Study: EHRs Help With Medication Reconciliation, but Issues Remain

July 30, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
news
Electronic health records (EHRs) can help standardize medication reconciliation for hospitalized patients, but data quality, technical problems and workflow issues continue to pose challenges, according to a new study from the National Institute for Health Care...

N.C. HIE Extending to Skilled Nursing Facilities

July 30, 2014     David Raths
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The North Carolina Health Information Exchange has announced a partnership with Liberty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services to provide HIE connectivity for Liberty’s 21 skilled nursing facilities across North Carolina.

HIPAA Needs a Bigger Revamp

July 30, 2014     Gabriel Perna
blog
The year was ’96, I was about to enter the fifth grade, and HIPAA had just been enacted by Congress. It’s now 2014 and time for a major revamp of the patient privacy law.

Pediatric Preventive Care Guidelines Must Become Computerized, Researchers Say

July 30, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Substantial work lies ahead to convert pediatric preventive care guidelines into computerized prompts for physicians, but the payoff has significant potential, according to a new report by researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine and the...

Kaiser Permanente, Johns Hopkins Announce Collaboration, Advancing HIT a Focus

July 30, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
Two of the most well-known healthcare organizations in the country--Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins Medicine--announced a collaborative this week that will allow the two to, among other things, share best practices on electronic medical record (EMR) usage.

In Nebraska, a Transitions-of-Care Program Has Proved Its Worth

July 29, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Starting out as an ACO learning lab program, UniNet Healthcare Network in Nebraska leveraged data and analytics to identify high-risk patients. The results have been a successful transitions-of-care program and significant cost savings.

CDI Services to Uptick in Advance of ICD-10 Transition

July 29, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) services and initiatives will triple as more hospitals shift to the ICD-10 code-set in advance of the Oct. 1, 2015 deadline, according to new research.

Geisinger Announces Planned Retirement of CEO Glenn Steele, Jr., M.D.

July 29, 2014     Mark Hagland
news
Geisinger Health System announces the retirement, set for June 2015, of Glenn Steele, Jr., M.D., who helped make the integrated health system an industry leader in patient safety, care quality, and value

AHRQ Grant Will Allow for Readmissions Pilot

July 29, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded the University at Buffalo School of Nursing a grant to create a pilot project whose goal is to work with primary care physician’s offices, their patients and families to see that patients get...

Maryland HIE Seeks to Add Image Exchange Service

July 29, 2014     David Raths
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The Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients, which receives data from all 47 Maryland hospitals, hopes to eliminate the need for manual transmission of medical images and reports between sites.

Heritage Medical Systems’ Wagar: Pioneer ACO Lessons Abound

July 29, 2014     Mark Hagland
article
At the Northridge, California-based Heritage Medical Systems, president Mark Wagar is helping to lead a broad-based initiative around ACO development—with many lessons already learned from the Medicare Pioneer MSSP program, and elsewhere

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HIPAA Needs a Bigger Revamp

July 30, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The year was ’96, I was about to enter the fifth grade, and HIPAA had just been enacted by Congress. It’s now 2014 and time for a major revamp of the patient privacy law.

My Jury Duty and Computerized Provider Documentation

July 24, 2014     David Raths
Yesterday I completed my duty as a juror in an eight-day civil trial involving a negligence claim against two cardiologists in a community hospital. As my fellow jury members and I focused on the facts of the case, I also reflected on the mix of electronic and paper records and...

The Boston Globe Stumbles: Another Mainstream Newspaper Gets it Wrong

July 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
More than a year after Mark Hagland took on The New York Times for its shoddy report on electronic health records and meaningful use, I have to do the same thing to a paper I love dearly.

El Camino Hospital’s Desktop Virtualization Revolution

July 22, 2014     Mark Hagland
It was exciting to hear James Brummett, director of technical services at El Camino Hospital, present regarding the leading-edge IT development taking place at his two-hospital system, based in Mountain View, California, at the Health IT Summit in Denver, on Tuesday, July 22

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