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December 8, 2011  4:05 PM

ICD-10 resources for small provider practices

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
AHIMA, CMS, ICD-10, ICD-10 conversion

The transition to ICD-10 codes is one of several major health IT initiatives being tackled by hospitals and providers in the U.S. Finding the resources to handle this project is a challenge for large...

December 7, 2011  6:44 PM

CMS: Likely meaningful use stage 2 delay for EHR incentive program

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, EHR incentive program, Meaningful use

In the upcoming proposed rule that will likely outline meaningful use stage 2 criteria, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would also include a delay in compliance deadlines for physicians and hospitals chasing EHR incentive program checks. Providers attesting...

December 6, 2011  11:28 AM

Transmission of referrals, summary records highlight Direct Project update

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
Direct Project, health information exchange, HIE, Microsoft HealthVault, personal health records, phr

From referrals to personal health records, health information exchange initiatives through the Direct Project were in the spotlight during a recent National eHealth Collaborative...

December 5, 2011  12:15 PM

Examining mobile health’s value proposition

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
HIMSS, mHealth, mHealth Summit, Mobile devices and telehealth, mobile health

WASHINGTON -- The value proposition for mobile health in the United States is found largely in its potential to alter the industry's existing fee-for-service structure, provided that security and regulatory challenges can be addressed,...

December 1, 2011  3:22 PM

E-prescribing has matured, but barriers to growth still exist

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
e-prescribing, Health IT, Meaningful use, Surescripts

Physicians and pharmacists who have already begun e-prescribing are pioneers of sorts, struggling to break through the tangle of technology and workflow, and clearing a path for others to follow. A new study...

November 30, 2011  1:56 PM

Vendors need to better support legal EHR

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
adverse event reporting, AHIMA, HIPAA audits, Legal EHR, RSNA

CHICAGO -- Here at the Radiological Society of North America's RSNA 2011 annual meeting, I had a flashback. A presenter was going over how his large radiology group handles fuzzy or errant scans. It involved a multi-step rigmarole that...

November 29, 2011  12:40 PM

Steep costs a key barrier to physician practices joining HIEs

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
electronic health record, HIE, state HIEs

Whether physician practices will be able to join health information exchanges once federal and state grants run out is a key issue given the high costs of running HIEs. This presents a thorny situation for practices that are contemplating

November 23, 2011  11:06 AM

Improving patient engagement with (good) technology

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
accountable care organizations, medical devices, patient engagement, personal health records

By Brita Van Fossen, Editorial Assistant In recent weeks, the idea of collaboration has been fresh on the minds of health care leaders. The accountable care organizations (ACO) model, recently discussed at length at the

November 22, 2011  12:06 PM

New guide aims to help CIOs in health information exchange

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
CHIME, eHealth Initiative, health information exchange, HIE

With Thanksgiving only two days away, CIOs of health care organizations can be thankful for a new guide that will aid them in making decisions on how to achieve health...

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November 21, 2011  12:57 PM

Will expanding patient access to lab results overburden hospitals?

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
AHA, HIMSS, patient data security, patient engagement

A proposed rule that would provide for direct patient access to lab results has drawn the ire of two key professional organizations. The proposed rule, released Sept. 12, would modify HIPAA and the Clinical Laboratory...

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