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Health IT Pulse is the blog for the writers and editors of SearchHealthIT.com, which covers health care technology and electronic health records infrastructure, applications, management and compliance.


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Electronic prescribing of controlled substances poised to take off

May 21, 2015 - E-prescribing has come of age. Now it’s e-prescribing of controlled substances’ (EPCS) turn. In 2014, 56% of U.S. physicians and 95% of pharmacies processed 1.2 billion electronic prescriptions on the Surescripts Inc. network, according to a new report from the company, which hosts the dominant U.S. e-prescription network. But while e-prescribing has become commonplace, e-prescribing...... READ MORE


Electronic prescribing of controlled substances poised to take off
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated May 21 2015

E-prescribing has come of age.

Now it’s e-prescribing of controlled substances’ (EPCS) turn.

In 2014, 56% of U.S. physicians and 95% of pharmacies processed 1.2 billion electronic prescriptions on the Surescripts Inc. network, according to a new report from the company, which hosts the dom…READ MORE


The rise of patient-generated health data
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated May 20 2015

Guest post by Chris Boone, Chief Executive Officer, Health Data Consortium

As the age of big health data emerges, a new category of data that can be leveraged by physicians and caregivers to discover more about their patients has arisen: patient-generated health data. While self-tracking — and …READ MORE


New survey: Physicians most likely to make patient notes, prescriptions in electronic systems
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated May 19 2015

Physicians have come a long way in a short time in getting comfortable working with EHR systems and other healthcare technology.

Nearly 80% of U.S. physicians say they are more proficient with EHRs than they were two years ago. American doctors made up 601 of the more than 2,600 physicians from s…READ MORE


Health Datapalooza 2015 to showcase health IT rock stars
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated May 13 2015

It’s probably the only major health IT industry event at which you can play mini-golf all day.

Welcome to Health Datapalooza 2015.

The name of the May 31-June 3 conference pays homage to rock music festival culture, and Health Datapalooza flaunts its own roster of health IT, business and media…READ MORE


Healthcare CIOs must treat IT as a business
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated May 13 2015

CIOs must be able to clearly communicate and demonstrate the business value of the IT services they provide, Barry Runyon, research VP at Gartner Inc. who focuses on healthcare provider research, wrote in a report. He added that CIOs also need to have a firm grasp on IT costs and be able to intellig…READ MORE


Providers satisfied with internal ICD-10 preparation, eschew outside testing
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated May 12 2015

Most healthcare professionals are confident enough in their organization’s internal ICD-10 preparation that they haven’t consulted with an outside source to measure their readiness prior to the Oct.1 coding changeover date. Less than a quarter of high-level healthcare pros that responded to a QualiT…READ MORE


Researchers: Stop charging patients for paper copies of records
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated May 7 2015

Despite 94% of hospitals in the United States having already adopted a certified EHR system, many state regulations are still focused on paper records. That’s the word from Niam Yaraghi, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Joshua Bleiberg, a research analyst at the Brookings Institution, whic…READ MORE


Positive buzz at ATA show
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated May 6 2015

LOS ANGELES — The American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) annual meeting and trade show came barely a month after the raucous, sprawling health IT industry-wide must-attend show HIMSS 2015.

The mostly sunny, laid-back setting for the ATA confab this year underscored how different in style and …READ MORE


Senate health committee leaders form bipartisan EHR improvement group
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated May 5 2015

A member of a Republican group that previously targeted the meaningful use program has crossed party lines to work with Democrats on a mission to improve the use of EHRs. Lamar Alexander (R- Tenn.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Ranking Member Pat…READ MORE


The duality of patient data: How do we keep it secure and free-flowing?
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated May 5 2015

Guest post by Chris Boone, Executive Director, Health Data Consortium

At the end of 2014, two reports that revealed conflicting consumer opinions about sharing health data and data security were released. Forbes, with data compiled by PwC’s Health Research Institute, reported that 70% of consume…READ MORE


ICD-10 survey: Physician practice worries 'a little too high for comfort'
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Apr 30 2015

With ICD-10 nearly certainly on its way in October, attitudes toward the sometimes controversial new medical coding system among many providers in small and medium-sized physician practices range from resistant to uneducated, according to a new survey  from Nuesoft Technologies, Inc. a cloud-based…READ MORE


Remote patient monitoring: What CIOs can do to make it happen
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Apr 29 2015

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is a viable solution to a costly and prevalent problem around the world: chronic diseases. Healthcare CIOs have a vital role to play in making RPM happen, Zafar Chaudry, M.D., and Thomas Handler, M.D., both Gartner Inc. analysts, wrote in a report.

