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Despite an explosion in consumer use of mobile health and fitness applications, doctors continue to be hesitant to recommend mHealth apps to their patients.
Lack of interoperability among data resources for electronic health records is a major hurdle to the unfettered exchange of information and development of a robust health data infrastructure.
Driven by cost controls and clinical effectiveness, software for bed management, enterprise resource planning and financial modeling is in high demand among U.S. hospitals.
Im not really sure where the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is trying to go with the two-midnight rule, but I fear its backwards.
Federal officials often tout the supposed benefits of its Meaningful Use electronic health records program, namely that physician adoption of these EHRs in their practices is leading to improved healthcare delivery and outcomes. However, so far, the evidence doesn't appear to support the association between physician use of MU EHRs and quality of care.
About 85 percent of Medicare meaningful use early adopters have successfully attested for 2011, 2012 and 2013, according to the latest estimates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The "very raw, gross" numbers of eligible professionals released at last week's Health IT Policy Committee meeting are based on data from the 2013 attestation period which ended on March 31.
Truven Health Analytics acquisition of Simpler Consulting combines a major force in healthcare performance analytics with a firm boasting a standardized methodology to improve performance in healthcare organizations.
The American Hospital Association and several delivery systems have filed two federal lawsuits challenging the two-midnight rule for hospitals, as well as a 0.2 percent payment cut in Medicare to offset alleged higher costs because of the rule.
In a recent blog posting, Kathleen LePar, vice president of strategic services at consultancy Beacon Partners, notes: We have been hearing for the last two years, If I only had enough time to implement ICD-10 correctly. Well, now you have the opportunity to do it right. LePar gives multiple examples of opportunities that stakeholders should take advantage of now that Congress has delayed the ICD-10 compliance deadline until at least October 2015.
HEALTHeLINK, a health information exchange serving the greater Buffalo region in New York, has a new service enabling hospitals to automatically submit syndromic surveillance information to the state health department.
Healthcare organizations were caught flat-footed by the one-year delay in the ICD-10 implementation deadline to October 2015, according to the finding of a new poll by the health services research arm of Deloitte LLP. The poll of 1,250 health professionals conducted during a recent Deloitte Center for Health Solutions webcast found that 58 percent of respondents were disappointed by the delay.
Threats to the security and privacy of patient data in the U.S. healthcare system are increasing, healthcare organizations continue to struggle with the increasingly complex federal and state privacy and security regulations, and many, if not most, providers have experienced a data breach.
Analyzing a national database of hospital inpatient records, a team of researchers reports an expected spike in mortality six days after cardiac surgery, but also a more surprising and potentially troubling jump in deaths at the 30-day mark.
A consortium of health data researchers in Chicago is leveraging work on several projects and a recent $7 million round of funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to advance both study recruitment and quantitatively-based public health delivery.
Many healthcare organizations migrating information systems to a cloud-hosted service struggle developing an appropriate strategy for the task, says Ed King, managing director of healthcare consulting services at disaster recovery and cloud-hosting vendor Sungard Availability Services. The Wayne, Pa.-based company split from software and processing services vendor SunGard in March and became an independent entity.