News from en Small-hospital CFOs: Revenue cycle took backseat to EHR, ICD-10 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-external-story-url"> <div class="field-label">External Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> </div> </div> </div> Online Only Hospitals & IDNs Financial/Revenue Cycle Management Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:44:36 +0000 Henry Powderly 87136 at Data hijacker holds patient PHI hostage <div> A <a class="directory-item-link" href="/directory/critical-access-hospitals-cahs" target="_blank">critical access hospital</a> in southern Illinois was targeted by an unknown party with access to protected health information, who threatened to release more data unless a &quot;substantial&quot; ransom payment was made.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Online Only Industry News Hospitals & IDNs Privacy and Security Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:05:58 +0000 Erin McCann 87131 at Kaiser, Weill Cornell show importance of device registries <p>Researchers from <a class="directory-item-link" href="/directory/kaiser-permanente" target="_blank">Kaiser Permanente</a> and Weill Cornell Medical College have pointed to the importance of tracking the effectiveness and safety of medical devices in registries, after they&#39;re in use.</p> <p class="see-also"><b>[See also: <a href="/news/registries-playing-catch-stage-3" target="_blank">Registries playing catch up with Stage 3</a>]</b></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Online Only Hospitals & IDNs Data Warehousing Vendors Electronic Health Records Quality and Safety Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:40:34 +0000 Mike Miliard 87126 at HTC Global to expand reach with CareTech <p>IT company HTC Global Services has acquired CareTech Solutions, an IT and Web products and services provider for U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems. Both companies are headquartered in Troy, Michigan.</p> <p>The terms of the deal were not released.</p> <p>&quot;This acquisition is an integral part of our strategy of exponential growth in our chosen areas of IT competencies,&quot; said Madhava Reddy, president and CEO of HTC Global Services, in a press statement.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Online Only Data Warehousing Enterprise Content Management Network Infrastructure Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:19:17 +0000 Bernie Monegain 87116 at Hospitals face toughest safety fines yet <p><strong>By Jordan Rau</strong></p> <p>In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released Thursday show.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Online Only Policy and Legislation Quality and Safety Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:38:34 +0000 Kaiser Health News 87111 at Unified clinical communications are critical to care teams <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unified communications are critical </div> </div> </div> <p>Patient-centered care teams have been <a href="">compared with auto racing pit crews</a>, who collaborate in real time amid controlled chaos. In surgical settings, the pit crew analogy makes complete sense, as an expert team of clinicians physically surrounds the patient. But the patient-centered, interdisciplinary teams that work across time and the continuum of care are dispersed across different floors, inpatient and outpatient facilities, and locations.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hospitals & IDNs Vendors Electronic Health Records Mobile/Wireless Network Infrastructure Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:29:17 +0000 Dennis Schmuland, MD 87101 at Lessons learned from an award-winning EHR system replacement <p>In 2012, ARcare undertook a fast-paced transition to a next-generation <a class="directory-item-link" href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank">electronic health record</a> system. Less than two years later, ARcare was nationally recognized, receiving <a class="directory-item-link" href="/directory/healthcare-information-and-management-systems-society-himss" target="_blank">HIMSS</a> Analytics&#39; Stage 7 Ambulatory Award, the highest HIMSS honor for EHR adoption.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Online Only Industry News Physician Practices & Ambulatory Care Vendors Electronic Health Records Network Infrastructure Workforce Management Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:35:53 +0000 Greg L. Wolverton 87091 at Meaningful use numbers show signs of life, groups still lobby for relief <p>Stage 2 <a class="directory-item-link" href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank">meaningful use</a> attestations have shown big improvements recently, but many providers are still struggling. With her Flex-IT Act gaining traction in the House, Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., along with 28 fellow members of Congress, have called on <a class="directory-item-link" href="/directory/department-health-human-services-hhs" target="_blank">HHS</a> Secretary Sylvia Burwell to offer relief in the form of a shorter 90-day reporting period.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Online Only Industry News Hospitals & IDNs Meaningful Use Physician Practices & Ambulatory Care Electronic Health Records Policy and Legislation Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:19:16 +0000 Mike Miliard 87081 at 'Serious mistake' results in PHI sent to kids art project <div> Perhaps CD-ROMs are not the best storage media when it comes to safeguarding the health information of your patients &ndash; especially when one of your staff members accidentally donates them to a children&#39;s art project, as what recently happened at a Virginia-based health system.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Online Only Industry News Hospitals & IDNs Privacy and Security Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:03:28 +0000 Erin McCann 87076 at Healthcare data: a virtual tsunami <div class="field field-type-text field-field-external-story-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> </div> </div> </div> Data Warehousing Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:15:47 +0000 Jeff Rowe 87071 at