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April 9, 2014  11:13 AM

HIMSS Analytics study measures EHR governance programs



Posted by: adelvecchio
EHR certification, EHR governance, EHR implementation, HIMSS Analytics

According to study data collected by HIMSS Analytics, 60% of healthcare organizations have a formalized EHR governance program in place. And almost two-thirds of the time, it's not just IT staffers doing the governing: Physicians and nurses are having their say in how the application and its use...

February 27, 2014  11:48 AM

ONC’s proposed 2015 EHR certification standards open to comment period



Posted by: adelvecchio
EHR certification, EHR implementation, meaningful use stage 2

Following through on their promise to update certification criteria more frequently, the ONC has released its proposed rule for 2015 voluntary EHR certification standards.


January 28, 2014  1:08 PM

Health IT on the rise, independent physicians lag behind with EHRs



Posted by: adelvecchio
e-prescribing, EHR, EHR adoption, health IT, independent physicians

Adoption and use of health IT increased significantly from 2009 to 2012, though there is a sizable gap between the adoption levels of large and small practices. A study


December 31, 2013  12:47 PM

OIG extends sunset date for EHR safe harbor, Stark Law exception



Posted by: adelvecchio
EHR systems, OIG, Stark law

Hospitals will be able to continue to give EHRs to providers under an extension to the anti-kickback safe harbor announced just before the exception was set to expire. The HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced the...

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December 17, 2013  1:29 PM

Providers concerned with EHR security, few fighting copy/paste fraud



Posted by: adelvecchio
EHR, EHR copy and paste, EHR security, OIG, upcoding

Amid other EHR security concerns, few hospitals are protecting themselves from potential EHR copy and paste fraud. Less than a quarter (24%) of hospitals surveyed by the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) confirmed they had...


November 26, 2013  1:00 PM

Survey shows vendor solutions can ease health data exchange



Posted by: adelvecchio
EHR, HIE, Interoperability, Interoperability and health information exchange

Today's health information exchanges are slowed by a lack of system interoperability, but that could be resolved if more vendors would develop integration solutions and adopt standardized pricing for their products, health information exchanges said in the eHealth Initiative's 2013


November 19, 2013  1:30 PM

VA turns to open source EHR in wake of student-found vulnerability



Posted by: adelvecchio
EHR, EHR security, open source, VA, Vista EHR

A term project by a Georgia Tech graduate student lead to the discovery of a security vulnerability in  the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) EHR system. As a result, the VA collaborated...


October 29, 2013  1:01 PM

ONC study details electronic viewing and sharing of patient information



Posted by: adelvecchio
EHR, EHR implementation, HIE, patient engagement

With meaningful use stage 2 deadline bearing down on providers, the use of EHRs is changing how patient information is viewed and transferred --  an issue that is explored in detail in a recent ONC study. Nearly one-third of physicians shared patient clinical summaries with other providers in...


October 1, 2013  1:00 PM

Xerox EHR survey: Patient engagement a tall task



Posted by: adelvecchio
EHR adoption, EHR safety, EHR security

Meaningful use stage 2 requirements mandate that 5% of a facility's patients must view, download or transmit their data electronically in order to qualify for incentive payments. That could prove a difficult goal to reach, if statistics from Xerox's fourth annual EHR survey represent the country as...


June 27, 2013  11:48 AM

The future of health IT could be bright, but more work is needed



Posted by: EdBurns
EHR usability, health IT, HIPAA, Meaningful use, patient engagement

This will be my last blog for this site. I will soon be transitioning to another corner of the TechTarget universe where analytics is the name of the game. The occasion got me thinking about where the health IT industry is now and where it has the opportunity to go. Even though I will no longer be...


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