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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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CMS seeks comments on proposed rule for ACO program

December 18, 2014 - Accountable care organizations are on the verge of receiving a supportive push from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to aid them in their mission of improving the quality of care coordination while reducing expenses. CMS recently issued a proposed rule that aims to improve policies of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (SSP)....... READ MORE


CMS seeks comments on proposed rule for ACO program
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Dec 18 2014

Accountable care organizations are on the verge of receiving a supportive push from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to aid them in their mission of improving the quality of care coordination while reducing expenses.

CMS recently issued a proposed rule that aims to improve pol…READ MORE


Half of patients in ONC-funded trial chose to conceal sensitive personal health info
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Dec 17 2014

Some 50% of the patients who participated in an ONC-funded trial withheld clinically sensitive data from some or all of their healthcare providers. The trial examined the effects of patient access to their own medical records.

The study was designed and conducted by the Regenstrief Institute at I…READ MORE


Expansion of online appointment scheduling could lead to cost savings
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Dec 16 2014

Online patients will make 986 million medical appointments in the U.S. in 2019, accounting for 38% of all appointments made that year, according to projections compiled and reported by Accenture plc.

Accenture’s report also states that online appointment scheduling will generate $3.2 billion in s…READ MORE


Five physician-driven healthcare IT vendors
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Dec 16 2014

Guest post by Charles Settles, content writer, TechnologyAdvice

Poorly-designed workflows, charting, and other aspects of the user interface are common user frustrations with medical software. There are many causes for this, but one is likely the lack of physicians working in EHR design. Of the h…READ MORE


ONC releases federal strategic plan for health IT
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Dec 15 2014

The passage of the Affordable Care Act and the increasing amount of professionals and hospitals receiving payments from EHR incentives had significant influence on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020.  The plan — recently released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health In…READ MORE


Projection and reality clash in PwC, Health Research Institute data
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Dec 10 2014

Despite PricewaterhouseCoopers predicting mobile healthcare to remain fashionable in 2015, there’s measurable hesitance on the parts of both patients and physicians to use mobile technology during the course of care, according to new research.

Most clinicians (86%) agree that mobile applications …READ MORE


Presidential panel aims connected health at cancer
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Dec 9 2014

Connected health is one of the fastest-growing and most fascinating of all the health IT sub-categories, particularly because it has two meanings: it deals both with electronic, usually remote, links between providers and patients, and also with connections between providers.

Connected health is …READ MORE


Medicare EHR incentive deadlines extended
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Dec 4 2014

Hospitals will have more time to submit meaningful use data, receive 2014 program incentive payments and avoid payment adjustments for 2016. All of that is possible because of a CMS decision that extended the deadline for meaningful use attestation measures. Among the changes  is a deadline extensi…READ MORE


RSNA 2014 draws more than 55,000 to Chicago
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Dec 3 2014

CHICAGO — Welcome to RSNA 2014, the biggest, baddest granddaddy or grandmommy of all medical shows.

Actually, the Radiological Society of North America  Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting — held in the Windy City for years — is one of the biggest trade shows of any kind in the world.

T…READ MORE


The slow disappearance of the fax machine in healthcare
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Dec 3 2014

Guest post by Yvonne Li, co-founder of SurMD

As most healthcare practitioners and administrators know all too well, the use of fax machines is deeply engrained in the day-to-day information workflow across the healthcare system. In fact, the 2012 National Physicians Survey reported that the fax m…READ MORE


CIOs, ECRI Institute set their sights on health data security for 2015
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Dec 2 2014

Healthcare CIOs and hospital IT departments setting goals for next year are staring down a familiar task: maintaining healthcare data security on limited budget resources.

