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 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.
In 15 months from January 2014 into March 2015, the healthcare industry had 15 separate major breaches of protected health information that affected well over 100,000 individuals. At least nine of the breaches were caused by hacking and it appears a couple others were, but wording on the HHS Office for Civil Rights breach notification web site is unclear (e.g., theft of network server). Five breaches affected more than 1 million individuals, and one organization is on this list twice for back-to-back hacks.
Niall Brennan, CMS Chief Data Officer and the Director of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA), will give a keynote address at HDMs 4th annual Healthcare Analytics Symposium, July 13-15 in Chicago.
In scathing formal comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives called the proposed Stage 3 electronic health records meaningful use rule from CMS unworkable and too ambitious.
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, which certifies entities that process transactions or exchange health information for meeting best practices, is developing an accreditation program for data registries with an anticipated January 2016 launch date.
New jobs in healthcare information technology are emerging and becoming essential, as reform ramps up and new reimbursement approaches become mainstream. Provider organizations also are facing new challenges as they digitize records and manage increasing amounts of electronic data, and must both use and protect it.
The Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI) is embarking on new initiatives that use past records from patient encounters to develop personalized care models for patients.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one of the nation's most progressive healthcare institutions in its use of information technology in clinical care and research, is in the midst of a drive to encourage increased patient portal enrollment.
The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $112 million to regional cooperatives to help 5,000 primary care professionals in 12 states advance heart health through electronic health records support, among other methods.
Data blocking and decertification of electronic health records continue to be a hot topic of debate in federal policy circles. Some see decertification of EHR products that block data sharing as a lever for promoting interoperability of health information technology industry-wide. Others worry of unintended consequences.
A large number of provider organizations conducting data analytics are doing so via their electronic health records systems and finding a moderate level of satisfaction with analytics and reporting tools in their EHRs. In fact, use of EHRs or best-of-breed analytics software get the same rating6 on a 10-point scaleaccording to analyses and survey results from HIMSS Analytics.
The Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles has integrated its Epic electronic health records system with Apples HealthKit to exploit health and fitness data gathered from more than 80,000 patients.
The Health IT Standards Committee, a stakeholder advisory committee to the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, is changing how it makes recommendations to ONC.
By a vote of 51-0, the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday approved the 21st Century Cures Act bill, including health information technology provisions potentially impacting electronic health records interoperability, regulation of software as medical devices, and Medicare reimbursement policies for telemedicine.