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July 9, 2013  11:26 AM

Computer-assisted coding alone not enough to ease ICD-10 transition

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
computer-assisted coding, health information management, HIM, ICD-10, ICD-10 conversion

The time it takes to code an inpatient record is reduced by 22%, without affecting the accuracy, when using computer-assisted coding (CAC), according to a study published by the...

July 2, 2013  1:14 PM

FDA, INTERPOL sting stops illegal sales of online medication

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
drug diversion, drug tracking, e-prescribing

The FDA took action against more than 9,600 websites, shutting down 1,677, for illegally selling unapproved prescription medications. The crackdown was known as Operation Pangea VI and was part of the 6th annual International Internet Week of Action. “Illegal


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...


June 21, 2013  12:55 PM

Clinical data analytics still in infancy, as big data gets bigger

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
clinical data analytics

When it comes to optimizing clinical data analytics in hospitals, IT leaders say the age-old adage rings true: If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. In a recent webinar, IDC Health Insights research director Cynthia Burghard said even though healthcare hasn’t historically been a...


June 18, 2013  12:35 PM

Health systems and IBM form analytics data alliance

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Analytics, clinical data analytics, population health management

Four hospitals systems, IBM Corp., and the Premier healthcare alliance announced plans to


June 14, 2013  1:07 PM

House demands explanation of IRS HIPAA policies after raid

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
hhs, HIPAA policies, HIPAA Privacy Rule, IRS

The IRS is being audited, in a sense, by a Congressional subcommittee. A House committee has called for an investigation of the Internal Revenue Service's policies, procedures and accountabilities under HIPAA in response to an...

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June 13, 2013  3:34 PM

Biosense case proves need for mobile medical applications regulations

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
FDA, mHealth, mobile medical apps, regulation

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) created a stir this week when it sent a letter to app developer Biosense Technologies asking the company why it has not sought clearance for its uChek Urine Analyzer app. It...


June 12, 2013  2:53 PM

Patient portal messaging systems may help reduce malpractice liability

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA Compliance, malpractice, patient engagement, patient portal

Never mind the likely HIPAA violations that will occur when physicians and nurses start using their smartphones and iPads to message each other about patients, or worse yet, messaging patients directly  over such non-secure channels: It could also be ratcheting up your malpractice risk.


June 7, 2013  1:36 PM

Get EFT processes in line for HIPAA compliance

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
EFT, ERA, Health care reform and federal initiatives, HIPAA

While most healthcare providers think of clinical data when it comes to crafting HIPAA compliance strategies, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) processes are affected by updated...


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