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July 1, 2016  3:03 PM

ONC sets MACRA interoperability measures

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Interoperability, Meaningful use, ONC

Responding to Congress' call last year to define health IT interoperability measures that Medicare providers must meet to receive reimbursement under new value-based models, ONC has published the measures.The new measures are now part of

June 28, 2016  2:01 PM

Hospitals aren’t ready to adopt value-based reimbursement models

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
quality of care

Most healthcare organizations -- 58% of respondents to a Peer60 report—aren't ready to adopt alternative payment models for value-based care yet,

June 15, 2016  2:44 PM

ONC moves on health IT safety

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
EHR safety, Joint Commission, ONC, patient safety

Health IT is so often seen as central to creating efficiencies, maximizing reimbursement and helping spur advances in medical care, that its effect on patient safety is sometimes overlooked. But not by

June 9, 2016  8:53 AM

Inspector General recommends launch date for DoD EHR be reconsidered

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
Cerner, EHR

When Cerner Corp. was chosen to take on the task of connecting the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) 55 hospitals and 600 clinics, it was declared a big win for the EHR vendor. But...

June 1, 2016  3:22 PM

ONC pushes vendors to disclose information

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
certified EHR technology, Interoperability, ONC

Moves by federal health regulators to pressure EHR vendors to reveal more information about pricing and functionality of their software are meeting a mixed response. ONC, at its

May 24, 2016  3:12 PM

Healthcare executives, nurses share different EHR replacement results

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, EHR adoption, EHR implementation

When it comes to EHRs and whether they helped or harm the quality and delivery of care, healthcare professionals are divided. The majority of hospitals leaders -- some of whom had input into replacing their organization's EHR -- think their choice to replace their EHR did not have a negative...

May 12, 2016  12:13 PM

ONC healthcare contest to give patients more say over data movement

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
HIE, Interoperability, Interoperability and health information exchange, ONC

Most people can be reached instantly by others through mobile technology. A new healthcare contest devised by ONC may make it so that patients are able to approve the electronic transmission of their health data just as quickly. The ONC Move Health Data Forward Challenge seeks to support the...

May 4, 2016  12:53 PM

Joint Commission gets hip to text messaging

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Joint Commission, Secure messaging

The Joint Commission, the independent nonprofit that functions as a sort of unofficial arm of government healthcare regulatory agencies, has essentially reversed its 2011 opinion on clinician text messaging. In...

May 3, 2016  1:30 PM

CHIME plots ways to augment medical device interoperability

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
CHIME, device interoperability, FDA, Interoperability, ONC

The FDA is making an effort to increase medical device interoperability, but their current plan for achieving that objective isn't comprehensive enough, according to a group of healthcare CIOs and IT executives. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) wrote a letter...

April 28, 2016  11:22 AM

Study: Some mHealth tools have questionable patient privacy

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
mHealth, Mobile application security, Mobile applications

Mobile apps in healthcare are here to stay. Indeed, the market for mHealth devices and services market is expected to grow to $50 billion by 2020—up from $14.5 billion in 2014—according to a

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