Kansas to Exchange Data on Co-Occurring Mental, Physical Health Issues

July 28, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
news
Two new initiatives that center around care coordination and health information exchange (HIE) are being adopted in Kansas to improve care for people with co-occurring mental and physical health issues.

DeSalvo Not a Fan of Boston Globe Front-page Article

July 28, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services, wrote a letter to The Boston Globe, in response to a controversial front-page article the paper ran on electronic medical records (EMRs) and patient safety.

Only 1 in 1000 mHealth Apps Have been Regulated by FDA

July 28, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
A trio of health law experts have advocated for more regulation and oversight of the mobile health (mHealth) application industry, saying that only 100 of 100,000 mHealth apps have been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Washington Debrief: Senate Funding Report Tells ONC to Focus on Interoperability

July 28, 2014     Jeff Smith, Senior Director of Federal Affairs
article
The Senate Appropriations Committee released draft spending legislation and report language for the Department of Health and Human Services for Fiscal Year 2015, specifying funding priorities at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC),...

Rhode Island Hospital to Pay $150K Fine for 2012 Data Breach

July 28, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (WIH) has agreed to pay $150,000 to resolve allegations that it failed to protect the personal information and protected health information (PHI) of more than 12,000 patients in Massachusetts two years ago.

Carolinas HealthCare’s Investment in Analytics for Community Health

July 26, 2014     Mark Hagland
article
Clinician and other leaders at the 42-hospital Carolinas HealthCare System are moving ahead to leverage analytics capabilities to support community health and population health efforts system-wide

UPMC Clinicians Win Grants to Engage Patients, Improve Care

July 25, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
news
Clinicians and other staff at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) have been awarded 11 new grants by the Beckwith Institute for projects aimed to better engage patients and improve care.

Is Upcoding a Problem? Not Quite Say Researchers

July 25, 2014     Gabriel Perna
article
There is a lot of recent focus on upcoding and fraud as it relates to EHR use. Researchers recently looked into the issue and whether or not EHR-related fraud is a serious problem. One of them talks about what they found in this Q&A with Healthcare...

HASA First HIE in State, Fourth in Country to Receive Full Accreditation

July 25, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
news
Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), the health information exchange (HIE) that serves providers in 22 counties in south-central Texas, has become the first HIE in the state and the fourth in the country to receive full accreditation from the Electronic...

ACOs Report Need for Better Value-Based Financial Software

July 25, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
Value-based financial software remains a priority for operational accountable care organizations (ACOs), according to a recent survey.

My Jury Duty and Computerized Provider Documentation

July 24, 2014     David Raths
blog
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...

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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

Risk Analysis Is NOT A Graduation Exercise!

July 21, 2014     Mac McMillan
Recently, I was asked if I could explain why it is important to perform a risk assessment early and often and why it is not (as the title says above) a graduation exercise to be performed once you think you are going to pass it. First of all there is no “passing it”. You don’t...

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