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electronic health records


October 8, 2010  10:31 AM

What’s so important about EHR standards?

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR standards, electronic health records, meaningful use incentives

Hospitals and health care providers looking to demonstrate the meaningful use of electronic health records might not know about the importance of EHR standards. What are EHR standards and why are they so...

September 30, 2010  7:20 AM

Final two regional extension centers selected, completes national system

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
electronic health records, ONC, regional extension centers

This week, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology selected the final two awardees for the regional extension center program, completing a national network of RECs for every region in the...


September 24, 2010  12:36 PM

Report finds health IT key to adopting medical home model

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
electronic health records, Health IT

Advocates of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) believe this model of patient care has the potential to reduce costs and improve health care outcomes. But health care providers who want to adopt a PCMH model of care without adopting health information technology are in for a bumpy ride....


September 10, 2010  11:42 AM

BridgeHead Software, Dell offer health care data management solution

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
electronic health records, health data storage

One of the biggest challenges health care institutions face in moving to a paperless environment is the formidable task of managing and storing all that electronic data securely. The proliferation of medical images and the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) has fueled a growing need for...


August 24, 2010  11:17 AM

Physician, defend thyself: EHRs raise legal issues

JeanD Profile: JeanD
electronic health records, HITECH Act, Legal EHR

As one delves deeply into the details of electronic health records, technical standards, privacy compliance and vendor contracts, what starts to emerge is more a picture of legal defense than one of a system focused on patient care. And it almost has to be that way, considering the myriad...


August 20, 2010  9:48 AM

NIST releases electronic health records test procedures

JeanD Profile: JeanD
electronic health records, nist, ONC

Vendors and providers that are seeking temporary certification of their electronic health records (EHRs) products now have the approved test procedures released by the National Institute of Standards and...

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July 29, 2010  10:00 AM

New AHRQ site provides publications, resources on medical home model

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
electronic health records, Telemedicine

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced the launch of a new website dedicated to providing objective information about the medical home model to policymakers and researchers. The AHRQ's Patient Centered Medical Home...

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July 21, 2010  10:55 AM

CIOs: Meaningful use final rule will qualify more for incentives

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
ARRA, CHIME, CMS, Compliance, CPOE, EHR, electronic health records, EMR, health care, Healthcare, hhs, hitech, incentives, Meaningful use, meaningful use final rule, medicaid, medicare

Like all stakeholders in the health care world who are rolling out or upgrading electronic health record (EHR) systems, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is still parsing the 1,100 pages of


July 15, 2010  1:45 PM

ONC leader optimistic about achieving EHR meaningful use

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
CMS, electronic health records, meaningful use final rule, ONC

This week, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology released the final rule for demonstrating EHR meaningful use in order to receive incentive funds under the American...


July 9, 2010  12:18 PM

Telemedicine gets a boost from federal broadband grant

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
electronic health records, telehealth services, Telemedicine

Health IT received another slice of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) pie last week, with $17.7 million in grant money awarded to the Iowa Health System to upgrade its existing fiber network. The grant was awarded under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), which is...


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