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EHR Adoption Challenges Solved through Data Entry Transfer

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Once the HITECH Act was passed in 2009, EHR adoption and implementation of health IT systems grew tremendously over the coming years, as more providers began focusing on obtaining financial incentives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

Finalization of Stage 3 Meaningful Use May Need Postponement

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With more providers, vendors, and stakeholders sending their comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with regard to the proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use rule, it becomes more apparent that the deadline for the last stage...

Health Information Exchange Reduced Radiology Exams by 47%

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The healthcare sector’s investment in EHR and health IT implementation as well as the expansion of health information exchange (HIE) throughout the nation may be showing positive results. The goals of HIE developments are centered on reducing...

Stage 3 Meaningful Use ‘Too Ambitious’ on Patient Action Goals

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Various stakeholders have begun taking part in sending their public comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with regard to the Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule and the proposed modifications to Stage 2 Meaningful...

Health Information Blocking Continues to Plague Data Exchange

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Ever since the HITECH Act was passed and the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs were established, more than $29 billion was put toward expanding EHR implementation and health information exchange. Eligible physicians and hospitals were...

EHR Interoperability Solutions Progress in Healthcare Sector

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EHR interoperability is the name of the game, as healthcare providers and health IT vendors begin to realize the importance of connecting systems and medical devices to better communicate and share data throughout a medical organization. National...

Tailored Physician EHR Use Necessary for Evolving Industry

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The healthcare industry is changing every day and new, revolutionary processes are continuing to affect patient care and population health outcomes. Whether it’s through patient-centered medical homes, accountable care organizations (ACOs),...

Medical Data Exchange, Cloud Solutions Impact EHR Design

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Over the last two decades, the medical industry has changed drastically in terms of patient care and access to medical records. It was nearly impossible to obtain one’s own health record 20 years ago. Forbes reports that patients had little...

Solo Practitioners Exempt from EHR Implementation in Minnesota

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One of the key issues that some healthcare providers have found with the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs is the mere financial impact of EHR implementation. In Minnesota, small medical practices – particularly solo practitioners...

EHR Interoperability Stalled Due to Information Blocking

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When it comes to the practice of medicine and drug discovery, the federal government plays a role in supporting these sectors and developing legislation that opens up avenues for healthcare professionals and scientific researchers. The House...

6.5 Billion Transactions Boost Health Information Exchange

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The quick and efficient access to healthcare data among medical organizations is vital in pursuit of improved quality of care, better patient health outcomes, and lower costs. In general, health information exchange helps reduce hospital readmission...

Health Information Exchange Thrives and Flounders across USA

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Health information exchange is becoming more important than ever before in the attempts to avert medical errors and provide physicians with key data needed to make informed clinical decisions. As such, the healthcare systems Scripps Health and...

While EHR Interoperability Remains Vital, Security Fears Abound

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The movement toward EHR interoperability is sought by the federal government and certain patient advocacy groups that believe it will lead to improved quality of healthcare, better outcomes, and lower costs. With the Office of the National Coordinator...

Do Health IT Systems Help or Hinder Patient Safety?

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What does the federal government hope to achieve through the implementation of electronic patient records and health IT systems? There are a variety of aims behind the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and the certification process...

Will Hospital EHR Use Help Prevent 1 Million Heart Attacks?

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The implementation of health IT systems as well as hospital EHR use could lead to better care and outcomes among patients with heart conditions, reports the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in the latest HealthITBuzz. With...

Physician EHR Use Impacts Patient Disclosure, Communication

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There are a variety of reasons why the federal government including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) encourage physician EHR use and the adoption of health IT tools across the healthcare industry. From the potential to improve...

EHR Interoperability Imperative for Care Coordination

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The medical industry is incorporating stronger strategies for care coordination to reform the sector and improve quality of care.  One major aspect of improving care coordination stemming from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is...

Will Patient Health Outcomes Improve With Interoperability?

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on May 5 that about $101 million will be delivered to 164 new community health centers across the country in efforts to boost patient health outcomes. In a press release, HHS Secretary...

Misuse of EHR Systems and Medical Errors

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Does EHR technology reduce the likelihood of medical errors throughout the healthcare continuum? The input from medical professionals answering this question is mixed. There are certain mistakes that were tied directly back to the misuse of EHR...

Health IT Certification Criteria Stresses Interoperability

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As technology continues to evolve and the federal government pushes forward EHR interoperability and health IT implementation, providers and vendors will need to ensure the systems they adopt adhere to the latest standards. Yesterday, the Department...

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