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Henry Powderly | December 19, 2014 | 11:44 AM | Financial/Revenue Cycle Management
Revenue cycle upgrades at U.S. hospitals have been pushed aside, in favor of preparation for the October 2015 ICD-10 transition and the chase for incentives tied to electronic health records, according to a Black Book survey of chief financial officers. More
Erin McCann | December 19, 2014 | 11:05 AM | Privacy and Security
A critical access hospital in southern Illinois was targeted by an unknown party with access to protected health information, who threatened to release more data unless a "substantial" ransom payment was made. More
Mike Miliard | December 19, 2014 | 10:40 AM | Data Warehousing, Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety
Researchers from Kaiser Permanente and Weill Cornell Medical College have pointed to the importance of tracking the effectiveness and safety of medical devices in registries, after they're in use. Few EHRs can uniquely identify devices and link them to... More
TROY, MI | Bernie Monegain | December 19, 2014 | 10:19 AM | Data Warehousing, Enterprise Content Management, Network Infrastructure
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. More
WASHINGTON | Kaiser Health News | December 19, 2014 | 09:38 AM | Quality and Safety, Policy and Legislation
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. More
AUGUSTA, AR | Greg L. Wolverton | December 18, 2014 | 11:35 AM | Electronic Health Records, Network Infrastructure, Workforce Management
In 2012, ARcare undertook a fast-paced transition to a next-generation electronic health record system. Less than two years later, it was nationally recognized, receiving HIMSS Analytics' Stage 7 Ambulatory Award, the highest HIMSS honor for EHR adoption... More
WASHINGTON | Mike Miliard | December 18, 2014 | 11:19 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Policy and Legislation
Stage 2 meaningful use attestations have shown an uptick, but many providers still struggle. With the Flex-IT Act gaining traction in the House, Rep. Renee Ellmers and 28 fellow members of Congress have again called on HHS for a shorter reporting period. The... More
Erin McCann | December 18, 2014 | 11:03 AM | Privacy and Security
Perhaps CD-ROMs are not the best storage media when it comes to safeguarding the health information of your patients -- especially when one of your staff members accidentally donates them to a children's art project, as what recently happened at a... More
ENGLEWOOD, CO | Bernie Monegain | December 18, 2014 | 07:21 AM | Quality and Safety, RIS and PACS
New findings published Dec. 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine affirms a practice for stroke response that has been employed by Donald Frei, MD, and the stroke team at Swedish Medical Center's Radiology Imaging Associates. More
Erin McCann | December 17, 2014 | 11:13 AM | Data Warehousing, Cloud Computing
Don't dismiss the healthcare industry as one of the last to innovate quite yet. When it comes to adopting cloud technology, it is ahead of the game, according to a new report. More
Mike Miliard | December 17, 2014 | 10:57 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Mobile/Wireless
Could younger patients be the key to achieving Stage 2 meaningful use patient access requirements? A new report finds strong desire for online medical records among the 18- to 34-year-old generation, with 43 percent of millennials saying they want to access... More
WASHINGTON | Bernie Monegain | December 17, 2014 | 10:26 AM | Quality and Safety, Policy and Legislation
The government has divvied up more than $665 million to states for designing and testing ways to improve healthcare quality, accessibility and affordability. The awards will go to 28 states, three territories and the District of Columbia. More