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With just 2 percent of physicians having managed to attest to Stage 2 meaningful use, clearly something is holding back the vast majority of docs from succeeding in the program. The American Medical Association says they should not be penalized.
November 12, 2014
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A fresh batch of disheartening Stage 2 attestation numbers has prompted several industry groups to once again implore the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to shorten the meaningful use reporting period in 2015 and offer more leeway on some of its more problematic measures.
November 5, 2014
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The past few years have been "a very, very intense time" for health IT workers, said Jim Turnbull, chief information officer at University of Utah Health Care, speaking at the CHIME Fall CIO Forum this past week. As he and other CIOs look ahead toward the next few years, they see more challenges still to come.
November 3, 2014
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The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, better known by its acronym CCHIT, is ending all operations, and expects to conclude the process by later this month. The closure follows an announcement earlier this year that it would stop EHR certifications and focus on advisory services.
November 3, 2014
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MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, and Cerner have signed a seven-year agreement to streamline operations, help improve the quality of patient care and develop technologies that align with MedStar's vision.
November 3, 2014
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As we head into Congress' lame-duck session, the national policy agenda for healthcare CIOs will revolve around meaningful use, cybersecurity, ICD-10 and patient safety. At the CHIME 2014 Fall CIO Forum, Capitol Hill insiders offered strategies for managing the multitude of rules.
October 31, 2014
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When Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell snagged national coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, to help in the Ebola fight, neither entity said whether she would return to ONC or stay on as acting assistant secretary at HHS over the long term. It turns out that she will continue her ONC work in several ways even while assigned to the Ebola detail.
October 28, 2014
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The American Medical Association released a statement Monday that points to the organization's concern over the recent departure of key leaders from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The ONC exits most recently include the coordinator herself, Karen DeSalvo, MD.
October 28, 2014
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The exodus of top-tier ONC leaders continues. In fact, it might now officially be called a brain drain. Not long after news broke that National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, was stepping out of her post on Thursday, word came down that Deputy National Coordinator Jacob Reider, MD, would depart the agency as well, leaving in November.
October 24, 2014
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"I've never seen this level of frustration in our membership, as I have in the past six to eight months or so," says MGMA Senior Policy Advisor Robert Tennant. "It's not just meaningful use. But that is certainly one of the catalysts."
October 23, 2014
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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which represents more than 1,400 CIOs, and Health Level Seven International are working together to promote a standardized approach for exchanging healthcareinformation and to highlight the importance of developing and adopting standards to achieve interoperability.
October 17, 2014
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Charles Jaffe, MD, CEO of standards organization HL7, came away from the joint meeting of the federal Health IT Policy and Health IT Standards committees earlier this week, thinking that the industry could move faster on interoperability. And HL7 has just the thing to change the game.
October 17, 2014
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In a roundtable discussion, IT executives of visionary health systems in the region shared their best practices and lessons learned in the deployment and use of virtualization and cloud computing.
January 2, 2013
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A recent survey of IT executives found nearly 90% see business value in transitioning to Cloud computing, but only 20% have a plan to get there. Healthcare Cloud solutions require Compliance, Security, Privacy, Redundancy, and Scalability, so choosing the right path from on-premises servers to the Cloud can be daunting. Learn how to chart a quick and affordable course to healthcare <a href="/directory/cloud-computing" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Cloud Computing</a> and how to choose the right Cloud services partner.
November 7, 2012
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Meaningful Use Stage 2: A handbook for providers discusses the changes in Stage 2 following the release of the final rules. This report focuses on what providers should expect, technology challenges and business opportunities in Stage 2 criteria, and key enterprise strategies for Stage 2 initiatives.
October 29, 2012
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In healthcare, IT systems management is not simply a matter of process efficiency and cost savings—it could be a matter of life or death for patients. Faced with regulatory requirements, widely dispersed facilities, demands for <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">electronic health records</a> (EHRs), and increasingly more and more mobile devices for providers, healthcare IT managers are forced to streamline systems management as budgets and headcount shrink.
October 25, 2012
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The arrival of <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">HITECH</a> and other laws designed to enforce HIPAA privacy guidelines makes maintaining HIPAA compliance more important than ever. Faxing anything, in a traditional manner, while maintaining compliance is extremely difficult. Therefore, we need to change the way we process and handle patient healthcare information. Fortunately, the advent of intelligent fax boards has paved the way for healthcare entities to transition into the future while allowing for more economical use of resources and reducing environmental impact.
