The age of digitzed medicine is here. But for all its promises of simplifying doctors' visits, the technology also risks alienating the very people it's meant to help.
The HITECH Act, part of the 2009 federal stimulus bill, has been the final kick in the pants that U.S. health care has long needed to make the conversion to digital. The act states that, by employing electronic health records (EHRs) in a fashion known as meaningful use, doctors are individually
Washington Federal health officials overseeing standards for electronic health records systems should revise system certification criteria to take usability concerns into account, the American Medical Association and other physician organizations said in comments on a proposed regulation.
In general, organized medicine supports a proposed federal framework for certification of EHRs. In particular, the AMA and others were pleased that the Health and Human Services Dept. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology outlined basic criteria and placed more emphasis on patient
If all goes as the wireless health industry plans, it can start introducing far more products that allow physicians to monitor patients with no wires attached.
The Federal Communications Commission announced that wireless monitoring devices will be allowed to transmit data by spectrum bands previously reserved for use by the aerospace industry for flight testing. This dedicated spectrum will allow physicians to monitor patients anytime from anywhere without the worries of an unreliable network disrupting data flow.
While the FCC and health care may not appear to have shared interests, when it comes to mobile health,
The author insists that patient-centered patient care cannot be realized without Interoperable EHRs shared by all the stakeholders and providers OPINION – January 30, 2013 -- You will recall in my article last December, about my healthcare experience outside of Oregon, that both the ear doctor and the neurosurgeon professed to have electronic health records (EHRs).The ear doctor advised that he was using the aircraft control type headset to dictate into my medical record, by pushing the button in his ear.When I corrected him, he would re-dictate the correction. The neurosurgeon was complaining about a most popular vendor's EHR, why it did not
Washington Physicians must be given flexibility in how they participate in new Medicare payment models for care coordination efforts to be successful, according to a new report by a congressional advisory panel.
Recent government studies have shown that most Medicare demonstrations on coordinating care have failed to improve patient outcomes and produce cost savings. However, some models ones that give doctors more leeway and additional options in caring for patient populations have proven to raise the quality of care and lower program spending, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory
Washington Now that organized medicine has secured a one-year delay in the deadline for moving to the ICD-10 diagnostic coding system, physicians and hospitals turn their attention to the work of transitioning from ICD-9. The American Medical Association and other physician organizations said the delay did not go far enough to alleviate concerns about the substantial costs and other burdens associated with the upgrade.On Aug. 24, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule that effectively changed the date for complying with the new ICD-10 medical data code sets to Oct. 1, 2014.The agency decided to pursue the one-year delay
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