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CMS meaningful use payments widespread as EHR adoption grows

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has paid out more than $90 million in payments as part of its meaningful use federal incentive program, according to Healthcare IT News. The figures were announced by Robert Anthony from the CMS’ office of e-health standards and services at a recent meeting of the Healthcare IT […]

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Ohio HIE joins statewide exchange project

CliniSync, the statewide health information exchange (HIE) project currently under development in Ohio, reached a significant milestone with the addition of the West Central Ohio Health Information Exchange (WCOHIE) to the initiative, according to Healthcare IT News. Six hospitals will be connected through the new HIE thanks to the collaboration between CliniSync and the WCOHIE. […]

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Data security remains low priority for many healthcare facilities, says report

Despite the passing of legislation and eligibility criteria introduced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the security of patient medical data remains a low priority for many healthcare facilities, according to a report published by the Computer Sciences Corporation’s (CSC) consultancy division. Although the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations […]

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EHR vendor tools help physicians meet NCQA standards

Boston-based medical informatics vendor Athenahealth has released a series of tools intended to enable physicians to achieve National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) standards. The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Accelerator program enables healthcare professionals to meet the NCQA guidelines through the use of medical informatics systems certified as part of the Centers for Medicare and […]

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VA ‘inviting innovation’ by making EHR open source

As part of an ongoing project to modernize its medical informatics system, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) claims it is inviting innovation from the private sector by utilizing an open source code base for the project. The project is a collaboration between the VA and the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide active servicemen […]

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Federal incentives, ease of use driving adoption of EHR’s, says study

A survey of 100 physicians across the U.S. that was conducted by Sage Healthcare revealed that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) meaningful use financial incentives are a considerable factor in the adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems. The study polled 100 healthcare professionals to determine how many of them had already […]

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GE Healthcare launches iPad app

GE Healthcare has released an application for the Apple iPad that is intended to enable physicians and healthcare professionals to access patient data from electronic medical records (EMR’s). The Centricity Advance-Mobile application provides doctors with full interoperability functionality to the Centricity Advance practice management system from their iPad. The program allows physicians to respond to […]

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New Hampshire establishes health information organization

Department for Health and Human Services (DHHS) officials in New Hampshire have announced the launch of the state’s health information organization (HIO). The organization will be responsible for the coordination of the state’s healthcare IT initiatives. The establishment of the HIO follows the passing of House Bill 489, which Governor John Lynch signed into law […]

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America’s largest public health plan introduces online consultations

L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest public healthcare provider in the United States, has launched its $1.5 million eConsult healthcare IT system. The information network will allow physicians to discuss patient symptoms with specialists, share information across facilities and make referrals when appropriate. Deployment of the eConsult system will take place across 47 of L.A. […]

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More than $400 million awarded under MU incentive program, says CMS

To date, more than $400 million has been awarded to healthcare providers as part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) meaningful use incentive program to encourage healthcare providers to implement medical informatics technology, according to Healthcare IT News. Robert Tagalicod, director for the Office of E-Health Standards and Services, presented the Health IT […]

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Rehabilitation hospital group to implement Cerner EHR

HealthSouth, an Alabama-based healthcare provider specializing in rehabilitation medicine, has announced that it will partner with Cerner in the adoption of the company’s Millennium electronic health record (EHR) technology in its 97 inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF’s) across 26 states. As part of HealthSouth’s widespread implementation of Cerner’s EHR, particular emphasis will be placed on the […]

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Nursing informatics deserves more attention, says expert

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week that it would award more than $71.3 million in grants to expand the country’s nursing workforce through training and education initiatives. However, some believe that the HHS has missed an opportunity to invest in the emerging field of nursing informatics by failing to allocate […]

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Surescripts announces improvements to and certification of e-prescribing system

Nationwide e-prescription company Surescripts has announced significant improvements to its national e-prescribing network that will allow it to begin processing prescriptions of controlled substances in the near future. The upgrades to the network were intended to provide electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) services to software developers and vendors. Surescripts announced that eligible EPCS manufacturers […]

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New medical informatics tools enable physicians to identify at-risk patients

New tools developed by health information management software vendor Phytel will enable medical professionals to more accurately identify and treat patients at risk of preventable health complications, according to Information Week. The organization’s Atmosphere software solution is customizable, and integrates with existing medical informatics networks to allow physicians to use population patient health information (PIH) […]

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Major healthcare IT collaboration between Duke, Verizon announced

Officials from Duke University and telecoms giant Verizon have announced a new partnership that will improve the quality of care for patients in North Carolina, according to Information Week. The project also aims to improve the research capabilities of Duke University, as well as reduce healthcare IT operations costs in medical facilities across the state. […]