Hundreds of mill…READ MORE


CMS: Technology can tighten link between quality measures and improvement
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Apr 28 2015

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 CMS strategy document “supports CMS’ evolving approa…READ MORE


PHI at core of new HHS and EEOC corporate wellness rules
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Apr 22 2015

The government continues to watch electronic protected health information (PHI), and it’s not just HIPAA enforcers who are doing it.

Both HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) declared this month, within days of each other, that corporate we…READ MORE


HIMSS mobile survey shows link between patient engagement and mobile tech
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Apr 21 2015

Last week was the most significant one of the year for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. In the midst of its health IT mega-conference, HIMSS 2015, the group made time to publish the results of the 2015 HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey.

Of the 238 respondents to the HIMSS m…READ MORE


HIMSS 2015 delightfully chaotic
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Apr 16 2015

CHICAGO — Overheard on the show floor at HIMSS 2015: “Hey, I like that analytics engine.”

HIMSS 2015 was a health techie’s wonderland, with plenty of partying, delightful chaos among hundreds of vendors and more than 43,000 attendees hoofing it across the vast expanses of the McCormick Pla…READ MORE


It's feet first for all HIMSS 2015 attendees
Posted in Health IT Pulse by Scott Wallask last updated Apr 15 2015

This morning as I came down the hotel elevator for breakfast, it stopped at a floor and in came a young guy carrying two stuffed bags and sporting a HIMSS 2015 badge.

“You ready to walk another 10 miles today?” the fella asked. “My feet are in pain. I told my boss no offense, but I’m not wearing …READ MORE


Proposal would shrink 2015 meaningful use attestation period
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Apr 14 2015

Following through on a promise made earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services released a proposal to relax meaningful use reporting requirements in 2015. A major piece of the proposal would shrink the meaningful use attestation period for eligible professionals from a full ye…READ MORE


HIMSS 2015 attendees just want to find their way
Posted in Health IT Pulse by Scott Wallask last updated Apr 13 2015

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, the conference shuttle bus driver’s first words to those of us boarding for Sunday’s sessions: “I’m lost.” He had…READ MORE


With a punch list in hand, CMS readies for ICD-10
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Apr 8 2015

The march toward ICD-10 is on in earnest.

Along with apparent solid congressional and industry support for ICD-10 after last year’s surprise one-year delay in stepping up medical coding from ICD-9, it appears that CMS is addressing some of the last technical details before the planned Oct. 1 sw…READ MORE


External testing stats stick out in ICD-10 preparedness survey
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Apr 7 2015

The ICD-10 deadline hasn’t changed since a delay was signed into law more than a year ago. Just as the ICD-10 implementation date hasn’t budged since then, so too has the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) in its belief that the healthcare industry may not be ready for the new coding s…READ MORE


Joint Commission issues warning on EHR safety
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Apr 2 2015

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 HIMSS 2015 (Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society) event, which is the health …READ MORE


Patients favor physicians over technology and online medical resources
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Mar 31 2015

Many patients acknowledge there is a place for technology in their healthcare, but the majority of them still value face-to-face interaction with their physicians above all else.

A 3,000-person survey given to residents of the U.S., U.K. and Germany by Nuance Communications, Inc. provided more ev…READ MORE


Pages and pages of stage 3 rules -- and moving on from stage 2; population health's ties to machine learning; UIs hamstring VNAs
Posted in Health IT Pulse by Scott Wallask last updated Mar 30 2015

Spring break sure sounds good to me after CMS dropped 700-plus pages of proposed regulatory rules for stage 3 meaningful use and EHR certification for the healthcare IT industry to study up on. Opinions quickly flew around the Web about the most important parts of the proposals.

Reporter Shaun Su…READ MORE


Halamka and Tripathi take aim at meaningful use stage 3
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Mar 26 2015

The health IT world reeled when CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT unleashed more than 700 pages of proposed rulemaking for meaningful use stage 3 for healthcare providers and EHR vendors.

Now two of health IT’s leading thinkers and innovators  — Beth Israel De…READ MORE


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