Health Data Management spoke to Health IT Policy Committee member Deven McGraw about Meaningful Use Stage 3 and what stakeholders can expect from the proposed rule that has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget for review.
Healthcare executives are becoming more hands-on with data analytics. A recent survey assessing the value of data analytics to 557 healthcare executives finds that 72 percent of respondents perform some analytics in their current role.  more »
Health insurer Cigna has launched a tool company executives say uses "anticipatory computing" to help covered patients find doctors, understand healthcare finance, and meet health goals.  more »

There’s little evidence that wearable fitness tracking device technology alone can change behavior and improve health for those that need it most, according to a new online-first viewpoint piece by University of Pennsylvania researchers in JAMA.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced that Michael McCoy, M.D., will become ONC’s first chief health information officer, effective Jan. 26.

With bipartisan support, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) has re-introduced in the House the Flex-IT Act, which would give providers a three-month electronic health records meaningful use reporting period in 2015 if quickly enacted.

The majority of patients would like to have digital services from their physicians such as online appointment scheduling, bill paying, and access to lab results, yet only about one primary care physician in three offers such customer service.

WebMD Health Corp. now is live with new services at Walgreens drug stores through an alliance the companies announced in October 2014.

Next week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold two days of hearings in an effort to find a permanent solution to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. It’s also possible that this year’s congressional SGR fix could include a further ICD-10 delay.

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would repeal the controversial 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices that went into effect in 2013 as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Eric Topol, M.D., chief academic officer of Scripps Health in San Diego, is many things. He is a practicing cardiologist, a geneticist, a researcher, and a bestselling author. Now, Topol has come out with a new book, The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands, continuing his theme of consumer empowerment.

With bipartisan support, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) has re-introduced in the House the Flex-IT Act, which would give providers a three-month electronic health records meaningful use reporting period in 2015 if quickly enacted.

Sue Schade, chief information officer at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, has been named the CHIME-HIMSS 2014 John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year.

Doctors are less likely than advanced practice providers and nursing staff to believe that their department will effectively solve Meaningful Use implementation problems, and are less willing to change their work behavior for MU.

Electronic prescribing has quickly gone from the exception to the expectation, with adults over 50 years of age heavily preferring e-prescribing versus paper prescriptions.

Young children need two doses of influenza vaccine during flu season to protect them against the virus. However, less than half of those who receive the first dose return to receive the second dose. But, new research shows that sending text message reminders both increased receipt of the second dose of the vaccine by the end of the season as well as brought children in sooner to be vaccinated.

The proposed Stage 3 meaningful use rule has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget and will be posted in the Federal Register once OMB completes their review, according to a spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
IEEE, a professional association for engineers in multiple industries including healthcare, offers 10 predictions for the top technology trends during 2015.  read more 
The Internal Revenue Service has issued a notice that provides some relief this tax season from tax penalties for taxpayers who find out when they file their taxes that they received an overpayment of premium tax credits for buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.  read more 
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