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March 15, 2013  2:46 PM

VT hits 85% EHR implementation, health information exchange milestones

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga

The Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) released its annual progress report, which documented an increase in EHR implementation among Vermont health care providers, a successful push to connect hospitals to the state health information network and increase residents' representation...

March 6, 2013  3:51 PM

Mostashari explains logic behind meaningful use goals

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, EHR incentive, Farzad Mostashari, HIMSS 2013

NEW ORLEANS -- In her HIMSS 2013 keynote address, CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said, in cooperation with National HIT Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, her...

March 1, 2013  11:27 AM

Survey says: Two-thirds of clinicians use tablet EHRs

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
Dell, EHR, Harris Interactive, mHealth, mobile apps, Tablets

Healthcare IT decision makers cite management, security and functionality as the main costs presented by tablet implementation, a survey on healthcare tablet management reports. Those...

February 19, 2013  11:48 AM

Children’s EHR format guides developers, policymakers alike

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
AHRQ, children's EHR, CHIPRA, CMS, EHR

There’s a new EHR data standard in town. Last week, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a child-specific EHR format that outlines functionality items...

February 12, 2013  12:38 PM

Health care fraud program recovered over $4 billion in 2012

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, health care fraud, health care social media, hhs, social media, upcoding

The government recovered $7.90 for every $1 they spent on health care fraud over the past three years. The three year average return on investment is the highest in the history of the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program,

February 6, 2013  11:15 AM

Cerner-McKesson HIE agreement: Everyone’s still (mostly) mum

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Cerner, clinical data analytics, EHR, HIE, mckesson, rcm, revenue cycle management

It seemed pretty convenient that a health IT media outlet received a tip on a possible deal between Cerner Corp. and McKesson Corp. to make their patient data systems...

February 1, 2013  2:38 PM

AHRQ to study ambulatory workflow, seeks public opinion

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeks public comment on its plans to study how health IT...

January 31, 2013  5:49 PM

EHRs aren’t ready for quality reporting, undermining reform efforts

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
ACO, clinical quality measures, EHR, health reform, Meaningful use, quality reporting

Currently available electronic health record systems are not capable of accurately capturing and reporting clinical quality data, according to a new comment letter from the College of Healthcare...

January 22, 2013  11:55 AM

Doctors offer critical opinion of online physician review

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, health IT workforce, ONC, Physician ranking

Only 12% of physicians believe websites where patients can review doctors are useful and should be made more available to patients, according to a study by the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE). A majority...

January 10, 2013  5:00 PM

New study explains why EHR cost savings don’t happen

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR, EHR usability, health care costs, Interoperability, Meaningful use

Electronic health records deliver disappointing returns on investment, according to a new study published in the journal Health Affairs. The reasons why the technology has failed to make a meaningful impact on health care costs...

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