Electronic Health Records

EHR and health IT news (May 28 to June 1)

Here are some highlights from the week that was:

Changing standards isn’t as easy as changing gears: While the transition to International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision (ICD-10) is occupying most of the public debate at this, the enforcement period for ASC X12 Version 5010 is fast approaching on July 1. And truth be told, any chance of successfully moving to ICD-10 requires a long look at the challenges of going to 5010. (via EHRintelligence)

Let’s get visual, visual: Maine’s health information exchange (HIE), HealthInfoNet announced a pilot program to include more than 200 terabytes of images of X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and mammograms. It’s part of a state-wide effort to reduce costs associated with storage and transmission of this information by various hospitals and systems. (via Computerworld)

What health information looks like in the Great Lakes State: Earlier this month, the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) announced that it had gone live with its network. For Executive Director Tim Pletcher, the launch of MiHIN represents a culminating moment for a state typically ahead of the curve. “The MiHIN process kicked off seven years ago where the emphasis was on creating regional initiatives,” Pletcher explains, “It’s the perfect timing now to connect the dots for those sub-states as well as the state of Michigan.” (via EHRintelligence)

Epic goes open source; hospital IT penguins celebrate: Epic Systems recently enabled its EHR system to be implemented on servers running Linux. Previously, Epic only ran on AIX and UNIX servers. It would appear that the company is attempting to expand its hospital consumer base. (via SearchHealthIT)

Meaningful use leads urology and nephrology to join forces:  Early adoption of an EHR system and a serious commitment to using them gave Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute a head start toward meaningful use.  Turns out the infrastructure paid serious dividends. (via Renal & Urology News)

Anesthesiologists should look to benefit from Medicaid incentives: The group is categorized as eligible professionals (EP) under both Medicare and Medicaid programs. Considering that the federal Medicare program has been in effect longer and garnered most of the public’s attention, eligible anesthesiologists should note the difference between the federally-run program and the state-run Medicaid counterpart.  The major differences are in eligibility, enrollment, incentives, and attestation. (via Becker’s ASC Review)

Momentum for mobile use among physicians continues to build: While physicians may have taken a long time to finally get on board with EHRs and leverage the benefits that come with greater connectivity, its seems that they are determined not to get left behind in the same way when it comes to mobile technologies. These tools are increasingly playing a major role in healthcare. (via EHRintelligence)

The speculation may be bigger than the data: A new report from the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) , “Big Data: Extracting Value from Digital Landfills,” indicates the many obstacles stand in the way of harnessing the potential of big data. Less than one-tenth of the respondents have invested in it and tools for structuring unstructured content; just as many indicated that have no plans at all at the moment. (via HealthDataManagement)

We should hold off judging the merits of EHRs just yet: There’s a lesson to be learned here about the development and implementation of EHR and health IT systems: It’s too soon to determine what the benefits are or will be. What we’re testing now is a hypothesis which requires time to become a proven theory. Research on the effect of electronic systems on healthcare must take into account the fact that these systems are still in their infancy in terms of meaningful use. Likewise, their users (e.g., providers, patients) are still becoming familiar with what these systems are and how they use them. (via EHRintelligence)

Like crime, health data breaches don’t pay: While you were busy preparing for a long weekend, both the Attorney General of Massachusetts and South Shore Hospital were releasing news about a health data breach settlement costing the latter $750,000 in penalties. According to the hospital, “the file loss occurred two years ago in 2010, was widely publicized at the time, and has not resulted in any reported incidents of the data having been accessed or used by anyone.” However, when it comes to health data breaches, there’s no such thing as a no harm, no foul policy. (via EHRintelligence)

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