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electronic health records


April 6, 2011  12:31 PM

Mind the gap: Between meaningful use criteria and accountable care orgs

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
accountable care organizations, electronic health records, Meaningful use, patient centered medical home

Last week, the Department of Health & Human Services released its 429-page proposed rule for accountable care organizations (ACOs). The proposed rule includes a number of references to the meaningful use of electronic health...

February 9, 2011  2:20 PM

Experts begin brainstorming better care, council focus on innovation

JeanD Profile: JeanD
electronic health records

Health care experts are tying on their thinking caps in an effort to devise and share innovative practices that will lead to improvements in quality and more cost efficiencies.

Dubbed the Healthcare Innovation Council, the seven members will begin meeting this spring to come...


January 21, 2011  2:00 PM

CCHIT launches custom EHR certification program

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
CCHIT, custom EHR certification, EHR certification, electronic health records

Hospitals using uncertified health IT software or custom-made electronic health record (EHR) technology now have the chance to get their systems certified for meaningful use. This week, the Certification...


December 28, 2010  7:45 AM

Electronic medical records may help the SSA with claims processing

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
electronic health records, EMR, National Health Information Network, NHIN

Health care institutions aren't the only ones aiming to go digital this year: The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been advised to move the majority of its business transactions online. A technology guidance report by...


December 23, 2010  12:00 PM

Registration for EHR Incentive Program begins Jan. 3

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR incentive program, electronic health records, Meaningful use

Physicians and health care providers who've been busy implementing certified electronic health record (EHR) systems this year soon can focus their sights on the fun part: collecting their reimbursement from the federal government for demonstrating meaningful use of those systems. Registration for...


November 23, 2010  12:07 PM

Liability and EHRs: How electronic information changes legal landscape

JeanD Profile: JeanD
electronic health records, medical liability

How will electronic health records change the legal landscape for physicians? Recent studies suggest they will indeed have an effect even if stakeholders are still unsure about how. And with such legal uncertainty, is investing in EHRs worth it? Electronic health records, health information...


November 12, 2010  7:07 AM

How to bring electronic health records into the exam room

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR usability, electronic health records, PCs and desktops

One of the most common complaints heard about the use of electronic health records (EHRs), is that clinicians don't know how to successfully interact with both patient and computer in the exam room. Many health care professionals worry that their patient visits will end up looking something like...


November 9, 2010  4:00 PM

Health IT still moving at a snail’s pace, rules too burdensome

JeanD Profile: JeanD
electronic health records

Technology's transformation of health care is moving too slowly, despite all the attention being paid to encouraging the adoption of electronic health records, according to former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Known as much for his work with health care information technology as for his...


October 28, 2010  1:37 PM

The Department of Defense wants to build a new EHR system

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR systems, electronic health records

Despite a $2 billion price tag and a 13-year buildout, the electronic health record (EHR) system implemented by the Department of Defense (DoD) has been deemed insufficient, according to a new report from the


October 15, 2010  11:51 AM

Program offers health IT certification for individuals

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
electronic health records, health information exchange

Individuals looking to become part of the health information technology workforce can bolster their credentials by getting certified in electronic health records (EHR), health information exchange or health information technology (HIT). The program from the Olympia, Wash., organization


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