HDM Top Stories

Patients Want Electronic Access to Medical Records

In its annual survey on the use of electronic health records, Xerox found many Americans are open to getting medical records online if given instruction on how to obtain access by their medical providers, but two-thirds have yet to do so.

Virtual Clipboard Initiative Seeks to Eliminate Intake Paperwork, Errors

A partnership of major healthcare organizations has launched a "virtual clipboard" initiative aimed at developing an effective and consistent industry blueprint for a mobile app that will standardize patient intake information and reduce wasted effort and errors.

VA Leverages IBM’s Watson Supercomputer

The Department of Veterans Affairs has initiated a two-year pilot to study innovative approaches to quickly search electronic health records and medical literature for relevant published studies to hasten evidence-based clinical decisions.

ID Theft Sends Lab Tech to Prison

Kamarian Millender, a laboratory technician formerly employed at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Ala., has been fined and sentenced to two years in prison for his role in an identity theft ring.

Tips from NIST on Picking the Right Cloud Vendor

Draft guidance from the government, being released for public comment, offer an early model for metrics that government agencies, businesses and other organizations could use as they select an appropriate cloud computing vendor partner.

Michigan Researchers to Study Medicaid Expansion Effects

Researchers from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation will study if Medicaid expansion made possible by the Affordable Care Act improves the health of low-income Michigan residents.

Chicago Collaborative Decreases Readmissions by 25 Percent

Medical Home Network, a third-party facilitator of collaborative care on Chicago's south side, says members of its network have reduced 30-day readmissions by 25 percent, increased timely post-discharge follow-ups by as much as 130 percent, and also reduced overall cost of care since December 2012.

How Medical Students Assess the Career Ahead of Them

For the ninth year, the Epocrates unit of athenahealth Inc. has published survey results on the opinions and expectations of medical students soon to enter the profession. The vendor surveyed 1,462 students in late August and early September 2014.

HIEs Starting a New Trade Association

About 20 health information exchanges are developing a new trade association, called the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative, or SHIEC.

Nearly Half of Patients Withheld Info in Their EHR

In what is being touted as the first real-world trial of the impact of patient-controlled access to electronic health records, almost half of the patients who participated in the study withheld clinically sensitive information in their EHR from some or all of their healthcare providers.

Congress Directs ONC to Decertify EHRs Blocking Information Sharing

The fiscal year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by Congress includes legislative language directing the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to decertify electronic health record products that are effectively blocking the sharing of health information.

Challenges Remain for Medicaid Eligibility IT Systems

While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has expanded the availability of federal funds to states for costs associated with changes to Medicaid eligibility IT systems, implementation challenges remain.

AHRQ Seeks Comments on Pediatric EHR Core Functions

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Evidence Practice Center program has released a draft technical brief on the state of practice and the current literature around core functionalities for pediatric electronic health records to describe current practice and to provide a framework for future research.

Humana ACO Results Show Improved Population Health

Data analyzed from 2013 on quality, outcomes and cost measures from Humana’s accountable care organization programs for about one million Medicare Advantage members shows a number of measureable improvements, according to the insurer.

VA’s PHR and Portal Not Reaching High-Priority Vets

Though millions of U.S. veterans have registered for the My HealtheVet personal health record and patient portal developed by the Veterans Health Administration, opportunities are being missed for those with specific medical conditions that require intensive treatment and self-management.

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