The prescription food chain is long and complicated, beginning with the initial prescription to ultimate fulfillment. This section includes electronic prescribing, support tools for medication selection, safety and alert applications for clinicians, and medication reconciliation for patients changing care settings.
A computerized algorithm has achieved promising outcomes in reconciling medications between clinical notes (unstructured data) and discharge prescriptions (structured data).
Clinics using an electronic health record system with clinician and patient prompts at office appointments resulted in significantly more female patients initiating and completing the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in a timely fashion, according to a new study. HPV can cause cervical and other cancers.
Electronic health records used in the care of children require specific pediatric functionalities to support the work of providers and to assure the delivery of quality care for patients.
A new survey of more than 600 U.S. nurses finds that a large majority of respondents believe electronic health records can help providers improve patient safety (73 percent) and reduce medication errors (72 percent). And, acute care nurses were even more convinced that EHRs support improved patient safety (82 percent).
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released new data on Medicare Part D prescription drugs prescribed by physicians and other health care professionals in 2013, revealing which prescription drugs were prescribed to Medicare Part D beneficiaries by which practitioners.
The Leapfrog Group, a coalition of large employers working to improve care quality, has updated and expanded its Hospital Safety Score website that enables consumers to check the safety grades of their local hospitals. About 31 percent of graded hospitals got an A.
Surescripts has partnered with PDR Network, publisher of the Physicians Desk Reference and distributor of drug safety alerts, to offer easier authorization processes for virtually all prescribers.
Software and billing services vendor athenahealth has introduced athenaText, a mobile secure messaging app for Apple Watch.
The alert issued recently by The Joint Commission, citing the risks and socio-technical factors leading to health information technology sentinel events, has spawned both supporters and detractors.
For the first time, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has instituted star ratings on Hospital Compare, the agencys public information website, to make it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and assess the quality of care. However, just 251 U.S. hospitals received the highest score on the new CMS five-star rating system for quality of care and patient experience.
Health information exchange among U.S. acute care hospitals grew significantly last year, according to new data from a nationwide American Hospital Association survey released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Its only been a month since Apple officially launched its smartwatch designed as a comprehensive health and fitness companion. However, a variety of vendors, providers and insurers have wasted little time in developing apps for the new Apple Watch.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has awarded $8.7 million to VillageCare, a New York City community-based, not-for-profit organization serving people with post-acute and chronic care, as well as rehabilitation needs, to help HIV/AIDS patients by providing a multi-layered and tailored intervention aimed at improving their medication adherence via a mobile medication planner, text reminders, social networking, peer mentoring, virtual support groups, and virtual access to health coaches.
First Databank, which operates drug reference databases, will resell simplified medication instructions developed by start-up vendor Polyglot Systems.
Heeding warnings from healthcare providers, pharmacists and patient advocates, both houses of the New York State legislature have passed bills delaying the onset of mandated e-prescribing for one year.