Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records

Hospital Revenue Risk: Patients Not Engaging Via Mobile Apps

by Frank Irving

With more than half of health consumers looking to connect with providers via smartphone, hospitals should be highly attuned to mobile device and app integration in their overall IT strategy. However, analysis of proprietary mobile health apps...

EHR Analysis Reveals HCV Screening Gap at Health Centers

by Frank Irving

A large-scale review of de-identified electronic health records found an alarmingly low level of hepatitis C virus (HCV) screenings based on birth year criteria at community health centers (CHCs). All patients born between 1945 and 1965, regardless...

CMS and ONC Seeks Feedback on Quality Measures Reporting

by Frank Irving

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) on Dec. 30 issued a Request for Information (RFI) intended to inform policy options for improving certification and testing of...

State Strongholds for EHR Vendors Among MU Hospitals

by Frank Irving

Ever wonder how a particular electronic health records system stacks up in terms of market share and rank among meaningful users in a certain state? The Health IT Dashboard, made available by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

Veterans Salute Secure Messaging in Study of Portal Users

by Frank Irving

Veterans who participated in a recently reported survey found secure email messaging to be a useful and timesaving tool for common medical communication tasks and for submitting health-related questions. The large-scale research study solicited...

West Texas HIE Adds Two Key Regional Participants

by Frank Irving

Health information exchange in West Texas will ramp up with the connection of two major regional health providers to the Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange (PdN HIE). The non-profit PdN HIE has signed up University Medical Center of El...

Patients Associate Secure Email Exchange and Better Health

by Frank Irving

Secure email exchange with physicians, facilitated through a portal associated with electronic health records, holds promise for improving patient health, according to survey results released this week by Kaiser Permanente’s Division of...

Hospital Association Urges Revision of EHR Incentive Program

by Frank Irving

The American Hospital Association (AHA) filed its public comments on the EHR Incentive Program on Dec. 11, highlighted by a five-point set of recommendations to rework the platform for establishing meaningful use (MU) of certified EHR technology....

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Lauded for EHR Integration

by Frank Irving

The ongoing electronic health records deployment at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) was certified this week as having achieved Stage 6 on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM)....

Task Force Grapples with HIT Product Comparison Framework

by Frank Irving

The Health IT Policy Committee’s Certified Technology Comparison (CTC) Task Force reconvened on Dec. 1 to formulate a framework for providers to use when looking to purchase certified health IT products, particularly electronic health records...

EHR Use in Safety-Net Clinics Affects Patient Satisfaction

by Frank Irving

Clinicians highly connected with their electronic health records systems may inadvertently suffer an interpersonal disconnect with patients in safety-net facilities, according to a newly released study. EHR implementation may adversely affect...

The Billion-Dollar EHR Incentive States

by Frank Irving

Government investment in promoting adoption of electronic health records largely follows a trail to the most populous states. Of the more than $31 billion paid to eligible providers and hospitals through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive...

Centura Health Earns Davies Award for IT Excellence

by Frank Irving

Centura Health, which manages 16 hospitals in Colorado and western Kansas, has earned a 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award for excellence in health IT integration. The distinction recognizes the use of health information technology to improve...

Task Force to Recommend New Tool for Technology Selection

by Frank Irving

A task force of the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) has begun assessing whether a tool could be created to compare certified health IT products when the current EHR meaningful use program folds into provisions of MACRA legislation in 2019....

AMA Wants Interoperability Standards Before MU Certification

by Frank Irving

The American Medical Association (AMA) devoted part of its Interim Meeting on Nov. 17 to the group’s concerted efforts to drive more interoperable electronic health records. The AMA’s policy-making House of Delegates voted to adopt...

Bill Offers Blanket Exception to Meaningful Use Requirements

by Frank Irving

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga., pictured) has introduced proposed legislation that would authorize a new hardship exception to meaningful use requirements for the 2015 reporting period under the federal EHR Incentive Program. H.R. 3940, titled the “Meaningful...

EHR Integration Improves Assessment for COPD Patients

by Frank Irving

EHR integration into outpatient assessment workflow improved disease management in a study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. In the study, recently published in the journal Respiratory Medicine,...

The ‘Heart’ of Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

by Frank Irving

Among Stage 3 meaningful use requirements, the final grouping of three objectives stand out as “the heart and soul of what we think of as interoperability,” according to Robert Anthony, deputy director of the Quality Measurement and...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 2-8

by Frank Irving

A busy week lies ahead for the federal committees charged with advising the National Coordinator for Health IT on matters of policy and standards. Interested parties can listen in on four public meetings scheduled to cover barriers to healthcare...

New Framework Examines EHR Usability Design and Testing

by Frank Irving

The American Medical Association (AMA) and MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare have developed a new means of evaluating user-centered design (UCD) in electronic health records systems. In a joint announcement...

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