News & Commentary
Content tagged with Electronic Health Records posted in November 2012
IT Tools Help Turn Research Into Clinical Practice
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Federally sponsored apps aim to harness EHRs to jumpstart medical research in community practice.
EHRs Can Thwart Prescription Drug Abuse, Says Study
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
New government-sponsored report suggests embedding access to state-level substance abuse data in physician and pharmacy systems.
Safety, Technology, Anger And Hope
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
America's patient safety record is a source of embarrassment that angers both clinicians and patients. The right IT tools can help mitigate the danger to life and limb.
Inspector General Slams Medicare Oversight Of EHR Program
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Office of Inspection General asserts that lack of prepayment audits of Meaningful Use leaves the Medicare program vulnerable to abuse.
Do Patient Portals Ramp Up Cost Of Healthcare?
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Kaiser study finds patients who use portals more likely to use healthcare system, but long-term health benefits could outweigh greater use of services.
Obama Victory Re-Energizes Health Information Exchanges
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Frost & Sullivan report predicts that market for health information exchanges will grow 30% to 40% or more in the next year.
NFL Uses EHRs To Tackle Player Injuries
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
National Football League taps into eClinicalWorks electronic health record (EHR) system to coordinate care, better diagnose concussions and other game-related injuries.
Award-Winning IT Vendor Simplifies Adverse Event Reporting
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Using unified Web and mobile apps, KBCoreSM collects and analyzes information to improve reporting and promote patient safety, winning the Office of National Coordinator's challenge.
Hospital Websites Don't Meet Consumer Expectations
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Average satisfaction scores drop four points as consumers demand more from hospital and healthcare system websites, Forsee study finds.
Hospitals Turn To Software To Track Patients
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Patient flow software improves efficiency and patient satisfaction by reducing patient wait times and speeding bed turnarounds.
6 HIE Vendors: How They Measure Up
Slideshows  |  11/20/2012  | 
Not all health information exchanges have successfully bridged the interoperability gap. A recent KLAS report on HIE vendors evaluated how well they deliver on their promises.
Do Accountable Care Organizations Improve Patient Care?
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Report suggests ACOs may improve quality of care and drive down costs, but analysis calls that conclusion into question.
Accountable Care Organizations Struggle With Health IT Infrastructure
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Lack of integrated systems, fragmentation of third-party applications for population health management hamper many accountable care organizations.
Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposals: Too Ambitious?
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Most objectives merely build on stage 2 -- but some new criteria might generate pushback, consultants say.
Healthcare Experts Propose EHR Safety Guidelines
News  |  11/16/2012  | 
Framework aims to reduce electronic health records system errors that obstruct patient safety.
EHR Adoption: U.S. Remains The Slow Poke
News  |  11/15/2012  | 
American doctors are rapidly jumping on the e-highway, but lag behind several developed nations. A Commonwealth Fund executive says the gap is closing rapidly, though.
Personal Health Records Get Social
News  |  11/14/2012  | 
ZweenaHealth looks to Facebook and Twitter to encourage consumer education, engagement and ownership of personal health records.
Mobile App Teaches Clinicians To Monitor Patients
News  |  11/13/2012  | 
Castle + Anderson's new SimMon app links two tablets to simulate a remote-controlled patient monitoring system, offering medical training in the trenches.
EHRs Among Today's Top Health IT Hazards
News  |  11/12/2012  | 
Inaccurate patient information, mobile distractions and med device interoperability are putting patients at risk, says recent report from ECRI.
Interoperability: Quick Route To Better Care
News  |  11/12/2012  | 
Critic chides policymakers for downplaying standards and usability in Meaningful Use Stage 1 at American Medical Informatics Association meeting.
Medicare Electronic Submissions System Makes Slow Start
News  |  11/12/2012  | 
Only 5.5% of the records requested by Medicare auditors went through the Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation system as claims attachments during the first program year.
Humana Buys Certify Data To Befriend Docs
News  |  11/12/2012  | 
The third health plan to acquire a health information exchange vendor, Humana will put its care alerts directly into physician workflow.
Meaningful Use Deferrals May Hurt Healthcare Providers
News  |  11/9/2012  | 
Health information exchange was the most common Meaningful Use criteria doctors deferred in stage 1, but it's required in stage 2. Will they be ready to comply?
ONC Design Challenge: 'Humanize' Electronic Health Records
News  |  11/8/2012  | 
Office of the National Coordinator seeks graphic designers who can redesign printed Blue Button patient records and make the documents more doctor friendly.
How Health IT Benefits From Obama's Re-election
News  |  11/8/2012  | 
The fed's health IT incentive program will continue, along with related programs, but one prominent analyst suggests the biggest threat to the EHR incentive program now is the 'fiscal cliff.'
Feds Fork Over $7 Billion In EHR Payments
News  |  11/7/2012  | 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services doles out $7.7 billion in incentive payments so far -- while experts remind that the ultimate goal is better patient care.
Mobile Power Will Re-Energize Medical Care
News  |  11/7/2012  | 
Consumer, patient engagement, and provider-specific apps will dramatically change the way patient care is delivered--if stakeholders can overcome the obstacles.
EHRs Push Private Practice Docs Out of Business
News  |  11/6/2012  | 
Growing numbers seek employment, in part because government-mandated technology costs too much.
National Health Information Exchange: Why The Delay?
Commentary  |  11/5/2012  | 
Hurricane Sandy took many lives and caused billions of dollars in damage. But so does a healthcare system that still refuses to embrace interoperability.
Healthcare Experts Balance Patient-Reported Data Promise, Problems
News  |  11/5/2012  | 
Patient questionnaires can detect problems clinicians miss, but it's still hard to integrate the data into electronic health records systems, say American Medical Informatics Association conference panelists.
Big Data Analytics: Where's The ROI?
Commentary  |  11/1/2012  | 
Not everyone is impressed with the latest health IT megatrend. At least one prominent critic says payment reform should take precedence.
EHR Vendor Promotes Standards-Based Interoperability
News  |  11/1/2012  | 
Greenway Medical Technologies uses Interoperability Work Group-like standards to exchange clinical summaries from ambulatory care practices with Epic and Cerner hospital systems.


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