Carolinas HealthCare’s Investment in Analytics for Community Health

July 26, 2014     Mark Hagland
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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
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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
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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
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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...

In Montana, One Physician Brings the EHR to the “Big(ger) Screen”

July 24, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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All it took James Legan to improve patient engagement was a Chromebook, a flat-screen TV, an HDMI cord, and remote access to his main database. This simple and cost-effective combination has allowed patients to see their data and become more involved with...

Rush University Program Helps Veterans With Health IT Training

July 24, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
news
A Rush University Medical Center initiative is providing six-month internships for veterans and their family members, offering training and work experience in the health IT field.

Court Rules in Favor of Sutter Health in Data Breach Lawsuit

July 24, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
This week, a California appellate court dismissed a lawsuit against the Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health, for a data breach that occurred in 2011.

At iHT2 Denver: One Medical Expert’s Look at Readmissions and IT

July 24, 2014     Mark Hagland
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In a keynote presentation on hospital readmissions and IT at iHT2’s Denver health IT summit, the CMO of Colorado’s state QIO challenges IT professionals to become effective facilitators of process automation in readmissions reduction efforts

NIH Awards Grant to Study Telemedicine for Trangender Women of Color

July 24, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $237,750 grant to George Washington University to study whether the use of telemedicine can help overcome barriers to care for transgender women of color, according to a report from Cybercast News Service.

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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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