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Patients in rural California to benefit from telehealth initiatives

Due to legislation passed recently by Governor Jerry Brown, more Californians are set to benefit from increased telehealth initiatives across the state. The Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011 aims to extend the healthcare IT provisions first set forth in the state’s Telemedicine Act of 1996. Under the legislation, new telehealth intitiatives will be introduced in […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Healthcare providers should demonstrate meaningful use compliance with data, says EHR vendor CEO

As increasing numbers of healthcare providers are attesting to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) meaningful use federal financial incentives, the chief executive officer of medical informatics vendor Athena Health has said that healthcare professionals should show their compliance as opposed to merely reporting it, according to Information Week. In order to qualify […]

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Electronic post-op monitoring important to patient safety, says study

According to a recent survey by the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), the majority of physicians polled stated that electronic monitoring of patients following surgical procedures could reduce the risk of opioid-related deaths, reports Healthcare IT News. The report indicates that healthcare professionals believe that monitoring levels of oxygenation and post-surgery ventilation using […]

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Illinois focuses on improving patient care through healthcare IT

In an attempt to improve the quality of care that is provided to about 1.3 million patients, the Central Illinois Health Information Exchange (CIHIE) will work with the Informatics Corporation of America (ICA) to provide information technology (IT) and link their systems, Information Week reported. Through this collaboration, the ICA will be able to link […]

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Rate of EHR adoption could result in increased lawsuits against physicians, says study

The speed and widespread adoption of clinical informatics systems and electronic health records (EHRs) could result in increasing numbers of lawsuits against physicians, according to a report by healthcare IT research firm, the AC Group. The study, titled Do EHRs Increase Liability?, claims that as the rate of medical informatics adoption has increased, so too […]

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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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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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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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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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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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