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Certified EHR Technology Aids Care Coordination, Payment Reform

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The development of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) has an overarching goal of lowering healthcare costs across the board by enabling a team of healthcare professionals to work together in treating a patient and preventing disease. Essentially,...

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...

Does EHR Coverage Data Affect Continued Patient Care?

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The health insurance marketplace has experienced some significant modifications to its consumer population in recent years. After the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed, health insurance was required among lower-class individuals...

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...

Do Pediatric EHR Systems Need Specialized Functions?

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Children are a key part of the patient population that can potentially benefit greatly from the implementation of EHR technology. A large number of policymakers, clinicians, and other stakeholders have pushed forward the need for pediatric EHR...

Keeping ICD-10 Transition Readiness at the Forefront

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What has your organization done to ensure complete ICD-10 transition readiness? Most likely, there has been training, testing, and health IT system upgrading conducted. For greater information on ensuring a medical facility has improved their...

How Can Providers Prepare for the ICD-10 Transition Deadline?

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Even though the latest legislation set forth by Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) calls for slashing the movement toward ICD-10 coding completely, there is little evidence that his bill will be taken seriously by the Committee on Energy and Commerce...

Failing EHR Systems May Harm Triple Aim of Healthcare

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The medical industry has been determined to achieve the “Triple Aim of Healthcare” over the last several years, which is essentially dedicated to improving the quality of care, reducing healthcare costs, and strengthening patient health outcomes....

IBM’s Watson Extracts EHR Patient Data to Improve Care

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Anyone who enjoys watching the quiz show Jeopardy! has heard about the computer system Watson, which was initially developed to compete on the show but has since garnered the attention of leaders across a variety of industries. Watson can even...

Unified EHR Interoperability Standards Advised

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory earlier this year and opened up the public comment period until Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm ET. This advisory focused on determining...

How Cloud-based EHR Platform Improves Remote Monitoring

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One type of EHR system that could improve patient health outcomes and revolutionize basic health IT processes is the cloud-based EHR platform. Storing medical data on the cloud provides more opportunities for physicians and other healthcare professionals...

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...