EHRs are used in both inpatient and ambulatory settings to document care and share information across departments. Topics include: vendor selection, system deployment, and workflow analysis. On the inpatient side, best-of-breed versus single source is a perennial debate as CIOs automate the widely diverse departments under their purview, such as the surgical suite, radiology and intensive care. On the ambulatory side, group practices wrestle with physician productivity issues and creating interfaces to outside service partners such as labs.
Kansas City, Mo.-based Truman Medical Centers and delivery system Marina Salud in Spain have won 2014 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence for use of health information technology, particularly electronic health records.
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen DeSalvo, M.D., admits there have been growing pains with health IT yet argues that the big picture remains that HIT can advance not only healthcare in this country but serve to improve health as a whole by tracking patients over time.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Nov. 19 announced formation of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA). Niall Brennan, previously acting director of the CMS Offices of Enterprise Management, will lead OEDA and serve as the first CMS chief data officer.
Programming electronic health records to make generic drugs the default choice when physicians write prescriptions may offer one way to reduce unnecessary spending and improve healthcare value in the face of spiraling U.S. health expenditures.
A survey of 1,000 physicians and physician extenders has found that caregivers see the potential of digital technology to transform healthcare despite barriers in data sharing, privacy, security, workflows and payment.
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General has issued its annual summary of the most significant management and performance challenges facing HHS and not surprisingly information technology figures prominently in the OIGs fiscal year 2014 list.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued new guidance on the Summary of Care core objective in Stage 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program. Here is an update to Frequently Asked Question 10660:
Clinicians are drowning in a sea of data from electronic health records; the more sophisticated systems have a zillion structured fields and a growing mound of unstructured data, says Michael Ethan Zalis, M.D., an associate radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Health information exchange organizations Southern Tier Healthlink in Binghamton, N.Y., and Taconic Health Information Network and Community in Fishkill, N.Y., have announced plans to merge into a single entity called HealthlinkNY.
Community Health Centers Inc., a federally qualified community health center with 11 sites offering medical and dental care in central Florida, has won a 2014 Community Health Organization HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for use of health information technology, particularly electronic health records.
As electronic health record use continues to increase, clinician reaction remains mixed but improving interfaces and changing documentation can make the EHR process smoother, according to a working group of the American Medical Informatics Association.
In an effort to better connect electronic health records to health information exchanges, the New York eHealth Collaboratives EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup has formed a strategic relationship with HIMSS and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) to streamline the process for achieving connectivity between EHR and HIE systems.
The former chief financial officer of Shelby Regional Medical Center in Texas has pleaded guilty to falsely attesting for electronic health records meaningful use.
With interoperability challenges continuing to plague the healthcare industry and impatience growing among consumers and providers, the eHealth Initiative on Thursday announced the first set of priorities for its 2020 Roadmap designed to to enable coordinated efforts by public and private sector organizations to transform care delivery through data exchange and health information technology.
Boca Raton, Fla.-based Modernizing Medicine, Inc., the creator of the Electronic Medical Assistant, a cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic health record system, announced that it has closed on approximately $15 million of an expected $20 million funding round.