A group of CIOs representing eight healthcare organizations met at the Scottsdale Institute 2014 Fall CIO Summit to discuss h…READ MORE


Laptop theft exposes protected health information, brings six-figure fine
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Nov 26 2014

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston must pay the state of Massachusetts a $100,000 fine due the theft of an employee’s laptop in May 2012. The laptop — which was not issued by BIDMC — contained the unencrypted protected health information of 3,796 patients and employees. Beyond medical …READ MORE


Interstate HIE gets boost from 47-group coalition
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Nov 25 2014

Health information exchange (HIE) over state lines via EHRs and data exchanges can be difficult at best. A 47-group coalition including the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Integrating Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) USA and EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup (IWG) collaborate …READ MORE


HL7 touts FHIR as new interoperability standard
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Nov 19 2014

The hottest health IT buzzwords of the moment are interoperability and standards.

To that end, standards developer Health Level Seven International (HL7) offered its “critical expertise and leadership” in developing interoperability standards in a recent policy statement. HL7 also promoted its he…READ MORE


Article reports reduction to estimated cost of ICD-10 conversion
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Nov 18 2014

Providers that point to the potential financial burden the impending ICD-10 conversion could have on their practice as a reason to delay making the transition from ICD-9 codes might not have as strong of an argument as previously believed.

Changing over from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes isn’t as costly …READ MORE


HIMSS and CHIME voice concerns about ONC leadership changes
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Nov 13 2014

Motivated by recent and upcoming leadership transitions within ONC, members of the College of Healthcare Information and Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) addressed a letter to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS secretary, to express conce…READ MORE


Medical me: The intersection of patient privacy and health IT
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Nov 13 2014

Guest post by Roberta Katz, director, healthcare solutions, EMC,  @Roberta_Katz, @EMCHealthcare

Based on the amount of data currently being produced, the digital universe is projected to double in size every two years and multiply tenfold between 2013 and 2020 — from 4.4 trillion gigabytes to…READ MORE


Public safety trumps privacy when Ebola threat is real
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Nov 12 2014

Privacy doesn’t trump public safety — especially when it comes to the Ebola virus and other public health threats.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) — which enforces HIPAA — has issued a bulletin clarifying the circumstances under which patie…READ MORE


CMS rule rewrites meaningful use hardship exception deadlines
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Nov 11 2014

Eligible professionals and hospitals already know they have more time to apply for meaningful use exceptions this year. An interim final rule that’s packaged in the CMS 2015 Physician Fee Schedule 2015 Final Rule would make permanent alterations to the hardship exception process, notably finalizing …READ MORE


Meaningful use stage 2 attestation numbers remain anemic
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Nov 10 2014

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) released the most recent monthly status report with updated meaningful use attestation data, and health IT observers who are hopeful for a boost in stage 2 participants will be disappointed.

The data shows that through July, the total number of…READ MORE


HealthCamp draws diverse crowd
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Nov 7 2014

No sleeping bags, overnight gear or headlamps needed.

HealthCamp (technically “HealthCa.mp,”) is the umbrella organization for an irregularly scheduled series of transcontinental, mostly health IT-oriented “unconferences,” as the organizers affectionately call them.

The most recent Hea…READ MORE


BSR's guiding principles define access to healthcare
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ScotP last updated Nov 6 2014

NEW YORK — The concept of access to healthcare in the U.S. is often a foregone conclusion, despite the millions of uninsured persons that led to the Affordable Care Act of 2010. But, in fact, access to healthcare on a global level is a much less certain concept.

Exactly what access to healthcare…READ MORE


CCHIT ceases operations, donates assets to HIMSS Foundation
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Nov 4 2014

After ten years of working for the health IT community, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) announced it will conclude all of its operations immediately. CCHIT said that all pending work will be completed by November 14.

CCHIT was founded in 2004 by the Heal…READ MORE


KLAS, CHIME in on research, benchmarking partnership
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Nov 3 2014

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and KLAS Enterprises announced a partnership that will focus on research, benchmarking, advocacy support and collaboration on granting awards. The announcement was made in San Antonio, at the CHIME14 Fall Forum and will become effec…READ MORE


DeSalvo still running ONC
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Oct 29 2014

Karen DeSalvo, M.D., is still in charge.

That unambiguous message was embedded in a low-profile post on ONC’s blog, “Health IT Buzz,” a few days after the agency blasted out news to the world that the sort-of former ONC coordinator was gone, promoted to acting assistant secretary for health (ASH)…READ MORE


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