CommonWell Health Alliance, which seven health information technology companies formed in early 2013 to cooperate on systems interoperability issues, will launch initial services in early 2014 in four regions.
Few hospitals have operational computer-assisted coding systems today, but hundreds are looking at the technology or have made their selections as the ICD-10 compliance deadline nears. In a new report, vendor research firm KLAS Enterprises looks at the field and customer satisfaction rates.
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is offering 839,711 members a year of paid credit and identity protection services from Experian after two password-protected but unencrypted laptop computers were stolen.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has added a third year to Stage 2 of the EHR meaningful use program and has delayed the start of Stage 3 until 2017. Providers with at least two years of participation in Stage 2 can start Stage 3--the criteria of which remains in development--in 2017.
At first read, the CMS/ONC announcement that Stage 2 of EHR meaningful use will be extended by a year appears to give providers more time to get ready for their first reporting period. But that is not the case, according to the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have used natural language processing technology in an electronic medical records system to identify patients with multiple sclerosis and collect data on traits of their disease course.
The American Telemedicine Association is applauding a decision from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand rural coverage of telemedicine services, which CMS calls telehealth, reimbursable by Medicare.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is offering new guidance on identifying unsafe conditions with electronic health records.
Many radiologists in private practice may want to take a wait-and-see approach to meaningful use, despite missing out on the federal financial incentives for adopting electronic health records.
Hearst Corp. is expanding its health care information technology holdings and entering the home health arena by acquiring 85 percent of Homecare Homebase.
Three health information technology vendor acquisitions and a merger of two New York City health information exchanges have been completed in recent days:
HEALTHeLINK, a regional health information exchange serving the greater Buffalo region in New York, now is offering providers automated immunization reporting to the state immunization system.
Laboratory information systems vendor Sunquest is spearheading development of a new coalition of vendors regulated and unregulated under the Food and Drug Administration to push for additional FDA regulation in the health information technology industry, including electronic health records vendors.
Four industry organizations are asking Congress to push for Stage 3 requirements for expanding interoperability of electronic health records, including data generated from remote patient monitoring systems.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a four-page guidance sheet to aid eligible professionals in meeting Stage 2 meaningful use requirements covering a summary of care, clinical summary and patient electronic access to their medical record.