Electronic Health Records

Health IT Integration

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....

Financial Challenges, MU Complexity Stunting EHR Integration

by Frank Irving

Hospitals across the nation continue to make substantial progress in EHR integration and adoption, but challenges remain in a number of areas, particularly for small and rural facilities, according to new analysis of American Hospital Association...

Mobile Device Integration Presents Stethoscope Alternative

by Frank Irving

An Orlando Health cardiologist has brought mobile device integration to the exam room with an invention called HeartBuds. The portable plastic listening device, shaped much like the pad of a traditional stethoscope, connects to a smartphone and...

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,...

HIT Integration Falls Short in Patient Connections

by Frank Irving

Most Americans aren’t aware of or don’t have access to technology they could use to communicate with their doctors, according to a Nielsen survey released Nov. 4 by the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP) and the Bipartisan...

New Discharge Process Requires Health IT Integration

by Frank Irving

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule on Oct. 29 that sets new requirements for discharge planning at hospitals and other care facilities. Among the provisions affecting IT interoperability, hospitals treating...

Error Report Signals Need for Decision Support Integration

by Frank Irving

A study of more than 275 operations at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) revealed that nearly half included at least one medication error or adverse drug event. With the scope of the problem now known, researchers said the hospital would explore...

Health IT Integration Challenges for Genomic Medicine

by Frank Irving

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) announced earlier this week the formation of a dedicated subgroup to explore what will be required to support the rapidly advancing field of genomics in terms of infrastructure, workflows and...

Population Analytics Growing into Health IT Integration Role

by Frank Irving

Population health management deployments are still in their “infancy,” according to industry analyst firm Chillmark Research, as organizations grapple with evolving reimbursement models and vendors vie to ramp up their solutions....

How Health IT Integration Can Help Reduce Diagnostic Errors

by Frank Irving

An estimated 5 percent of U.S. adults who seek outpatient care each year experience a diagnostic error, according to a report published Sept. 23 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Such errors account for up to 17 percent of adverse errors in...

ICD-10 Regulation Kicks In, Response Teams Standing By

by Frank Irving

The transition to ICD-10 is officially underway, with various entities at the ready to offer assistance as healthcare organizations start submitting newly coded claims in compliance with the long-anticipated regulation. Claims with a date of...

Delays in EHR Integration Ousted Epic Installation

by Frank Irving

EHR integration didn’t go as planned for two hospitals operated by Banner Health in Tucson, Arizona. As a result, the Banner University Medical Center facilities will convert from a $115 million Epic EHR that went live in 2013 to a new...

Health IT Interoperability to Enable Clinical Integration

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health systems have many reasons for seeking healthcare integration from improving their clinical operations to strengthening their market positions. The recent emergence of population health management can be added to list and like the others...

THSA Seeks Data on Cost of Health IT Integration, Interfaces

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) is requesting information to advance healthcare interoperability and health data exchange in the Lone Star State. The public-private partnership created by the Texas Legislature to support health information...



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