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December 28, 2011  12:46 PM

ONC tracking health IT implementation grants through online dashboard

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
EHR incentives, electronic health record, health IT innovation, ONC, regional extension centers

Given the amount of grants the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) doles out to health care organizations for health IT implementation, the idea of monitoring the effectiveness of those grants would seemingly be a wise initiative. That's why ONC announced it's creating a national database to...

December 20, 2011  12:21 PM

Costco jumps into the EHR market

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
e-prescribing, EHR, electronic health record, Meaningful use

Physicians shopping at Costco discount warehouse stores have more to choose from than jumbo packs of granola bars and mouthwash as they can now purchase electronic health record (EHR) technology. Costco has partnered with Etransmedia to sell Allscripts MyWay EHR systems as well as practice...


December 15, 2011  3:19 PM

Some payers see value in the push for EHR adoption and mHealth

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
accountable care organizations, EHR adoption, payers, PCMH

As the federal government continues to push EHR adoption, many commercial payers are also testing the water, and finding it to be pretty...


November 30, 2011  1:56 PM

Vendors need to better support legal EHR

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
adverse event reporting, AHIMA, HIPAA audits, Legal EHR, RSNA

CHICAGO -- Here at the Radiological Society of North America's RSNA 2011 annual meeting, I had a flashback. A presenter was going over how his large radiology group handles fuzzy or errant scans. It involved a multi-step rigmarole that...


November 29, 2011  12:40 PM

Steep costs a key barrier to physician practices joining HIEs

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
electronic health record, HIE, state HIEs

Whether physician practices will be able to join health information exchanges once federal and state grants run out is a key issue given the high costs of running HIEs. This presents a thorny situation for practices that are contemplating


November 16, 2011  12:59 PM

EHR data spurs real-time evidence-based medicine

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
clinical decision support, Data Mining, EHR, EMR, House MD

This time, House, M.D. fans, it was lupus. The article "Evidence-Based Medicine in the EMR Era" published in the Nov. 10 issue of the New England Journal...


November 15, 2011  11:38 AM

Health IT Policy Committee looks toward stage 3, specialty inclusions

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
EHR adoption, electronic health records, Meaningful use, meaningful use incentives, ONC

Much like the final rule on accountable care organizations, which reduced burdensome requirements so health care professionals feel able to participate, meaningful...


November 3, 2011  12:36 PM

Take this EHR and shove it: Why EHR training is important

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR implementation, EHR training, EHR usability

The conversion from paper to electronic health records (EHRs) taking place in the U.S. health care industry is a massive undertaking that's bound to have some fallout. One of the most unfortunate forms of this fallout is the loss of physicians who are too close to retirement to bother with the...


November 2, 2011  10:54 AM

CHIME, HIMSS surveys gauge nation’s meaningful use prep

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, EHR adoption, EHR attestation process, EHR incentive program, EMR, HIMSS, HIMSS Analytics

Feeling left behind in the Health IT rat race? Don't. Two new surveys of hospital CIOs show that few hospitals are really ready for meaningful use, but most are striving to get there. They also provide a yardstick from which you can measure your own facility's progress. The College of Healthcare...


November 1, 2011  9:55 AM

Protection for Medicare, Medicaid physicians to increase EHR adoption?

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
EHR, EHR adoption, HIE, medicaid, medicare

Liability concerns among physicians is a key issue when it comes to implementing electronic health record (EHR) systems since workflow changes undoubtedly occur. However, Medicare and Medicaid physicians who've gone through implementation could be in line for protection if those concerns...


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