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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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