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March 28, 2013  2:19 PM

EHR adoption may not support clinical studies as proponents hope

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Clinical Documentation, clinical trials, EHR, EHR adoption

Proponents of EHR adoption often talk about how the technology will support clinical trials by making it easier to recruit patients and get them signed up for appropriate studies. By eliminating manual reviews of paper records, EHRs could, in theory, reduce the time clinical trials researchers...

March 27, 2013  12:01 PM

Rat’s nest of state telemedicine credentialing laws holding back care

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
american telemedicine association, Telemedicine, telemedicine services

In interviewing a CIO at a major Florida pediatric hospital last week who has launched an amazing telemedicine project -- story to come, soon -- it was striking to see the international reach of his practitioners: they treat patients in Europe, the Caribbean, Central America, soon to be expanding...

March 22, 2013  12:09 PM

Report says EHRs can be springboarded to clinical data analytics

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
Big Data, CDS and data analytics, Data Mining, EHR implementation, EHR systems, IHT2

Coupling EHRs with new analytics tools and normalizing best big data practices will be key to effectively utilizing big data in the health care industry, an Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2) report concludes. And those best-practices are needed, stat. The

March 21, 2013  1:54 PM

Surveys show doctors remain divided over EHR benefits

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR satisfaction, HIMSS13, Meaningful use

At HIMSS13 earlier this month, Will Underwood and Alan Brookstone, M.D., presented survey data collected by American EHR Partners indicating that physician

March 20, 2013  3:00 PM

KLAS: Providers need vendors to improve EHR usability, EHR safety

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Cerner, EHR implementation, EHR safety, EHR usability, Epic, KLAS, mckesson, Uncategorized

“As suggested by the new 2014 certification standards, vendors should take more responsibility for both the usability and safety of their products. These responsibilities shouldn’t be the sole purview of healthcare organizations and providers like they have been until now.” So said one...

March 19, 2013  11:42 AM

Lack of transparency in patient healthcare costs

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR cost, health care costs, HIE, price transparency, state HIEs

With rising healthcare costs in the spotlight, more stakeholders are calling for greater price transparency at provider facilities. But if a recent report is any indication, states have a ways to go toward improving laws requiring transparency. Only 2 states have adequate healthcare price...

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 13, 2013  11:39 AM

At executive conference, PHI security experts preaching patient advocacy

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA Compliance, HITECH Act, patient advocacy, PHI

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Here at the Protected Health Information (PHI) Protection Network's first conference -- attended by senior health system IT leadership, HIPAA legal authorities and vendor privacy executives -- a theme is emerging in healthcare leaders'...

March 12, 2013  12:01 PM

Advantages of telehealth less clear after long-term illness study

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
health care app, telehealth, telehealth services

Telehealth does not offer significantly different improvements in quality of life for patients with long-term conditions in comparison to those treated in a traditional care setting, according to a recent study by medical information researcher BMJ...

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March 11, 2013  10:18 AM

How will regulators measure the success of meaningful use objectives?

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR implementation, Farzad Mostashari, Kathleen Sebelius, Marilyn Tavenner, Meaningful use

Before National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, M.D., took the stage to deliver his keynote address on the final day of HIMSS 2013, organizers played a prerecorded video message from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She spoke briefly about how to measure the success of health IT...

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