October 18, 2012
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By taking a comprehensive approach to systems management, healthcare providers’ IT departments can significantly reduce the amount of time required to perform routine maintenance tasks, therefore improving productivity. These time savings allow IT departments to shift staff to more value added activities that help support the business and reachstrategic goals.
September 19, 2012
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This white paper provides a brief overview of HIPAA regulations and how healthcare organizations are using technology to assist with compliance. Many traditional document handling processes do not comply with HIPAA regulations for privacy and security. The whitepaper discusses network faxing, explores advantages for implementing a network fax solution to support HIPAA compliance initiatives and to improve the security and overall efficiency of the document transmission processes.
September 11, 2012
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This white paper summarizes five vital strategies drawn from the experiences of hundreds of successful implementations in community hospitals across the nation--starting with implementation planning and carrying through go-live to ongoing optimization of the EHR. Leaders who follow them will sidestep common pitfalls and maximize use of this culture-changing tool.
September 10, 2012
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Specialty medicine practices rarely employ a dedicated information technology resource. Durham Nephrology is no exception. The Durham practice navigated the uncharted waters of attesting to <a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Meaningful Use</a> under <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">the HITECH Act</a> of 2009 without the benefit of an IT expert or outside consultant. They implemented an <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a> system in 2003 and believed that an EHR was the only long-term, effective way to organize patient charts and clinical notes. Read this story to find out this resourceful team achieved their goals--and more.
September 4, 2012
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As doctors and hospitals fight for the lives of their patients, they find themselves drowning in a sea of paperwork. Healthcare workers struggle daily to communicate patient information quickly and securely while complying with numerous insurance policies and industry regulations. Now, with demand from the White House to demonstrate "<a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">meaningful use</a>", the incentive to invest in communications technology has never been greater. This report by Smith Ivanson explores the top communication challenges Healthcare organizations face today, and why many of them are turning to Fax Servers to send, receive, and store <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHRs</a>.
August 29, 2012
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As healthcare organizations develop strategies to comply with federal mandates and succeed in the new environment, wireless is one of the emerging technologies that can enable organizations to meet their clinical and business objectives, especially in this era of having to do more with a finite set of resources. This paper, featuring results from a Healthcare IT News online survey from June and July 2012, discusses current usage of wireless data technology in healthcare and identifies areas of demand and the potential benefits of wireless solutions and strategies.
August 29, 2012
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Every HIM initiative - especially clinical documentation - relies on a single common thread for success: the availability and integrity of the right data to drive the correct decisions and follow-on actions. Capturing accurate, complete quality clinical documentation is the most critical and fundamental component in providing quality care, and ultimately has the biggest connection to generating revenue. This white paper describes the risks associated with the lack of a core HIT strategy; identifies HIT strategies that can help manage the complex clinical documentation challenges associated with ICD-10, RAC and ACOs; and provides an overview of existing and emerging technologies that have significant impact on addressing these challenges.
August 2, 2012
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ONC is currently preparing to expand its efforts at educating the public about the advantages of EHRs, but as they develop their outreach program policymakers need to ensure that the information they’re delivering is actually useful.
August 11, 2011
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Like it or not, spending the public’s money on the HIT transition is a Catch-22.
August 10, 2011
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So far, it seems reasonable to believe that HITECH is working, but where could things go wrong?
August 9, 2011
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What exactly was the purpose of the HITECH Act?
August 4, 2011
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We recently highlighted the debate between policymakers and healthcare providers over how best to provide patients with reports detailing who has accessed their health records.
August 3, 2011
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Given the ongoing debates over the federal budget, advocates for a strong government role in the HIT transition may feel somewhat disheartened.
August 2, 2011
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It seem an increasing number of healthcare providers are spending more and more time gazing at, and venturing into, the clouds.
August 1, 2011
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A recent survey from Xerox Corp. shows the general public is still very much in the dark when it comes to EHRs.
July 29, 2011
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When it comes to sustaining proactive initiatives like the programs coming out of the HITECH Act, one of the bigger challenges for policymakers is figuring out how to manage the divide between perception and reality.
July 28, 2011
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More often than not, regulatory debates between policymakers and industry stakeholders feel like an extended game of “Chicken.”
July 27, 2011
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While the HITECH incentives are intended to move the country toward comprehensive use of EHRs, many HIT proponents have been banking on patient demand for access to their records as the real key to pushing providers forward.
July 26, 2011
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July 22, 2011
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