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June 11, 2014  10:49 AM

Health IT tops healthcare investment list for 2014

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, EHR implementation, Health IT

Hospitals have health IT at the top of their to-do lists in 2014, as evidenced by responses of executives to an online survey. Nearly half (49%) of C-suite executives, representing 112 hospitals in 32 states, stated that their facilities'

April 25, 2014  11:01 AM

Adoption and interoperability of EHRs examined in health IT reports

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR adoption, EHR certification, HIMSS Analytics, Interoperability

Though the meaningful use program helped exceed HHS' expectations for EHR adoption in 2013, the lack of interoperability between electronic records has caught the eye of independent assessors and federal health agencies. Meaningful use stages 1 and 2 "fall short of achieving meaningful use in any...


April 9, 2014  11:13 AM

HIMSS Analytics study measures EHR governance programs

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR certification, EHR governance, EHR implementation, HIMSS Analytics

According to study data collected by HIMSS Analytics, 60% of healthcare organizations have a formalized EHR governance program in place. And almost two-thirds of the time, it's not just IT staffers doing the governing: Physicians and nurses are having their say in how the application and its use...


February 27, 2014  11:48 AM

ONC’s proposed 2015 EHR certification standards open to comment period

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR certification, EHR implementation, meaningful use stage 2

Following through on their promise to update certification criteria more frequently, the ONC has released its proposed rule for 2015 voluntary EHR certification standards.


January 28, 2014  1:08 PM

Health IT on the rise, independent physicians lag behind with EHRs

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
e-prescribing, EHR, EHR adoption, Health IT, independent physicians

Adoption and use of health IT increased significantly from 2009 to 2012, though there is a sizable gap between the adoption levels of large and small practices. A study


December 31, 2013  12:47 PM

OIG extends sunset date for EHR safe harbor, Stark Law exception

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR systems, OIG, Stark law

Hospitals will be able to continue to give EHRs to providers under an extension to the anti-kickback safe harbor announced just before the exception was set to expire. The HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced the...

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October 29, 2013  1:01 PM

ONC study details electronic viewing and sharing of patient information

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, EHR implementation, HIE, patient engagement

With meaningful use stage 2 deadline bearing down on providers, the use of EHRs is changing how patient information is viewed and transferred --  an issue that is explored in detail in a recent ONC study. Nearly one-third of physicians shared patient clinical summaries with other providers in...


October 1, 2013  1:00 PM

Xerox EHR survey: Patient engagement a tall task

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR adoption, EHR safety, EHR security

Meaningful use stage 2 requirements mandate that 5% of a facility's patients must view, download or transmit their data electronically in order to qualify for incentive payments. That could prove a difficult goal to reach, if statistics from Xerox's fourth annual EHR survey represent the country as...


June 27, 2013  11:48 AM

The future of health IT could be bright, but more work is needed

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR usability, Health IT, HIPAA, Meaningful use, patient engagement

This will be my last blog for this site. I will soon be transitioning to another corner of the TechTarget universe where analytics is the name of the game. The occasion got me thinking about where the health IT industry is now and where it has the opportunity to go. Even though I will no longer be...


June 25, 2013  12:05 PM

Ohio nurses call for delay of EMR implementation

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR implementation, EMR, nurses

Nurses at the Massillon, Ohio-based Affinity Medical Center called for the delay of their facility's EMR implementation due to safety concerns. The nurses outlined their concerns in a letter sent to hospital officials, citing a lack of training with the new system and understaffing in the days...


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