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How Health IT Adoption, Data Sharing Affect Clinic Workflow

July 2, 2015 - Health IT adoption has spread throughout the medical industry ever since the HITECH Act was passed in 2009 and meaningful use requirements were established under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Whether in the hospital, clinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, or other medical facilities, health IT adoption has made significant progress in advancing the quality of healthcare...


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CHIME Highlights Need to Improve Certified EHR Technology

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has shared a handful of recommendations with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions with the purpose of realizing the potential of certified EHR technology...

Health Information Exchange Reduces Redundant Testing

Health information exchange is growing in importance within the healthcare industry, as more healthcare providers are focused on improving care coordination and reducing medical errors throughout the healthcare continuum. Also, effective health...

Do Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements Need More Flexibility?

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to tweak the EHR Incentive Programs and its subsequent meaningful use requirements, a variety of healthcare organizations and associations have sent forward their comments to...

HIT Boosts Care Coordination in Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Certified EHR systems and health IT platforms are key tools that are necessary in managing and storing the burgeoning amount of medical data in healthcare settings like rehabilitation centers, mental health facilities, and patient-centered medical...

Lack of Certified EHR Technology in ASCs Fixed by Congress

Previously, meaningful use requirements made it difficult for healthcare providers to receive financial incentives from the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs if they send their patients to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Since ASCs...

Health Information Exchange Tools Needed in Nursing Homes

When it comes to patient transfers among differing hospitals or clinics, clear communication and care coordination is vital to ensuring patients are safe and well cared for. Reducing medical errors is vital to ensuring high quality healthcare...

Do Meaningful Use Requirements Need the 5% Objective Back?

Ever since the proposed modifications to Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements were announced, a wide variety of opinions and objections surfaced throughout the healthcare industry. For instance, patient engagement advocates are calling for a Data...

Does Effective Patient Engagement Require a Mobile Approach?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received sufficient pushback to propose reducing meaningful use requirements for patient engagement over the next few years, from five percent of patients to one single patient. A majority...

Staff Training Crucial in ICD-10 Conversion Preparations

Healthcare providers who are behind in their ICD-10 conversion preparations may benefit from following the ICD-10 Quick Start Guide provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The five steps that providers will need to...

Healtheway Becomes The Sequoia Project, Work Continues

Less than three years after taking over control of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) and transforming it into the eHealth Exchange, Healtheway is starting a new chapter in the organization's existence, rebranding itself as...

Physician Organizations Fear ICD-10 Integration Disruptions

While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continue to urge healthcare providers to prepare for the coming ICD-10 integration, many stakeholders are concerned that the healthcare industry will encounter large disruptions to...

Defending Meaningful Use Requirements for Patient Engagement

When the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements first emerged, many eligible professionals and hospitals voiced their concern for the patient engagement requirement of view, download, and transmit (VDT). Those concerns were apparently loud enough...

Are the Proposed Patient Engagement Objectives Going too far?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) are showing inconsistent emphasis on patient engagement objectives under proposed meaningful use requirements. For example,...

How Have Meaningful Use Requirements Affected Patient Care?

Along with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, some other significant healthcare reforms that have occurred over the last several years include the development of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and the ongoing adoption...

The ICD-10 Coding Transition Deadline is Only 99 Days Away

The deadline for the ICD-10 coding transition is only 99 days away and healthcare providers are scrambling to finish preparing for the implementation. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to stress the need to be as...

Common Clinical Quality Measures Providers Need to Report

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has recently updated certain electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) that apply to both hospitals and eligible healthcare professionals who will be reporting next year. On May 1, the primary...

Health Information Exchange Should Extend Past Meaningful Use

The efficient sharing of medical data is key to improving patient care across the country, which is why the federal government has pushed forward the development of the state health information exchange (HIE). Ever since the Health Information...

Benefits of VDI Implementation to Physician Productivity

For healthcare CIOs, VDI is an obvious choice for increasing operational efficiency and at the time securing health data. For two in particular, VDI can have far-reaching benefits for the entire healthcare organization although the clinical setting...

Do Ambulatory Surgery Centers Need Health IT Certification?

Currently, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) do not have a health IT certification process for their EHR systems. Since this is the case, healthcare providers who treat patients in ASCs may not be meeting meaningful use requirements. These providers...

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