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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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Survey evaluates hospitals’ progress in scanning paper records

A new survey asking hospitals about their implementation of electronic medical record (EMR) systems has found that many healthcare providers cite meaningful use incentives as the leading factor in their adoption of the health informatics tool. The poll, which was conducted by information management services firm Iron Mountain, asked 200 healthcare professionals about their progress […]

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Nurses boost job prospects by studying health informatics

As healthcare in the U.S. continues to evolve, nurses are increasingly responsible for understanding and using high-tech electronic health records. These professionals can enter the burgeoning health IT field by seeking a degree or certificate in nursing informatics, reports Crain’s New York Business. “Health informatics is a growing field in the nursing world, in which […]

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Healthcare providers receive $75 million for EHR use

Officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced that healthcare providers who have met meaningful use requirements for the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) have received a total of $75 in incentive payments so far, Media Health Leaders reports. The incentives are a result of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act […]

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HIMSS announces finalists for Davies Award

Officials from Healthcare and Information Management Systems (HIMSS) recently announced its finalists for the 2011 Ambulatory Care Davies Award of Excellence. This award is given to facilities that have implemented and utilized electronic health records (EHRs) in order to improve the quality of patient care. New York’s Community Care Physicians is one of the award […]

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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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How Google’s “Moonshot” Initiatives Could Change Healthcare

It seems like Google has ventured into every aspect of daily life, and Google X serves to broaden that expanse even further. Google X is the research division of Google that seeks to develop technological advancements. Google refers to many of the Google X projects as moonshots because they offer “science fiction-sounding solutions” to solve […]

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Healthcare informatics publication receives award for providing career advice

As healthcare informatics becomes an increasingly important facet of the medical industry, many professionals in the field are seeking to advance in their careers. In order to facilitate this process, Healthcare Informatics (HCI) – a publication that provides information to C-suite information technology (IT) leaders – offers a regular column called Career Paths. This week, […]

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AMA House of Delegates calls for standardization of EMRs

A recent meeting of the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA), the largest doctors’ group in the country, led to the organization calling for the standardization of electronic medical records (EMRs) and electronic health records (EHRs) between hospitals around the nation, reports Reuters. At the conference, representatives of the 216,000 members of […]

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Survey: More doctors use tablet devices to access EMRs, health informatics tools

A new survey of more than 3,700 doctors and physicians around the country has revealed that the use of tablet devices to access electronic medical records (EMRs) and other health informatics tools is rapidly spreading. The survey was conducted by QuantiaMD, a mobile and online community for doctors. Approximately one of every six physicians in […]

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EMR/EHR spending to hit $6 billion by 2015

In a new report, leading research and consulting firm MarketsandMarkets (M&M) found that the overall value of the electronic medical record (EMR) and electronic health record (EHR) market in the U.S. will reach $6 billion by 2015. This finding was released in a paper titled “U.S. Electronic Medical Records Market, 2010-2015 (Market Share, Winning Strategies […]

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Western Colorado hospitals join health informatics system

A pair of hospitals in western Colorado recently joined the Quality Health Network (QHN), a company that provides electronic connectivity to healthcare facilities in the region. Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs and Pioneers Medical Center in Meeker will soon be able to take advantage of the QHN Health Information Exchange, a health informatics tool […]

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Proposal to include patient safety goals in Meaningful Use criteria met with support

A new commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found widespread support for the inclusion of the Joint Commission’s 2011 National Patient Safety Goals into Meaningful Use criteria, according to Information Week. The authors of the commentary, Dean Sittig and Ryan Radecki, MD, say the Joint Commission’s safety targets could be more […]

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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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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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Report: Technology important in reducing hospital acquired infections

According to a report that was recently released by GE Healthcare IT, technology should play a key role in reducing and controlling the number of hospital acquired infections (HAIs). Authored by GE Healthcare IT’s chief medical officer Brandon Savage, MD, and vice president of government and industry affairs Mark Segal, the report says that attitudes […]

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FDA seeks to define, clarify mobile device application regulations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking public input regarding its proposed oversight approach to mobile device applications that relate to healthcare IT. According to draft guidelines that were released this week, the FDA would regulate a small number of devices and applications that could be used in a clinical diagnosis scenario or […]

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Government outlines new privacy proposal for health informatics tools

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has unveiled a new proposal that would establish new privacy guidelines for electronic medical records (EMRs), reports Reuters. Under the rules currently in place, healthcare providers are required to keep logs of who accesses a person’s EMRs. These records do not have to be disclosed to […]

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Electronic submission pilot aims to reduce costs for healthcare providers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) electronic submission of medical documents (esMD) pilot scheme could allow Medicare review contractors to deliver data electronically, reports Information Week. This system may prove to be more cost-effective than existing methods. The scheme aims to permit healthcare providers to submit data to review contractors through one of […]

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Plans to delay stage two of meaningful use incentive met with support

Last month’s proposals by the Health IT Policy Committee to extend the deadline for healthcare providers to comply with stage two of the federal meaningful use incentive have been supported by national health IT coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari, according to Information Week. The news outlet reports that Dr. Mostashari voiced his support for the proposal […]

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EHR software provider partners with academic healthcare medical system

This week, athenahealth, a provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR) and patient communication services announced a partnership with University Hospitals (UH), one of the nation’s largest community-based health systems. Through this collaboration, UH’s Case Medical Center – an academic branch – will utilize athenaCollector, a cloud-based practice management and medical billing service. […]

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Department of Veteran’s Affairs to allow smartphones for use in accessing patient data

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) recently announced plans for employees to be permitted to use smartphones to access information from their electronic health record systems, according to Information Week. Presently, only Blackberries are authorized to access patient data from the EHR system, but the new plans would allow devices such as Apple’s iPhone and […]

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Federal official discusses need for health IT experts

Speaking at a conference hosted by a business school based in North Carolina, a leading federal official pointed out that the growing health informatics industry has a strong demand for professionals skilled in IT. During his keynote address, Ned Ellington told listeners that more than 30,000 healthcare facilities and organizations around the country will soon […]

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ER doctors at Lexington Medical Center find EMRs valuable

Physicians at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington Medical Center (LMC) have said that the emergency department’s new electronic medical record (EMR) system has proven valuable since it was installed one month ago, reports the Dispatch. LMC treats as many as 31,000 patients each year, and its annual traffic has continued to grow with no end in […]

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Military Health System to revamp health informatics tools

The U.S. Department of Defense recently signed a contract with Science Applications International Corporation that will allow them to enhance the healthcare information technology (IT) as well as the electronic health record (EHR) systems in the Tricare Management Activity Military Health System, CMIO reports. If all options are used, the contract has a total value […]

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