May 20, 2013
When stakeholders, federal officials and proponents of electronic health records first tossed around the idea of providing incentives to help move the giant boulder of progress up the mountain, there were plenty of skeptics. How can you take physicians who are set in their ways – and patients who are used to those ways – and change all the rules? But, change they did, and in just two years since the EHR Incentive Program began, more hospitals and physicians than ever before have gone digital.
May 17, 2013
The New York eHealth Collaborative has announced the winners of its personal health record portal challenge, with the designs in turn expected to inform the PHR that NYeC will offer all New Yorkers in 2014. A Brooklyn-based health data and design startup called Mana Health won first prize and $15,000 for its PHR.
May 16, 2013
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April 28, 2013
This past summer, New York passed a state law that requires electronic prescribing of controlled substances by the end of 2014. By that time, every psychiatrist, dentist, and other care provider must e-prescribe – no scribbled-upon script pads allowed – as part of a larger effort to combat doctor- shopping prescription drug fraud.
April 28, 2013
This spring, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology is launching the pilot phase of its new health information exchange compliance-testing program.
April 25, 2013
Healthcare institutions should emulate best-of-breed privacy polices developed by financial services firms rather than other hospitals, recommends Kaye Scholer and William Tanenbaum, technology lawyers at New York-based law firm William A. Tanenbaum.
April 15, 2013
A significant and growing shortage of health information technology workers appears greater than previously estimated, according to new analysis by PwC's Health Research Institute. The report, "Solving the Talent Equation for Health IT," finds the healthcare industry is vying for a limited number of IT professionals - and that many companies are scrambling to fill the talent void by recruiting from other industries.
April 05, 2013
Rather than trying to create new information exchange governance standards, the Office of the National Coordinator is pursuing the goal of nationwide HIE interoperability and security via a cooperative agreement with Direct Trust and the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup to build on current successes, while sorting out ongoing barriers.
March 20, 2013
Imagine checking Facebook to identify the quality of care provided at your hospital or to assess patient satisfaction with the experience.
February 19, 2013
iMedicor, which specializes in healthcare communications and data exchange, announced Tuesday that it has acquired both HITS Consulting Group and ClariDIS Corporation.
February 18, 2013
Two Stage 6 hospitals, one in Manhattan and the other in Honolulu - Mount Sinai Medical Center and Hawai'i Pacific Health - are due to pick up their 2012 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, March 3-7.
February 18, 2013
Call it "connected independence" or "sustainable aging," but the impact is clear: Today's seniors are a growing population, and they're demanding more from an already-taxed healthcare system as they strive to stay in their own homes and out of the hospital. Among the new companies catering to their needs and wants is eCaring.
January 31, 2013
Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital have joined forces to launch the new Institute for Precision Medicine, a research hub that will deploy leading-edge technology to find targeted treatments based patients' genetic profiles.
January 30, 2013
"Concerned, but not panicking," is how John Bosco, chief information officer (CIO) at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Allscripts' biggest customer, described his reaction to the electronic health record (EHR) vendor's Dec. 19 announcement that CEO Glen Tullman would be stepping down after 15 years at the helm - and that former Cerner executive Paul Black would now be steering the ship.
January 16, 2013
Primary Partners, a Florida-based organization of some 60 healthcare providers that participates in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Medicare Shared Savings Program, has announced a partnership with AMC Health, a New York-based provider of telemedicine services. The agreement enables AMC to provide telemonitoring services for Primary Partners patients with chronic diseases, such as heart failure, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
January 01, 2013
Hospitals can have hundreds of IT systems. Vendors have built proprietary databases. Not everyone follows the same standards. Health systems fear sharing data with competitors. Policymakers have not focused on health information exchange or EHR usability.
December 21, 2012
"Concerned, but not panicking," is how Allscripts' biggest customer describes his reaction to the EHR vendor's switch at the top -- one that has CEO Glen Tullman stepping down, and former Cerner executive Paul Black, now steering the ship. Allscripts customers give both men kudos for leadership, but say the turnaround has to be decisive -- and quick.
December 19, 2012
It is not everyday that a person gets to see something entirely foreign and new and have their eyes opened to things that delight and surprise them, but I have just returned from a week of that feeling and it was downright revelatory.
December 10, 2012
Bassett Healthcare Network, a six-member hospital network based in upstate New York, is continuing its transition to electronic medical records (EMRs). The network transitioned its outpatient services to an enhanced EMR back in 2011 and has recently implemented an EMR in the inpatient setting at the 180-bed Bassett Medical Center, which went live Dec. 8.
November 28, 2012
In the results released Nov. 28, 103 hospitals that Leapfrog had given a "C" or lower in its first round of ratings in June got an "A" in the updated Hospital Safety Score, based on more recent data and a slightly tweaked methodology.