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Halamka and Tripathi take aim at meaningful use stage 3

March 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 Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka,...... 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


Patients confident, healthcare pros unsure of value of mHealth apps
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Mar 24 2015

Perhaps in response to users’ near-universal satisfaction with health apps, approximately half (46%) of healthcare professionals plan to integrate mobile apps into their practices within the next five years. Currently, only 16% of healthcare professionals use mHealth apps during patient care. All of…READ MORE


CHIME leads renewed push for national patient identifier
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Mar 19 2015

Creating a national patient identification system has long been a goal for many healthcare system CIOs and other health IT leaders.

Now the leading health IT CIO organization, the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME), is throwing its considerable intellectual capital behind…READ MORE


Premera cyberattack shows medical info at risk
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Mar 18 2015

The devastating cyberattack on Premera Blue Cross shows that medical information is becoming a top target for cybercriminals.

To avoid attacks such as the breach involving more than 11 million people’s medical information, hospital systems, other healthcare providers and insurers should ensure …READ MORE


Nurses would trade time spent on medical devices for patient care
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Mar 17 2015

Nurses would spend more time at patients’ bedsides if they could cut down on how often they have to operate medical devices. That sentiment was shared by 91% of 526 nurses that took part in a survey commissioned by Gary and Mary West Health Institute and conducted online by Harris Poll. More than tw…READ MORE


Why I'm more worried about EHR theft today than I was last week
Posted in Health IT Pulse by Scott Wallask last updated Mar 13 2015

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 brings long-term risk of fraudulent charges to a credit card or identity theft.

But I was dubious about what illicit acts s…READ MORE


Cloud clarity and the road to future patient care
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Mar 12 2015

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

Increasing at a rate of 48% per year, healthcare data is one of the fastest-growing segments within the digital universe. The growth rate of healthcare data eclipses the 40% figure representative of the…READ MORE


HHS unveils "Next Generation ACO Model"
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Mar 11 2015

One of the more interesting but lesser known offspring of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the accountable care organization (ACO), appears to be holding strong as a model of how healthcare will be delivered in the future.

ACOs have depended heavily, perhaps more than any other form of healthcare p…READ MORE


Healthcare spending, EHR market share divulged in survey
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Mar 10 2015

ICD-10 and population health management are more than just buzzwords for healthcare providers in 2015. More healthcare systems are projected to invest in those two areas than in any others, according to a survey conducted by peer60. The polled group represents 25% of the American hospital market, an…READ MORE


Brookings Institution scholars give meaningful use good marks, but say it needs more work
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Mar 5 2015

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 position paper pub…READ MORE


Common data visualizations for healthcare organizations
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Mar 4 2015

Guest post by Zach Watson, content manager, TechnologyAdvice

For large healthcare organizations, aggregating and analyzing data isn’t sufficient to improve business and care performance. Accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, and other new models of care delivery require …READ MORE


End-to-end ICD-10 testing mostly free of coding errors
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Mar 3 2015

Only 3% of ICD-10 claims submitted to CMS during a nine-day test were rejected. There were 661 providers, clearinghouses and billing agencies that participated and 1,400 were registered to test the soon-to-be implemented medical coding set. Here is a statistical breakdown of CMS’ ICD-10 testing, whi…READ MORE


Federal healthcare leaders: Let technology loose in precision medicine battle against cancer
Posted in Health IT Pulse by Scott Wallask last updated Feb 27 2015

In talking to researchers at pharmaceutical companies and universities, you’ll often hear them describe cancer treatment as the prototype for precision medicine because there are so many variations of the illness.

Looked at another way, cancer cases offer up a lot of medical data.

So it’s no s…READ MORE


FDA takes hands-off approach to wellness devices
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Feb 25 2015

If you have a pacemaker in your chest, the FDA wants to make sure the device works correctly. But if you want to wear a Fitbit, the agency will leave you alone.

In another sign that the FDA intends to assume a markedly hands-off policy when it comes to the wellness devices and programs that are p…READ MORE


FDA funding leads to medical device surveillance plan
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Feb 24 2015

Though it has a handle on measuring the safety and effectiveness of medical devices, the FDA isn’t sure there’s enough publically-accessible information for patients and clinicians to make fully-informed decisions about medical products.

The road to a firm medical device surveillance policy began…READ MORE


With ICD-10 implementation, the medical industry can escape the past
Posted in Health IT Pulse by Scott Wallask last updated Feb 19 2015

I’m getting déjà vu from ICD-10, and not in a good way.

As the healthcare industry marches forward on the ICD-10 implementation on Oct. 1, 2015, a look at the coding system’s history shows that the federal government again got caught in a weird time warp.

This situation brings me back to the…READ MORE


Epic to open app store; meanwhile nemesis athenahealth already has one
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Feb 18 2015

While EHR market leader Epic Systems Corp. plans to open its own app store, modeled partly on Apple Corp.’s uber-successful App Store, one of its arch-rivals, athenahealth Inc, already has one.

Verona, Wisc.-based Epic confirmed the plan to the Wisconsin State Journal without elaborating. But t…READ MORE


Patients want more options when scheduling medical appointments
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Feb 17 2015

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 considerably….READ MORE


Group representing ACOs asks for Shared Savings Program overhaul
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Feb 11 2015

Changes proposed by CMS to the Medicare Shared Savings Program that could also alter the future of accountable care organizations (ACOs) aren’t significant enough to satisfy a collection of healthcare provider groups.

The opposing group comprises provider healthcare improvement alliance Premier, …READ MORE


ONC’s interoperability roadmap points the way, federal health IT officials say
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Feb 4 2015

At 13 pages, it reads a lot longer.

Even officials of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) of Health IT at their annual meeting in Washington, D.C., earlier this week sometimes sheepishly acknowledged that their new “10-year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure…READ MORE


Cerner Corp. closes purchase of Siemens Health Services
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Feb 3 2015

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 Siemens AG.

Cerner made the acquisition for $1.3 billion, and now projects its revenues to sit somewhere in the rang…READ MORE


Responding to industry pressure, CMS plans to shorten meaningful use reporting to 90 days
Posted in Health IT Pulse by Scott Wallask last updated Jan 29 2015

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 use program.

CMS announced on its blog this morning that it intends to relax its meaningful use reporting period to 90 days fo…READ MORE


HL7 International starts user group for payers
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jan 28 2015

Unlike in European countries with single-payer or similar health insurance systems, the U.S. healthcare market is fragmented among a large number of individual private payer companies and groups.

That setup brings technological problems when it comes to exchanging information between payers and p…READ MORE


In Massachusetts, medical marijuana alerts get a second look
Posted in Health IT Pulse by Scott Wallask last updated Jan 27 2015

Imagine checking a personal email at work or at the public library and seeing this subject line show up in the alert box: “Confirmation of Patient Certification in the Medical Use of Marijuana Online System.”

That’s what happened to more than 6,800 patients in Massachusetts who have been approved…READ MORE


State Innovation Models Initiative to fund telehealth, EHRs
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jan 27 2015

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 as part of CMS…READ MORE


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