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Content tagged with Electronic Health Records posted in May 2012
HHS Launches $150,000 Ocular Imaging Software Challenge
News  |  5/31/2012  | 
Contest challenges developers to come up with software that integrates eye exam data and images with electronic health records systems.
Maine Health Information Exchange Adds Medical Images
News  |  5/30/2012  | 
HealthInfoNet, Maine's health information exchange, becomes first in the nation to support statewide sharing of X-rays, CT scans, and other medical images.
Clinical Goals Drive Paperless Hospital's IT Choices
News  |  5/30/2012  | 
Danish hospital plans for an all-digital future, seeks technology that addresses healthcare delivery needs of the 2020s.
Mass. Safety Net Hospitals Land $628M For Transformation
News  |  5/29/2012  | 
Health IT infrastructure improvements will be part of healthcare delivery changes supported by federal and state funding.
HL7 Recruits Clinicians To Improve Health IT Standards
News  |  5/27/2012  | 
Health Level Seven launches program to incorporate clinician experience in electronic health record standards.
Cloud-Based EHRs, Telemed Come To Rural Colorado
News  |  5/25/2012  | 
Colorado Telehealth Network's broadband connectivity offers access to cloud-based EHRs, telemedicine, and a statewide information exchange.
Grow Your Own Health Information Exchange
Commentary  |  5/25/2012  | 
While many healthcare organizations turn to private vendors to set up HIEs, others get good results by building their own.
Kaiser Permanente CEO: Meaningful Use On Right Course
News  |  5/25/2012  | 
But government electronic health record incentive program still needs more emphasis on interoperability, says George Halvorson.
Dictation And EHRs Don't Play Well Together
News  |  5/24/2012  | 
Doctors who dictate their clinical notes before they're entered into an EHR have lower quality of care scores than those who type or enter structured data directly into the EHR, according to Partners Healthcare researchers.
North Carolina Fights Medicaid Fraud With Analytics
News  |  5/23/2012  | 
In two years, IBM data mining software has identified $191 million in potentially false Medicaid claims.
Kaiser Permanente CEO: Health IT Must Focus On Quality
News  |  5/23/2012  | 
KP CEO George Halvorson says too many organizations approach IT projects from the wrong angle. Start with the health care issues and savings will follow, he says.
E-Prescribing Reaches Tipping Point
News  |  5/22/2012  | 
Surescripts survey finds 58% of office-based physicians now issue prescriptions electronically. Meaningful Use e-prescribing requirements have played a large role in the technology's adoption.
SaaS EHR Model Gains Physician Support
News  |  5/17/2012  | 
Many small practices like the software-as-a-service approach to electronic health records because it removes tech headaches and offers low upfront costs.
DOD, VA Agree On Joint EHR Architecture
News  |  5/15/2012  | 
Approach outlined in Congressional report prioritizes acquisition of commercial software, including open-source applications.
Health IT Gap Between Large, Small Hospitals Widens
News  |  5/15/2012  | 
Government investment in EHRs might increase the gap in health IT adoption rates between large and small hospitals.
10 Wearable Devices To Keep Patients Healthy
Slideshows  |  5/14/2012  | 
Wearable devices equipped with sensors, Web connections, or both, help consumers and healthcare providers track health and fitness. Take a look at what's possible now.
Private Health Information Exchanges Take Over
News  |  5/14/2012  | 
Enterprise exchanges owned by healthcare organizations account for most of the 40% annual growth in the market.
Stage 2 EHRs Require Meaningful Patient Engagement
Commentary  |  5/14/2012  | 
Many of the government’s proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria for e- health records won't be easy to meet. Here's how providers are meeting the challenge.
California Providers Reach Out For EHR Help
News  |  5/11/2012  | 
Unusually large number of Californian docs ask state's regional extension center, CalHIPSO, for help meeting Meaningful Use regulations, but few have actually achieved MU so far.
Compromise On Health Data Access May Be Ugly
Commentary  |  5/10/2012  | 
Some hospitals and doctors oppose giving patients electronic data as quickly as required by proposed Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulations. Consumer groups want more speed--and the compromise likely won't please either side.
Consumer Groups Seek Tougher Meaningful Use Requirements
News  |  5/10/2012  | 
Consumer Partnership for eHealth calls for quicker data transfer to patients, higher threshold for exchange of clinical summaries.
Patient Advocates Urge Fast Access To Hospital Data
News  |  5/10/2012  | 
American Hospital Association's call for 30-day waiting period to access electronic records would harm patients, according to Society for Participatory Medicine.
Banner Health Achievement Highlights EHR Struggles
News  |  5/9/2012  | 
Just 82 hospitals have completed the prestigious HIMSS Analytics EHR adoption program, and 17 of them belong to Banner. Is the bar for another EHR measurement--Meaningful Use--set too high?
Smart Pumps Play Catch Up With EMRs
News  |  5/8/2012  | 
Healthcare providers want wireless EMR integration with smart pumps, but a KLAS study suggests the complexity of the setup deters many.
Dr. Oz Health Event To Feature EHRs
News  |  5/7/2012  | 
Practice Fusion's electronic health record software provides data collection, real-time analytics, helping TV show as it screens 1,000 people in one day for common diseases.
EHR Vendors Ask For Meaningful Use Reporting Changes
News  |  5/7/2012  | 
EHR software vendors say doctors and hospitals need more time to qualify for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and ask the feds to tweak their reporting requirements.
How To Ease EHR Frustration
Commentary  |  5/4/2012  | 
EHRs can slow physicians' practices to a crawl, but evidence suggests they ultimately pay off.
CHIME: Providers Need More Time For Meaningful Use
News  |  5/4/2012  | 
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives wants the feds to grant more time for hospital and ambulatory EHRs to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 criteria.
AHA Fights Meaningful Use Stage 2 Timing, Scope
News  |  5/4/2012  | 
American Hospital Association asks the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to soften requirements, push back start date, and change timeframe for penalties.
CRM Platform Can Churn Out Customized Health Apps
Commentary  |  5/3/2012  | 
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health uses Microsoft's customer relationship management platform to rapidly develop niche health-related apps when off-the-shelf doesn't fit.
9 Health IT Tools Patients Should Understand
Slideshows  |  5/2/2012  | 
To be actively involved in your own medical care, you need to understand the basics about electronic medical records, health information exchanges, and more. Check out our primer.
EHR Vendor Allscripts' Health Questioned By Analysts
News  |  5/2/2012  | 
Allscripts, one of the largest providers of health IT products and services, reports a lower-than-expected quarterly profit and a management shake-up.
Corengi Simplifies Patient Recruitment For Clinical Trials
News  |  5/1/2012  | 
Service aims to save diabetes researchers time and money by linking them to patients who qualify for their studies.

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