Thirty members of Congress—28 Republicans and two Democrats—have sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell urging a shortened 90-day EHR reporting period in 2015.
Just-released guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services walks providers, clearinghouses, suppliers and billing firms through preparing claims for ICD-10 end-to-end testing with Medicare.  more »
Electronic health record vendor Cerner has formed a partnership with Livongo for Health, a remote care platform developer, on a real-time diabetes care ecosystem. Livongo CEO Glen Tullman and Cerner President Zane Burke explain how the system works.  more »
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Healthcare providers are actively pursuing telemedicine advancements despite reimbursement and regulatory challenges, according to a new survey of senior healthcare executives released by law firm Foley & Lardner.

By 2020, 80 percent of healthcare data will pass through the cloud at some point in its lifetime, as providers seek to leverage cloud based technologies and infrastructure for data collection, aggregation, analytics and decision-making. And, 65 percent of consumer transactions with healthcare organizations will be mobile by 2018.

IBM Corp. has a new plan for its Watson supercomputer: to support consumers’ personal health and fitness goals.

Analysis of data inside and outside of a healthcare facility can help identify when a breach is occurring and enable the organization to take proper mitigating actions, says Ken Bradberry, chief technology officer at Xerox Commercial Healthcare.

Health Data Management spoke with a broad mix of electronic health vendors to understand the benefits and potential pitfalls of leveraging EHRs for screening suspected Ebola patients.

The HHS Office of Inspector General expects in fiscal 2015 to review electronic health records meaningful use incentive payments and the security of electronic health records under the program.

Eric Topol, M.D., chief academic officer of San Diego’s Scripps Health, has seen the future of medicine—a future based on a fundamental shift in who accesses and owns medical data—or what he calls the “rebooting” of medicine.

The ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus is an example of the way transitioning to ICD-10 can benefit the ability of public health officials to respond to global pandemics, according to an executive at 3M Health Information Systems.

In light of the treatment of Ebola patients and other events, the HHS Office for Civil Rights has issued new guidance on sharing patient information under the HIPAA Privacy rule during emergency situations.

Despite privacy and security concerns over their medical records, consumers overwhelmingly want their providers to share information, according to a nationwide survey by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Aetna’s planned acquisition of private exchange operator bswift may signal the start of more insurers acquiring private exchanges, experts in the industry say.

The long-term care industry in November is changing its standard for electronic prescribing, as the federal government is requiring that those who e-prescribe must use the SCRIPT standard of the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs.

With over 90 percent of US hospitals attesting for meaningful use of an EHR last year, most hospital information system vendors reported continued growth in annual revenue for 2013. So how did your vendor fare in the race for these HITECH dollars?

"I want to see the doctor." Decades ago that meant someone wanted, urgently, to get medical treatment. Now it means something else entirely.
The fiscal year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by Congress includes legislative language directing the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to decertify electronic health record products that are effectively blocking the sharing of health information.  read more 
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