Lack of interoperability among data resources for electronic health records is a major hurdle to the unfettered exchange of information and development of a robust health data infrastructure.
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A study from HIMSS Analytics finds only 60% of healthcare organizations have formalized electronic health record governance structures in place, with 63% of those structures involving a cross-functional, multi-disciplinary advisory board or committee.

Patient safety organization ECRI Institute has brought together 10 other PSOs and six associations, as well as a group of provider organizations and software vendors, to create a national framework for proactively identifying health information technology safety issues.

A new study from the Institute of Medicine argues that the inclusion of social and behavioral health domains in electronic health records is vital to providing crucial information to providers treating patients and health systems concerned about population health.

The one-year extension of the ICD-10 implementation deadline signed into law April 1 by President Obama is viewed as a "positive credit development" for not-for-profit hospitals, according to Fitch Ratings.

Using the medical records of almost 190,000 patients in 1,016 hospitals, researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, believe that emergency department physicians misdiagnose the early signs of stroke in 50,000 to 100,000 patients annually, particularly in women, minorities, and people below the age of 45.

A February 2014 breach at a billing firm serving Los Angeles County’s public health services originally believed to affect more than 168,000 patients is now up to 338,700 victims.

Radiologist professionals using computed tomography equipment that does not comply with new dose management standards published a year ago will see significant Medicare payment decreases starting in January 2016.

Workloads for HIT professionals have skyrocketed while projects expand and deadlines compress. "Meaningful use and ICD-10 by themselves are challenging," says Gretchen Tegethoff at Athens Regional Health System. "And we still need to keep the lights on and do ongoing maintenance."

Big Data is like teen sex, says Shafiq Rab, CIO of Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. "Everyone says they're doing it, but no one really knows how."

Catholic Health Initiatives has notified nearly 12,000 patients in five states following an email phishing scam that compromised protected health information.

The federal government, in its new report on creating a risk-based regulatory framework for health information technology, focuses on the functionality of HIT products, not the platform whether it be cloud-based, installed or mobile.

Nurses are adopting the use of smartphones at the point of care, whether their employer supports it or not.


Unlike some other major industries, health care incorporates geospatial data only sparingly. But that could change quickly with population health a priority.


Many providers have implemented or are considering the use of patient portals to assist in meeting meaningful use patient engagement criteria. Quest Diagnostics, which sells the Care360 suite of provider software, gives tips to physician practices for successful use of portals.
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