A Consultant Development Program Answers the Call for Qualified HIT Professionals

September 23, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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There is no denying that with the plethora of requirements healthcare organizations face, the industry could use more qualified professionals. A program from Stoltenberg Consulting has developed talent to meet the ever-increasing demand.

Teladoc lands $50M in venture funding

September 23, 2014     David Raths
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Teladoc, a telehealth provider, has secured a $50 million round of equity funding. The Dallas-based company says it is on target to complete more than a quarter-million medical consults across the United States this year.

WEDI Argues Against HPID Use in Electronic Transactions

September 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is advocating that unique Health Plan Identifiers (HPIDs) should not be used within electronic transactions adopted under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Chadron Community Hospital Sees Benefits Upon EHR Implementation

September 23, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The Chadron, Neb.-based Community Hospital and Health Services has achieved significant benefits from implementing an electronic health records (EHR) system, according to a case study from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

Old Imaging Equipment: Source of PHI Compromises?

September 23, 2014     Joe Marion
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A recent conversation with a colleague raised a very relevant point that I had previously not thought much about. What policies are in place relative to protecting PHI for used equipment? I have been in conversation with a few sources to identify if there are...

What Caused the Fall of the Nevada HIE?

September 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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By a vote of four to two, the Nevada Health Information Exchange (NV-HIE) was ordered to its death in January of last year. As HIEs across the country struggle with sustainability, Healthcare Informatics looks at why this one failed.

Going Digital: Smart Investment in EMR Software

September 22, 2014     Anna Son, IBISWorld Lead Healthcare Analyst
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In light of regulatory changes and financial incentives for the successful conversion of paper-based medical records, adoption of electronic medical records (EMR) systems has skyrocketed in recent years. Here are procurement techniques to help healthcare...

Online Ratings Influence Parents' Choices of Physicians for their Children

September 22, 2014     John DeGaspari
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Almost three-quarters (74 percent) of parents are aware of online rating sites for physicians, and more than one-quarter (28 percent) have used those online ratings to choose a healthcare provider for their children.

AHRQ Grant Awarded to Study Impact of Health IT on Patient Safety

September 22, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded three healthcare organizations a $300,000 grant to study the impact of health IT on patient safety.

KLAS: Clinical Usability Ranks as Top Concern When Choosing an EHR

September 22, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Nearly 75 percent of interviewed providers around the world reported that clinical usability outweighed every other criteria when choosing an electronic health record (EHR), according to a recent report from the Orem, Utah-based KLAS research.

Washington Debrief: CMS’s MU Registration and Attestation Website Won’t Accommodate Attestations until “Mid-October.”

September 22, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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Media outlets reported last week that CMS’s Meaningful Use Registration and Attestation website would not accommodate attestations until “mid-October.” The website must be reconfigured to accept changes made to Meaningful Use in 2014, CMS officials noted.

Blogs

Old Imaging Equipment: Source of PHI Compromises?

September 23, 2014     Joe Marion
A recent conversation with a colleague raised a very relevant point that I had previously not thought much about. What policies are in place relative to protecting PHI for used equipment? I have been in conversation with a few sources to identify if there are any industry...

A Glass Half-Empty Or a Glass Half-Full? Parsing the ACO Evidence in Real-Time

September 21, 2014     Mark Hagland
Is there a proper place on the spectrum between cynicism and optimism at which to rest, when it comes to assessing last week’s publication by CMS of ACO program results?

My Patient Portal Experience: Underwhelming So Far

September 21, 2014     David Raths
My first experience with hospital and specialist patient portals have not been as satisfying as I would have hoped. isn’t it going at it backwards to tell patients that there is almost nothing of value available yet on the portal but that they should use it anyway because it...

More Accurate Insights Into What Drives Readmissions

September 17, 2014     David Raths
Carolinas Healthcare's Patient Centered Point of Care Clinical Decision Support tool segments hospital patients into four readmission risk groups and provides case managers with recommended interventions. More than 200 case managers are using the tools and 123,000...

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