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Have Federal Regulations Led to a Decline in Health IT?

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After the HITECH Act was passed in 2009 and the majority of providers began adopting and implementing EHRs and health IT systems, it was expected that the quality of healthcare across the nation would improve. The outcomes, however, are inconsistent....

Five Facts to Know Before the ICD-10 Transition Deadline

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There are a variety of issues healthcare professionals, providers, and payers are concerned about regarding the ICD-10 transition deadline. Last week, we discussed and dispelled some common myths that stakeholders have about the ICD-10 transition...

Lack of Interoperability Dominates VA Health IT Challenges

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Patient safety and consumer health is of the utmost importance among federal agencies including the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Veterans Affairs (VA). In a new report GAO shares certain concerns about the VA’s capabilities of...

Do Health IT Certification Changes Improve Interoperability?

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The federal government is modifying a variety of aspects of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs as well as the certification criteria for EHR systems. As such, representatives from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

ICD-10 Implementation Deadline Causes Concern among Providers

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The ICD-10 implementation deadline is set for October 1, 2015 and doesn’t seem to be changing. While previous ICD-10 deadlines have been postponed, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) among other federal agencies seem to...

Innovative Health IT Products Sought Through ONC Challenge

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Ever since the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs have been established, the adoption and implementation of EHR systems and other health IT products has been tremendous. The health IT sector in general has been expanding greatly over...

Three Vendors are Driving Patient Engagement and Portal Use

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Driving patient engagement is still vital for the healthcare sector despite certain inconsistencies from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Even though CMS has proposed new Stage 2 Meaningful Use regulations that drop the...

Do Health IT Systems Need Greater Interoperability?

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The medical sector is aimed at reaching the triple aim of healthcare by incorporating health IT systems and EHR technology. The triple aim focuses on improving patient care, lowering medical costs, and boosting population health outcomes. In...

Did Meaningful Use Requirements Propel Hospital EHR Adoption?

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Ever since 2009 when the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act became law, the majority of healthcare providers began adopting EHR systems and other health IT tools in order to meet the meaningful use requirements...

What Resources Advance ICD-10 Transition Preparedness?

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The road toward ICD-10 transition preparedness is often a complex one, as the number of diagnoses codes from ICD-9 are being expanded significantly and EHR technology as well as billing systems need to be upgraded across the board. Keeping data...

Future of EHRs: Interoperability, Population Health, and the Cloud

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Ever since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was passed in 2009 and the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs were established, healthcare providers have been quickly implementing EHR systems...

Informatics Nursing Key to Population Health Management

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The results of an additional survey – called 2015 Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey – were released today at the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago and illustrate how informatics affects population health...

EHR Incentive Programs Modified in New Proposed Ruling

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule on April 10 announcing specific modifications to the EHR Incentive Programs. The most important aspect of these modifications is the change to the reporting period...

Self-Service Models Missing from Patient Engagement

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Earlier this month, EHRIntelligence.com held a webcast called Leveraging Health IT for Patient Engagement featuring three key speakers from the healthcare industry. The speakers included Charles E. Christian, Vice President and Chief Information...

Is the Sector Prepared for the ICD-10 Compliance Deadline?

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This fall, the healthcare industry needs to be ready to meet the ICD-10 compliance deadline. If medical providers or insurers are not prepared by October 1, 2015, ICD-10 could negatively impact their entity when filing and processing claims....

‘Action First’ Vital in Health Information Exchange

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The conversation within the health IT industry and federal agencies is geared toward health information exchange (HIE) and improving data sharing through EHR systems. More healthcare providers and EHR vendors are joining forces to fully implement...

Meaningful Use Requirements Impact Adoption of EHR Functions

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As healthcare providers continue to upgrade EHR systems and achieve meaningful use requirements under the EHR Incentive Programs, federal agencies put forward additional mandates like the Meaningful Use Stage 3 proposed rule to advance health...

Is the Industry Ready for the ICD-10 Implementation Deadline?

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The healthcare industry is steadily preparing for the ICD-10 implementation deadline on October 1, 2015. While some organizations are ahead of the curve, others are behind and may need additional time to catch up. Survey results from the Workgroup...

Patient Portals and Tracking Devices Driving Engagement

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As EHR systems, patient portals, telemedicine, electronic prescribing, and other technologies continue affecting the healthcare industry, more stakeholders are considering how these tools are impacting patient engagement. For instance, a Harris...

Do Patient Engagement Measures Address Privacy Concerns?

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With patient engagement measures playing a significant role in the recently released Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed ruling, it becomes more imperative than in prior years to better understand how to effectively engage patients in their own healthcare....

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