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.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a draft document aimed at healthcare information security, the first in a new series of guides intended to help enterprises and developers improve cybersecurity.
The electronic health records meaningful use program substantially increased the number of providers adopting the technology, and fostered an explosion in the past half-decade of buying additional ancillary systems to augment EHRs. But, what happened to the old servers, personal digital devices, pagers, copiers, fax machines, printers, floppies and disks, tape reels and other technologies that held protected health information and are no longer used?
A new electronic health records-agnostic tool from Cerner can identify patients at risk for falls with a 90 accuracy rate, according to the vendor.
If the Obama administrations $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative is to succeed, policymakers must modernize the regulatory system to better enable big data analytics to be used in genomic research.
Federal lawmakers are noticing some dark clouds surrounding the electronic health records meaningful use program to prod providers to adopt EHRs. With rising recent struggles in the program, lawmakers may be poised to intervene to push back the programs third stage.
Health Data Management recently asked John Halamka, M.D., CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and co-chair of the HIT Standards Committee that advises federal agencies, if the healthcare industry needs Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program.
Should Anthem and Cigna manage to accomplish their proposed $48 billion merger, senior IT management will have plenty to do, and headcount and budgets likely would increase, at least in the short term, according to industry experts.
A new report assessing the interoperability capabilities of six major electronic health records vendors finds they are trying to convince the market they have the answers for data interoperability, but in reality, they still have a ways to go.
Legislative pressure to delay Meaningful Use Stage 3 appears to be gaining momentum in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate health committee, had breakfast yesterday morning with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell in which he broached the issue.
Information blockingboth by providers and vendorsis preventing the sharing of patients electronic health records and dashing any hope of realizing true EHR interoperability, according to witnesses who testified during a Senate health committee hearing on Thursday.
Minnesota delivery systems HealthPartners and Essentia Health are teaming to use clinical decision support systems to identify patients with prediabetes and at risk for getting sicker.
A $15.3 million grant from the Duke Endowment to Health Sciences South Carolina will fuel the nation's first dual-state health collaborative in North Carolina and South Carolina, aimed at tackling the common health issues faced by many American communities.
Computerized physician order entry has been shown to reduce medical errors over a five-year period, with no new type of errors detected, according to a new study.
More than half of ambulatory practice physicians currently access patient records and/or reference data from a mobile device. And, about a third of physicians use smartphones as part of their patient management activities.
It took about five years, but Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC)a health information exchange serving most of the State of Michiganrecently linked its 1,000th physician practice to its closed-loop referrals management service.