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Jack McCarthy | September 28, 2015 | 09:31 AM | Interoperability
The project aims to create standards and security while improving patient safety and care quality. More
Bernie Monegain | September 28, 2015 | 08:46 AM | Quality and Safety, Policy and Legislation, Clinical
CMS has allocated $110 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 17 national, regional, or state hospital associations and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. More
Jack McCarthy | September 28, 2015 | 08:01 AM | Telehealth
A pilot program at Vanderbilt University and VA found that patients, nearly three-quarter of whom preferred telehealth, received the same quality of care via video and phone as those who came into the hospital. More
Jack McCarthy | September 25, 2015 | 03:42 PM | Health Information Exchange (HIE), Policy and Legislation, Interoperability
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released a draft of the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory for public comment. It contains updates to the advisory's structure and content based on input from the public and the Health IT... More
Mike Miliard | September 25, 2015 | 11:13 AM | Data Warehousing, Quality and Safety, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management
The new BCBS Axis now compiles detailed data on more than 2.3 billion procedures from all 36 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, representing some $350 billion in annual claims. The aim? Better outcomes at lower cost. More
Bernie Monegain | September 25, 2015 | 10:51 AM | Quality and Safety, Patient Engagement
Lowell General Hospital, a community hospital near Boston, and ClinicalBox, are poised to go full blast into care coordination. "Time is of essence," says its chief nurse executive. More
Bernie Monegain | September 25, 2015 | 09:58 AM | Network Infrastructure, Privacy & Security, Cloud Computing
Global spending on information security will reach $75.4 billion in 2015, an increase of 4.7 percent over 2014, according to analyst firm Gartner. Driving the spending are government initiatives, increased legislation and high-profile data breaches. More
Jack McCarthy | September 25, 2015 | 09:54 AM | Mobile
Recent research has found that sending patients a text message encouraging healthy behaviors reduces smoking rates and improves weight loss when compared to a group that did not receive the texts. More
Mahmood Sher-Jan | September 24, 2015 | 05:48 PM | Mobile, Network Infrastructure, Privacy & Security
There are almost 5 billion connected smart devices already in use. A significant percentage of them are medical devices, from pacemakers to drug pumps. They're already being hacked so often that the trend has its own nickname. More
Erin McCann | September 24, 2015 | 10:59 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Workforce
Medical practices across the U.S. are now spending a lot more on technology this year, up nearly 34 percent from four years ago, according to a new MGMA report. More
Bernie Monegain | September 24, 2015 | 10:32 AM | Electronic Health Records, Network Infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions
Global health IT, management and outsourcing company Accenture has finalized its agreement to acquire Sagacious Consultants, an electronic health record consulting practice. More
Mike Miliard | September 24, 2015 | 10:28 AM | Claims Processing, ICD-10 & Coding, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management
The October 1 deadline is really just the beginning. As ICD-10 coding gets underway in earnest next month, there will be plenty of questions that need answering for providers nationwide. AHIMA wants to help. More