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Content tagged with Electronic Health Records posted in April 2012
Urgent Care Centers Need Robust EMRs Too
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Urgent care centers have lagged in adoption of electronic medical records. But with most of the country's 9,000 centers planning expansions, need is growing, says KLAS report.
American Well Revamps Telehealth Platform
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Online Care 6.0 update adds conveniences for consumers and healthcare providers connecting outside the office; changes include support for smartphones and medical devices.
Many EHRs Not Ready For Meaningful Use
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Study finds that only 11% of physicians have the technical capabilities to meet federal standards that define how an electronic health record system is to be used in a meaningful way.
So What Was Wrong With ICD-9?
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
As your IT team makes the transition to the ICD-10 medical coding system, doctors will insist that the older system worked just fine. Here's your comeback.
Population Health Management Requires Better IT Tools
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Today's electronic health records don't include enough information or interoperability to enable population health management, according to Institute for Health Technology Transformation report.
Physician EHR Adoption Varies With Age, Specialty, Affiliation
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Study suggests that older, small-practice, specialist, and independent doctors are less likely to have EHRs than are other physicians.
3 IT Tools Helping Patients Find Clinical Trials
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
We hear so much about the transformative power of medical informatics, and no doubt some of it is more hype than reality. These three examples are the real deal.
How Mobile, Cloud, Are Transforming Healthcare
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
Spurred by a combination of government incentives and aging technology, healthcare is entering an IT renaissance with mobile and cloud technologies at the center.
Philips, Vidyo Partner To Extend Telehealth
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Collaboration aims to expand telemedicine services into specialties such as pediatrics, neurology, emergency care, home health, and transitional care.
ICD-10 Boosts Appeal Of Computer-Assisted Coding Tools
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Growing number of hospitals and other inpatient organizations plan to purchase computer-assisted coding tools to help with ICD-10 mandate, says new KLAS Research report.
Health IT Still Venture Capital Sweetheart
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Companies that manage health information and data raised 75% more capital than Q1 last year, in stark contrast to U.S. companies' overall drop of 18%, says Dow Jones VentureSource.
As More Docs Use Digital Records, So Will Consumers
Commentary  |  4/23/2012  | 
HITECH Act is prompting widespread adoption of e-health records, but there's more to "Meaningful Use" than what's in the government's programs.
A Fresh Approach To Personal Health Records
News  |  4/20/2012  | 
Personal health records have their problems, but programs like Passport To Trust are addressing them with some genuine innovations.
Clinicians Need Unconventional IT Tools For Toughest Cases
Commentary  |  4/19/2012  | 
Providing quality care for difficult-to-treat patients requires some truly disruptive approaches.
EHRs Often Lack Clinical Best Practices
News  |  4/17/2012  | 
Clinical decision support vendor Zynx Health finds electronic health records fall short in treating heart failure, pneumonia.
6 Ways Healthcare Can Assess Data Strategy
News  |  4/16/2012  | 
Healthcare organizations' ability to compete will hinge on how well they manage their clinical and financial data, says new CSC study.
9 Popular Personal Health Record Tools
Slideshows  |  4/13/2012  | 
While many consumers remain skeptical of personal health records, advocates say these tools can help patients manage medical data and interact with doctors. Here's a look at nine popular PHR offerings.
Don't Hit Snooze Button On ICD-10
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
Given a one-year extension for ICD-10 compliance, healthcare groups must make the most of the preparation time.
Highmark Telehealth Pilot Goal: Cut ER Visits
News  |  4/11/2012  | 
Highmark, a large Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurer in western Pennsylvania, offers some members option to consult with doctor via Internet when they are experiencing a minor illness.
Many Doctors Don't Take Social Media Beyond Marketing
News  |  4/10/2012  | 
U.S. healthcare providers should learn from their overseas colleagues who use social networking to improve care management, engage patients, and communicate with other doctors, CSC report finds.
Feds Propose One-Year ICD-10 Delay
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
Department of Human and Health Services proposes extending ICD-10 compliance deadline to Oct. 1, 2014. It also proposes unique ID numbers for health plans to save provider frustration and money.
Texas Needs 10,000 Health IT Pros
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
New report concludes that Texas will need a larger-than-predicted crop of health IT workers in order to make EHR progress.
Feds Release New Healthcare Quality Measures
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposes clinical reporting standards that physicians and hospitals will use to qualify for Stage 2 Meaningful Use bonus payments.
Gingrich Health IT Think Tank Goes Bankrupt
News  |  4/6/2012  | 
Center for Health Transformation played major role in promoting health IT to Congress and the healthcare industry.
Sloppy EHR Implementation Could Threaten Patient Safety
News  |  4/6/2012  | 
VA hospitals encountered lots of problems--some unanticipated--when they implemented an EHR and bar code medication administration system.
Break Into Health IT: 9 Master's Degree Programs
Slideshows  |  4/4/2012  | 
Having trouble landing a health IT job because you're not a clinician, or your IT experience lies outside healthcare? These master's degree and health informatics programs can help bridge the gap.
Covisint Cloud Hosting Michigan HIE
News  |  4/4/2012  | 
Southeast Michigan Beacon Community turns to cloud-based technology to manage its health information exchange, with initial upload of 29,000 medical records.
$564 Million Later, Little Health Information Exchange Happening
News  |  4/3/2012  | 
Non-profit organization study finds that public health information exchanges still face big obstacles, despite much effort and investments including $564 million in federal funds.
Alert Fatigue: Searching For A Cure
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
Study finds that prescribing clinicians often are overwhelmed and confused by electronic medication alerts generated by EHRs, in part because most warnings are intended for pharmacists. Now the Indianapolis VA is testing for ways to revamp the alerts.
Bluetooth Device To Automate Patients' Warfarin Self-Test Reports
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
Automated Alere system should reduce test reporting errors for patients on blood thinner warfarin, sending the data to an EHR when appropriate.

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