WASHINGTON | Bernie Monegain | July 13, 2015 | 10:34 AM | Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety, Policy and Legislation
Healthcare IT giant Epic is working on a clinical decision tool aimed at helping healthcare providers reduce the risk of falls in unsteady patients. The technology is expected to be ready and available to Epic's EHR clients by year's end. More
WASHINGTON | Bernie Monegain | July 13, 2015 | 08:08 AM | Quality and Safety, Policy and Legislation, Interoperability
After 18 months in the making and vigorous bipartisan campaigning, the 21st Century Cures Act, which aims to get new medical treatments to market faster, passed the House Friday with a 344-77 vote. More
CHICAGO | Bernie Monegain | July 9, 2015 | 10:46 AM | Electronic Health Records, Privacy & Security, Quality and Safety
Health data security and patient engagement are the top concerns for the nation's IT-savvy hospitals, according to results of the 17th annual Health Care's Most Wired survey, released today by the American Hospital Association and CHIME. More
WASHINGTON | Bernie Monegain | July 9, 2015 | 08:32 AM | Quality and Safety, Workforce, Policy and Legislation
In one of four hospitals across the country hand washing -- the best-known way to prevent hospital infections -- is apparently not a priority, according to Leapfrog's new hospital survey. More
Bernie Monegain | July 8, 2015 | 09:51 AM | Accountable Care, Analytics, Decision Support
The second quarter of 2015 proved to be robust both for health IT companies that raised venture capital and for those going public, according to a new report from Mercom Capital Group. More
WASHINGTON | Bernie Monegain | July 7, 2015 | 08:19 AM | Quality and Safety, Policy and Legislation, Accountable Care
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is poised to launch a new model of care designed to support greater quality of home-based care among Medicare beneficiaries. More
Bernie Monegain | July 6, 2015 | 10:56 AM | Data Warehousing, Quality and Safety, Policy and Legislation
As promised last month, former ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, MD, and friends, launched on July 2, the Get My Health Data Campaign. The idea was to launch close to July 4 in order to declare the date as "Data Independence Day." More
WASHINGTON | Bernie Monegain | July 6, 2015 | 10:23 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety
A "one-size fits all" approach to meaningful use has done no one any favors, argues Brookings Institution Fellow Niam Yaraghi, who puts forth a plan for giving the federal incentive program a shot in the arm. More
Bernie Monegain | July 6, 2015 | 09:43 AM | Claims Processing, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management, Accountable Care
Health insurance giant Aetna will acquire rival insurer Humana in a $37 billion deal announced July 3. Aetna executives say the combined company will be positioned to better compete and to offer customers better value. More
Bernie Monegain | July 2, 2015 | 10:45 AM | Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety, Accountable Care
Health IT-enabled care coordination leaves much to be desired, according to a new survey of clinicians. The survey results were published online in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. More
Bernie Monegain | July 2, 2015 | 10:07 AM | Electronic Health Records, Policy and Legislation, Clinical
In a July 1 letter, to the Senate HELP Committee group working on improving EHRs, CHIME highlights correct patient identification as a critical need for ensuring patient safety. More
BUFFALO, NY | Bernie Monegain | June 18, 2015 | 15:01 PM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Quality and Safety
New research under way at University at Buffalo School of Nursing could lead to automating hospital discharge communication and reducing readmissions, enabling critical data to get to community healthcare providers in hours, rather than weeks. More