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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...

How Does Physician EHR Use Affect Doctor-Patient Relationship?

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In recent years, the patient-doctor relationship has been evolving significantly with the advent of health IT systems and certified EHR technology. The healthcare industry has also been pushing forward patient engagement though the...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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