...

March 11, 2010  12:54 PM

Calculate the ROI of meaningful use

JeanD Profile: JeanD
Meaningful use, stimulus

As providers analyze how prepared they are to meet the meaningful use criteria proposed by the federal government, they also are wondering just what’s in it for them. The government is dangling financial carrots through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for providers to...

March 10, 2010  1:35 PM

Docs choosing facility based on EHR adoption

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, EHR implementation, electronic health records, recruiting

In the course of putting together a tips piece today for ambulatory care facilities moving from paper medical records to electronic health records, I heard a speaker make a very telling comment that underscores one benefit of electronic records the bean counters will have a hard time quantifying in...

March 5, 2010  1:41 PM

Kaiser finishes implementing EHR across entire network

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
EHR, electronic health records, HIMSS10, Kaiser Permanente, personal health records, phr

The massive expo hall at the HIMSS10 conference may have left health care providers bewildered about choosing an electronic health record system, let alone implementing one. The example of Kaiser Permanente, which began implementing EHR six years ago, offers providers both advice and hope. The...

March 3, 2010  4:06 PM

Solving the medical imaging storage divide

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Clinical image storage, picture archiving

ATLANTA -- One of the more interesting vendor meetings here at HIMSS10 took place with Symantec. The company's two new offerings, Symantec Health Safe and Image Share, are somewhat interesting: The former is Software as a Service storage hosting for...

March 2, 2010  3:56 PM

Certification rule released at HIMSS10 annual conference

JeanD Profile: JeanD
electronic health records, HIMSS10, ONC

ATLANTA -- The Office of the National Coordinator released its much-anticipated proposed rule outlining the certification program for health information technology during a town hall meeting at the HIMSS10 annual conference. Released at a modest 184 pages, the

March 2, 2010  8:27 AM

Joint Commission’s Greatest Hits at HIMSS

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger

Cruising the press room at a trade show usually provides a snapshot of the newest, greatest stuff, refreshed daily as vendors hype attendees on product announcements. They save them up for big unveilings at industry confabs like HIMSS10 here in Atlanta. Nothing changes, year to year, except...

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