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Content tagged with Electronic Health Records posted in January 2013
United Healthcare's Humedica Buy Signals Analytics' Clout
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
Humedica would give Optum, United's health services arm, new power in the growing health data mining market.
EHR Accuracy Remains Problem, CHIME Says
News  |  1/31/2013  | 
College of Healthcare Information Management Executives warn technology and workflow burdens make EHR reporting nearly impossible.
Healthcare Experts Confront EHR-Related Medical Errors
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
AMIA task force calls on vendors, clinicians, academics and policy-makers to rethink poorly designed health IT systems.
Quality Measure Reporting For EHRs Needs Work
News  |  1/30/2013  | 
Mistakes indicate a need for redefined quality measures suited for EHRs, say researchers who conducted Weill Cornell study.
Contest Produces Consumer Friendly Health Records
News  |  1/29/2013  | 
Competition focused on improving look of downloaded health records, and Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT hopes EHR vendors will participate in followup project.
7 Portals Powering Patient Engagement
Slideshows  |  1/28/2013  | 
Meaningful Use has put new strains on providers in terms of patient engagement, but these portals help ease the burden, says recent KLAS report.
Does Health IT Spending Generate ROI?
News  |  1/25/2013  | 
Healthcare experts say calculating the benefits of health IT spending must be done differently than in other industries.
Healthcare Providers Frustrated With Clinical Decision Support Tools
News  |  1/25/2013  | 
Lack of integration with EHRs, poor presentation at point-of-care and out-of-control alerts are biggest problems, says KLAS survey.
Hospital Logs Productivity, Revenue Gains From Desktop Virtualization
News  |  1/25/2013  | 
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare turned to Dell's mobile computing tool to increase physician productivity and simplify single sign-on.
Meaningful Use Slowly Increases EHR Use In Hospitals
News  |  1/24/2013  | 
Expense and resistance to change are among reasons 75% of hospitals still aren't in advanced stages of MU, says Health Information Management and Systems Society.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 Could Be IT Quagmire
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
Federal Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements will make your organization more competitive -- if they don't drive you off the deep end.
EHR Vendors Join Chorus Against Federal Deadlines
News  |  1/23/2013  | 
Pressure builds for government to delay start of Meaningful Use stage 3, refocus MU incentive program on interoperability and health outcomes.
U.K.'s EHR Scheme To Copy Obamacare
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
NHS exec says copying the U.S. is best way for U.K. to develop national connected digital medical records. But who will pay for it?
Medical Devices Neglected In EHR Chase: Report
News  |  1/22/2013  | 
FDA, medical instrumentation group say interoperability of health information must include data coming from medical equipment, not just IT systems.
Healthcare Innovation Doesn't Happen Overnight
News  |  1/18/2013  | 
Intel-GE Care Innovations CEO: When it comes to technological innovation and advancement, healthcare IT leaders would do well to take a page from Intel's book.
Optum, Mayo Join Forces To Exploit Big Data
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
New research center, Optum Labs, will use claims and clinical data to answer pressing healthcare questions; other industry participants welcome.
Docs, Hospitals Say Delay Meaningful Use Stage 3
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
AMA and American Hospital Association question why government is rushing to set stage 3 criteria when nobody knows results of stage 2 yet.
EHRs Continue To Take A Beating
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
In TEDMED webcast, several vendor executives suggest Meaningful Use and the focus on billing might be making medicine less efficient.
U.K. Health System Needs Major IT Transfusion
News  |  1/16/2013  | 
NHS Minister says it's "crazy" that EMR staff don't have access to patient records. Maybe the crazy part is that no one has any new ideas about how to fund an IT transformation.
'Fiscal Cliff' Law To Affect Medicare's Quality Reporting
News  |  1/15/2013  | 
Quality of care registries might someday be used to report quality data to the EHR incentive program.
GetWell Network Puts New Spin On Patient Engagement
News  |  1/14/2013  | 
GetWell Network's patient engagement pathways are helping organizations achieve substantial drops in readmission rates and rises in Hospital Care Access Program scores.
E-Prescribing Growth To Pop As Penalties Approach
News  |  1/14/2013  | 
E-prescription adoption will grow in 2013, but challenges persist in connectivity, funding and state regulations, says Black Book study.
Why Take EHR Data Out Of Structured Format?
News  |  1/14/2013  | 
HL7's conversion tool may seem counterproductive, but it's meant to encourage patients to use Blue Button.
Hospitals Outsource Transcription, Coding Despite New Technology
News  |  1/11/2013  | 
But as speech recognition software grows in popularity, providers are likely to reduce reliance on outside services.
Healthcare IT: Savior Or Sinkhole?
Commentary  |  1/11/2013  | 
Latest RAND report suggests we might be throwing taxpayer dollars away on EHRs and other healthcare IT systems.
Athenahealth, Epocrates Partner To Capture Physician Mindshare
News  |  1/11/2013  | 
EHR vendor's acquisition of online drug reference pioneer Epocrates could result in better mobile tools for doctors.
Commonwealth Fund: IT Can Rein In Medicare Costs
News  |  1/10/2013  | 
Fund's reform proposal could trim $2 trillion from national health spending over the next 10 years.
EHRs, Practice Consolidation Can Alleviate Doc Shortage
News  |  1/10/2013  | 
Columbia, Wharton researchers predict efficiency gains from EHR technology and new practice styles without harming continuity of care.
CES Keynote: Health Innovation Barriers Toppling
News  |  1/9/2013  | 
Information technology will close healthcare gap for poor and push other big changes, says Verizon CEO Lowell McAdams.
HIPAA 101: Universities Use Office 365 To Meet Regs
News  |  1/9/2013  | 
Federal healthcare privacy requirements don't apply only to medical institutions -- schools that maintain student health records must also comply with HIPAA law.
EHRs Don't Ensure Speedy Lab Test Results
News  |  1/8/2013  | 
EHRs don't make patient notification all that easy, according to latest Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association survey.
More EHR Tech Support May Improve Patient Care
News  |  1/8/2013  | 
Study finds that physicians who got less assistance failed to raise their quality scores in New York project.
Sharing Psychiatry EHR Data Cuts Readmission Rates
News  |  1/8/2013  | 
Johns Hopkins study says separating inpatient mental health data from other EHR data does more harm than good.
RAND: Health IT No Bargain Yet
News  |  1/8/2013  | 
Problems in design and implementation of EHRs, lack of interoperability, and provider resistance hamper productivity gains and cost savings, says RAND report.
Dissatisfaction Rampant Among Community Hospital EHR Users
News  |  1/4/2013  | 
One in three customers who went live with an EHR in the last year believe they made the wrong decision, says KLAS report.

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