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November 26, 2013  1:00 PM

Survey shows vendor solutions can ease health data exchange

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, HIE, Interoperability, Interoperability and health information exchange

Today's health information exchanges are slowed by a lack of system interoperability, but that could be resolved if more vendors would develop integration solutions and adopt standardized pricing for their products, health information exchanges said in the eHealth Initiative's 2013

November 19, 2013  1:30 PM

VA turns to open source EHR in wake of student-found vulnerability

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, EHR security, Open source, VA, Vista EHR

A term project by a Georgia Tech graduate student lead to the discovery of a security vulnerability in  the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) EHR system. As a result, the VA collaborated...

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...

June 6, 2013  2:41 PM

Judging meaningful use success by EHR adoption numbers is misleading

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR, EHR adoption, hhs, Meaningful use

To look at the recent EHR adoption numbers from the government, you'd think all is going well in the health IT world. But a couple recent surveys suggest this is not entirely the case. On May 22 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

May 24, 2013  12:34 PM

$75K Mass HIway implementation grants build health information exchange capacity

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
EHR, HIE, Last Mile Program, Mass HIway, MeHI, state HIEs

More than 80 Massachusetts healthcare organizations will receive a Mass HIway Implementation Grant, courtesy of the Last Mile Program, a spinoff of the Mass HIway statewide health information exchange. The...

May 23, 2013  2:56 PM

The right platform could fuel healthcare app development

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR, halamka, Meaningful use

These days, integrated enterprise EHR systems rule the health IT realm. But the idea of putting in place a sort of API-based platform to run more lightweight applications for specific functions may be gaining ground. At the MIT CIO Symposium yesterday, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO...

April 16, 2013  9:31 AM

Sequester cuts 2% from Medicare EHR incentive program payments

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
CMS, EHR, EHR billing, medicaid, medicare

Eligible professionals and hospitals should expect a 2% reduction to Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments for meaningful use of EHRs, the Centers for...

April 5, 2013  2:14 PM

Patients reap electronic medical records benefits when given access

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
EHR, My HealtheVet, PHRs and patient engagement, VA

Granting full access to electronic health records has been touted as a straight shot to patient engagement and communication, as required for meaningful use stage 2. But do patients really reap electronic medical records  benefits from complete disclosure of their personal health information? A...

March 29, 2013  12:33 PM

ONC launches policy crowdsourcing platform, starts with eHealth

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
eHealth, EHR, eRulemaking Initiative, ONC, PlanningRoom

The ONC wants public input to update the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, and is using a policy crowdsourcing platform to do it. The agency has partnered with Cornell...

March 28, 2013  2:19 PM

EHR adoption may not support clinical studies as proponents hope

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Clinical Documentation, clinical trials, EHR, EHR adoption

Proponents of EHR adoption often talk about how the technology will support clinical trials by making it easier to recruit patients and get them signed up for appropriate studies. By eliminating manual reviews of paper records, EHRs could, in theory, reduce the time clinical trials researchers...

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