Electronic Health Records

EHR and health IT news (June 11 to June15)

Making a list, checking it twice: Having a 12-month EHR implementation timeline is an absolute must for healthcare providers — big and small. From developing a leadership team to testing the system just before going live, following this roadmap will ensure that your transition to EHR is a smooth one. Follow these handy-dandy checklists to deal with EHR vendor selection, preparation, and implementation (via EHRintelligence.com)

Get a jumpstart on ICD-10: The upgrade to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, is slated for October 2014. If Version 5010 has taught anyone anything it’s that it’s never too early to start preparing for what’s next. In order to ensure a smooth transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, it’s essential to lay the groundwork for training, coordinating, and administering changes to workflows and approaches to maintaining best practices and good business. (via Becker’s ASC Review) 

HIPAA and privacy rules create complex challenges: Although HIPAA has led to some consistency among states, it hasn’t truly made it any less difficult healthcare organizations to do business. Doing business in different states requires the assumption of varying degrees of risk. Moving forward, developers and physician will face significant challenges as they enable patients to share in the task of managing their care. The fear is that this openness will invite trouble in through the front door. (via EHRintelligence.com)

SaaS could be a solution to HIPAA compliance: Ensuring that a patient’s protected health information (PHI) or personally identifiable information (PII) is secure requires both large and small healthcare organizations to navigate an ever changing and oftentimes conflicting landscape of state and federal laws regarding patient privacy. Coupled with HIPAA, the initiatives and programs created under HITECH have raised the bar for security as new health IT is introduced into medical settings. The challenge of creating a software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool for HIPAA/HITECH compliance is keeping the database open and up-to-date. (via EHRintelligence.com)

Providers are struggling with EHR usability: Providers are speaking up that many EHR systems haven’t been designed with the user in mind. That is, efficient and intuitive interfaces are lacking and make the job of providing improved patient care more challenging. Hear what the former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and industry experts think about possible solutions to improving systems and user experience. (via iHealthBeat)

And many aren’t seeing real benefits: According to athenahealth’s recent physician sentiment survey, plenty of physicians are aware of and have implemented EHR. The problem is they aren’t particularly pleased with EHR benefits and results. The survey further clouds the perception of EHR among physicians. EHR adoption numbers are up, but satisfaction with systems and how much they believe EHR benefits themselves and patients are down from 2011.

Preparing for what’s ahead for meaningful use: With the door on Stage 1 Meaningful Use beginning to close, what will the industry have learned from the experience? The answer is a mixed message of positive and negative responses. While some have succeeded with minimal effort, others have struggled to even get the ball rolling. Innovation and experience need to be on the same level. If one is given too much weight, the other is lost. (via EHRintelligence.com)

With big data, sharing is caring: Big data in healthcare begins with centralizing information. How else with healthcare organizations, providers, and payers be able to access patient information if it’s located in disparate locations? Before big healthcare analytics can begin, data hordes need to be gathered together. You can’t identifying trends across the country’s hospital if you’re analyzing fragments. (via Computerworld)

Big data in healthcare can learn from consumers: It’s a recurring theme in health IT: The industry should look to the business and private sector for proven solutions to its technological challenges. If healthcare is to keep pace with innovation in big data and analytics, it will need to adopt best practices, which are most often found outside the industry. However, healthcare faces challenges unique to itself, namely the security and privacy of patient information. Will these organizations be able to share protected health information (PHI) on a large scale without jeopardizing themselves legally? (via HealthcareITNews)

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