HDM Top Stories

Small Physician Practices Face Barriers in Using Telemedicine

Small physician practices using telemedicine can make quality care more accessible to patients in underserved communities, but numerous barriers are preventing the technology from realizing its potential, according to a July 31 congressional hearing.

Final Rule Establishes New ICD-10 Compliance Date

Four months after President Obama signed into law a one-year delay in the ICD-10 code switchover, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced a final rule establishing October 1, 2015, as the new ICD-10 compliance date.

Deadline Nears for Physicians to Review Vendor Payments, Gifts

With 27 days remaining for physicians to contest the accuracy of reports on payments and items of value received from drug, biological and medical device manufacturers, the American Medical Association reminds members of helpful resources on its website.

FDA Proposes Exempting Medical Devices from Premarket Notification

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued new draft guidance that would exempt certain Class I and II medical devices from premarket submission requirements.

Patient Engagement Should Be Considered Multi-Phase Phenomenon

Patient engagement is a vague concept in healthcare that is in danger of becoming merely a “hot buzz phrase,” according to a new study.

AAFP Moves from EHR Implementation to Optimization

The American Academy of Family Physicians Center for Health Information Technology is refocusing its efforts on supporting optimization of electronic health record use.

HIE Speeds Public Health Reporting, Treatment

The Erie County Department of Health in New York is seeing significant improvements in epidemiology and disease surveillance--specifically sexually transmitted diseases--by leveraging HEALTHeLINK, a health information exchange serving the greater Buffalo, N.Y. region.

3 Hospital Clinical IT Applications Poised for Growth

Infection surveillance systems, lab outreach services and patient acuity applications are poised for growth in the U.S. hospital IT market, according to new research from HIMSS Analytics.

NC HIE Links with Statewide Skilled Nursing Chain

The North Carolina Health Information Exchange has partnered with Liberty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services to provide HIE connectivity for Liberty Healthcare’s 21 skilled nursing facilities across North Carolina.

Qualis Health Launches Online Infection Prevention Tool Kit

Healthcare consultancy and care management organization Qualis Health has published an online tool kit that provides hospitals a practical, low-cost approach to engaging patients and families in infection control.

Mayo Researcher to Manage Oncology Alliance Data Center

Mayo Clinic biostatistician Daniel Sargent has been awarded a $32.7 million, five-year grant by the National Cancer Institute to lead the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology’s Statistics and Data Center. The Center will be located at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minn.

NewYork-Presbyterian Opens Dedicated Space at NYC Accelerator

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has opened dedicated innovation space at Blueprint Health, a New York City-based accelerator and co-working space for health technology startups.

Kaiser-Hopkins Collaboration to Leverage EHRs

Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins Medicine have announced plans to strengthen the successful collaboration between the two organizations.

Behind The Rise of the Chief Data Officer

CDOs will become universal as organizations realize that big data is too specialized and too much of a responsibility for the CIO or CTO.

Integrated Cardiac Device Management Cuts ED Wait Times

Clinicians at the University of California-San Diego Medical Center's emergency department were able to cut wait times by an average of 92 minutes using the Geneva Healthcare Suite, a technology platform for managing data from cardiac devices.

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