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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration, working with the Federal Communications Commission and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, is close to completing its mandated report to Congress on a risk-based regulatory framework for health I.T.
As federal officials descend on HIMSS14 to talk up Stage 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program, 48 provider associations and societies are reminding the feds that Stage 2 is in trouble.
Five pillars of electronic health record implementation--adoption, standards, privacy/security, incentives, and governance--are required to ensure interoperability, according to Doug Fridsma, M.D., ONC's chief science officer and director of the Office of Science and Technology. Fridsma, a keynote speaker at a Feb. 23 HIMSS14 pre-conference symposia, argued that meaningful use Stages 1 and 2 have helped to promote medical data interoperability but much work remains to be done.
Tenet Healthcare Corp., with 77 hospitals in 14 states, will use the interoperability services of CommonWell Health Alliance, which seven technology companies formed in early 2013 to cooperate on systems interoperability issues.
Founding members of CommonWell are Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, CPSI, Greenway, McKesson and Sunquest, with McKessons RelayHealth unit providing the health information exchange platform. These members, according to the alliance, represent 42 percent of the acute care electronic health records market and 23 percent of
Slowly but surely, social media is creeping into the health care industrys vocabulary.
Patient portals are often considered as much a patient loyalty strategy as a clinical tool. But what if all the providers in a community contributed all their patients data to the same portal? Bad for strategic advantage, but good for patient care.
Patients in tiny Batesville, Ind., can log into one portal to see their information not only from all local providers, but from larger hospitals in Cincinnati where they often go for more complex treatments
When it comes to the meaningful use program, Tenet Healthcare's Liz Johnson is a happy camper-about $320 million happy. That's the amount that Tenet's 49 member hospitals (which last fall expanded to 77 after a merger with Vanguard Health) stand to receive from the EHR incentive program through 2017, estimates Johnson, vice president, applied clinical informatics.
With all the talk about patient engagement and personal health records, theres precious little hard data on how well PHRs work to improve health. Parkview Health, Fort Wayne, Ind., is contributing some as part of an ONC Beacon Grant for the state of Indiana: looking at how patients with cardiovascular disease use a PHR and whether it contributes to lowered blood pressure, better weight control, improved blood test results, and compliance with the care plan.
All HIT to-do lists are too long, and getting longer by the day. Its tempting to focus on projects that have an immediate, easily quantified high-dollar payback. But CIO Mike Mistretta at MedCentral Health System, Mansfield, Ohio, thinks theres more to ROI than money. Hell take listeners through his methodology for evaluating I.T. projects based on metrics such as likelihood of successful adoption, increase in patient satisfaction, and improvement in clinical outcomes. The session, Leveraging
The federal governments list of electronic health records products meeting some or all requirements under the 2014 edition of meaningful use stood at 830 as of Thursday. Heres a handful of some of the most recently certified products.
Did you know that there are 36 milestone dates to remember with the electronic health records meaningful use program between January 2014 and December 2016?
Hospitals and physician practices are adding technology to prevent snooping into electronic records by health care workers.
Information technology hackers arent just attacking websites and networks anymore, they increasingly are attacking the Internet of Things, which are devices linked to the Internet, such as a MRI diagnostic imaging machine in a hospital.
Between securing reimbursements, ACA regulations, EHR system variations and complexity, security, guidelines and deadlines, Big Data can bury health care providers. Dr. Jerry Osband, Chief Medical Officer at EXL, a business process consultancy and analytics firm, identifies the top data challenges that providers face in the coming year.
Eligible professionals and hospitals hoping to soon attest to electronic health records meaningful use in 2013 have a little more time to prepare.