The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has published research to help professionals with policy, technical and business-related challenges to health information exchange. These include query-based exchange, push notification, provider directories, master data management, consumer engagement and more.
Tracking Medicaid beneficiaries who frequently use emergency departments and adopting electronic tracking systems to exchange patient information is among one of the ways states can cut Medicaid costs, according to a new report by the Washington Health Care Authority.
Standards group Health Level Seven International (HL7) has formed the Clinical Quality Information Work Group. HL7 plans to offer more education to providers and the new work group will offer leadership in the development of standards artifacts and educational content to all stakeholders involved in quality measurement efforts.
The enhanced set of protections finalized in the omnibus HIPAA privacy and security rule released Jan.17 now becomes the new baseline for anyone who handles health information. It doesn't change meaningful use requirements, but combined, the two may drive more providers to protect patient data, according to privacy and security experts.
Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) and Partners HealthCare will award a total of $4.25 million in a first round of grants through the Partnership for Community Health to all 49 community health centers (CHCs) that are members of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers to fund healthcare IT, meaningful use training, medical coding training and performance improvement.
A new study by Weill Cornell Medical College spotlights the need for improving quality measurement from electronic health records, showing that both technology and process changes could increase the accuracy of EHR reporting.
The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) has announced that PCE Systems, a provider of electronic health record (EHR) solutions to Michigan's behavioral health organizations, has executed the legal data sharing agreements to become a virtually qualified data sharing organization (VQO) through MiHIN.
The American Medical Association and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives have both submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator, laying out their concerns about -- and suggestions for -- Stage 3 meaningful use.
Drummond Group has published a guide for electronic health records developers that seeks to bridge the knowledge gap between the 2014 and 2011 Edition criteria put forth by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC).
When the 2013 North American Connectathon kicks off in Chicago later this month, participants will have the opportunity to test their products under a new certification program that ensures their technology is secure and interoperable with other health IT solutions.
Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments are estimated to have blasted through $10.3 billion to a total of 180,200 physicians and hospitals through December since the program's inception. December's payments of $1.25 billion were driven by the largest amount of hospital payments for an individual month.
KLAS released its annual rankings of healthcare software and services vendors yesterday. Rankings aside, the most important data point of the survey of hospital CIOs and medical practice executives is that customer satisfaction for ambulatory care EMRs dropped significantly.
Researchers at the University College of London (UCL) analyzed hundreds of studies on EHR projects and concluded that they don't deliver on their promises. This study follows on the heels of two separate Harvard University studies that came to the same conclusion.
One of the biggest challenges, if not the biggest challenge, of EMRs and EHRs is ensuring that the data is secure and patient privacy honored. There will always be a camp that thinks EMRs and EHRs can never be secured and we ought not use them. That's not the reality today, so we as an industry and a society need to keep the discussion going on how we can trust electronic patient data.
AtlantiCare (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) and Heartland Health (St. Joseph, Mo.) were awarded the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards for their organizational innovation and performance excellence. Not surprisingly, one of the components of both of their successful programs is healthcare IT. Also not surprisingly, in light of the HITECH Act's grants, both healthcare systems have EMRs and health information exchange (HIE).
Back in July, I wrote an article about developing a health IT workforce within the community college system that will be needed to help physician groups and healthcare systems implement EMRs and EHRs with the passage of the ARRA legislation.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and David Blumenthal, MD, head of ONC, announced yesterday the release of $235 million in health IT grants to communities. The recipients will be local governments and non-profit organizations that already have health IT in place. The goal of the funding will be to help them expand and demonstrate health IT's benefits for population health.
A recent study of 10 projects nationwide by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) highlights the value derived by patient-centered medical homes (PCMH). The benefits include improved quality of care as a result of better coordination of care, enhanced access and reduction in costs because of fewer hospitalizations and ED visits.
There's still a lot of talk about the findings of two separate studies that were announced last week regarding the lack of savings generated by electronic health record systems. Advocates of health IT vociferously defended EHRs and EMRs.
Iowa's Medicaid program is set to receive approximately $1.16 million in federal matching funds to help it plan for the implementation of electronic health records through ARRA's incentive program. A number of other states are also on the verge of receiving their funds, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
On the heels of a research study sponsored by the federal government and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation comes another study by Harvard researchers that provides evidence that EHRs do not deliver savings to hospitals.
Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved the Small Business Health IT Financing Act (HR 3014), which would authorize the Small Business Administration to oversee a $10 billion loan program for healthcare providers. This bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Kathleen A. Dahlkemper (D-Pa.), chairman of the House Small Business Regulations and Healthcare Subcommittee, is up for Senate consideration.