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.
Researchers led by physicians from the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston are perfecting an electronic health record-based trigger algorithm that can flag abnormal lung imaging results and signal which patients may not be receiving timely follow-up care.
The American Medical Association has joined a growing chorus of stakeholder groups calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to fix the Stage 2 electronic health records meaningful use program before advancing to Stage 3.
The rapid movement toward value-based reimbursement systems is creating new pressures on imaging departments at provider organizations, forcing IT executives to begin radically restructuring how those departments will operate in the future.
Doug Fridsma, M.D., president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association, has seen the future of health ITa future in which data, not documents, are at the core of the exchange of health information.
Many wonder whether they can absorb the growth in MU demands and the pace of change.
I can tell you what the buzz was this year, and more important, what it was not.
Ed Marx has always had a unique, very personal take on what it means to be a manager.
Robust information technologies and changes in revenue cycle procedures can set providers up to succeed.
Management of a master patient index is important to maintaining data quality and integrity, yet many providers struggle with duplicate records, transposed birth dates or Social Security numbers, and nicknames used instead of given names. Industry average rates of known duplicated medical records average 8 to 12 percent, notes health information management consultancy Just Associates. A recent white paper from the firm walks through a litany of challenges, and then describes advantages of outsourcing MPI management, which the company, among others, offers.
Susannah Fox is the new chief technology officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, succeeding Bryan Sivak, who left at the end of April after serving for nearly three years.
To address the challenges of electronic health records adoption, the American Medical Informatics Associations EHR-2020 Task Force has issued 10 recommendations for creating a person-centric, learning health system over the next five years.
Cloud-based electronic health record systems are the highest ranked EHRs in terms of physician satisfaction among small and solo practices, according to Black Book Rankings.
David Chan, M.D., an assistant professor at Stanford School of Medicine, has received a National Institutes of Health Early Independence Award to study the impact of electronic health record clinical reminders on the quality of primary care. These reminders include a range of clinical messages for providers, from a simple prompt to write a prescription to more complex recommendations for follow-up testing and specialist referrals.
The American Hospital Association has urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services not to finalize the proposed Stage 3 electronic health records meaningful use rule. Rather, the association hopes CMS will focus on Stage 2 MU and accelerate the availability of mature standards and the infrastructure needed for health information exchange.
A proposed rule to modernize Medicaid managed care regulationslast updated in 2003includes giving incentives for providers not covered under the electronic health records meaningful use program to adopt EHRs and health information exchange.