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.
Eight months ago, Intermountain Healthcare was facing the task of making more than 200 interfaces to support its migration from a homegrown electronic health record to the Millennium EHR suite from Cerner, which began with signing a contract in 2013.
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.) has introduced H.R. 1470 to repeal and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula that Medicare uses to pay physicians. The bill as introduced does not include language to change policy on the ICD-10 compliance date or the two-midnight rule pertaining to hospital payments. However, it does lay out a program to have widespread electronic health records interoperability in 2019, with the threat that certified EHRs not supporting interoperability could be decertified.
IBM has invested in Modernizing Medicine, a vendor of cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic health records systems and other technologies that capture structured data, track outcomes and deliver clinical decision support.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT must develop a comprehensive plan to address fraud vulnerabilities in electronic health records, argues the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.
In an effort to find a universal solution for accurately matching patients with their health information, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has issued a $1 million challenge to innovators to develop a national patient ID.
Expanding blood pressure screenings to non-primary care settings can help identify more patients with hypertension, and could contribute to better hypertension control and management.
The chair of the Senate committee overseeing health issues on March 17 railed against the Obama Administrations handling of the electronic health records meaningful use program.
Were now eating the exhaust of the massive Anthem breach and predictably, a Google search serves up hundreds of commentary pieces about this being the wake-up call, the call to arms, a turning point for healthcare data security.
Awareness of the Blue Button Initiativea public-private effort to provide patients with easy, secure online access to their health informationis slowly building, as is usage and adoption of personal health records among key industry stakeholders.
The University of Texas at Austin has partnered with Baylor Scott & White Health and the Texas Department of State Health Services to introduce physicians to eTobacco, a newly designed tobacco cessation protocol that connects a patients electronic health record with a state-funded tobacco cessation program called Quitline.
Nurses believe medical errors could be reduced if the medical devices hospitals rely on for testing, monitoring, and treating patients could seamlessly share information, according to results of a new national survey.
Stage 2 eligible hospitals are making progress in meeting meaningful use measures for care transitions, patient engagement, patient safety, and public health reporting, according to recently released data from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.), a physician and member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, has drafted legislation that would establish a congressionally-appointed advisory committee to develop an EHR interoperability standard required for certification that would go into effect by 2018.
Patients whose physicians use Cerner electronic health records will now be able to load clinical, fitness, wellness, and nutritional data into their patient portal through an agreement Cerner has reached with Durham, N.C.-based Validic.
Speculation that the proposed rule for Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program will come out this month is being fueled by a session scheduled on April 13 at the upcoming HIMSS Conference with the giveaway title, CMS Meaningful Use Stage 3 Requirements.