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ONC Considers Meaningful Use Requirements, Patient Engagement


Today at the HIMSS15 Annual Conference and Exhibition, Karen B. DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, answered the public’s questions at the media briefing for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT...

Population Health Management Tools Unveiled at HIMSS15


Both nationwide data exchange and improvements in population health management are being deconstructed at the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago. Today at the HIMSS conference NextGen Healthcare, a provider of medical information...

Informatics Nursing Key to Population Health Management


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...

Health IT Improves Triple Aim in HIMSS Leadership Survey


Today the 26th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey was released at the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago. The results show that 68 percent of respondents claim that health IT is effectively improving the triple aim – boosting...

Patient Portals and Tracking Devices Driving Engagement


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?


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....

Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule: Is More Time Needed?


With the comment period open for providing feedback on the Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) along with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) are likely to receive...

Most Hospitals Meet Requirements of EHR Incentive Programs


While the achievements of the EHR Incentive Programs are up for debate, the number of eligible hospitals participating in and attesting to meaningful use stages is higher than ever. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported...

Electronic Data Key for Patient Engagement Initiatives


Patient engagement initiatives within the healthcare industry are moving past the patient portal, as pilot programs called OpenNotes allow patients to view their medical doctor’s notes taken during the visit. The latest version of the initiative...

Making Health IT Lead Patient Engagement Improvements


Improving the quality of patient care and increasing patient engagement are key areas that healthcare providers are focused on today. Through the utilization of new health IT tools, many medical professionals are seeing improvements in patient...

How EHRs and Telehealth Technology Affect Healthcare


Health IT along with EHRs and telehealth technology is impacting the medical sector and patient care in a variety of ways. Other healthcare reforms like the development of accountable care organizations (ACOs) require the implementation...

State Hospitals Go Digital for ICD-10 Compliance Deadline


In order to prepare for the ICD-10 compliance deadline by October 1, medical facilities will need to integrate revenue cycle and EHR systems that follow the new coding set. The State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)...

How Big Data Analytics Helps Accountable Care Organizations


In an effort to revolutionize the healthcare industry and improve the quality of care, the federal government began working with physician practices to implement accountable care organizations (ACOs). ACO development and the right health IT technologies...

Myriad Resources Devoted to Patient Engagement Improvements


The healthcare sector and world at large is moving farther away from paper-based sources of information to digital communication. More and more patients are now using portals to access their own medical records. Patient engagement is a key endeavor...

CHIME Pleased with Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule


After the Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule was released, healthcare organizations began to show some concern about certain suggested requirements. For instance, many were unsure whether providers would be able to secure more than 5 percent...

How to Properly Implement Patient Portals for Meaningful Use


Even though the Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule is now dominating the public dialogue about the EHR Incentive Programs, many healthcare providers are still struggling to meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use regulations. One of the key issues that...

Mapping Tool Impacts Analytics during ICD-10 Transition


With the ICD-10 transition taking hold on October 1, 2015, data analytics for the healthcare sector will become more complex. Analysts will be unable to study coding in the same ICD-10 set across past years and will have to rely on past information...

New Measures Under Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have prioritized that all eligible professionals will need to meet Stage...

Can Human-Centered HIT Design Improve Patient Engagement?


Patient engagement is a hot topic in the healthcare industry today and the federal government is pushing forward patient-centered care through meaningful use regulations. However, the question remains: how do providers engage their patients more...

Top 8 Goals of Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the proposed rule and certification requirements for Stage 3 Meaningful Use regulations. The proposed rulings focus on increasing health information exchange (HIE) and better...



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