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Content tagged with Electronic Health Records posted in September 2012
EHR Savings Debate Grows
Commentary  |  9/28/2012  | 
Credible sources are raising serious concerns about the value of health IT. Some, but not all, of their criticism is warranted.
For ACOs, IT Startup Costs Top $1 Million
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Smaller accountable care organizations must pony up $1 million, larger ones $4 million, to get to the starting line, says Black Book report.
EHRs: Waste Of Money Or Wise Investment?
Commentary  |  9/27/2012  | 
Recent Wall Street Journal commentary ripped into health IT, but the critics offered very little in the way of viable solutions.
8 Health IT Certifications That Pack Career Power
Slideshows  |  9/26/2012  | 
You don't always need a master's program to break into health IT. These non-degree programs offer viable options for many job seekers.
Is IT Innovation Driving Physicians Out The Door?
Commentary  |  9/25/2012  | 
Recent health IT initiatives are forcing many frustrated clinicians to take early retirement. IT leaders need to realize that our national treasure is becoming an endangered species.
Feds Want Wider Use Of Health Records Applet
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
'Blue Button' web applet that provides personal health records has been popular with U.S. veterans; White House now promoting use by private sector insurers.
EHRs Under Fire For Inflating Medicare Bills
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
HHS, Center for Public Integrity say some healthcare providers are gaming the system to draw higher Medicare reimbursement. Doctors say electronic health records are simply enabling them to bill for things they had done for free in the past.
Feds Automate Sharing Of Sensitive Health Data
News  |  9/24/2012  | 
Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs use new metadata technique to exchange substance abuse records without compromising patient privacy.
Accountable Care: IT Gets Us Only Halfway There
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
Accountable care organizations rely on software tools to deliver cost-effective care. But ACOs may be built on a shaky foundation.
Patient Portal Isn't Only Road To Meaningful Use
News  |  9/21/2012  | 
Personal health records and health information exchanges offer alternatives to meet Meaningful Use mandate of giving patients access to their data.
Colorado HIE Cuts Costs To Attract Physician Network
News  |  9/20/2012  | 
Regional health information exchange will help make patient information more accessible to various regional providers, but questions remain about cost savings.
Health Information Exchanges Struggle To Prove ROI
News  |  9/18/2012  | 
To survive, HIEs need to implement performance metrics to show they can improve quality of care and reduce costs.
Doctors Use EHRs To Do 'Chart Biopsies'
News  |  9/17/2012  | 
Adoption of EHRs helps physicians to get up to speed on incoming patients before handoffs from the emergency department.
Consumer Guide Promotes Personal Health Records
News  |  9/14/2012  | 
American Health Information Management Association's educational booklet complements government drive to get people to create and use PHRs.
CDC To Automate Hospital Infection Report Submissions
News  |  9/14/2012  | 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will use Direct messaging to enable facilities to transmit data without manually uploading files.
Providers Seek Consulting Firms For Smaller EHR Projects
News  |  9/12/2012  | 
With EHR installation a done deal, many health providers look to consulting firms for smaller Meaningful Use projects, KLAS study shows.
Availity, MEDecision Team To Deliver Admission, Discharge Alerts
News  |  9/12/2012  | 
Web-based, real-time alerts will go to insurers' care managers to help hospitals prevent readmissions.
IT Critical To New Health Learning System
News  |  9/11/2012  | 
U.S. healthcare system needs to transform itself into a "continuous learning machine" that uses technology to provide doctors with timely information, says Institute of Medicine report.
Health IT Brings Research Breakthroughs Into Practice
News  |  9/10/2012  | 
Armed with $1.1 billion in stimulus funding, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is using technology to get medical research into clinicians' hands sooner.
Epic/Surescripts Marriage Delivers Secure Clinical Messaging
News  |  9/10/2012  | 
Nation's largest EHR vendor teams up with the e-prescribing network, enabling physicians to connect with docs who use different EHR systems.
Atrius Health Champions Interoperability
Commentary  |  9/7/2012  | 
This large Massachusetts group practice has made medical data exchange a top priority by establishing a centralized Web portal with area hospitals.
9 Must-See Picture Archiving/Communication Systems
Slideshows  |  9/7/2012  | 
Is it time to replace your outdated PACS? Here's how to find a system with the features and functionality you need.
Cancer Care Portal Connects Docs To Patients
News  |  9/7/2012  | 
Oncologists can use the tool to help meet Meaningful Use regulations on patient engagement.
EHRs May Shortchange Depression Patients
News  |  9/6/2012  | 
Electronic health records may focus a doctor's attention on certain medical conditions, leading to undertreatment for depression, researchers suggest.
Medication Alert Fatigue Is Curable
Commentary  |  9/6/2012  | 
Medication alerts are supposed to ensure patient safety, but clinicians ignore them when bombarded with too many. This dilemma needs to be solved.
HL7 To Offer Messaging Standards As Freebie
News  |  9/5/2012  | 
Health Level Seven's CEO says government pressure related to Meaningful Use had nothing to do with the decision.
Meaningful Use Stage 2: Are You Ready?
News  |  9/4/2012  | 
Final stage 2 MU rule offers healthcare providers some compromises and EHR tweaks, and also requires greater patient engagement.

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