Health IT Pulse:

November, 2012

November 30, 2012  4:01 PM

OIG report: EHR incentive program lacks prepayment, auditing protocols

JeanD Profile: JeanD
electronic health record incentive program

The federal agencies overseeing the electronic health record incentive program have not included enough safeguards to protect against misappropriation of meaningful use dollars, according to a new...

November 29, 2012  1:40 PM

Policymakers bet on patient engagement in stage 3 meaningful use

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns

The Health IT Policy Committee's stage 3 meaningful use recommendations include some significant changes to the more familiar stage 2 rules....

November 28, 2012  1:24 PM

RSNA attendees hoping radiology IT will improve field’s prospects

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
accountable care organizations, ACO, EHR incentives, meaningful use stage 2, RSNA

CHICAGO – There's a definite chill at this year's Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, and it's not just the unseasonably cold temperatures made more miserable by the gray skies and wind whipping off Lake Michigan. Vendors have again crammed...

November 27, 2012  12:57 PM

Patient identification errors one of Health IT’s 2013 concerns

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR implementation, Patient ID, Single sign-on, universal patient identifiers

Health IT data mismatches, often caused by mix-ups within electronic health record systems, will be a concern for patients and providers in 2013, according to a report released by the ECRI Institute....

November 21, 2012  12:51 PM

And now, we give thanks for the future of health IT

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
e-patient Dave, Farzad Mostashari, HIE, mHealth, Regina Holliday

While it would have been fun to post a photo of the Thanksgiving diorama the SearchHealthIT staff built in the lunch room – the Farzad cutout in the pilgrim outfit looked particularly realistic – we'll settle for giving you a few things we're thankful for as we pause for the holiday...

November 20, 2012  1:12 PM

NFL, eClinicalWorks call for EHR conversion

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR implementation, EHR vendors

The National Football League announced they will convert from their paper medical records in a deal with eClinicalWorks, in which they will use the

November 15, 2012  1:26 PM

HIT Policy Committee releases stage 3 meaningful use recommendations

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Health IT policy, health IT policy committee, Meaningful use, meaningful use stage 3

The Health IT Policy Committee published its recommendations for stage 3 meaningful use rules this week, and in so doing provided a glimpse of the direction regulators are looking to push the health IT...

November 14, 2012  2:09 PM

Near field communication: The next cool (health care) thing?

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR security, google android, HIPAA, Identity management, ipad, iPhone, near field communication, Single sign-on

When two smartphone users pass music playlists to each other by tapping their Android phones together in the hilarious Samsung S III commercial mocking Apple fanatics (extended version here), a jealous iPhone user waiting in line for the...

November 13, 2012  3:17 PM

Post-concussion observation focuses on telemedicine care

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Telemedicine, telemedicine services, telemedicine technology

Telemedicine can be a tool for evaluating patients and providing subspecialty care to patients, as demonstrated in a recent study of a patient observed for post-concussion effects. Telemedicine care can deliver specialized...

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November 8, 2012  2:14 PM

Insurers purchase HIE vendors to hedge against changing market

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
ACO, Affordable Care Act, health insurance, HIE

The recent purchase of HIE vendor Certify Data Systems by insurance giant Humana raises some interesting questions about what kind of future health

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