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May 2, 2013  11:59 AM

ONC revokes meaningful use certification of EHR products

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR certification, EHR decertification, EHR systems, Farzad Mostashari, ONC

The process of selecting the right EHR vendor to qualify for meaningful use has been long and involved for many healthcare facilities. A recent government ruling may further complicate that process and make providers think twice before they

April 26, 2013  3:36 PM

Software-based telemedicine solutions expand the boundaries of healthcare

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
Mobile devices and telehealth, telemedicine services, telemedicine solutions, telemedicine technology

As telehealth systems continue to gain acceptance in U.S. healthcare, new models will aim to expand the boundaries of care delivery, employing software-based telemedicine technology. David Plummer, global business leader for Cisco Systems, Inc.'s HealthPresence, said that, looking forward,

April 24, 2013  11:57 AM

Few patients consider healthcare reviews when choosing a care facility

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Patient review, quality of care, social media

Only a third of patients consider other patients’ reviews when making a decision on where to receive care. Less than half (48%) of respondents to a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) survey...

April 18, 2013  1:49 PM

Doctor-patient communication still commonly low-tech

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
doctor-patient communication, Healthcare apps, patient engagement, quantified self

Patients most commonly share their data with their physicians through non-electronic means, despite the high availability of remote monitoring applications and communication devices, according to a new report. In response to a

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 9, 2013  11:14 AM

Hospital ranking system evaluates patient engagement

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
consumer health IT, hospital rankings, patient engagement, social media

Today’s consumers often look to the experiences of other consumers to inform their own decisions, a phenomenon which has been expanding into healthcare. One company’s recently released patient engagement rankings may supplement social media as a means for patients to choose from which hospital...

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...

April 3, 2013  2:57 PM

Marking a decade of the HIPAA privacy rule

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA, HIPAA enforcement, HIPAA omnibus rule, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HITECH Act

This year, the April Journal of AHIMA marks the HIPAA Privacy Rule's 10th birthday with a cover story. In the piece, many heavy-hitters of the healthcare world weigh in, none heavier than Leon Rodriguez, director of the Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Health and Human...

April 2, 2013  11:08 AM

Specialist groups offer support for EHR Improvements Act

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR improvements act, EHR systems, EHR usability

Specialist groups voiced their concern with meaningful use of EHRs criteria by supporting the proposed Electronic Health Records Improvements Act. The bill, supported by 20 groups, seeks to provide specialists with...

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...

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