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Free EHR for handheld devices in beta testing phase

Leveraging the growing trend of handheld device use by physicians and healthcare professionals, electronic medical records (EMR) vendor Practice Fusion recently announced that its mobile medical informatics system for tablet PCs and smartphone devices is in the beta testing stage, according to Information Week. The clinical informatics application, which will be available for Android and […]

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Despite ICD-10 trepidation, next revision currently in development

At the recent American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference, Dr. T. Bedirhan Ustun announced that work has begun in developing the next revision to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) codebase is currently in development, according to Healthcare IT News. Ustun, a researcher and scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) told attendees […]

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Older physicians more likely to use newer medical informatics features, says study

A report that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) suggests that older physicians were more likely to use newer features of medical informatics systems, known as novel functionality, according to Healthcare IT News. The study aimed to examine whether younger doctors were more likely to use novel functionality of […]

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Meaningful use takes precedence over security, says study

According to a report that was conducted by Healthcare IT News, healthcare facilities are increasingly focused on meeting compliance standards for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) meaningful use financial incentives than implementing secure medical informatics systems. The survey, which was commissioned by database software vendor Oracle and financial advisory and consultancy form […]

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Integrated security reduces data security threats, says consulting firm

Despite the lack of widespread adoption, integrated security procedures can reduce the risk of unauthorized access to sensitive data, according to a report that was published by consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Historically, the privacy of patient health data has been the responsibility of compliance departments in healthcare organizations, whereas data security has been traditionally handled […]

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Texas develops HIE plans with Accenture

The Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) is developing and refining its plans for the development of a state-wide health information exchange (HIE) with healthcare IT consulting firm Accenture, according to Information Week. The THSA conducted a detailed assessment of the project in collaboration with Accenture to identify actionable project goals relating to the security and […]

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Clinical informatics adoption may account for increases in data breaches

According to a report that was published by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), there may be a direct correlation between increasing levels of the adoption of medical informatics systems and breaches in patient health information (PHI). The release of the publication follows a recent audit that was conducted by the Health and […]

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Healthcare providers beginning to take ICD-10 preparation seriously

As the deadline approaches for the transition to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) codebase, care organizations and healthcare IT professionals are beginning to take the impending change of regulation seriously, according to a survey that was conducted by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Although the deadline is […]

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Telehealth device shipments could exceed 2 million by 2013, says market research firm

Patients are taking healthcare IT into their own hands, according to a survey that was conducted by market research firm InMedica. The growing telehealth industry could see shipments of home-care devices, such as blood glucose meters, pulse oximeters, blood pressure monitoring devices and weight scales, increase to more than 2 million by 2013, according to […]

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Wireless networks could be configured to function as noninvasive monitoring technology

Engineers and researchers from the University of Utah are developing new ways of using wireless technology to monitor patients who suffer from sleep apnea, irregular breathing patterns following surgical procedures, and children at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Neal Patwari, lead engineer on the project, said the devices can be used to detect […]

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Report: Ophthalmological specialists require suitable EHR’s

A whitepaper that was recently issued by the Medical Information Technology Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology says that specialist healthcare providers need electronic health record (EHR) systems that are designed specifically for their areas of care, and outlines suggestions of how medical informatics companies can implement such changes. The paper’s principle author, Michael […]

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Mayo Clinic researchers building data exchange, developing new EHR tools

Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic is developing medical informatics tools that could give healthcare providers new methods of collecting data from electronic health records (EHRs), reports Information Week. The nonprofit healthcare provider is using a Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) grant to develop its health information exchange, which is based on the government’s open-source CONNECT […]

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Healthcare IT is a good career option for college graduates

A recent study by the University of California, San Diego reveals that the most popular careers for recent college graduates are in the health information technology (IT) field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that professionals in this industry can work in many fast-growing positions. This increase in healthcare IT jobs comes largely from recent […]

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RHIOs have difficulty meeting meaningful use requirements

A recent study by a Boston-based university found that only 13 out of 75 fully-operational regional health information organizations (RHIOs) have the ability to meet stage one requirements of meaningful use for their health informatics tools, specifically electronic health record (EHR) systems. Additionally, none of these facilities meet an “expert-derived definition” of a comprehensive RHIO. […]

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5 Data Security Challenges for Health Informatics Students to Know

Paperless records and billing offer an opportunity to go green, have easy access to documents, and protection against physical damage like a flood or fire. Sophisticated layers of e-security are supposed to offer more protection, too. But the reality is that hackers are getting are more advanced as well, with breach after breach of sensitive […]

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