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April 28, 2015  11:28 AM

CMS: Technology can tighten link between quality measures and improvement



Posted by: adelvecchio
AHRQ, EHR, quality measures

In publishing a final draft of its Physician Quality Reporting Programs strategic vision, CMS reiterated that it stands with the growing crowd of healthcare entities that are supporting a move away from fee-for-service payment models. The official

April 13, 2015  10:39 PM

HIMSS 2015 attendees just want to find their way



Posted by: Scott Wallask
EHR, health IT innovation, HIMSS 2015, precision medicine

When I got into the taxi to catch my plane from Boston to the HIMSS 2015 conference, my cabbie didn't know how to get to Logan Airport. He needed a GPS to guide him. Then, in Chicago,...


April 2, 2015  4:29 PM

Joint Commission issues warning on EHR safety



Posted by: ShaunSutner
EHRs, HIMSS, HIMSS 2015, Joint Commission

EHR errors can cause serious problems. The Joint Commission, the independent healthcare accreditation agency that functions as a quasi-governmental body, issued that warning in the days before the giant


March 13, 2015  4:02 PM

Why I’m more worried about EHR theft today than I was last week



Posted by: Scott Wallask
cybersecurity, EHR, Electronic Medical Record, prescriptions

I had not been convinced about the dangers of one's EHR getting stolen in a data breach -- until now. If a cyberthief robs you of your financial information, that clearly...


March 5, 2015  10:39 AM

Brookings Institution scholars give meaningful use good marks, but say it needs more work



Posted by: ShaunSutner
EHRs, Interoperability, Meaningful use

Meaningful use has overall been a positive force for digitizing U.S. healthcare, but the EHR incentive program and its federal overseers still must overcome major problems if the promise of health IT is to be fulfilled. That’s the core message embodied in a succinct Brookings


February 17, 2015  2:02 PM

Patients want more options when scheduling medical appointments



Posted by: adelvecchio
EHR, mHealth, mHealth applications, mobile apps, telehealth

There is a distinct gap between how often patients in the United States are able to use digital technology to access their health information compared to how often they wish they could. If the next generation of patients gets its way, the difference between those two values will shrink...


February 3, 2015  2:20 PM

Cerner Corp. closes purchase of Siemens Health Services



Posted by: adelvecchio
Cerner, EHR, Siemens Health Services, Soarian

Closing the books on a deal that was at least six months in the making, Cerner Corp. announced it has finalized its purchase of Siemens Health Services, an EHR and business unit of


January 29, 2015  2:34 PM

Responding to industry pressure, CMS plans to shorten meaningful use reporting to 90 days



Posted by: Scott Wallask
CHIME, CMS, EHR, electronic health record, meaningful use attestation, meaningful use stage 3, stage 2

Relief is coming for thousands of providers who worried about gathering and reporting EHR data for 365 days as part of stage 2 of the government's meaningful...


January 27, 2015  1:29 PM

State Innovation Models Initiative to fund telehealth, EHRs



Posted by: adelvecchio
CMS, EHR, State Innovation Models Initiative, telehealth

A portion of an investment approaching $1 billion, made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will go toward stimulating the practice of telehealth and increasing patient access to EHRs. An Accenture report analyzes how states that created State Health Innovation Plans


January 9, 2015  10:53 AM

With the new year in mind, a look back at hot health IT trends 20 years ago



Posted by: Scott Wallask
EHR adoption, healthcare, HIPAA audits, Interoperability, LOINC, Meaningful use, patient data, PDA, smartphones

As we jump into 2015, health IT professionals are familiar with the road ahead: Meaningful use debates, HIPAA audits, and EHR advances will all make headlines this year. And new technologies like wearable devices will push the boundaries of patient-centered care. With that in mind, I thought it...


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